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North to South 18 day Explorer self drive tour

This 18 day tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Christchurch.


Explore the cities of Auckland, the tropical Bay of Islands, Rotorua and Wellington before embarking on a circuit of the South Island. The wine regions of Marlborough, the whales of Kaikoura, the garden city of Christchurch and the mighty Southern Alps. The Alpine adventure town of Queenstown awaits before heading to the West Coast Glaciers. Return to Christchurch on board the world famous Tranz Alpine 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

Interislander ferry crossing

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch


Itinerary summary for: North to South 18 day Explorer self drive tour

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland City
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland

Day 2: Collect your rental car, then it's over the harbour bridge and north to the tropical Bay of Islands
Accommodation: Sea Spray Suites

Day 3: A full day to explore, you could take to the water or discover the history of Waitangi
Accommodation: Sea Spray Suites

Day 4: Cross Northland following the aqua blue waters of the Hokianga before travelling down the Kauri Coast
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland

Day 5: Drive south through the fertile farmland of the Waikato and maybe stop at Hobbiton Village on your way to Rotorua
Accommodation: Quest Rotorua Central

Day 6: Your day in Rotorua could be spent discovering Maori culture or thrilling adventure rides
Accommodation: Quest Rotorua Central

Day 7: Today is filled with fantastic scenery including Lake Taupo, the Desert Road and the Kapiti Coastline as you approach Wellington
Accommodation: CityLife Wellington

Day 8: Today you'll cross the Cook Strait by Ferry. Approaching Picton you'll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds
Accommodation: Lugano Motor Lodge

Day 9: Drive to the seaside town of Kaikoura today
Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 10: It’s just a short drive south to Christchurch, if time allows perhaps stop at the Waipara Valley wineries
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel

Day 11: Explore the ever changing city of Christchurch
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel

Day 12: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels

Day 13: 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 14: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 15: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 16: Explore Franz Josef and Westland National Park
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 17: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel

Day 18: Depart Christchurch today