New Zealand Self Drive Holidays for families

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North Island 5 day highlights

  5 days/4 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is 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.

Queenstown and Milford Sound Short Break

  4 days/3 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Scenic trains, Family touring, National parks

Base yourself in the heart of the Southern Lakes to enjoy an adventure packed itinerary. Combine this self drive tour with others to create your ideal New Zealand vacation.

Queenstown to Wellington 7 day highlights

  7 days/6 night Journey from Queenstown to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours

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. 

Dunedin and Southern Lakes South Island Family Tour

  6 days/5 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring

Experience the mountains and alpine lakes of the South Island on this family tour, based from the Adventure Capital of Queenstown.

Southern Lakes and Tranz Alpine 6 day circuit

  6 days/5 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is 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

A Taste of the North Island

  8 days/7 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring

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.

Central Highlights self drive tour

  7 days/6 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring

A tour through the heart of the North Island highlighting its incredible diversity. Experience the rich culture of Rotorua with a visit to Mitai 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.

A Taste of the South self drive tour - reversed

  8 days/7 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring

This 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Island’s beauty and diversity. Beginning with the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey from Christchurch to the West Coast town of Greymouth.  From there you will explore the countryside of the West Coast, Otago, Southland, Fiordland and Canterbury.  Along the way highlights include the glaciers of the West Coast, adventure in Queenstown, Te Anau the gateway to Fiordland National Park and magnificent Mt Cook National Park.  You'll also explore the south's two largest cities of Christchurch and Dunedin.

Mountains and Lakes South Island Family Tour

  7 days/6 night Journey from Christchurch to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is 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.

7 Day Central North Island Explorer Tour

  7 days/6 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Maori culture, Adventure, Wildlife & nature, Family touring

This tour takes you through the heart of the North Island, highlighting its incredible diversity. Begin with a local’s favourite, the Coromandel Peninsula – here you’ll explore Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve.  Then it’s on to Rotorua to experience the rich culture of the area with a visit to Mitai Maori Village and Rainbow Springs, plus a full day to explore the thermal wonders. Next stop is Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand where you’ll ride the thrilling Huka Falls Jet Boat.  Returning to Auckland you’ll stop at the world famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves for an underground adventure.

8 day Northern Highlights

  8 days/7 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is 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.

Family Fun North Island Tour

  7 days/6 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring

Visit some of the North Island's iconic attractions including the culture and adventure capital of Rotorua.  You'll begin with a journey to the idyllic holiday destination of the Coromandel Peninsula where you'll ride the quirky Driving Creek Railway line before continuing to the beachside village of Whitianga.  Next stop is Rotorua for two nights where there's an exciting day of animal encounters included.  This family friendly tour also visits the magical Hobbiton Village before returning back to Auckland.

Southern Alps & Southern Lakes self drive tour

  9 days/8 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours

From Christchurch you’ll journey south through the Mackenzie high country past Lake Tekapo before arriving into Mt. Cook National Park. Then to Queenstown for two nights with time to relax or enjoy the countless activities here. The West Coast Glaciers are next and two nights allow time to enjoy one of the many guided walk options or scenic flights. Return to Christchurch aboard the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.

Auckland to Christchurch 11 day Splendour

  11 days/10 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours

A popular 11 day tour with a relaxed pace that allows plenty of time to explore the diverse 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, wildlife mecca of Kaikoura and alpine village of Hanmer Springs.

The Southern Circle self drive tour

  11 days/10 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours

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.

9 Day Southern Explorer

  9 days/8 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is 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.

Fiords, Glaciers and Mountains self drive tour

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, National parks, Wildlife & nature

This 10 day tour takes you to the icons of the South Island, with extra nights in Christchurch, Fiordland and Queenstown you'll have time to discover the charms of each destination. You begin with a journey past the mountains of the Southern Alps and turquoise waters of alpine lakes before arriving into Mt. Cook National Park.  Next you venture further south to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park.  Here you’ll explore the pristine wilderness on a Milford Sound nature cruise.  In Queenstown, the Adventure Capital, there’s time to enjoy the scenery and endless activities on offer before returning to Christchurch via the magnificent West Coast Glaciers.

