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North & South Island Self Drive

5 - 9 day holidays

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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: Classic driving tours, Family touring

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. 

Auckland to Christchurch 9 day highlights

  9 days/8 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

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.


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

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.

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, The Hobbit & LOTR, Wildlife & nature

On the North Island travel through the cultural centre of Rotorua, a volcanic heritage site and visit NZ's two largest cities. Move South on the breathtaking Interislander Ferry before seeing wildlife in Kaikoura, the glaciers in Franz Josef, Milford Sound and more.

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, Family touring, Food & wine, The Hobbit & LOTR, 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 inspiring city of Christchurch.

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

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 Essential New Zealand Journey

  28 days/27 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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, The Hobbit & LOTR, Walking & hiking, Wildlife & nature

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.

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

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

Auckland to Christchurch 17 Day Highlights tour

  17 days/16 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

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

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

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.

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

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Wildlife & nature

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!

New Zealand Odyssey

  23 days/22 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

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.

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, Food & wine, The Hobbit & LOTR, Wildlife & nature

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.

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine

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.

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

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.

23 day Discover New Zealand

  23 days/22 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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, 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 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.

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, Food & wine, The Hobbit & LOTR, Wildlife & nature

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.

The Mainlander

  16 days/15 night Journey from Wellington 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, Food & wine, Wildlife & nature

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.

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

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.

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, Wildlife & nature

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’.

Essential Golf Journey

  17 days/16 night Journey from Auckland to Queenstown

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

Interests: Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring

Not only does New Zealand have stunning scenery, superb lodges and hotels but we are also lucky enough to have nearly 400 golf courses.

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

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