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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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Nelson Lake, New Zealand

21 day South Island Grand Tour

21 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Wildlife & nature
  This comprehensive tour of the South Island begins in Queenstown with the Dart River Safari, setting the scene for the adventures to come.  You’ll travel a figure 8 across the South Island taking in the spectacular scenery of mountains, glaciers, aqua blue lakes, white sandy beaches and lush rainforests.  Along the way you’ll have many opportunities to get up close to the wildlife and have some wild times of your own.  With fantastic self-catered accommodation this is the ideal choice for families.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, 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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Stewart Island, South Island, New Zealand

16 Day Southern Coast and Stewart Island Nature Tour

16 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, National parks, Walking & hiking
 This loop of the lower South Island follows much of the spectacular coastline where wildlife abound and includes a visit to Stewart Island.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, Scenic trains
 Starting in Christchurch this 3-week tour takes you around New Zealand's South Island before heading north to immerse yourself in the Maori culture. First, you'll visit the Mt Cook National Park, the Southern Lakes, cruise Milford Sound and meander up the dynamic west coast. Once you cross the Cook Strait you'll spend time in the quirky capital, journey the central plateau to the cultural centre, Rotorua. Highlights for many include a ride on the world-famous TranzAlpine Scenic Railway and perhaps catching a glimpse of a whale off the Kaikoura coast.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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, 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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Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast, New Zealand

South Island National Parks Tour

18 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, National parks, Walking & hiking
 Explore the National Parks and natural areas of the South Island. You begin with a whale watching adventure in Kaikoura, before heading to Abel Tasman National park for a guided kayak and walk. Then you journey down the wild West Coast to Punakaiki, Franz Josef and Westland National Park. Take a heli-hike from Franz Josef before travelling to the alpine village of Wanaka. Mt Cook National Park is next with a full day to explore and a Glacier Explorers iceberg encounter. Heading east you reach Dunedin, before heading to Te Anau and Fiordland National park. You venture deep into the pristine forests and fiords with a Milford Track guided day walk and Doubtful Sound cruise. Then it’s onto your final destination of Queenstown.  more
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Auckland to Christchurch 18 day hiking explorer

18 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, National parks, Walking & hiking
 Take in the scenery on some of New Zealand's and the worlds finest walks. From the Tongariro Crossing in the North Island to the Routeburn Track in the south Island.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, 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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Tunnel Beach, Dunedin

16 Day Southern Coast and Stewart Island Nature Tour

16 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, National parks, Wildlife & nature
 This loop of the lower South Island follows much of the spectacular coastline where wildlife abounds.  In Dunedin you’ll enjoy a full day encounter with the unique marine life that inhabits the Otago Peninsula before heading south along the wild Catlins coastline to the deep south.  A real highlight of this tour is exploring the remote Stewart Island, including a guided walk on Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary. As well as the iconic Milford Sound, you’ll also venture into Mt Aspiring National Park on a Dart River Jetboat Safari from Queenstown.  On the beautiful West Coast you’ll marvel at the glaciers during your on-ice adventure, before crossing the Southern Alps on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train back to Christchurch.more
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Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Northbound Christchurch to Auckland 17 day self drive tour

17 days from Christchurch to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, The Hobbit & LOTR
 From Christchurch you’ll first travel a loop of the lower South Island, beginning with the iconic TranzAlpine scenic train crossing the Southern Alps to the West Coast.  Highlights of the section of the trip include a scenic flight and snow landing on the remarkable West Coast glaciers and a spectacular cruise in Milford Sound.  Heading north you’ll enjoy a wine tasting tour in Marlborough, before crossing the Cook Strait to the North Island and the quirky capital city of Wellington. Travel through the central plateau to Rotorua and its bubbling mud pools and unique Maori culture before arriving into Auckland the ‘City of Sails’.more
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