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21 Day Northbound Encounter

This 21 day tour starts in Christchurch and finishes in Auckland.


Visiting the highlights of New Zealand as well as a few hidden gems, this tour includes a great range of activities.  You’ll enjoy wildlife tours, scenic flights, glacier adventures, overnight cruises and so much more.  In the evenings you’ll relax at our favourite boutique lodges where your hosts will make you feel right at home.


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

Discover the Bay Hole in the Rock cruise

Orakei Korako Hidden Valley by floatplane

Twilight Odyssey Progressive Dinner and Winery Tour

Glacier Explorers Tour, Mt Cook National Park

Wildlife cruise and Yellow eyed penguin colony, Dunedin

Dart River Wilderness Safari, Glenorchy

TSS Earnslaw cruise and dinner at Walter Peak high country farm, Queenstown

Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise


Itinerary summary for: 21 Day Northbound Encounter

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch City
Accommodation: Orari & Orari Apartments

Day 2: Collect your rental car this morning, then you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium

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

Day 4: Join Monarch Wildlife Cruises for an amazing encounter with the marine wildlife of the Otago Peninsula
Accommodation: Fletcher Lodge

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

Day 6: Its a short drive to Manapouri where you'll depart for your Doubtful Sound overnight cruise
Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Day 7: Return to land, then travel to Queenstown and tonight cruise to Walter Peak High Country Station for dinner
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Hotel

Day 8: Journey into the remarkable Mt Aspiring National Park on board the Dart River Jetboat
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Hotel

Day 9: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge

Day 10: Experience the Glacier up close and personal during your amazing helihike
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge

Day 11: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Orari & Orari Apartments

Day 12: Drive to Kaikoura via coastal road to stay overnight in this seaside town
Accommodation: Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses

Day 13: Drive to Picton. Departing the South Island you'll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds before crossing the Cook Strait to Wellington
Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 14: Journey over the Rimutaka Ranges, then up through the Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay wine regions
Accommodation: McHardy Lodge

Day 15: Explore Napier and Hawkes Bay, this evening sample the food and wine of top winery restaurants
Accommodation: McHardy Lodge

Day 16: Leave the coast behind and head inland to Lake Taupo and then onto the cultural heartland of Rotorua
Accommodation: Black Swan Boutique Lodge

Day 17: View the remarkable features of Rotorua Lakes by air, before landing in Orakei Korako Hidden Valley. This afternoon drive to Auckland the 'City of Sails'
Accommodation: Eden Villa

Day 18: Leave Auckland over the harbour bridge, then travel north to the sub-tropical Bay of Islands
Accommodation: Arcadia Lodge, Russell

Day 19: Cruise the Bay of Islands, then you have the rest of the day to relax or explore
Accommodation: Arcadia Lodge, Russell

Day 20: Cross Northland following the aqua blue waters of the Hokianga before travelling down the Kauri Coast
Accommodation: Eden Villa

Day 21: Depart Auckland today