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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
 In just 9 days capture the essence of the South Island's cities, lakes, mountains, fiords, glaciers and many more attractions.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
The Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

Mountains and Lakes South Island Family Tour

7 days from Christchurch to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Family touring
 Get the whole family excited as you traverse the mountains and alpine lakes of the South Island on this family tour from Christchurch to the adventure capital of Queenstown.more
Glenorchy, mountain landscape

A Taste of the South self drive tour

8 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours
 One of our most popular tours this 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Islands beauty and diversity. Visit its two largest cities of Christchurch and Dunedin, Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook National Park, the gateway to Fiordland National Park, Te Anau. Then Queenstown's excitement and adventure before heading north to the unique West Coast Glacier region. Finally cross the Southern Alps on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train back to Christchurch. A fitting end to your 'taste of the south'.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
Cruise Doubtful Sounds

A Taste of the South self drive tour

8 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Classic driving tours
 One of our most popular tours this 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Island’s beauty and diversity. Visit its two largest cities, Christchurch and Dunedin, Mt Cook National Park and Te Anau the gateway to Fiordland National Park. You then experience the excitement of Queenstown before heading north to the unique West Coast Glacier region. The finale to this tour is crossing the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train as you return to Christchurch.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
 A classic South Island itinerary taking you through the dramatic scenery surrounding the Southern Alps.more
Champagne Pool, Rotorua, New Zealand

Auckland to Wellington 6 day Highlights

6 days from Auckland to Wellington

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Classic driving tours
 Explore the North Islands major visitor cities from Auckland the ‘City of Sails’ to Rotorua the Maori culture capital and the art deco city of Napier and finally the quirky capital city of Wellington. Along the way you’ll pass through the picturesque landscapes and small towns of rural New Zealand.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
Lake Matheson

Lakes, Mountains and Glaciers self drive tour

7 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours
  From Christchurch you’ll journey south through the Mackenzie high country and past turquoise waters of Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki before arriving into Mt. Cook National Park.  You’ll then enjoy two nights in Queenstown surrounded by spectacular mountain vistas.  Its then on to the West Coast glaciers, where there’s time for a scenic flight if you choose.  The final leg of your travels takes you along the rugged coastline to Greymouth where you board the TranzAlpine for your scenic train journey back to Christchurch.more
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