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21+ Day New Zealand tour itineraries to make your own

Got three weeks or more to explore New Zealand? These self drive tour itineraries are designed to make the most of a 21 or more day NZ visit. They combine carefully selected routes, destinations and attractions that add up to an unforgettable New Zealand experience. Find a tour itinerary that you like and talk to us about customising it to suit your travel preferences perfectly.

 

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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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Rotorua, New Zealand

The Length & Breadth 30 days North to South

30 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Food & wine, Family touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR
  Experience the iconic attractions and hidden gems in this 30 day tour exploring the North and South Island in great detail. Explore the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Kaikoura, Dunedin, Te Anau and Milford, Queenstown and the West Coast Glaciers as well as the major cities. You’ll also spend time in more out of the way locations such as the Coromandel, the Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa and Abel Tasman National Park. Experience the diverse geography between the north and south, spectacular landscapes and the rich wildlife that inhabits our land and seas. This tour has something for everyone.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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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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Skippers Canyon, Queenstown, New Zealand

The Length & Breadth 30 days North to South

30 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 3 star
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Food & wine, Family touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  Experience the iconic attractions and hidden gems in this 30 day tour exploring the North and South Island in great detail. Explore the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Kaikoura, Dunedin, Te Anau and Milford, Queenstown and the West Coast Glaciers as well as the major cities. You’ll also spend time in more out of the way locations such as the Coromandel, the Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa and Abel Tasman National Park. Experience the diverse geography between the north and south, spectacular landscapes and the rich wildlife that inhabits our land and seas. This tour has something for everyone. Staying in predominantly 3 star hotels this tour also utilises motel accommodation where hotels are not available.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: 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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New Zealand wineries and vineyards

23 day Discover New Zealand

23 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Food & wine, Family touring, Luxury touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
 Explore the length of New Zealand on this comprehensive tour of both the North and South Islands.  In the north you’ll explore the tropical Bay of Islands and the boutique wine region of Matakana as well as the cultural hotspot of Rotorua. After cruising across the Cook Strait to the South Island discover the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura, before continuing south to the snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes and glaciers of the lower South Island.  Highlights of the south include the world renowned TranzAlpine scenic train journey and a voyage of discovery in Milford Sound.more
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Bay of Islands, New Zealand

The Length & Breadth 30 days North to South

30 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Food & wine, Family touring, Scenic trains, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours
 Experience the iconic attractions and hidden gems in this 30 day tour exploring the North and South Island in great detail. Explore the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Kaikoura, Dunedin, Te Anau and Milford, Queenstown and the West Coast Glaciers as well as the major cities. You’ll also spend time in more out of the way locations such as the Coromandel, the Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa and Abel Tasman National Park. Experience the diverse geography between the north and south, spectacular landscapes and the rich wildlife that inhabits our land and seas. This tour has something for everyone. This tour primarily utilises 4 star hotels however where this isn’t possible you'll stay in excellent quality bed and breakfasts or lodges.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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Lake Taupo, New Zealand

26 day Discover New Zealand

26 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Family touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR
  Explore the length of New Zealand on this comprehensive tour of both the North and South Islands.  In the north you’ll explore the tropical Bay of Islands and the Kauri Coast as well as the cultural hotspot of Rotorua. After cruising across the Cook Strait to the South Island discover hidden beaches and the aqua waters of Abel Tasman National Park, before continuing south to the snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes and glaciers of the lower South Island.  Highlights of the south include the world renowned TranzAlpine scenic train journey and a voyage of discovery in Milford Sound.more
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