This range of touring ideas are great for families. Practical and spacious accommodation, fun activities, and much more. We can design a great Australian or New Zealand family holiday to keep everyone happy. Just contact Pure Journeys today to start planning.
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.
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.
The ultimate 28 day essential tour. Visit and experience the very best of New Zealand. From the top of the North Island to the deep south enjoy superb hospitality while staying in a fantastic range of hotels, luxury lodges and boutique accommodations.
Starting and finishing in Wellington explore Napier, Rotorua, Auckland Waitomo and Tongariro National Park on this circular North Island route.
Travel north to south for two weeks exploring and experiencing Middle Earth's rugged beauty and magnificent vistas as captured in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.
You’ll enjoy visiting some of the filming locations for the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies including Hobbiton Village near Matamata, and the Canterbury high country around Mt. Potts and Mt. Sunday which were transformed into Edoras. Driving through the Mackenzie country, near Mt Cook National Park, you’ll recognise many of the scenes and backdrops from the movies and in Queenstown you’ll experience a half day Nomad Safari of the Scenes tour, visiting remarkable locations such as Forest of Lothlorien and the Ithilien Camp.
This 14 day itinerary ensures you get to experience the 'essence' of each island, from the City of Sails, to the golden sand beaches of the Coromandel and the adventure and culture of Rotorua. Then fly South to experience the Southern Alps, its mountains, lakes, fiords and unrivalled hospitality.
This South Island loop takes you along the coast between the South’s two largest cities, Christchurch and Dunedin. In Dunedin you have time to explore the unique wildlife of the Otago Peninsula, before continuing south to Te Anau, gateway to Milford Sound where you’ll cruise the length of the fiord. This 11 day tour wouldn’t be complete without 2 nights in the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown before you follow the Southern Alps north to Mt Cook National Park and back to Christchurch.
This comprehensive tour carves a figure eight through spectacular South Island scenery. You'll experience all New Zealand's south has to offer, from wildlife and wilderness to vineyards and heritage.
Experience one of the world's most scenic drives, the Great Ocean Road. This 8 day return journey starts in Melbourne, driving past iconic surf beaches, clifftops, and the towering 12 Apostles rock formation. A real highlight of this trip is seeing native wildlife in their natural habitats, with koalas resting in the trees, emus, kangaroos and wallabies in the bush, and seals relaxing in the sand.
Head inland to the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park to explore walking trails, waterfalls and ancient Aboriginal rock art. Explore the gold rush history of Ballarat and spoil yourself in the indulgent town of Daylesford on your journey back to Melbourne.
Self drive this classic South Island route and enjoy some of the finest day walks in New Zealand. Plus of course, time to enjoy everything else the region has to offer.
Starting with a relaxing break on Waiheke Island, you'll explore the boutique wineries on this balmy haven. You then journey south for a Coromandel Wilderness Adventure, Maori culture in Rotorua and the majestic mountains of Tongariro National Park as you hike the renowned Tongariro Crossing.
Taking you south from Christchurch, this 10 day includes the majestic scenery of the lower South Island. Beginning with the large open spaces of the McKenzie Country and Mt. Cook National Park, you then travel to the coast and the Scottish influenced city of Dunedin with its nearby wildlife havens. In Fiordland there is a full day to explore Milford Sound including a Real Journeys Nature Cruise, before you continue to the mountains and lakes of the Southern Lakes region.
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.
From the vibrant city of Auckland you’ll travel south to the spectacular mountains and thrilling adventures of Queenstown. Along the way you’ll travel through heartland New Zealand, including the cultural mecca of Rotorua and quirky Wellington City in the North Island. While in the South Island you have opportunities for wildlife encounters in Kaikoura and plenty of time to explore the inspiring city of Christchurch.
Discover the cities and towns of Australia's Pacific Coast on this 11 day self drive journey. Starting in Sydney, you'll have time to explore iconic attractions like the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Bondi Beach, before getting in your car and heading north through Newcastle and Coffs Harbour before taking some time out in the chic surf town of Byron Bay. From there, you'll continue north through the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise to your destination of Brisbane, meeting plenty of friendly locals and wildlife along the way.
Travelling through the heart of the North Island this tour allows you to see the incredible diversity that New Zealand offers. The South Island's mountains, lakes and glaciers and the North Islands rich Maori culture and its modern cosmopolitan cities.
Visit the less explored upper South Island, home to amazing wildlife, including whales in Kaikoura and the delightful seal colony in Abel Tasman National Park. In Blenheim, you’ll sample the region’s best known export, the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc before heading south to the West Coast and Punakaiki Rocks. You return to Christchurch via Arthur’s Pass National Park, an amazing place to discover natural New Zealand including the cheeky Kea which is regularly seen in the park.
