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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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Milford Track Fiordland

Fiords, Glaciers and Mountains self drive tour

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Wildlife & nature
 This 10 day tour takes you to the icons of the South Island, with extra nights in Christchurch, Fiordland and Queenstown you'll have time to discover the charms of each destination. You begin with a journey past the mountains of the Southern Alps and turquoise waters of alpine lakes before arriving into Mt. Cook National Park.  Next you venture further south to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park.  Here you’ll explore the pristine wilderness on a Milford Sound nature cruise.  In Queenstown, the Adventure Capital, there’s time to enjoy the scenery and endless activities on offer before returning to Christchurch via the magnificent West Coast Glaciers.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, Classic driving tours, Family touring, National parks, Scenic trains
 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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Franz Joef Glacier, New Zealand

North to South 18 day Explorer self drive tour

18 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Wildlife & nature
  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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Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

7 Day Central North Island Explorer Tour

7 days from Auckland to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, The Hobbit & LOTR
  This tour takes you through the heart of the North Island, highlighting its incredible diversity. Begin with a local’s favourite, the Coromandel Peninsula – here you’ll explore Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve.  Then it’s on to Rotorua to experience the rich culture of the area with a visit to Mitai Maori Village and Rainbow Springs, plus a full day to explore the thermal wonders. Next stop is Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand where you’ll ride the thrilling Huka Falls Jet Boat.  Returning to Auckland you’ll stop at the world famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves for an underground adventure.more
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Crown Range Rd between Queenstown & Wanaka

Coast to Coast self drive tour

13 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, Luxury touring
  Starting and finishing in Christchurch this tour visits Mt. Cook National Park, travels through the Southern Lakes region and into the deep south. Time to explore Dunedin and the wildlife of the Otago Peninsula before crossing the rich farmland of Southland toward Te Anau and Fiordland National Park. There is a full day to explore Milford Sound including a Real Journeys Nature Cruise. Then to Queenstown for two nights at the award winning Dairy luxury Hotel with time to relax or enjoy the countless activities on offer in the 'Adventure Capital'. The West Coast Glaciers are next and two nights allow time to enjoy one of the many guided walk options or scenic flights. Return to Christchurch aboard the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.more
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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: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Honeymoon, Scenic trains
 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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Waimakariri River, TranzAlpine Crossing

Goldfields and Glaciers South Island tour

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, National parks, Scenic trains
  A relaxed 10 day tour exploring the cities of Christchurch and Dunedin, with its wonderful architecture and the magnificent peninsula. You cross the historic Central Otago goldfields region to the alpine town of Queenstown, where adventure beckons.  Travel to the West Coast glaciers via the majestic forests of Mt Aspiring National Park.  After exploring the glacier region you’ll return to Christchurch on board the world renowned TranzAlpine Scenic Train.more
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Views of Queenstown, New Zealand

Auckland to Queenstown 14 day Self Drive Tour

14 days from Auckland to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, National parks, The Hobbit & LOTR
 Travel south from the vibrant city of Auckland to the spectacular mountains and thrilling adventures of Queenstown.  Along the way you’ll experience heartland New Zealand, including the cultural mecca of Rotorua and quirky Wellington City in the North Island.  Then it's across to the South Island where you will enjoy opportunities for wildlife encounters in Kaikoura, plenty of time to explore the inspiring city of Christchurch, and plenty of chances to take in awe-inspiring alpine scenery and iconic adventure activities.more
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Pancake Rocks, West Coast, New Zealand

14 Day South Island Wilderness Encounters Tour

14 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Wildlife & nature
 This 14 day tour explore the best of the South Island's walks and adventures and visits 5 National Parks plus lots more outstanding wilderness areas.more
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Explore the lagoons in Abel Tasman National Park

Top of the South Island Self Drive Loop

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Honeymoon, Luxury touring, National parks
  Visit the less explored upper South Island, home to amazing wildlife, including whales in Kaikoura and the delightful seal colony in Abel Tasman National Park.  In Blenheim, you’ll sample the region’s best known export, the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc before heading south to the West Coast and Punakaiki Rocks.  You return to Christchurch via Arthur’s Pass National Park, where you stay at the Wilderness Lodge an amazing place to discover natural New Zealand and experience life on a high country station.more
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