Wellington to Queenstown Explorer Tour

  11 days/10 night Journey from Wellington to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring

As you cross the Cook Strait on board the Interislander Ferry and enter the Marlborough Sounds, you’ll understand why starting your South Island adventure in the North Island city of Wellington was the way to go – you couldn’t ask for a better introduction to the natural beauty of the South.  Other highlights of this tour include the marine wildlife of the Kaikoura coastline, Mt Cook National Park and the pristine fiord and forest clad mountains of Milford Sound.

 

8 day Northern Family Fun Break

  8 days/7 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Maori culture, Adventure, Family touring

With great family friendly accommodation and a range of awesome activities for kids big and small, this will be a holiday to remember for the whole family.

The Northern Loop

  10 days/9 night Journey from Wellington to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels - premium

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring

Starting and finishing in Wellington explore Napier, Rotorua, Auckland Waitomo and Tongariro National Park on this circular North Island route.

Southern Explorer Christchurch to Queenstown

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, National parks, Wildlife & nature

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.

Southern Adventure 10 day tour

  10 days/9 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring

The perfect South Island adventure for those wishing to explore the wilderness of the south and meet the wonderful marine wildlife of the southern waters.  You’ll enjoy five very different cruise experiences including the pristine Milford Sound, an exciting iceberg encounter on the Tasman Glacier Lake, gliding through subterranean waters of a glow worm cave and two wildlife cruises with the chance to see dolphins, seals and royal albatross.

The Southern Circuit self drive tour

  12 days/11 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring

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.

Top of the South

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours, Food & wine, Walking & hiking

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.

Trilogy Trail South

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR

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!

Southern Highlights Tour including Milford Sound

  7 days/6 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Scenic trains, National parks, Family touring

Starting in Christchurch, travelling into Mackenzie county to Lake Tekapo. You will pass Lake Pukaki with views of Mt Cook on route to Queenstown.  Your first night in Queenstown you'll cruise Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Station for a farm show and gourmet BBQ.  From Queenstown you will enjoy a spectacular flight to Milford Sound.  Once in Milford sound you will take a scenic nature cruise, before flying off to Mt Aspiring National Park for the amazing Dart River Safari. Next day you will be travelling north stopping at Franz Josef before heading back to Christchurch via the Tranz Alpine Train.

Northern Explorer Family Adventure

  12 days/11 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Adventure

Explore Auckland City with a spectacular full day tour before heading north to the tropical Bay of Islands. Includes a swim with the dolphins (age restrictions apply) and a full day tour to Cape Reinga. Head south through the magnificent giant Kauri trees of the Waipoua Forest and onto the beaches of Matakana. Then the adventure capital of the North Island. A Maori concert and hangi dinner, a day trip to the Lord of the Rings site at Hobbiton plus much more. Explore the Waitomo Caves before heading back to Auckland City.

Northern Adventure

  10 days/9 night Journey from Wellington to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels - premium

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring

Starting in Wellington explore Napier, Rotorua, Auckland and the Bay of Islands.

Southern Alps & Southern Lakes

  9 days/8 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, National parks

From Christchurch you’ll journey south through the Mackenzie high country past Lake Tekapo before arriving into Mt. Cook National Park.

A Taste of the South Family Adventure

  8 days/7 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Adventure

This 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Island’s beauty and iconic attractions.  Along the way you’ll experience exciting adventure while getting up close to icebergs in Mt Cook National Park and landing on a glacier on the West Coast.  With many included activities and fantastic family accommodation, this is the ultimate taste of the south.

16 Day Northbound Explorer

  16 days/15 night Journey from Christchurch to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring

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’.

