Days 1-9: UK to Vancouver
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
On arrival in Vancouver, can collect your rental car for the start of your Vancouver Island self-drive adventure. If you’d like to add some nights in Vancouver at the beginning of your trip, just let your consultant know. Your week in Canada takes you to Knight Inlet Lodge to spot the local grizzly bear population and to the beautiful beaches of Tofino. Finally, you’ll stay in Victoria, complete with an included cruise in search of orcas, minke whales, porpoises and other marine wildlife. Your trip ends back in Vancouver where you began.
We’ve also included a trip out to West Coast Wilderness Lodge near Egmont BC, with floatplane transfers to ensure you arrive in style, so look out for whales on the way over! Once you reach the lodge, it’s up to your how you spend your days; join a zodiac cruise or head out on a guided kayak excursion past eagles nests and colonies of sea stars. In the evenings enjoy 3 course meals as you relax into the remote and beautiful surroundings.
*The lodge is only open in the summer months from April to October, at other times of the year we can offer an alternative trip.
Days 10 and 11: Vancouver to Auckland
You will lose time now as you pass over the dateline arriving in Auckland, New Zealand 2 days after you set off.
Days 12-16: Auckland and the Bay of Islands
Welcome to New Zealand where you will spend 5 days exploring New Zealand’s tranquil, northernmost region of Northlands and Bay of Islands on your self-drive. Spend a night in Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ before driving north towards Bay of Islands; a region encompassing more than 140 sub-tropical islands which is known for its Maori artefacts and unspoiled beaches. Enjoy a dolphin-spotting cruise, a stroll through the local art galleries and a visit to the historic treaty house in Russell.
Why not extend your stay in New Zealand and explore more of the islands:
Why not add on a South Pacific stopover to your stay by adding on a trip to the Cook Islands? Just ask your consultant for further information.
Days 17-20: Hong Kong Stopover
Explore the exciting and diverse city of Hong Kong with our 4 day stopover package. Including 3 nights’ accommodation, return airport transfers and the iconic Symphony of Lights cruise. This tour has everything you need to enjoy this classic Asian stopover destination. Offering a captivating blend of old and new Hong Kong presents neon signs and skyscrapers in juxtaposition with local markets and family run street food stalls.