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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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Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand

Auckland to Christchurch 19 day Wonders of New Zealand

19 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Family touring, Scenic trains, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  Explore Auckland, the City of Sails before venturing south to Waitomo and the world famous glow worm caves. Rotorua and its Maori culture and adventure activities are next before spending a night in the North Island’s back country at Tarata Fishaway. Enjoy two nights in the capital city of Wellington before crossing to the South Island and the wine regions of Marlborough. The wildlife rich Kaikoura coastline and a whale watching excursion are included before arriving into Christchurch. From Christchurch take a day trip to Akaroa where you’ll swim with the world's smallest dolphin in the harbour.  Continue south towards Mt. Cook National Park's towering mountains and glaciers, here you’ll get up close to the icebergs on the glacier lake. There’s plenty of free time in Queenstown to self-explore, try one of the many activities on offer or simply enjoy the atmosphere and relax. The wild West Coast is next where rainforests meet glaciers and a helicopter ride here will be a highlight of your trip. The final leg returns you to Christchurch on board the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.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: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, Family touring, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours
 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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Te Anau, New Zealand

South Island Discoverer Wellington to Christchurch

16 days from Wellington to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, Family touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  Starting in the capital city of Wellington this tour begins with a cruise across the Cook Strait to the South Island. Explore Blenheim, Kaikoura and Christchurch before heading further south through Mt. Cook National Park to Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. Te Anau and Fiordland beckon including a cruise on Milford Sound before heading to the adventure capital of Queenstown. Westland National Park and the unique West Coast glaciers offer a chance to explore before you return to Christchurch via the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.more
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Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

Auckland to Christchurch 12 day highlights

12 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 3 star
 Interests: Adventure, Family touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  Travelling through the heart of the country you’ll journey past an incredible diversity of New Zealand landscapes and scenery.  From the North Island’s rich Maori culture and modern cosmopolitan cities you’ll venture south crossing the Cook Strait to the mountains, alpine lakes and glaciers of the South Island.  This tour is also flexible enough to add additional days onto if you have extra time.more
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Waitomo, Rotorua, New Zealand

Northern Explorer Family Adventure

12 days from Auckland to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Family touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR
 Explore Auckland City with a spectacular full day tour before heading north to the tropical Bay of Islands. Includes a swim with the dolphins (age restrictions apply) and a full day tour to Cape Reinga. Head south through the magnificent giant Kauri trees of the Waipoua Forest and onto the beaches of Matakana. Then the adventure capital of the North Island. A Maori concert and hangi dinner, a day trip to the Lord of the Rings site at Hobbiton plus much more. Explore the Waitomo Caves before heading back to Auckland City.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: Food & wine, Adventure, Family touring, Luxury touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  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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Queenstown, New Zealand

South Island 12 day luxury adventure

12 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Luxury Lodges & hotels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, Family touring, Luxury touring, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours
  The ultimate combination of luxury and adventure, this 10 day tour travels from Christchurch to the Wilderness Lodge in Arthurs Pass, the West Coast Glaciers and the alpine resort town of Wanaka. Further south to Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula, then Te Anau gateway to Fiordland National Park, before Queenstown where your journey concludes. This itinerary offers a great balance of relaxation and adventure with plenty of time to enjoy other activities as you wish.more
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Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand

21 day South Island Encounter

21 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, Family touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  This comprehensive tour carves a figure eight through spectacular South Island scenery.  From Christchurch travel through the Mackenzie Country to Mt Cook then on to Otago and Dunedin. A detailed exploration of Fiordland National Park follows, before heading north to Queenstown and then to the West Coast Glaciers. Crossing the Southern Alps enjoy a night in Arthur's Pass National Park before heading to the east coast and Kaikoura. Enjoy the Marlborough wine region and the golden sands of Abel Tasman National Park before turning south along the wild west coast. You return to Christchurch on board the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.more
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

7 day Christchurch to Auckland Essential Highlights

7 days from Christchurch to Auckland

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Adventure, Family touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR
 Leaving the 'Garden City' of Christchurch travel north along the Pacific Coast visiting Kaikoura. Then onto Picton and across the Cook Strait to the capital city of Wellington. Travel north through the heart of the North Island exploring Taupo, Rotorua and even Hobbiton before arriving into Auckland.more
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Wanaka, New Zealand

Christchurch to Queenstown luxury explorer

7 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Luxury Lodges & hotels
 Interests: Adventure, Family touring, Luxury touring, National parks, Honeymoon
  Cross the Southern Alps via Arthurs Pass and then travel the West Coast to the Southern Lakes region and the adventure playgrounds of Wanaka and Queenstown, staying at premier lodges along the way.more
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