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Auckland to Christchurch 20 day Highlights

This 20 day tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Christchurch.


Travel the heart of the North Island exploring Auckland City, Rotorua, the Art Deco City of Napier and onto Wellington before crossing to the South Island. Continue down the east coast through Marlborough, Kaikoura and Christchurch before crossing the plains and into the Southern Alps and Mt. Cook. The alpine resort of Queenstown is next before heading north through Wanaka and onto the West Coast Glaciers. Return to Christchurch via the Tranz Alpine train.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Boutique lodges & hotels.

Rental car insurance included

Rental car inclusions: Unlimited kilometres,airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.

Tour pack: Includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.

This tour can be customised to suit you precisely - just request here.


This tour also features:

All breakfasts

Private train station transfers

Private airport transfers

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Interislander ferry crossing


Itinerary summary for: Auckland to Christchurch 20 day Highlights

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland City
Accommodation: The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel B&B

Day 2: Explore Auckland and surrounds
Accommodation: The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel B&B

Day 3: Drive south through the rich fertile farmland of the Waikato and maybe stop at Hobbiton Village on your way to Rotorua
Accommodation: The Springs Rotorua

Day 4: Your day in Rotorua could be spent discovering Maori culture or thrilling adventure rides
Accommodation: The Springs Rotorua

Day 5: First head to Lake Taupo before travelling east to the Hawke's Bay
Accommodation: McHardy Lodge

Day 6: Discover the Art Deco architecture and vineyards of the Hawkes Bay
Accommodation: McHardy Lodge

Day 7: Drive south through the Hawkes Bay and the Wairarapa regions before crossing the Rimutaka Ranges to Wellington
Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 8: Uncover the charms of Wellington City, including the quirky cafes and fascinating museums
Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 9: Today you'll cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry. Approaching Picton you'll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds
Accommodation: The Peppertree

Day 10: Drive to the seaside town of Kaikoura today
Accommodation: Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses

Day 11: Continue south through the Canterbury countryside to Christchurch
Accommodation: Orari & Orari Apartments

Day 12: Explore Christchurch City or maybe take a day trip to Akaroa
Accommodation: Orari & Orari Apartments

Day 13: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium

Day 14: Follow the dry lands to Lindis Pass which leads into Central Otago, then through the Kawerau Gorge to Queenstown
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Hotel

Day 15: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Hotel

Day 16: Milford Sound day tour and Cruise from Queenstown
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Hotel

Day 17: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge

Day 18: Experience the glaciers of Westland National Park, either take a walk or maybe a scenic flight
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge

Day 19: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Orari & Orari Apartments

Day 20: Depart Christchurch today