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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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New Zealand wineries and vineyards

23 day Discover New Zealand

23 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Honeymoon, Luxury touring, 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 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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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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Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand

New Zealand Discoverer North to South Self Drive Tour

23 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, National parks, The Hobbit & LOTR
 Travel the length of New Zealand taking in the highlights and iconic landscapes you’ve heard so much about.  With many 2 night stays along the way, the relaxed pace of this tour allows you the time to really experience each destination.  The scenery and geography will change dramatically as you travel from the balmy Bay of Islands in the north, to the mountains and alpine lakes of the south.  We’ve included a nature cruise in Milford Sound and the world renowned TranzAlpine Scenic Train journey, two of the must-do activities in the South Island.  Take a look at our suggested activities to see what other experiences await you on this New Zealand tour. more
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Kaikoura, New Zealand

South Island Navigator self drive tour

25 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, 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 two night stay 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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Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

24 Day Boutique Wanderer Tour

24 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Honeymoon, Luxury touring, Wildlife & nature
 This remarkable journey takes you to the real New Zealand.  Staying in intimate boutique lodges and hotels, you’ll have fabulous encounters with the locals and time to get to know the places you visit.  Along the way you'll explore New Zealand's spectacular landscapes by train, plane, helicopter and jet boat to name just a few of the outstanding inclusions. 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, 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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Bay of Islands, New Zealand

23 day Grand New Zealand

23 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 3 star
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Wildlife & nature
  This comprehensive 23 day itinerary explores the North and South Island’s iconic destinations with plenty of two night stays to ensure you really experience New Zealand. From the vibrant city of Auckland to the tropical Bay of Islands, you’ll also visit the cultural mecca of Rotorua and Wellington City before crossing the Cook Strait to Marlborough at the top of the South Island. Kaikoura and its famous wildlife can be explored before continuing south towards the Southern Alps and Mt Cook National Park. Milford Sound is sure to be a highlight along with Queenstown and the West Coast Glaciers before returning to Christchurch via the world famous Tranz Alpine train.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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Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Pensinsula, New Zealand

24 Day Grand Explorer

24 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Honeymoon, National parks
  This explorer tour takes in major attractions of both the North and South Island, while also guiding you to some favourite holiday destinations of the locals, like the Coromandel Peninsula.  Along the way you’ll enjoy two night stays to ensure you really experience New Zealand and have time to enjoy the many activities on offer.  We’ve also included four very different scenic cruises, beginning with a cruise in the sub-tropical Bay of Islands and finishing with a nature cruise in the pristine Milford Sound.  At the right time of year you might spot dolphins, penguins, seals and royal albatross. more
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Franz Josef, West Coast, New Zealand

Northbound 30 day Adventure

30 days from Queenstown to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, National parks
 A 30 day tour visiting all major regions on both the North and South Islands. A relaxed pace allows time to immerse yourself into the local atmosphere.more
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