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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 extensive 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: West Coast glaciers; the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura; Maori cultural centre, Rotorua; and the relaxing Bay of Islands.


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

Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise


Itinerary summary for: 19 day Classic New Zealand Driving Tour

Day 1: Welcome to Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 2: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 3: Travel the magnificent Milford Road by luxury coach, sit back and enjoy the views
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 4: This morning your rental car is delivered, then its over the Crown Range and through the Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 5: Explore the glaciers and wilderness of Westland National Park
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 6: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Amore Motor Lodge

Day 7: Explore the ever-changing city of Christchurch
Accommodation: Amore Motor Lodge

Day 8: Just a short drive north through the Waipara Valley vineyards to the Pacific Ocean and Kaikoura
Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 9: Drive from Kaikoura to Picton today
Accommodation: Harbour View Motel

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

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

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

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

Day 14: Cross the green Waikato countryside to Auckland
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland

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

Day 16: Leave Auckland over the harbour bridge, then travel north to the sub-tropical Bay of Islands
Accommodation: Sea Spray Suites

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: Sea Spray Suites

Day 18: Cross Northland following the aqua blue waters of the Hokianga before travelling down the Kauri Coast
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland

Day 19: Depart Auckland today