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Adventurous New Zealand self drive tour suggestions

New Zealand may just be the adventure centre of the world. Everything from heli-hiking and swimming with dolphins to plunging off an urban structure with nothing but rubber to arrest your fall is available here. If it's adventurous, we can add it to your itinerary. Add your preferred type of adventure to your NZ self drive experience with these suggested itineraries.

 

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Northern Explorer, North Island, New Zealand

North Island 9 day Highlights with Northern Explorer

9 days from Auckland to Auckland

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Food & wine, Adventure, Family touring, Scenic trains, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
 A relaxed exploration of New Zealand's North Island as you meander your way South. Then  return to Auckland on board the famous Northern Explorer scenic Train. this itinerary can be reversed.more
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St Claire Beach, Dunedin

A Taste of the South self drive tour

8 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 3 star
 Interests: Adventure, Family touring, Scenic trains, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
 This 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Island’s beauty and diversity. Visit its two largest cities, Christchurch and Dunedin, Mt Cook National Park and Te Anau the gateway to Fiordland National Park. You then experience the excitement of Queenstown before heading north to the unique West Coast Glacier region. The finale to this tour is crossing the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train as you return to Christchurch.more
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Franz Joef Glacier, New Zealand

North to South 18 day Explorer self drive tour

18 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, Family touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  Explore the cities of Auckland, the tropical Bay of Islands, Rotorua and Wellington before embarking on a circuit of the South Island. The wine regions of Marlborough, the whales of Kaikoura, the garden city of Christchurch and the mighty Southern Alps. The Alpine adventure town of Queenstown awaits before heading to the West Coast Glaciers. Return to Christchurch on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic train.more
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Glenorchy, mountain landscape

A Taste of the South self drive tour

8 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Family touring, Scenic trains, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
 One of our most popular tours this 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Islands beauty and diversity. Visit its two largest cities of Christchurch and Dunedin, Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook National Park, the gateway to Fiordland National Park, Te Anau. Then Queenstown's excitement and adventure before heading north to the unique West Coast Glacier region. Finally cross the Southern Alps on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train back to Christchurch. A fitting end to your 'taste of the south'.more
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Lake Mackenzie

The Southern Circle self drive tour

11 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Family touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
 This South Island loop takes you along the coast between the South’s two largest cities, Christchurch and Dunedin.   In Dunedin you have time to explore the unique wildlife of the Otago Peninsula, before continuing south to Te Anau, gateway to Milford Sound where you’ll cruise the length of the fiord.  This 11 day tour wouldn’t be complete without 2 nights in the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown before you follow the Southern Alps north to Mt Cook National Park and back to Christchurch.more
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TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown

Dunedin and Southern Lakes South Island Family Tour

6 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, Family touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
 Experience the mountains and alpine lakes of the South Island on this family tour, based from the Adventure Capital of Queenstown.more
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Hobbiton, Matamata, New Zealand

Lord of the Rings Scenic Explorer

14 days from Auckland to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Family touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR
 Explore the highlights of Middle Earth and the spectacular scenery made famous in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.more
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TranzAlpine Train, South Island, New Zealand

9 Day Southern Explorer

9 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, Family touring, Scenic trains, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours
 A classic South Island itinerary taking you through the dramatic scenery surrounding the Southern Alps.more
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Bay of Islands, New Zealand

23 day Grand New Zealand self drive tour

23 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, Family touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR
  This comprehensive 23 day itinerary explores the North and South Island’s iconic destinations with plenty of two night stays to ensure you really experience New Zealand. From the vibrant city of Auckland to the tropical Bay of Islands, you’ll also visit the cultural mecca of Rotorua and Wellington City before crossing the Cook Strait to Marlborough at the top of the South Island. Kaikoura and its famous wildlife can be explored before continuing south towards the Southern Alps and Mt Cook National Park. Milford Sound is sure to be a highlight along with Queenstown and the West Coast Glaciers before returning to Christchurch via the world famous Tranz Alpine train.more
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Queenstown by night

Southern Explorer Christchurch to Queenstown

10 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, Family touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  Taking you south from Christchurch, this 10 day includes the majestic scenery of the lower South Island.  Beginning with the large open spaces of the McKenzie Country and Mt. Cook National Park, you then travel to the coast and the Scottish influenced city of Dunedin with its nearby wildlife havens.  In Fiordland there is a full day to explore Milford Sound including a Real Journeys Nature Cruise, before you continue to the mountains and lakes of the Southern Lakes region.more
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