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Wellington to Christchurch 16 day Explorer Tour

This 16 day tour starts in Wellington and finishes in Christchurch.


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.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Hotel 3 star.

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:

15 breakfasts

Private train station transfers

Private airport transfers

Interislander ferry crossing

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise


Itinerary summary for: Wellington to Christchurch 16 day Explorer Tour

Day 1: Arrive into Wellington today
Accommodation: Distinction Wellington Century City Hotel

Day 2: Today you'll cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry. Approaching Picton you'll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds
Accommodation: Picton Yacht Club Hotel

Day 3: Explore Kaikoura home to an abundance of marine wildlife
Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 4: Continue south through the Canterbury countryside to Christchurch
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 5: Explore Christchurch City
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 6: Christchurch to Mt Cook National Park
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Room Mount Cook View

Day 7: Leaving the MacKenzie Country you'll follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you'll turn south for Dunedin
Accommodation: Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

Day 8: Stroll past the historic buildings of Dunedin or get up close to the wildlife of Otago Peninsula
Accommodation: Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

Day 9: Travel through the rich farmland of South Otago and Southland to reach Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 10: Journey along the magnificent Milford Road to Milford Sound for your scenic nature cruise on the fiord
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 11: Travel through rolling Southland countryside then follow Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 12: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 13: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Day 14: Discover the remarkable glaciers of Westland National Park
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Day 15: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 16: Depart Christchurch today