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Ultimate New Zealand 42 day self drive tour

This 42 day tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Christchurch.


Our longest tour allows you time to explore every region of New Zealand including those iconic destinations you’ve heard so much about and some lesser known gems that the outside world hasn’t discovered yet.  In the north you’ll travel from idyllic beaches and bays to vibrant cities and world class wine regions.  Crossing the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry brings you to the South Island with its spectacular mountain landscapes and diverse coastal scenery.   You’ll also visit our third largest island, Stewart Island, which is a haven for nature and wildlife.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Motels.

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:

Private airport transfers

Private train station transfers

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Interislander ferry crossing

Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise

Mitai Maori Village Concert & Buffet Dinner, Rotorua

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

Huka Falls Jet Boat Tour

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise

Return Stewart Island flights

Ulva Island guided walk


Itinerary summary for: Ultimate New Zealand 42 day self drive tour

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland City
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland

Day 2: Explore Auckland and surrounds
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland

Day 3: Leave Auckland over the harbour bridge, then travel north to the sub-tropical Bay of Islands
Accommodation: Sea Spray Suites

Day 4: Enjoy a scenic cruise of the Bay of Islands out to the Hole in the Rock
Accommodation: Sea Spray Suites

Day 5: Cross Northland following the aqua blue waters of the Hokianga before travelling down the Kauri Coast
Accommodation: Snells Beach Motel

Day 6: Pass through Auckland and the Hauraki Plains before the coastal climb to Coromandel
Accommodation: Coromandel Court Motel

Day 7: Follow the coastline past white sandy beaches and bays to Tairua
Accommodation: Blue Water Motel

Day 8: Travel along the Bay of Plenty before turning inland towards the lakes of Rotorua
Accommodation: Bella Vista Rotorua

Day 9: Your day in Rotorua could be spent discovering Maori culture or thrilling adventure rides
Accommodation: Bella Vista Rotorua

Day 10: Cross the Waikato countryside to reach the limestone formations of Waitomo
Accommodation: Palm Court Motel Otorohanga

Day 11: It's a short drive to Lake Taupo today
Accommodation: Beechtree Motel

Day 12: Cross the ranges towards the Hawke's Bay
Accommodation: Pebble Beach Motor Inn, Napier

Day 13: Discover the Art Deco architecture and vineyards of the Hawkes Bay
Accommodation: Pebble Beach Motor Inn, Napier

Day 14: Drive south through the Hawkes Bay and the Wairarapa region to the boutique vineyards of Martinborough
Accommodation: The Claremont, Martinborough

Day 15: Travel over the Rimutaka Ranges to Wellington
Accommodation: CityLife Wellington

Day 16: Uncover the charms of Wellington City, including the quirky cafes and fascinating museums
Accommodation: CityLife Wellington

Day 17: Today you'll cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry. Approaching Picton you'll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds
Accommodation: The Hotel Nelson

Day 18: It's a short drive to the idyllic Abel Tasman National Park
Accommodation: Ocean View Chalets

Day 19: Explore Abel Tasman National Park on one of the many walking, cruising or kayaking tours available
Accommodation: Ocean View Chalets

Day 20: Follow the beautiful Queen Charlotte Drive to the vineyards of Blenheim
Accommodation: Lugano Motor Lodge

Day 21: Drive to the seaside town of Kaikoura today
Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 22: Explore Kaikoura home to an abundance of marine wildlife
Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 23: Continue south through Canterbury farmland to Christchurch
Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 24: Explore Christchurch City or maybe take a trip to Arthurs Pass National Park
Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 25: Today it's a short drive to Bank's Peninsula and the charming village of Akaroa
Accommodation: Criterion Motel

Day 26: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels

Day 27: Leaving the MacKenzie Country you'll follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you'll turn south for Dunedin
Accommodation: Motel on York

Day 28: Explore Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
Accommodation: Motel on York

Day 29: Follow the coastline through the Catlins to Invercargill
Accommodation: Balmoral Lodge Motel

Day 30: Catch a flight to Stewart Island
Accommodation: Kowhai Lane, Stewart Island

Day 31: Today you'll cruise to the wildlife sanctuary of Ulva Island for your guided tour
Accommodation: Kowhai Lane, Stewart Island

Day 32: Follow the Southern Scenic Route to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge

Day 33: Journey along the magnificent Milford Road to Milford Sound where you'll take a scenic cruise before returning to Te Anau
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge

Day 34: Today you'll venture deep into Fiordland National Park to the 'Sound of Silence' Doubtful Sound
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge

Day 35: Travel through rolling Southland countryside then follow Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 36: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 37: Drive the Crown Range Road to the alpine town of Wanaka
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Day 38: Enjoy one of the many lakeside walks or take a scenic cruise or tiger moth flight
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Day 39: Travel the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 40: Explore Franz Josef and the glaciers of Westland National Park
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 41: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 42: Depart Christchurch today