Spend 10 days in Middle Earth. This itinerary takes you to Mt Doom, Mordor, Hobbiton, and the Weta Cave...
Add this itinerary to some existing plans. Starting in Rotorua your whirlwind adventure includes visiting Hobbiton, Jet Boat riding, staying on the side of a volcano and glow worm caves!
A highlights tour exploring the iconic attractions of New Zealand. You begin in the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown and finish in Auckland the 'City of Sails’. Along the way you’ll visit Mt Cook National Park, Kaikoura and the wine region of Marlborough before crossing the Cook Strait to the North Island. Highlights of the north include the Maori culture and thermal wonders in Rotorua and the harbour cities of Auckland and Wellington.
From the vibrant city of Auckland you’ll travel south to the spectacular mountains and thrilling adventures of Wanaka and Queenstown.
On the North Island travel through the cultural centre of Rotorua, a volcanic heritage site and visit NZ's two largest cities. Discover bubbling mud pools & incredible Geothermal activity! Move South on the breathtaking Interislander Ferry before seeing wildlife such as Dolphins in Kaikoura, the dramatic glaciers in Franz Josef, Milford Sounds staggering waterfalls & much more. Contact us for a custom made plan!
Journey south through New Zealand’s North Island from Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ to the quirky capital city of Wellington. Along the way you’ll encounter Maori culture in Rotorua, explore the Art Deco architecture and vineyards of Napier and travel at a relaxed pace allowing you to really soak up the atmosphere of each destination.
Explore and enjoy some of New Zealand's unique flora, fauna and scenery on this 15 day South Island tour. You begin with an Akaroa Harbour Nature cruise which takes you out to see the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin. In Dunedin you’ll enjoy a full day encounter with the unique marine life that inhabits the Otago Peninsula before heading south towards Fiordland National Park. Experience the ‘Sound of Silence’ with an overnight cruise in the remote untouched wilderness of Doubtful Sound. No South Island trip is complete without time spent in the alpine playground of Queenstown then you continue to the beautiful West Coast. Here you’ll marvel at the glaciers during your on-ice adventure, before crossing the Southern Alps on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train back to Christchurch.
Travelling through the heart of New Zealand, you’ll journey past a diverse range of landscapes and scenery. From the North Island’s rich Maori culture & cosmopolitan cities, you’ll venture south crossing the Cook Strait to the mountains, lakes, & glaciers of the South Island. Then cross the Tasman, & explore Australia, visiting Sydney, Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, & the Daintree Rainforest. A great combination & contrast of NZ & AUS highlights!
Starting and finishing in the 'adventure capital' of Queenstown This comprehensive South Island itinerary visits every South Island must see location including Milford Sound, Mt Cook National Park, Christchurch, Abel Tasman National Park and Nelson, and the West Coast Glaciers.
Starting in Wellington explore Napier, Rotorua, Auckland and the Bay of Islands.
You begin in the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown and finish in the quirky capital city of Wellington in the North Island. Along the way you’ll visit Christchurch, Mt Cook National Park and the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura before crossing the Cook Strait to the North Island.
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.
Explore the best of the North Island at a relaxing pace, allowing you time to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the diverse scenery. From the ‘City of Sails’ you’ll journey north to the tropical Bay of Islands for 3 nights. Then meander back down the island via the Kauri Coast, Snells Beach and the Coromandel Peninsula before hitting the cultural centre of Rotorua. Continue on to the vibrant city of Wellington via the wine regions of the Hawkes Bay and the Wairarapa.
A classic South Island itinerary taking you through the dramatic scenery surrounding the Southern Alps.
From the North Island you’ll cruise across the Cook Strait, passing through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds to Picton. From here you’ll journey south for an exploration of mountains, glaciers and coastlines that are home to a range of marine wildlife. Highlights of this tour include, Mt. Cook National Park, the spectacular West Coast and the grand finale which takes you across the Southern Alps on board the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.
This two week journey wraps up the best of New Zealand in 13 experience-filled days. It's guaranteed to leave you wanting to return for more.
Experience both North and South island. See the cosmopolitan cities of Auckland and Wellington, the geothermal wonders and volcanoes of the Central Plateau, and the lush ancient rainforests and creaking glaciers of the West Coast. And, of course, what holiday to New Zealand would be complete without a visit to Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World!
Self drive tour with the family as you explore the South Island's natural wonders and National Parks
Our longest tour allows you time to explore every region of New Zealand including those iconic destinations you’ve heard so much about.
Tour New Zealand on a varied self drive tour offering many peaks -- or should that be stunning views -- behind the scenes of movies made in New Zealand.
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
Enjoy one of Australia's most spectacular and scenic coastal drives; the Great Ocean Road. Skirting the Southern Ocean, you will journey from Melbourne to iconic landmarks such as Bells Beach and the 12 Apostles with plenty of opportunity to spot wildlife en route. With time to explore Melbourne before and after, this tour seamlessly sandwiches an iconic drive with a cool city escape.
