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Fly-Drive Tours

New Zealand 17 Day Fly Drive

  • UK
  • Auckland
  • Rotorua
  • Napier
  • Wellington
  • Nelson
  • Punakaiki
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Queenstown
  • Lake Tekapo
  • Christchurch
  • UK

17 DAYS from €2239pp

Tour Highlights
  • City tour of Auckland
  • Volcanic hot springs in Rotorua
  • Walk up Mount Victoria in Wellington
  • Explore Abel Tasman National Park
  • The immense Franz Josef Glacier
  • Picturesque Queenstown
  • Discover the romantic Lake Tekapo

To book call us on 1800 804 006

New Zealand 17 Day Fly Drive

Introducing Fly-Drive tours to the stunning islands of New Zealand. A country where snow-capped mountains, volcanic terrain and glacial lakes are surrounded by pristine coastline. New Zealand is the pinnacle of natural beauty and our carefully mapped routes guide you past the absolute highlights. With your car rental, flights, ferry and accommodation covered, it?s just up to you to drive between each destination.

Fly Drive Itinerary

UK to Auckland

Depart the UK on your flight to Auckland.

UK to Auckland

Flight to Auckland.

Arrive Auckland

Collect your rental car and drive to your hotel.

Drive to Rotorua (3hr drive)

After a morning exploring Auckland, drive to volcanic Rotorua and discover Maori culture.


Explore Rotorua.

Rotorua to Napier (2hr 45min drive)

Drive to Napier via the scenic Lake Taupo.

Wellington (4hr 15min drive)

Pass picturesque countryside to Wellington.


Explore Wellington.

Nelson (3hr ferry & 2hr drive)

Drop your car off and take the ferry to Picton Collect your new rental car and spend some time exploring Abel Tasman National Park.


Explore Nelson.

Punakaiki (3hr 40min drive)

Drive towards Punakaiki and see the Pancake Rocks.

Franz Josef Glacier (3hr drive)

Travel down the coast of Westland National Park to the dramatic twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef.

Queenstown (4hr 40min drive)

Drive to Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.


Explore Queenstown.

Lake Tekapo (3hr drive)

Drive past snow-capped mountains to the romantic setting of Lake Tekapo.

Christchurch (3hr drive)

Finish your journey in Christchurch where you can wander through the botanical gardens.


Drop off your car at the airport for your flight home.

Important Information

Car Rental Included

Included in your holiday price is the rental of a Group A - Sub Compact Car such as a Holden Spark or similar with 1.3 - 1.4 litre engine, a choice of manual or automatic transmission, 5 doors, air conditioning, power steering, dual airbags, a maximum capacity of four people and a boot space for one medium suitcase and one overnight bag.

Upgrade your Car from just £99

Why not treat yourself to a vehicle upgrade to a Group D - Intermediate Auto Sedan Car such as a Holden Cruze or similar with a 2.0 - 2.4 litre engine, automatic transmission, 4 doors, air conditioning, power steering, dual airbags, ABS brakes, a maximum capacity of five people and boot space for two large suitcase and two overnight bags.

The Excess Reduction Plan includes: Car hire on an unlimited km basis, Excess Reduction (subject to a NZ$258.75 excess) and Airport/Wharf Fee. From 01 April 2019, additional driver fee also included.


British passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa in order to travel to New Zealand. Further visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.


We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flights to New Zealand are with Emirates (EK), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3. Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage and hand luggage of 7kg not exceeding 56cm x 36cm x 23cm in size. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Currency Information

The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD) and we recommend you change some currency before you leave the UK.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2019 Dates
07 Feb 201931 Mar 2019€2687
09 Apr 201916 Apr 2019€3079
17 Apr 201920 Apr 2019€3079
21 Apr 201928 Apr 2019€2463
29 Apr 201909 May 2019€2239
17 May 201919 Jun 2019€2239
20 Jun 201928 Jun 2019€2463
29 Jun 201914 Jul 2019€2911
15 Jul 201921 Jul 2019€3471
28 Jul 201903 Aug 2019€3471
04 Aug 201931 Aug 2019€3247
01 Sep 201921 Oct 2019€3135
22 Oct 201905 Dec 2019€2967
06 Dec 201911 Dec 2019€3773
22 Dec 201931 Dec 2019€3807
2020 Dates
01 Jan 202006 Feb 2020€3471
07 Feb 202016 Mar 2020€2799

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

8 °C / 24 °C

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Auckland, North Island

Queenstown, South Island

What to pack
  • Warm clothing and thermals in winter
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • Binoculars
  • A plug adaptor
  • Leave plenty of space in your case for shopping!
Tour Map
New Zealand 17 Day Fly Drive Route Map
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