New Zealand Fly, Drive & Cruise

$2599 per person
16 days
New Zealand

AMAZING COMBO New Zealand Self-Drive & Cruise

If you want to explore the North Island of New Zealand at our own pace, then cruise to the South Island and back to Australia - you’ll want to take a close look at this special fly, drive and cruise holiday!
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Wow! Fly to Auckland, spend a week driving around the beautiful North Island, then jump on impressive Grand Princess for a spectacular cruise of the South Island, including Fiordland National Park, and after 16 days arrive back in Sydney! This trip has so much variety and exciting highlights. Plus, for a limited time you can treat yourself to an Oceanview cabin upgrade for as low as $200 more per person.

What's included

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Departure Location
Fly from Australia to Auckland, New Zealand
Return Location
Cruise to Sydney, Australia
Additional Information
Booking Code: NZFDC16M
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Baggage charge
  • Car hire with unlimited kilometres
  • Cruise as per itinerary
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • International flights from Australia
Price does not include
  • Airport transfers
  • Any items or services not specified
  • Car hire extras
  • Cruise gratuities
  • Meals, unless expressly states
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
Additional Prices
Single Supplement: Please contact us for solo traveller rates Extend Your Stay: We can book hotels for you before or after the cruise Pre-Departure Tests: A COVID-19 PCR test is required for international travel Travel Insurance: Insurance is essential - please ask us for a quote

Trip overview

Kick off your New Zealand adventure with a 7-night Golden Chain hotel pass for the North Island. Plus, 7 days car hire is included and with unlimited kilometres on the clock you can head to Wellington, Rotorua, Bay of Islands and more.

In Auckland, board an 8-night voyage that follows the coast of the South Island on the journey to Sydney. Enjoy the sights of Christchurch, Dunedin and spectacular Fiordland National Park!



Package Prices

This special deal departs on 18 October, 2022.

  • From $2599 per person – Full package with Inside Cabin
  • From $2799 per person – Full package with Oceanview Cabin
  • From $3399 per person – Full package with Balcony Cabin

Note: Prices are per person, based on twin share, and subject to confirmation at time of booking. Please contact us for single rates and departures from other Australian cities.

Inclusions at a glance

  • Flight – One-way economy airfare to Auckland
    • Fly from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane (ask us for other cities)
  • Car hire – 7 days Compact vehicle, unlimited kilometres
    • Pick up & drop off Auckland
  • Accommodation – 7-night Golden Chain Hotels Pass
    • Valid at properties on New Zealand’s North Island
  • Cruise – 8 nights New Zealand cruise one-way from Auckland to Sydney
    • Cruise aboard Grand Princess in your choice of cabin
    • Includes all meals & non-chargeable entertainment on board the ship


Auckland, New Zealand
Start in Auckland and see where your New Zealand adventure takes you!
  • DAY 1
  • DAYS 2-7
  • DAY 8
  • DAYS 9-15
  • DAY 16

Fly to Auckland

Board your flight to New Zealand. On arrival at Auckland Airport, make your way to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day to start exploring.

DAYS 2-7

North Island, New Zealand

Pick up your hire car and then make use of the unlimited kilometres to explore the North Island at your leisure. Discover great destinations like Wellington, Rotorua, Bay of Islands and more - it's up to you!


Auckland - Board Cruise

Make sure you're back in Auckland in time to drop off your hire car and make your way to the port to board magnificent Grand Princess, that's set to depart at 6pm.

DAYS 9-15

Cruise New Zealand to Sydney





Tue, Oct 25

Auckland, New Zealand View


06:00 pm

Wed, Oct 26

Tauranga, New Zealand View

09:00 am

08:30 pm

Thu, Oct 27

At Sea


Fri, Oct 28

Christchurch (Lyttelton), New Zealand

08:00 am

06:00 pm

Sat, Oct 29

Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand

08:00 am

06:00 pm

Sun, Oct 30

Fiordland National Park (Scenic Cruising)

09:00 am

06:00 pm

Mon, Oct 31

At Sea


Tue, Nov 1

At Sea


Wed, Nov 2

Sydney, Australia

06:00 am

DAY 16

Disembark in Sydney

Early this morning your amazing journey comes to an end in Sydney. Time for memories to begin!

More about New Zealand

For a country that’s only 18% bigger than the state of Victoria and has a population less than the city of Melbourne, it packs a whole lot of amazing experiences into a small space. Plus, an exchange rate in favour of the Australian dollar is nice bonus. Split into two main islands, the North Island is where you'll find the capital of Wellington and the country's largest city of Auckland. It also has proud Maori heritage and rich cultural experiences. On the South Island, also officially named Te Waipounamu, the natural wonders shine brightly. Explore stunning Abel Tasman National Park, the great Southern Alps and beautiful Milford Sound.
Wow! Fly to Auckland, spend a week driving around the beautiful North Island, then jump on impressive Grand Princess for a spectacular cruise of the South Island, including Fiordland National Park, and after 16 days arrive back in Sydney! This trip has so much variety and exciting highlights. Plus, for a limited time you can treat yourself to an Oceanview cabin upgrade for as low as $200 more per person.