Australia is home to some of the most unique landscapes in the world, including the famous K'Gari / Fraser Island. Experience its white-sand beaches including Lake Mckenzie, incredible blue waters, Lake Wabby, Champagne Pools, Maheno Shipwreck, and see rainforests growing on sand dunes. K'Gari is a destination not to be missed on the East Coast of Australia. Contact us today for more information!
Explore the South Island on this 8 day circumnavigation. Visit Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown, Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park and the West Coast Glaciers. Complete your trip with a train journey across the Southern Alps back to Christchurch
Discover the famous East Coast of Australia! Marvel at the turquoise waters & long stretching pristine white beaches. Starting in Sydney, visit the Opera House, take a dinner cruise via the Harbor Bridge & check out Bondi Beach, before driving past coastal towns such as Byron Bay. Make your way past the popular Gold Coast & towards Brisbane on this stunning scenic road trip.
What a fantastic itinerary. Exploring the tropical north while enjoying some fine hospitality in unique accommodations. There really is nothing to match this.
The New Zealand Odyssey visits all of New Zealand's must see's and some of the best off-the-beaten-track goodies. This is great for people who want to see and experience as much of NZ as they can.
Explore the Central North Island's jewels. Starting in Auckland visit the famous Waitomo Caves, Rotorua's culture and geothermal attractions and the wonderful golden beaches of the Coromandel.
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.
From Christchurch this tour takes you along the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mt. Cook National Park. It’s then onto Dunedin where you have a whole day to discover the unique wildlife of the Otago Peninsula. Continue south to Te Anau and Milford Sound for you Real Journeys Nature Cruise, then to the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown where you have time to enjoy the countless activities on offer here and explore the natural beauty of the region. On your return to Christchurch you journey up the West Coast, with the highlight being the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers which you can experience during a heli-hike or scenic flight if you choose. You’ll return to Christchurch aboard the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.
Ideal for those wanting to get off the beaten track away from the tourist centres. Spectacular scenery in some of the South Islands most picturesque spots! Well, to be honest we could say that about pretty much every tour, the place is that good! Punakaiki to the glaciers, beautiful Wanaka and majestic Aoraki Mt Cook. Stunning New Zealand at its best!
This short South Island highlights tour takes you through the countryside of Canterbury, Otago, Southland and the West Coast. Along the way you’ll pass alpine lakes, enjoy views of the Southern Alps, explore the historic city of Dunedin and ride the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.
Take 14 days to explore the North Island. This itinerary covers the premier locations at a pace you will enjoy. Time to relax with the 'must see' activities taken care of. Stay in a superb selection of 5 star hotels, luxury and boutique lodges.
Explore the North Island Auckland to Wellington on this short 'taster' tour. Rotorua, the cultural and adventure centre of the North Island plus the art deco city of Napier, wine regions of Hawkes Bay and the cosmopolitan capital city of Wellington will showcase the diversity on offer.
Take 14 days to explore the North Island. This itinerary covers the premier locations at a pace you will enjoy. Time to relax with the 'must see' activities taken care of. Stay in a superb selection of 5 star hotels, luxury and boutique lodges.
Travel North from the heart of the Southern Lakes to Auckland. This highlights tour will show you National Parks, cities, coastline, the capital of Wellington and of course Rotorua.
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.
Not only does New Zealand have stunning scenery, superb lodges and hotels but we are also lucky enough to have nearly 400 golf courses.
A short highlights tour that takes you to the most magnificent locations in Canterbury, Otago, Southland, Fiordland and the West Coast. Visiting Mt. Cook, Dunedin, Te Anau, Christchurch and Franz Josef Glacier and including two scenic flights, a thrilling iceberg encounter on the Tasman Glacier Lake and the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.
The towering snowcapped mountain peaks, deep blue lakes, ancient native rainforest and wide open plains of the South Island provided the setting for many Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies most dramatic scenes. Take a journey through the real Middle-earth!
The Northern Territory offers contrasting landscapes of vast red deserts, clear waterholes, tropical wetlands, and ancient Aboriginal culture. This 5 day escape is exactly that, taking you into some of the most remote landscapes on earth.
A tour through the heart of the North Island highlighting its incredible diversity. Experience the rich culture of Rotorua with a visit to Tamaki Maori Village plus a full day to explore the thermal wonders. Visit Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand and then onto the world famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and Aranui Cave before heading back to Auckland.
In just 9 days capture the essence of the South Island's cities, lakes, mountains, fiords, glaciers and many more attractions. This holiday enables you to see and experience the highlights of New Zealand's South Island on a small timeframe. Contact us today if you wish to alter this itinerary to meet your personal needs and budget.
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.
