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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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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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Wellington city, New Zealand

Ultimate North Island Explorer

21 days from Auckland to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Food & wine, Family touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR
  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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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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Abel Tasman, New Zealand

Auckland to Queenstown Southbound Explorer

20 days from Auckland to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Food & wine, Family touring, Luxury touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR
  Starting in Auckland with time to truly explore the region’s natural features this tour then travels through the heart of the North Island by scenic train. The South Island beckons with a host of natural and scenic locations and inclusions. From Abel Tasman National Park's beaches to Kaikoura's whales to the West Coast's unique Glaciers and geology, the diversity is outstanding.   In the deep-south you’ll discover the wildlife of the Otago Peninsula and spend a night in the remote Doubtful Sound before returning to Queenstown.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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Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Auckland to Christchurch 17 Day Highlights tour

17 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Family touring, Scenic trains, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, 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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Kaikoura Coastline

Queenstown to Queenstown South Island highlights

16 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Family touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  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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Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

21 day Classic South Island

21 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Family touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours
 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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Auckland City, New Zealand

City to Mountains, Auckland to Queenstown 16 Day Tour

16 days from Auckland to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Food & wine, Family touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR
 From the vibrant city of Auckland you’ll travel south to the spectacular mountains and thrilling adventures of Queenstown.  Along the way you’ll travel through heartland New Zealand, including the cultural mecca of Rotorua and quirky Wellington City in the North Island.  While in the South Island you have opportunities to meet our unique wildlife in Kaikoura and Dunedin and marvel at the magnificent wilderness of Milford Sound.more
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Rotorua geothermal area, New Zealand

Cape to Capital self drive tour

17 days from Auckland to Wellington

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Food & wine, Family touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, 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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