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16-21 Day New Zealand tour itineraries to make your own

If you want to really enjoy New Zealand's wonderful scenery and diverse locations than a self drive itinerary 16-21 days is a great starting point. Each one can be customised to suit so start your planning today.

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Rotorua geothermal area, New Zealand

Cape to Capital self drive tour

17 days from Auckland to Wellington

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Honeymoon, The Hobbit & LOTR
  Explore the best of the North Island at a relaxing pace, allowing you time to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the diverse scenery.  From the ‘City of Sails’ you’ll journey north to the tropical Bay of Islands for 3 nights.  Then meander back down the island via the Kauri Coast, Snells Beach and the Coromandel Peninsula before hitting the cultural centre of Rotorua.  Continue on to the vibrant city of Wellington via the wine regions of the Hawkes Bay and the Wairarapa.more
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Kaikoura Coastline

Queenstown to Queenstown South Island highlights

16 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, National parks
  Starting and finishing in the 'adventure capital' of Queenstown This comprehensive South Island itinerary visits every South Island must see location including Milford Sound, Mt Cook National Park, Christchurch and Akaroa, Kaikoura, Abel Tasman National Park and Nelson, Hanmer Springs and the West Coast Glaciers.more
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Wellington city, New Zealand

Ultimate North Island Explorer

21 days from Auckland to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Honeymoon, The Hobbit & LOTR, Wildlife & nature
  Explore every corner of the North Island with this 21 day self drive tour. As well as the iconic destinations of Rotorua and the Bay of Islands, you’ll also have time to explore some out of the way hidden gems, like Cape Palliser and the spectacular Taranaki coastline.  Highlights of this tour include the wine growing regions of Martinborough and the Hawkes Bay; idyllic beach communities of the Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Islands; the unique Maori culture of Rotorua and the vibrant cities of Auckland and Wellington.more
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Queenstown, New Zealand

16 Day Explorer Tour of New Zealand

16 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, National parks, Scenic trains
  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
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Te Anau, New Zealand

South Island Discoverer Wellington to Christchurch

16 days from Wellington to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, National parks, Wildlife & nature
  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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Dunedin City, New Zealand

Northbound Explorer Christchurch to Auckland self drive tour

21 days from Christchurch to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Honeymoon, Scenic trains
  Starting 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 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 with time to relax or enjoy the countless activities here. The West Coast Glaciers are next and two nights allow time to enjoy one of the many guided walk options or scenic flights. Travel across the Southern Alps to Christchurch aboard the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train. Continue north to Kaikoura and a chance to view the resident whales before heading into Abel Tasman National Park. Crossing the Cook Strait to the North Island spend 2 nights exploring the capital city, Wellington. Through the central plateau to Rotorua and its bubbling mud pools and Maori culture before arriving into the city of sails, Auckland.more
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Mount Aspiring National Park

21 Day Essential Southern Extravaganza

21 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Luxury Lodges & hotels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Honeymoon, Luxury touring, National parks
 This tour is a celebration of the beautiful places, natural wonders and outstanding lodge retreats that the South Island is home to.more
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Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

19 day Classic New Zealand Driving Tour

19 days from Queenstown to Auckland

 Accommodation: Hotel 3 star
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, The Hobbit & LOTR, Wildlife & nature
  Explore the cities and scenery of both the South and North Islands on this 19 day extensive tour.  In the South Island you’ll begin with a few days to enjoy the activities in Queenstown and visit Milford Sound.  You then begin your journey north to your final destination of Auckland City.  Highlights along the way include the West Coast glaciers, wildlife mecca of Kaikoura, Maori cultural centre of Rotorua and the relaxing Bay of Islands.more
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Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

21 day Classic South Island

21 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, National parks, Wildlife & nature
 This comprehensive tour of the South Island begins with a West Coast exploration, including the majestic glaciers.  You then carve a figure 8 through Arthur's Pass to Kaikoura and on to the top of the South Island.  Enjoy a detailed exploration of Abel Tasman National Park before heading south to Punakaiki and the upper West Coast.  After boarding the TranzAlpine scenic train you travel through to Christchurch, where you have a free day to explore.  Then continue south along the East Coast to Dunedin, then onto the Magical Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound before you return to Queenstown after your epic South Island adventure.more
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Christchurch City, New Zealand

North to South Explorer self drive tour

16 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Honeymoon, The Hobbit & LOTR, Wildlife & nature
  Explore the cities of Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington before embarking on a circuit of the South Island. The wineries 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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