Queenstown to Queenstown South Island highlights

  16 days/15 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, National parks

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 and Akaroa, Kaikoura, Abel Tasman National Park and Nelson, Hanmer Springs and the West Coast Glaciers.

9 Day Queenstown to Wellington Adventure

  9 days/8 night Journey from Queenstown to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, Scenic flights, Family touring

This 9 day tour starts in the Queenstown in the heart of the Southern Alps for an unforgettable holiday touring the South Island highlights and finishing in the ‘Coolest Little Capital’ Wellington City.

11 Day Natural Wonders Tour

  11 days/10 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring

Self drive tour with the family as you explore the South Island's natural wonders and National Parks

The Essential Middle Earth Tour of the North Island

  10 days/9 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: The Hobbit & LOTR, Family touring, Scenic flights

Spend 10 days in Middle Earth. This itinerary offers a night in a Hobbit hole and takes you to Mt Doom, Mordor, Hobbiton and the Weta Cave...

21 day Classic South Island

  21 days/20 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, National parks, Family touring

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.

The Southern Circuit

  13 days/12 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours

From Christchurch this tour takes you along the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mt. Cook National Park.

Volcanoes, Hobbits and Caves

  8 days/7 night Journey from Rotorua to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Maori culture, The Hobbit & LOTR, Family touring, Thermal parks and attractions, Adventure

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!

Ultimate North Island Explorer

  21 days/20 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR, Wildlife & nature

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.

Behind The Scenes in New Zealand

  14 days/13 night Journey from Auckland to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Thermal parks and attractions, Classic driving tours, Family touring, The Hobbit & LOTR

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.

Lickety Split

  13 days/12 night Journey from Auckland to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Scenic cruises, Family touring

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!

21 day Discover New Zealand

  21 days/20 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours

Explore the cities and scenery of both the North and South Islands on this extensive 21 day tour.  In the North Island you’ll travel to the Maori cultural centre of Rotorua, pass the volcanic World Heritage site of Tongariro National Park and visit our two largest cities.  After crossing to the South Island on the scenic Interisland Ferry, your itinerary takes you on a circuit of spectacular scenery.  Highlights include the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura, Mt Cook National Park, the West Coast glaciers and a cruise on the pristine Milford Sound, just to name a few of the destinations you have to look forward to.

26 day Discover New Zealand

  26 days/25 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, National parks, Family touring

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.

Southern Coastal Explorer

  15 days/14 night Journey from Queenstown to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, National parks

Starting in Queenstown, the adventure capital, spend some time relaxing or enjoying the many wonderful activities here. A full day trip to Doubtful Sound including a Wilderness Cruise is included. Head north to the wild West Coast and the unique glacier region before crossing the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean and its abundance of wildlife at Kaikoura. A day to sample the fine produce of Marlborough before heading into Abel Tasman National Park, famous for its golden sand beaches, great walking tracks and kayaking. Complete the coastal loop by exploring the history rich north west coastline from Westport to Greymouth before taking the Tranz Alpine train across the Alps and into Christchurch.

South Island Navigator self drive tour

  25 days/24 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, National parks

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.

Queenstown to Queenstown Southern Journey

  15 days/14 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: The Hobbit & LOTR, Family touring, Classic driving tours, National parks, Scenic trains, Adventure, Walking & hiking, Scenic flights

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.

Ultimate Discover New Zealand 25 day Tour

  25 days/24 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours, 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 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.

16 Day Explorer Tour of New Zealand

  16 days/15 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Food & wine, Adventure, Scenic trains, Wildlife & nature, Family touring, Scenic cruises, Scenic flights

Explore the highlights of New Zealand, from Auckland all the way south to Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound, this tour has something for everyone.  You’ll begin your journey with the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula.  From there you'll travel south enjoying an amazing range of included activities along the way.  Highlights of the North Island include snorkelling in the Coromandel Peninsula and a wine tour in the Hawkes Bay.  In the south there is plenty of adventure and forays into the pristine South Island wilderness, including visits to three national parks.

