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Auckland to Christchurch Family Adventure

This 19 day tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Christchurch.


Explore Auckland the ‘City of Sails’ before venturing south to Waitomo and the world famous glow worm caves.  Rotorua and its Maori culture and adventure activities are next before spending a night at the rural retreat of Tarata Fishaway.  You have 2 nights in the funky capital city of Wellington, before crossing the Cook Strait to the South Island on the Interislander Ferry.  A whale watching cruise in the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura is included before arriving into Christchurch.  You then take a trip to Akaroa and swim with the world's smallest dolphin.  Continuing south you reach Mt Cook National Park's towering mountains and enjoy an iceberg encounter on the Tasman Glacier Lake.  In the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown you have time to explore the many activities on offer or simply enjoy the atmosphere and relax. The wild West Coast is next where rainforests meet glaciers and a helicopter trip here will be a highlight of your trip. The final leg returns you to Christchurch on board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train.


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

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

LOTR Film Locations Tour, Wellington

Whale Watch Kaikoura tour

Akaroa Swimming with Dolphins tour

Glacier Explorers Tour, Mt Cook National Park

Twin Glaciers Scenic Helicopter Flight, Franz Josef


Itinerary summary for: Auckland to Christchurch Family Adventure

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland City
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland

Day 2: Explore Auckland or maybe take a cruise to Waiheke Island
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland

Day 3: Travel south through the lush Waikato countryside to the limestone formations of Waitomo
Accommodation: Palm Court Motel Otorohanga

Day 4: Head to Rotorua and maybe tonight take in a Maori cultural experience
Accommodation: Bella Vista Rotorua

Day 5: Your day in Rotorua could be spent discovering the thrilling adventure rides
Accommodation: Bella Vista Rotorua

Day 6: Travel to the Rangitikei and the rural retreat of Tarata Fishaway
Accommodation: Tarata Fishaway

Day 7: Continue south through the Manawatu, then follow the Kapiti Coastline as you approach Wellington
Accommodation: CityLife Wellington

Day 8: Uncover the charms of Wellington City, including the hidden filming locations for Lord of the Rings
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: Bella Vista Blenheim

Day 10: Take the coastal road to Kaikoura
Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

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

Day 12: Travel to Bank's Peninsula and the idyllic village of Akaroa where you'll swim with the rare hector's dolphin
Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 13: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels

Day 14: Follow the dry lands to Lindis Pass which leads into Central Otago, then through the Kawerau Gorge to Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 15: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 16: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 17: Get a bird's eye view of the untouched wilderness that is Westland National Park
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 18: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 19: Depart Christchurch today