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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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Honeymoon, The Hobbit & LOTR, Wildlife & nature
  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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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, Honeymoon, Scenic trains
  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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Bay of Islands, New Zealand

The Length & Breadth 30 days North to South

30 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Honeymoon, Scenic trains, Walking & hiking
 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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Stargazing, Mackenzie country, New Zealand

Northbound 31 day Adventure

31 days from Christchurch to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, The Hobbit & LOTR
  This extensive month long tour visits all major regions on both the North and South Islands. A relaxed pace allows time to immerse yourself into the local atmosphere. The tour includes a great range of activities such as wildlife tours to view seals, albatross, penguins, dolphins and bird life plus must see destinations such as Milford Sound. An afternoon wine tour in Marlborough, a Maori cultural evening and dinner plus much more make this comprehensive itinerary a great option.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: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Honeymoon, Luxury touring, National parks
 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 wildlife, Kaikoura

The Length & Breadth 30 days South to North

30 days from Christchurch to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking
  Experience the iconic attractions and hidden gems in this 30 day tour exploring the North and South Island in great detail. Explore the West Coast Glaciers, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Kaikoura, Rotorua and the Bay of Islandsas well as the major cities. You’ll also spend time in more out of the way locations such as Abel Tasman National Park, the Wairarapa, Hawke's Bay and the Coromandel. 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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Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

21 day Classic South Island

21 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, National parks, Wildlife & nature
 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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Abel Tasman National Park and Marine Reserve, New Zealand

31 Day Northbound Experience

31 days from Christchurch to Auckland

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, Luxury touring, National parks
  This extensive month long tour visits a diverse mix of destinations in both the North and South Islands. With multiple night stays, you’ll have time to discover the hidden gems. The tour includes a great range of activities such as wildlife tours, kayaking Abel Tasman, 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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Rotorua, New Zealand

The Length & Breadth 30 days North to South

30 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Honeymoon, National parks, The Hobbit & LOTR, Walking & hiking
  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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Lake Taupo, New Zealand

26 day Discover New Zealand

26 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, The Hobbit & LOTR, Wildlife & nature
  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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