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Ultimate Discover New Zealand 25 day Tour

This 25 day tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Christchurch.


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.


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 train station transfers

Private airport transfers

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Interislander ferry crossing

Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise

Twilight encounter Waipoua Forest

Huka Falls Jet Boat Tour

Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise


Itinerary summary for: Ultimate Discover New Zealand 25 day Tour

Day 1: Arrive Auckland City
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland

Day 2: Leave Auckland over the harbour bridge, then travel north to Waipoua Forest and the Hokianga
Accommodation: Opononi Hotel

Day 3: Cross Northland following the aqua blue waters of the Hokianga to the tropical Bay of Islands where you'll take to the water for a cruise
Accommodation: Sea Spray Suites

Day 4: You have the day free to explore the Bay of Islands and Northland
Accommodation: Sea Spray Suites

Day 5: Head south through the vineyards of Matakana to the seaside village of Snells Beach
Accommodation: Snells Beach Motel

Day 6: After passing through Auckland you'll reach the rich green Waikato countryside then the Rotorua lakes
Accommodation: Bella Vista Rotorua

Day 7: A short trip along the Geothermal Highway to Lake Taupo
Accommodation: Beechtree Motel

Day 8: Today is filled with fantastic scenery including Lake Taupo, the Desert Road and the Kapiti Coastline as you approach Wellington
Accommodation: CityLife 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: Lugano Motor Lodge

Day 10: Drive to the seaside town of Kaikoura today
Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 11: Continue south through the Canterbury countryside to Christchurch
Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 12: Explore the city or venture further afield to Akaroa
Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 13: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo

Day 14: A day of turquoise lakes and dry hills as you travel to Mt Cook National Park
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels

Day 15: Leaving the MacKenzie Country you'll follow the Waitaki River to the coast
Accommodation: Highfield Mews

Day 16: Follow the coastline south towards Dunedin
Accommodation: Motel on York

Day 17: Travel through the rich farmland of South Otago and Southland to reach Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge

Day 18: Journey along the magnificent Milford Road to Milford Sound where you'll cruise on the pristine fiord
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge

Day 19: Travel through rolling Southland countryside then follow Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 20: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 21: It's a short trip over the Crown Range to Wanak this morning, leaving plenty of time to explore
Accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 22: Travel the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 23: Explore Franz Josef and the glaciers of Westland National Park
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 24: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 25: Depart Christchurch today