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5-9 Day New Zealand tour itineraries to make your own

Short of time to explore New Zealand? These self drive tour itineraries are designed to make the most of a five to nine day NZ visit. They offer carefully selected routes, destinations and attractions that add up to a memorable 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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TranzAlpine Train, New Zealand

The Essential South Island 9 day Tour

9 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Luxury touring,National parks,Classic driving tours,Scenic cruises,Adventure,Honeymoon,Scenic flights
  This itinerary is one of our most popular South Island tours. In just 9 days capture the essence of the South Island's cities, lakes, mountains, fiords, glaciers and many more attractions.more
Lyttleton Harbor, Christchurch, New Zealand

Auckland to Christchurch 9 day highlights

9 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 3 star
 Interests: Classic driving tours
  Travelling through the heart of the country you’ll journey past an incredible diversity of New Zealand landscapes and scenery.  From the North Island’s rich Maori culture and modern cosmopolitan cities you’ll venture south crossing the Cook Strait to the picturesque Marlborough Sounds and wildlife mecca of Kaikoura.  This tour is also flexible enough to add additional days if you have extra time.more
Lake Taupo, New Zealand

North Island 5 day highlights

5 days from Auckland to Wellington

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Family touring,Classic driving tours
  Travel through the heart of the North Island on this short 'highlights' New Zealand self-drive tour. From Auckland journey south through the Waikato countryside to Rotorua, the Maori culture capital of New Zealand. It’s then on to the Art Deco city of Napier in the Hawkes Bay, home to New Zealand’s oldest vineyards.  The final leg of your whirlwind tour of the North Island takes you past sheep farms and wineries as you travel through the Wairarapa region to your final destination, the capital city of Wellington.more
Church of the Good Shepherd, Tekapo, New Zealand

Southern Lakes and Tranz Alpine 6 day circuit

6 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Family touring,Classic driving tours,Scenic trains
  This short loop of the lower South Island visits the Mackenzie high country and Lake Tekapo first. With views of Mt Cook National Park you continue south to the 'Adventure Capital' of Queenstown. Return to Christchurch via the West Coast Glaciers with a spectacular crossing of the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine scenic train.more
Auckland city, New Zealand

5 day Treasures of the North

5 days from Auckland to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours
  This 5 day tour takes you to the sandy beaches and warm waters of the Bay of Islands, with time to explore on land or by sea.  Then travel via the ancient Kauri forests of Waipoua to the food and wine producing region of Matakana.more
Redwood forest, Rotorua

8 day Northern Highlights

8 days from Auckland to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Family touring,Classic driving tours,Wildlife & nature
  Explore the highlights of the North Island including the Bay of Islands and Rotorua, 2 of the most popular destinations.  In the Bay of Islands you’ll take a cruise amongst the many islands home to an abundance or marine wildlife, including dolphins which you might be lucky enough to see.  In Rotorua you’ll enjoy a thrilling cultural encounter at Mitai Maori Village and you’ll return to Auckland via the fascinating limestone formations and glow worm caves of Waitomo.more
Mt Ngauruhoe, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

7 day Auckland to Christchurch Essential Highlights

7 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Classic driving tours
  This 7 day itinerary travels through the heart of the North Island to the capital city of Wellington. Cross the Cook Strait and explore the Pacific Coastline of the South Island before arriving into Christchurch. An ideal tour for those short on time and a wonderful introduction to the diversity New Zealand has to offer.more
Rotorua, New Zealand

The Volcanic Centre self drive tour

8 days from Auckland to Auckland

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Thermal parks and attractions,Classic driving tours,The Hobbit & LOTR,National parks,Maori culture,Adventure
  A tour through the heart of the North Island highlighting its incredible diversity. Experience the rich culture of Rotorua and its volcanic past and present with a trip by helicopter to White Island Volcano. Visit Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand and then the North Island's World Heritage area of Tongariro National Park. The tour finishes with a visit to the world famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and Aranui Cave before heading back to Auckland.more
TranzAlpine Train, South Island, New Zealand

9 Day Southern Explorer

9 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: The Hobbit & LOTR,Family touring,Classic driving tours,National parks
  Starting and finishing in Queenstown this tour begins with a journey to the world renowned West Coast Glaciers.  Here you'll have two nights allowing plenty of time to enjoy one of the many guided walk options or scenic flights. From Greymouth you'll take the spectacular Tranz Alpine Scenic Train to Christchurch, where you'll have a day to explore this remarkable city.  From Christchurch drive south to Mt Cook National Park, where Sir Edmund Hillary prepared to conquer Everest.  You then journey back to Queenstown where you'll have time to relax or enjoy the countless activities on offer here before departing for home.more
Arthurs Pass, New Zealand

7 Day Christchurch to Queenstown Exclusive Highlights

7 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Luxury Lodges & hotels
 Interests: Honeymoon,Food & wine,Luxury touring
  Cross the Southern Alps via Arthurs Pass and then travel the West Coast to the Southern Lakes region and the adventure playground of Queenstown.  You'll spend your evenings in luxurious Lodges and your days indulging in style, including a private picnic lunch in an alpine clearing that can only be reached by helicopter.more
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