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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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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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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, Honeymoon, 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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Kaikoura, New Zealand

19 day Classic New Zealand Driving Tour

19 days from Queenstown to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, Wildlife & nature
  Explore the cities and scenery of both the South and North Islands on this extensive 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: West Coast glaciers; the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura; Maori cultural centre, Rotorua; and the relaxing Bay of Islands.more
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Lindis Pass, New Zealand

Auckland to Christchurch 16 day Explorer

16 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, National parks, Scenic trains, The Hobbit & LOTR
 Travel the heart of the North Island exploring Auckland City, Rotorua and Wellington before crossing to the South Island. Continue down the east coast through Marlborough, Kaikoura and Christchurch before crossing the plains and into the Southern Alps and Mt. Cook. The alpine resort of Queenstown is next before heading north through Wanaka and onto the West Coast Glaciers. Return to Christchurch via the Tranz Alpine train.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, Honeymoon, 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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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, Honeymoon, 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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Te Mata Peak, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

21 Day Northbound Encounter

21 days from Christchurch to Auckland

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, Luxury touring, Wildlife & nature
  Visiting the highlights of New Zealand as well as a few hidden gems, this tour includes a great range of activities.  You’ll enjoy wildlife tours, scenic flights, glacier adventures, overnight cruises and so much more.  In the evenings you’ll relax at our favourite boutique lodges where your hosts will make you feel right at home.more
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Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand

21 day South Island Encounter

21 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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

Auckland to Christchurch Family Adventure

19 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, Scenic trains
  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 at the rural retreat of Tarata Fishaway.  You have 2 nights in the funky capital city of Wellington, before crossing the Cook Strait to the South Island on the Interislander Ferry.  A whale watching cruise in the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura is included before arriving into Christchurch.  You then take a trip to Akaroa and swim with the world's smallest dolphin.  Continuing south you reach Mt Cook National Park's towering mountains and enjoy an iceberg encounter on the Tasman Glacier Lake.  In the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown you have time to explore 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 trip here will be a highlight of your trip. The final leg returns you to Christchurch on board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train.more
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