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New Zealand Self Drive Touring Itineraries for Families

Thinking of bringing your Family to New Zealand? These New Zealand self drive tour itineraries are designed to offer families an unforgettable New Zealand experience. They offer carefully selected attractions and activities that the whole family will enjoy and accommodation that will give your family the space and comfort you need.

 

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Lake Hayes, Queenstown, New Zealand

Auckland to Queenstown 14 day self drive tour

14 days from Auckland to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Hotel 3 star
 Interests: The Hobbit & LOTR, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, Family touring
 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
Cruise Doubtful Sounds

A Taste of the South self drive tour

8 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Classic driving tours, National parks, Family touring, Scenic trains
 One of our most popular 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
Rotorua, New Zealand

21 day Discover New Zealand

21 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Family touring, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR, Honeymoon, Adventure
 Explore the cities and scenery of both the North and South Islands on this extensive 21 day tour.  In the North Island you’ll travel to the Maori cultural centre of Rotorua, pass the volcanic World Heritage site of Tongariro National Park and visit our two largest cities.  After crossing to the South Island on the scenic Interisland Ferry, your itinerary takes you on a circuit of spectacular scenery.  Highlights include the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura, Mt Cook National Park, the West Coast glaciers and a cruise on the pristine Milford Sound, just to name a few of the destinations you have to look forward to.more
Lake Taupo, New Zealand

North Island 5 day highlights

5 days from Auckland to Wellington

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, Honeymoon, Wildlife & nature
  Travel through the heart of the North Island on this short 'highlights' New Zealand self-drive tour. From Auckland journey south through the Waikato countryside to Rotorua, the Maori culture capital of New Zealand. It’s then on to the Art Deco city of Napier in the Hawkes Bay, home to New Zealand’s oldest vineyards.  The final leg of your whirlwind tour of the North Island takes you past sheep farms and wineries as you travel through the Wairarapa region to your final destination, the capital city of Wellington.more
Milford Track Fiordland

Fiords, Glaciers and Mountains self drive tour

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, Adventure, Honeymoon, 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
Roys Peak Wanaka, New Zealand

12 day Ultimate South Island

12 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Family touring, Luxury touring, National parks, Classic driving tours, Walking & hiking
 Explore New Zealand's South Island with adventure and style.  Some great adventures in the glorious Central Otago and the Canterbury High Country.more
TranzAlpine train journey, New Zealand

30 Day Ultimate Explorer Tour of New Zealand

30 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, Honeymoon, Family touring, Classic driving tours
 The ultimate New Zealand explorer tour, from Cape Reinga at the top all the way south to Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound, this tour has something for everyone.more
South Island self drive - The TranzAlpine scenic train

The Essential South Island 9 day Tour

9 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Luxury touring, National parks, Classic driving tours, Adventure, Honeymoon, Family touring, Wildlife & nature
 In just 9 days capture the essence of the South Island's cities, lakes, mountains, fiords, glaciers and many more attractions.more
The Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

Mountains and Lakes South Island Family Tour

7 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Family touring, National parks, Wildlife & nature, Classic driving tours, Honeymoon
 Get the whole family excited as you traverse the mountains and alpine lakes of the South Island on this family tour from Christchurch to the adventure capital of Queenstown.more
Larnach Castle, Dunedin, New Zealand

South Island 21 day self drive tour

21 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, National parks, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Family touring, Food & wine
  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. An exploration of the remote Doubtful Sound in 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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