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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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St Claire Beach, Dunedin

A Taste of the South self drive tour

8 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 3 star
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, National parks, Scenic trains
 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: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, 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, Honeymoon, 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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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, Honeymoon, 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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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, Honeymoon, 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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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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Lake Mackenzie

The Southern Circle self drive tour

11 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, National parks
 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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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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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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Crown Range, Queenstown, New Zealand

8 Day Southern Highlights Tour

8 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Hotel 3 star
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, Scenic trains, Wildlife & nature
  This short South Island highlights tour takes you through the countryside of Canterbury, Otago, Southland and the West Coast. Along the way you’ll pass alpine lakes, enjoy views of the Southern Alps, explore the historic city of Dunedin and ride the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.more
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