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Wildlife and Nature Itineraries

See Australia and New Zealand's unique Flora & Fauna

New Zealand and Australia have great wildlife and nature viewing opportunities. While Australia is home to the wombat, koala, and dingo, New Zealand has dolphins, albatross, and fur seals - to name but a few. Explore our tours that take you up close with these wonderful animals and the stunningly beautiful landscapes they live in. If you prefer flora over fauna then let us recommend the best bush walks, canopy tours, and adventures in the impressive eucalyptus forests.
Our range of wildlife tours includes some of the best, and most popular things activities but if there is something we have missed we can custom create a self-drive holiday especially for you. If you have always fancied swimming with the dolphins in NZ or watching kangaroos box in AUS then call the team at Pure Journeys today with your requests and we will include it.

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5 days Map
  • 5 days/4 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington
  • Prices start from NZD$1,101pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Motels
  • NZ North Island Self Drive

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.

 
8 days Map
  • 8 days/7 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
  • Prices start from NZD$3,671pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Hotel 4 star
  • NZ South Island Self Drive

Take the scenic route on this 8 day taster of the magificent South Island

 
14 days Map
  • 14 days/13 night Journey from Auckland to Queenstown
  • Prices start from NZD$4,811pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Motels
  • NZ Nationwide Self Drive

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.

 
6 days Map
  • 6 days/5 night Journey from Hobart to Hobart
  • Prices start from AUD$2,117pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Hotel 3 star
  • AUS Nationwide Self Drive

Experience Hobart's amazing city culture, before heading north to Cradle Mountain National Park, Launceston, the Bay of Fires, and Wineglass Bay - regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

 
28 days Map
  • 28 days/27 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch
  • Prices start from NZD$14,364pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Boutique Lodges & Hotels
  • NZ Nationwide Self Drive

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.

 
11 days Map
  • 11 days/10 night Journey from Queenstown to Auckland
  • Prices start from NZD$2,675pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Hotel 3 star
  • NZ Nationwide Self Drive

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.

 
10 days Map
  • 10 days/9 night Journey from Wellington to Auckland
  • Prices start from NZD$2,536pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Motels
  • NZ North Island Self Drive

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

 
10 days Map
  • 10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Queenstown
  • Prices start from NZD$2,307pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Motels
  • NZ South Island Self Drive

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.

 
8 days Map
  • 8 days/7 night Journey from Melbourne to Melbourne
  • Prices start from AUD$2,612pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Motels
  • AUS Nationwide Self Drive

Drive past iconic surf beaches, the 12 Apostles, the Great Ocean Road, one of the world's most scenic drives. See native wildlife in their natural habitats. Explore walking trails, waterfalls, and ancient Aboriginal rock art at Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park and learn about the gold rush history of Ballarat.

 
21 days Map
  • 21 days/20 night Journey from Christchurch to Sydney
  • Prices start from NZD$10,029pp (low season, specific configuration)
  • Hotel 4 star
  • AUS & NZ Self Drive Tours

Showcasing the very best of Australia and New Zealand, this 21 day experience gives you a taste of the best from each country. Travel through New Zealand's Southern Alps, home to glaciers that meet with rainforest and mountain peaks that Sir Edmund Hillary trained on before leading the first team to the summit of Mt Everest. Continue your journey north, discovering local Maori culture and bubbling mud pools in Rotorua before crossing the Tasman Sea to Australia.
Here, you will experience the magic of Uluru (Ayers Rock) under the stars, then dip below the surface to discover the Great Barrier Reef. Wander through the ancient Daintree Rainforest, cruise through Sydney Harbour and take a day trip to the Blue Mountains to meet some unique wildlife before heading home.

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