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Classic New Zealand Self Drive Touring Itineraries

Are you looking for the classic NZ experiences you've heard about? These New Zealand self drive tour itineraries are designed to offer you a chance to experience the classic destinations and attractions you've heard about: Rotorua, Hobbiton, the TranzAlpine scenic train, West Coast glaciers, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Mt Cook, and more. Find the fully-customisable tour suggestion that best suits you.

 

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Glenorchy, mountain landscape

A Taste of the South

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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Auckland City, New Zealand

21 Day Ultimate North Island Tour

21 days from Auckland to Auckland

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Honeymoon, Luxury touring, The Hobbit & LOTR
 This North Island self drive tour captures everything that is special about the region. from Northland beaches to the wine regions of Hawke’s Bay and Martinborough and the heartland of Rotorua.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
 A 13-day loop of New Zealand's South Island from Christchurch this tour takes you to Mt Cook, the Southern Lakes and along the rugged West Coast. Experience Milford Sound, Queenstown and explore the wildlife on the Otago Peninsula. With plenty of two night stays you won't feel rushed and have plenty of time to soak up the true "kiwi culture" and hospitality before ending your journey on the TranzAlpine Scenic Railway.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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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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Lindis Pass, New Zealand

Auckland to Christchurch 16 day Explorer

16 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, National parks, Scenic trains, The Hobbit & LOTR
 Travel the heart of the North Island exploring Auckland City, Rotorua and Wellington before crossing to the South Island. Continue down the east coast through Marlborough, Kaikoura and Christchurch before crossing the plains and into the Southern Alps and Mt. Cook. The alpine resort of Queenstown is next before heading north through Wanaka and onto the West Coast Glaciers. Return to Christchurch via the Tranz Alpine train.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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Christchurch, New Zealand

Wellington to Queenstown self drive tour

8 days from Wellington to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Wildlife & nature
 From Wellington take the stunning journey on the Interislander ferry across the Cook Strait to Picton where you’ll follow the Pacific Ocean coast south through the marine wildlife mecca of Kaikoura to Christchurch.  After 2 nights in Christchurch you’ll cross the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps and Mt. Cook National Park.  The final leg of your travels takes you to the alpine resort of Queenstown.more
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Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Auckland to Christchurch 17 Day Highlights tour

17 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, Scenic trains, The Hobbit & LOTR
 Travelling through the heart of the North Island this tour allows you to see the incredible diversity that New Zealand offers. The South Island's mountains, lakes and glaciers and the North Islands rich Maori culture and its modern cosmopolitan cities.more
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