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Northbound Navigator Christchurch to Auckland

This 23 day tour starts in Christchurch and finishes in Auckland.


In just over 3 weeks, you’ll experience an amazing diversity in scenery, landscape and geography as you journey from the alpine regions of the South Island to the sub-tropical Bay of Islands in the North Island.  Along the way you have many two night stays allowing you the time to relax and soak up your surroundings which will vary from cosmopolitan cities to national parks and everything in between.


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 airport transfers

Private train station transfers

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Interislander ferry crossing

Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise


Itinerary summary for: Northbound Navigator Christchurch to Auckland

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch City
Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 2: Collect your rental car this morning, then you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels

Day 3: Leaving the MacKenzie Country you'll follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you'll turn south for Dunedin
Accommodation: Motel on York

Day 4: Today is yours to explore Dunedin and the nearby Otago Peninsula
Accommodation: Motel on York

Day 5: Travel through the rolling farmland of South Otago and Southland to reach Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge

Day 6: Te Anau to Milford Sound for your nature cruise, then return to Te Anau
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge

Day 7: Travel through rolling Southland countryside then follow Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 8: Enjoy the many exciting activities on offer in the 'Adventure Capital' of Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 9: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 10: Explore the amazing West Coast Glaciers
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 11: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 12: Head up through North Canterbury to the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura
Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 13: Travel to the idyllic Abel Tasman National Park
Accommodation: Ocean View Chalets

Day 14: Explore Abel Tasman National Park
Accommodation: Ocean View Chalets

Day 15: Today you'll cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry. Departing Picton you'll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds
Accommodation: CityLife Wellington

Day 16: Uncover the charms of Wellington City, including the quirky cafes and fascinating museums
Accommodation: CityLife Wellington

Day 17: Today is filled with fantastic scenery including Lake Taupo, the Desert Road and the Kapiti Coastline as you depart Wellington
Accommodation: Bella Vista Rotorua

Day 18: Your day in Rotorua could be spent discovering Maori culture or thrilling adventure rides
Accommodation: Bella Vista Rotorua

Day 19: Travel through the fertile green farmlands of Waikato before arriving into our largest city
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland

Day 20: Leave Auckland over the harbour bridge, then travel north to the sub-tropical Bay of Islands
Accommodation: Sea Spray Suites

Day 21: Discover the history of Waitangi or take a cruise through the island studded bay
Accommodation: Sea Spray Suites

Day 22: Cross Northland following the aqua blue waters of the Hokianga before travelling down the Kauri Coast
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland

Day 23: Depart Auckland today