21 day Discover New Zealand

  21 days/20 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, National parks, Wildlife & nature

Explore the cities and scenery of both the North and South Islands on this 21 day extensive tour.

South Island National Parks Tour

  18 days/17 night Journey from Christchurch to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring, Walking & hiking

Explore the National Parks and natural areas of the South Island. You begin with a whale watching adventure in Kaikoura, before heading to Abel Tasman National park for a guided kayak and walk. Then you journey down the wild West Coast to Punakaiki, Franz Josef and Westland National Park. Take a heli-hike from Franz Josef before travelling to the alpine village of Wanaka. Mt Cook National Park is next with a full day to explore and a Glacier Explorers iceberg encounter. Heading east you reach Dunedin, before heading to Te Anau and Fiordland National park. You venture deep into the pristine forests and fiords with a Milford Track guided day walk and Doubtful Sound cruise. Then it’s onto your final destination of Queenstown.  

Lord of the Rings Scenic Explorer

  14 days/13 night Journey from Auckland to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Adventure, Family touring, The Hobbit & LOTR

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.

The Northbound Navigator

  23 days/22 night Journey from Christchurch to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours, Adventure

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.

The Length & Breadth 30 days South to North

  30 days/29 night Journey from Christchurch to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours, Adventure

Experience the iconic attractions and hidden gems in this 30 day tour exploring the North and South Island in great detail. Explore the West Coast Glaciers, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Kaikoura, Rotorua and the Bay of Islandsas well as the major cities. You’ll also spend time in more out of the way locations such as Abel Tasman National Park, the Wairarapa, Hawke's Bay and the Coromandel. 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.

The Southern Navigator

  25 days/24 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: The Hobbit & LOTR, Family touring, Classic driving tours, National parks

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.

The Ultimate Middle Earth Tour

  17 days/16 night Journey from Auckland to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Apartments

Interests: The Hobbit & LOTR, Family touring, Scenic flights

Visit film locations from both film trilogies as you 'step onto the road' through Middle Earth's majestic scenery and experience the magic behind the movies.

National Parks of the South Island

  18 days/17 night Journey from Christchurch to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Walking & hiking, Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring

Explore the National Parks and natural areas of the South Island. You begin with a whale watching adventure in Kaikoura, before heading to Abel Tasman National park for a guided kayak and walk. Then you journey down the wild West Coast to Punakaiki, Franz Josef and Westland National Park. Take a heli-hike from Franz Josef before travelling to the alpine village of Wanaka. Mt Cook National Park is next with a full day to explore and a Glacier Explorers iceberg encounter. Heading east you reach Dunedin, before heading to Te Anau and Fiordland National park. You venture deep into the pristine forests and fiords with a Milford Track guided day walk and Doubtful Sound cruise. Then it’s onto your final destination of Queenstown.  

North to South, East to West

  30 days/29 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring

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.

Bottom to Top - South to North

  30 days/29 night Journey from Christchurch to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours, Adventure

This tour has something for everyone! Experience the iconic attractions and hidden gems of New Zealand in this 30 day itinerary exploring the North and South Island in great detail.

14 Day Journey to Middle Earth

  14 days/13 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Scenic trains, The Hobbit & LOTR, Family touring, Scenic flights

'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.

Ultimate New Zealand 42 day self drive tour

  42 days/41 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours, Wildlife & nature

Our longest tour allows you time to explore every region of New Zealand including those iconic destinations you’ve heard so much about.

A Month in Paradise

  30 days/29 night Journey from Queenstown to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring, Adventure

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. The tour includes a great range of activities such as wildlife tours to view seals, albatross, penguins, dolphins and bird life plus must see destinations such as Milford Sound. An afternoon wine tour in Marlborough, a Maori cultural evening and dinner plus much more make this comprehensive itinerary a great option.