My Travel Experience Review

4out of 5

This is a great combination of a self-drive holiday on New Zealand's North Island and cruise through the South Island to Sydney. Choose where you want to stay, what you want to see and how you want to cruise with a choice of cabins.

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See the brochure

CLICK HERE to view, download or print a copy of this trip brochure.

The brochure includes details of the inclusions, itinerary (where applicable) and other relevant travel information. Information contained in the brochure is subject to change and at the time of booking you will be provided with an updated copy that includes the current details for your reservation.

Trip departures

This package includes flights from Australia:

2022 – 18 October

Departure is subject to availability and prices may vary at time of booking. Please contact us to find out about departures at other times of the year.

Important to remember...

The day-by-day tour descriptions in the itinerary are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, ocean conditions, road accessibility, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that are ultimately for the client's benefit. It is essential that travellers are flexible and open minded in this regard.

Speak to a travel specialist

The My Travel Experience team are travel experts and we're here to help you enjoy the best holiday - from the time you start to plan your trip until the day you return home. We are only a phone call or email away whenever you need us, so please contact us today with any questions.

Email [email protected]. Phone 1300 168 910 (in Australia) or text +61 437 851 966 (from overseas or via mobile).

Book With Confidence - Early Bird Special

This holiday package has special Book With Confidence conditions that give you greater flexibility and peace of mind when you book in 2021.

When you book early, if you need to change your travel dates due to COVID19 travel restrictions, you will receive future travel credits for the components of your original trip.

Important to know:
- Travel credits are non-refundable.
- Date changes must be made 30 days prior to departure or fees will apply as per standard standard Booking Terms & Conditions.
- Airfares are non-refundable once tickets are issued and separate future travel credit conditions apply.
- These conditions only apply to this tour and/or flights if confirmed arrangements are disrupted or cancelled due to COVID19.

New safety measures and greater peace of mind.

The wellbeing and safety of our passengers and staff is always a priority, especially as we adjust to a new world for travellers. My Travel Experience is committed to ensuring your peace of mind with customer-friendly booking practices and enhanced health and safety standards on our trips.

We work closely with tour operators that have received the Safe Travels stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which enables travellers to recognise companies around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.

Safe travel requirements:
A COVID-19 test must be taken 48 hours prior to departure from Australia and proof of a negative result submitted to the airline at check-in, along with your medical certificate showing a double vaccinated status.

Returning to Australia - Pre-departure COVID-19 testing
If you're travelling to Australia, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test when checking in for your flight or cruise at the departure point (exemptions apply). Rapid antigen tests will not be accepted. Testing must be conducted at an accredited testing facility, a self-administered COVID-19 test undertaken at home without supervision is not acceptable.

  • You must be tested 72 hours or less prior to the scheduled flight departure
  • If you or a primary close contact of your travelling group tests positive, you won't be allowed to travel to Australia.
  • Masks must be worn on all international flights, including at airports.

Local authorities and airlines or cruise companies may have additional requirements in place for departures. We recommend you check these before arriving at the airport. If you're transiting through other destinations during your trip, check on any local requirements at each transit destination and confirm any specific requirements for onward travel with your airline.

Only get tested through verified official testing centres. Scammers are taking advantage of travellers by charging for fake tests. If you're unsure where to get tested, contact the local health authority for advice.

You'll still need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result even if you've been vaccinated. If you've had a COVID-19 vaccine, you should carry your vaccination certificate along with your negative PCR test results while travelling to Australia, especially if you have one or more transit stops. Some destinations may ask for proof of testing and vaccination before allowing you to transit through or cross their border.

These guidelines are subject to change as the global situation evolves. The enforcement of certain measures (i.e. covid testing, social distancing, mask-wearing etc.) will vary in different regions. It's your responsibility to check with local health authorities for best practices in their region.

How to make a booking:

The early bird deal is valid for a limited time and may change without notice.

Price is correct as of 15 November 2021. Please contact us for current rates.

Advertised price is based on lead-price departure(s) and rates will be advised for your preferred travel date prior to any payment being required.

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

Please read My Travel Experience Booking Terms & Conditions prior to making a reservation. By booking any travel service with us, you have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

To make a booking please call My Travel Experience on 1300 168 910 or email [email protected].

You can also select a trip and request it via this website - please enter your preferred departure date (if known) and the number of people travelling. If you wish to submit an enquiry, please let us know your travel dates plus any other information that will help us provide a quote, such as departure city and travel preferences.

No payment is required to submit an online booking request - your booking is pending confirmation and no place is being held.

Your reservation status will be advised when you hear from our travel consultants. Bookings are normally actioned within 24 hours - Monday to Friday.

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      New Zealand Fly, Drive & Cruise

      $2599 per person
      16 days
      New Zealand

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