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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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Mount Aspiring National Park

21 Day Essential Southern Extravaganza

21 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Luxury Lodges & hotels
 Interests: Food & wine, Adventure, Family touring, Luxury touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
 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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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, Family touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours
 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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Tunnel Beach, Dunedin

16 Day Southern Coast and Stewart Island Nature Tour

16 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

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

Northbound Explorer Christchurch to Auckland self drive tour

21 days from Christchurch to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Food & wine, Adventure, Family touring, Scenic trains, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  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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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Auckland to Christchurch 18 day hiking explorer

18 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Family touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours
 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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Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast, New Zealand

South Island National Parks Tour

18 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Family touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours
  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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Christchurch City, New Zealand

North to South Explorer self drive tour

16 days from Auckland to Christchurch

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

Queenstown to Auckland 16 day Wine Region Explorer

16 days from Queenstown to Auckland

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Food & wine, Adventure, Family touring, Luxury touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  This 16 day itinerary follows a route through some of New Zealand's fantastic wine regions including the Hawkes Bay, Marlborough, Waipara and Central Otago, also included is an amazing scenic flight over the Queenstown with a private picnic lunch. Tour each region with local experts and also enjoy some of the must do activities. In the evenings retire to relaxing boutique lodges and hotels.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: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, Family touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR
  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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Wineries and vineyards in New Zealand

Auckland to Christchurch 16 day Wine Region Explorer

16 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Food & wine, Adventure, Family touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  This 16 day itinerary follows a route through some of New Zealand's fantastic wine regions including the boutique vineyards surrounding Auckland, Marlborough famed for its Sauvignon Blanc and Central Otago home to delicious pinot noir.  In each wine region you’ll be guided by a local expert for the complete experience.  Also included is an amazing tiger moth flight over Wanaka with a private picnic lunch, an afternoon of Maori cuisine in Rotorua and the spectacular TranzAlpine scenic train journey. more
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