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19 day Classic New Zealand Driving Tour

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


Explore the cities and scenery of both the South and North Islands on this 19 day extensive tour.  In the South Island you’ll begin with a few days to enjoy the activities in Queenstown and visit Milford Sound.  You then begin your journey north to your final destination of Auckland City.  Highlights along the way include the West Coast glaciers, wildlife mecca of Kaikoura, Maori cultural centre of Rotorua and the relaxing Bay of Islands.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Hotel 3 star.

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:

18 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: 19 day Classic New Zealand Driving Tour

Day 1: Welcome to Queenstown
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Day 2: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Day 3: Relax on a luxury coach as your driven along the magnificent Milford Road to Milford Sound for your nature cruise
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Day 4: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Day 5: You've got the whole day to explore the pristine wilderness of Westland National Park and its glaciers
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Day 6: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 7: Explore the ever-changing city of Christchurch
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 8: It's just a short drive north to the seaside community of Kaikoura
Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 9: Travel to Picton where you will stay for the night in this seaside town
Accommodation: Picton Yacht Club Hotel

Day 10: Departing Picton you'll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds before crossing the Cook Strait to Wellington
Accommodation: Distinction Wellington Century City Hotel

Day 11: Uncover the charms of Wellington City, including the quirky cafes and fascinating museums
Accommodation: Distinction Wellington Century City Hotel

Day 12: Today is filled with fantastic scenery, beginning with the Kapiti Coastline as you depart Wellington
Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 13: Your day in Rotorua could be spent discovering Maori culture or thrilling adventure rides
Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 14: Cross the green Waikato countryside to Auckland
Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City

Day 15: Explore the 'City of Sails', perhaps a wine tour or harbour cruise
Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City

Day 16: Leave Auckland over the harbour bridge, then travel north to the sub-tropical Bay of Islands
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 17: Enjoy a free day to relax in the balmy Bay of Islands or venture north to Cape Reinga at the top of New Zealand
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 18: Cross Northland following the aqua blue waters of the Hokianga before travelling down the Kauri Coast
Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City

Day 19: Depart Auckland today