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26 day Discover New Zealand

This 26 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 hidden beaches and the aqua waters of Abel Tasman National Park, 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: 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

Interislander ferry crossing

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise


Itinerary summary for: 26 day Discover New Zealand

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland the 'City of Sails'
Accommodation: The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel B&B

Day 2: With a whole day to explore you could visit some wineries, take in the views from Rangitoto or just relax
Accommodation: The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel B&B

Day 3: Leave Auckland over the harbour bridge, then travel north to the sub-tropical Bay of Islands
Accommodation: Arcadia Lodge, Russell

Day 4: The best way to explore the Bay of Islands is on the water
Accommodation: Arcadia Lodge, Russell

Day 5: Cross Northland following the aqua blue waters of the Hokianga before travelling down the Kauri Coast
Accommodation: Mangawhai Lodge

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

Day 7: Your day in Rotorua could be spent discovering Maori culture or thrilling adventure rides
Accommodation: The Springs Rotorua

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

Day 9: Cross the Cook Strait by ferry and as you approach Picton you'll have fabulous views of the Sounds
Accommodation: Kimi Ora Eco Resort

Day 10: Explore Abel Tasman National Park home to aqua blue waters and playful seals
Accommodation: Kimi Ora Eco Resort

Day 11: Pass through the Nelson Lakes region onto the seaside town of Kaikoura
Accommodation: Manakau Lodge

Day 12: Explore Kaikoura home to an abundance of marine wildlife
Accommodation: Manakau Lodge

Day 13: Pass through the Waipara Valley wine region on your way south to Christchurch
Accommodation: Orari & Orari Apartments

Day 14: Take the day to explore the ever-changing city of Christchurch
Accommodation: Orari & Orari Apartments

Day 15: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium

Day 16: Leaving the MacKenzie Country you'll follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you'll turn south for Dunedin
Accommodation: Camp Estate at Larnach Castle

Day 17: Discover the delightful wildlife that inhabit the Otago Peninsula or explore the history of Dunedin
Accommodation: Camp Estate at Larnach Castle

Day 18: Travel through the rich farmland of South Otago and Southland to reach Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland
Accommodation: Te Anau Lodge

Day 19: Journey along the magnificent Milford Road for your Fiordland wilderness experience
Accommodation: Te Anau Lodge

Day 20: Say goodbye to Fiordland and hello to the Adventure Capital of Queenstown
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Hotel

Day 21: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Hotel

Day 22: Its a short drive over the Crown Range to the quiet alpine town of Wanaka, with the rest of the day yours to explore
Accommodation: Wanaka Haven

Day 23: Allow plenty of time for photo stops during your drive through the Haast Pass with its endless waterfalls
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge

Day 24: Experience the natural wonders that Westland National Park the glaciers are famous for
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge

Day 25: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Orari & Orari Apartments

Day 26: Depart Christchurch today