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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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Rotorua, New Zealand

21 day Discover New Zealand

21 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature,National parks,Family touring,Classic driving tours
  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
Hobbiton, Matamata, New Zealand

Lord of the Rings Scenic Explorer

14 days from Auckland to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure,Family touring,The Hobbit & LOTR
  Explore the highlights of Middle Earth and the spectacular scenery made famous in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. You’ll enjoy visiting some of the filming locations for the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies. See Hobbiton Village. Drive through the Canterbury high country around Mt. Potts and Mt. Sunday, also known as Edoras. Driving through the Mackenzie country, near Mt Cook National Park, you’ll recognise many of the scenes and backdrops from the movies. And in Queenstown you’ll experience a half day Nomad Safari of the Scenes tour, visiting remarkable locations such as Forest of Lothlorien and the Ithilien Camp.  more
Lake Taupo, New Zealand

North Island 5 day highlights

5 days from Auckland to Wellington

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Family touring,Classic driving tours
  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
Hobbiton, Matamata, New Zealand

14 Day Christchurch to Auckland Must Do Tour

14 days from Christchurch to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Scenic flights,Adventure,Wildlife & nature,Family touring
  This 2 week tour starting in Christchurch takes you to the must see destinations in the North and South Island.  Along the way you’ll discover for yourself why these places are so special, with a range of wonderful activities included so you can immerse yourself in the scenery and culture of New Zealand, prepare to have fun!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,National parks,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
Church of the Good Shepherd, Tekapo, New Zealand

Southern Lakes and Tranz Alpine 6 day circuit

6 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Family touring,Classic driving tours,Scenic trains
  This short loop of the lower South Island visits the Mackenzie high country and Lake Tekapo first. With views of Mt Cook National Park you continue south to the 'Adventure Capital' of Queenstown. Return to Christchurch via the West Coast Glaciers with a spectacular crossing of the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine scenic train.more
Coromandel, New Zealand

Ultimate New Zealand 42 day self drive tour

42 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: National parks,Family touring,Classic driving tours,Wildlife & nature
  Our longest tour allows you time to explore every region of New Zealand including those iconic destinations you’ve heard so much about.more
Redwood forest, Rotorua

8 day Northern Highlights

8 days from Auckland to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Family touring,Classic driving tours,Wildlife & nature
  Explore the highlights of the North Island including the Bay of Islands and Rotorua, 2 of the most popular destinations.  In the Bay of Islands you’ll take a cruise amongst the many islands home to an abundance or marine wildlife, including dolphins which you might be lucky enough to see.  In Rotorua you’ll enjoy a thrilling cultural encounter at Mitai Maori Village and you’ll return to Auckland via the fascinating limestone formations and glow worm caves of Waitomo.more
Queenstown, New Zealand

16 Day Explorer Tour of New Zealand

16 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Food & wine,Adventure,Scenic trains,Wildlife & nature,Family touring,Scenic cruises,Scenic flights
  Explore the highlights of New Zealand, from Auckland all the way south to Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound, this tour has something for everyone.  You’ll begin your journey with the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula.  From there you'll travel south enjoying an amazing range of included activities along the way.  Highlights of the North Island include snorkelling in the Coromandel Peninsula and a wine tour in the Hawkes Bay.  In the south there is plenty of adventure and forays into the pristine South Island wilderness, including visits to three national parks.more
Otago Peninsular Dunedin

The Southern Circuit self drive tour

12 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours,Family touring
  From Christchurch this tour takes you along the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mt. Cook National Park. It’s then onto Dunedin where you have a whole day to discover the unique wildlife of the Otago Peninsula.  Continue south to Te Anau and Milford Sound for you Real Journeys Nature Cruise, then to the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown where you have time to enjoy the countless activities on offer here and explore the natural beauty of the region. On your return to Christchurch you journey up the West Coast, with the highlight being the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers which you can experience during a heli-hike or scenic flight if you choose.  You’ll return to Christchurch aboard the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.more
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