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Self Drive NZ - 10 to 14 day tours

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Captivating 10-14 day self-drive holidays in NZ

Take in so much of what is the Land of the Long White Cloud on these 10 - 14 day self-drive holidays in New Zealand. Depending on the time you have, explore Auckland to Christchurch, Wellington to Queenstown, or Queenstown to Auckland over an unforgettable ten to fourteen-day period. Or enjoy a 12 day North to South scenic train explorer tour, a behind the scenes movie-maker experience, Lord of the Rings 14 day scenic explore, or experience true Kiwi hospitality as you meander through the North Island staying at some unique luxury properties. Capture the essence of New Zealand with a driving holiday, enjoy the incredible natural beauty and rich cultural heritage that makes the country so unique. Take in the whole of New Zealand on these 10 - 14 day self drive tour suggestions.

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Auckland to Queenstown Classic

  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: Classic driving tours, Wildlife & nature, Family touring, Food & wine, Walking & hiking, The Hobbit & LOTR

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.

Queenstown to Auckland 11 day highlights

  11 days/10 night Journey from Queenstown to Auckland

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

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

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.

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

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.

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: Family touring, Wildlife & nature, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours

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!

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 Boutique lodges & hotels

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

Enjoy some of New Zealand's boutique accommodations as you make your way south. Enjoy the Maori culture of Rotorua, the wonderful Marlborough Sounds and the wildlife of Kaikoura.

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: Food & wine, Walking & hiking, Wildlife & nature, 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.

The Essence of New Zealand

  14 days/13 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

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

Interests: Wildlife & nature, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Walking & hiking

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 unrivaled hospitality.

Northbound highlights

  11 days/10 night Journey from Queenstown to Auckland

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

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

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.

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, Wildlife & nature, The Hobbit & LOTR

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.

Auckland to Queenstown 14 day Natural Discovery Tour

  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 4 star

Interests: Wildlife & nature, Family touring, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours

From the vibrant city of Auckland you’ll travel south to the spectacular mountains and thrilling adventures of Wanaka and Queenstown. 

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 Hotel 3 star

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

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.

Auckland to Queenstown 11 day highlights

  11 days/10 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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Wildlife & nature

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 spectacular scenery of Queenstown.

Southbound Journey

  14 days/13 night Journey from Rotorua to Christchurch

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

Interests: Classic driving tours

Starting in the heart of the North Island,Rotorua, explore the wine regions of Napier and the capital of Wellington. Cross to the South Island and its rigged mountains, glaciers and lakes. A true driving tour and perfect to customise to your ideal holiday.

Auckland to Christchurch 10 day Luxury

  10 days/9 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

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

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

Experience true Kiwi hospitality as you meander through the North Island staying at some unique luxury properties.

Christchurch to Auckland Northbound self drive tour

  14 days/13 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, Wildlife & nature, Family touring, The Hobbit & LOTR

Explore the wonderful wildlife of Kaikoura and the aqua waters of Abel Tasman National Park, 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’. Continue north to the tropical Bay of Islands for a relaxing end to your New Zealand experience.

Auckland to Christchurch self drive tour

  10 days/9 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

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

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

Explore Rotorua, Wellington, Marlborough and Kaikoura before arriving into Christchurch. A great introduction to the North and South Island.

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, Family touring, Classic driving tours

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.