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23 day Discover New Zealand

This 23 day tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Christchurch.


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.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Boutique lodges & hotels.

Rental car insurance included: Fully inclusive with variable excess/deductible.

Rental car inclusions: Unlimited kilometres,airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.

Tour pack: Includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.

This tour can be customised to suit you precisely - just request here.


This tour also features:

All breakfasts

Private train station transfers

Private airport transfers

Interislander ferry crossing

Tranz Alpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise


Itinerary summary for: 23 day Discover New Zealand

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland City
Accommodation: Great Ponsonby Art Hotel B&B

Day 2: Explore Auckland City or maybe take the ferry to Waiheke Island for the day
Accommodation: Great Ponsonby Art Hotel B&B

Day 3: Leave Auckland over the harbour bridge, then travel north to the tropical Bay of Islands
Accommodation: Arcadia Lodge, Russell

Day 4: A day to experience the island studded bay or the history of Russell and Waitangi
Accommodation: Arcadia Lodge, Russell

Day 5: Cross Northland following the aqua blue waters of the Hokianga before travelling down the Kauri Coast
Accommodation: Lochiel Estate Vineyard Bed and Breakfast

Day 6: After passing through Auckland you'll reach the rich green Waikato countryside then the Rotorua lakes
Accommodation: The Springs Rotorua

Day 7: Your day in Rotorua could be spent discovering Maori culture or thrilling adventure rides
Accommodation: The Springs Rotorua

Day 8: Today is filled with fantastic scenery including Lake Taupo, the Desert Road and the Kapiti Coastline as you approach Wellington
Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 9: Today you'll cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry. Approaching Picton you'll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds
Accommodation: Marlborough Bed & Breakfast

Day 10: Take the Inland Route via Murchison to Kaikoura
Accommodation: Manakau Lodge

Day 11: Continue south through the Canterbury countryside to Christchurch
Accommodation: Elizas Manor Boutique Hotel

Day 12: Discover the hidden gems of the ever changing Christchurch City
Accommodation: Elizas Manor Boutique Hotel

Day 13: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium

Day 14: Leaving the MacKenzie Country you'll follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you'll turn south for Dunedin
Accommodation: Fletcher Lodge

Day 15: Take a walk on the wild side and meet some of the characters that call the Otago Peninsula home
Accommodation: Fletcher Lodge

Day 16: Travel through the rich farmland of South Otago and Southland to reach Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland
Accommodation: Te Anau Lodge

Day 17: Journey along the magnificent Milford Road which leads to Milford Sound for your nature cruise
Accommodation: Te Anau Lodge

Day 18: Travel through rolling Southland countryside to Lake Wakatipu which will lead you to Queenstown
Accommodation: The Dairy

Day 19: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: The Dairy

Day 20: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge

Day 21: Get up close to experience the glaciers of Westland National Park
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge

Day 22: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Elizas Manor Boutique Hotel

Day 23: Depart Christchurch today