Explore the North Island's major visitor cities. After a day trip to beautiful Waiheke Island, travel south from Auckland via Rotorua and on to the art deco city of Napier. Then continue south for a night in picturesque Martinborough before you enjoy two nights in our vibrant capital Wellington. Take in the amazing scenery of the central North island returning to Auckland on board the Northern Explorer scenic train. This is a great value tour with plenty of time to explore the regions at your own pace.
Explore the cities and scenery from Wellington, then down through the South Island. Highlights includes the Cook Straight ferry between Wellington and Picton; the world renowned TranzAlpine scenic train journey and a cruise on the spectacular Milford Sound in Fiordland.
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 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.
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.
Visit iconic locations across two incredible countries on this 21 day journey. You'll visit Sydney Harbour, marvel at natural wonders such as Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest in Australia. Cross the Tasman to New Zealand and explore the Queenstown, the Southern Alps and Franz Josef Glacier before heading to the North Island. Travel through scenery straight out of the Lord of the Rings and enjoy an evening of Maori culture in Rotorua before finishing your journey in Auckland, the 'City of Sails'.
In just over 3 weeks, you’ll experience an amazing diversity in scenery, landscape and geography as you journey from the alpine regions of the South Island to the sub-tropical Bay of Islands in the North Island. Along the way you have many two night stays allowing you the time to relax and soak up your surroundings which will vary from cosmopolitan cities to national parks and everything in between.
'Not all those who wander are lost... ' Experience the awe-inspiring scenery of the South Island (Middle Earth) on this action packed 14 day vacation.
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.
This tour is all about the icons of the South Island. Head to Mt Cook before passing the Southern Alps and turquoise waters of alpine lakes. Beyond the Alps spend time in Te Anau and visit the pristine Milford Sound. Queenstown, the Adventure Capital, gives time to enjoy endless activities before looping back via the magnificent West Coast Glaciers.
This loop of the lower South Island follows much of the spectacular coastline where wildlife abounds. In Dunedin you’ll enjoy a full day encounter with the unique marine life that inhabits the Otago Peninsula before heading south along the wild Catlins coastline to the deep south. A real highlight of this tour is exploring the remote Stewart Island. As well as the iconic Milford Sound, you’ll also venture into Mt Aspiring National Park on a Dart River Jetboat Safari from Queenstown. On the beautiful West Coast you’ll marvel at the glaciers during your on-ice adventure, before crossing the Southern Alps on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train back to Christchurch.
Discover the best of Australia and New Zealand in this 29 day journey. Starting in Melbourne, Australia you will drive the Great Ocean Road, before heading to Adelaide to uncork some of Australia's best wines. With time to explore iconic natural wonders including Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Daintree Rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef before crossing the Tasman Sea.
From Auckland you will travel through Rotorua to witness its geothermal activity and Maori Culture, before crossing over to the South Island, driving through landscapes straight out of the Lord of the Rings on your way to Queenstown. Finally, you'll head up the West Coast, passing glaciers that land on rainforest before taking the TranzAlpine Train back to Christchurch.
From Christchurch, you’ll journey south through the Mackenzie high country and past turquoise waters of Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki before arriving at Aoraki/ Mt Cook National Park. You’ll then enjoy two nights in Queenstown surrounded by spectacular mountain vistas. It's 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 before you head back to Christchurch through stunning Arthurs Pass.
Starting and finishing in the alpine resort of Queenstown, this 15 day tour explores the best of the South Island, going as far north as the remarkable Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki.
From Christchurch you’ll first travel a loop of the lower South Island, including the iconic attractions of Mt Cook National Park, the alpine ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown and the spectacular wilderness of the West Coast. Crossing back to Christchurch on board the TranzAlpine scenic train, you then venture north. Along the way explore the wonderful wildlife of Kaikoura, before crossing the Cook Strait to the North Island and the quirky capital city of Wellington. Travel through the central plateau to Rotorua and its bubbling mud pools and unique Maori culture before arriving into Auckland the ‘City of Sails’.
Is the west coast the best coast? On this tour, you'll follow the "Rainbow Coast" on the southwest and return on the Wheat Belt. Discover the contrasting landscapes of these regions, and explore the history of early European settlement, along with awe-inspiring natural wonders, world-renowned wineries, and plenty of great food.
This is an incredible 28 day antipodean adventure, exploring Australia and New Zealand. The trip begins in Perth, Australia, taking time to enjoy Western Australia's southern coastline, stopping in Margaret River to experience some of the country's best cuisine. Encounter Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Kakadu, and Litchfield National Parks before hitting the east coast to experience lush rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef.
In New Zealand, you will journey around the South Island, with spectacular scenery along the way. See mountains rise from the sea in Milford Sound, experience the 'Adventure Capital' of Queenstown, and finish with the iconic TranzAlpine Train back to Christchurch.