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New Zealand North and South Island Grand Tourer

This 28 day tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Christchurch.


Travel the length of New Zealand taking in the highlights and iconic landscapes you’ve heard so much about.  With many 2 night stays along the way, the relaxed pace of this tour allows you the time to really experience each destination.  The scenery and geography will change dramatically as you travel from the balmy Bay of Islands in the north, to the mountains and alpine lakes of the south.  In Fiordland National Park you’ll experience untouched wilderness, first with a journey into Milford Sound for your nature cruise and then with what must be the highlight an overnight cruise in remote Doubtful Sound.


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

Interislander ferry crossing

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise

Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise


Itinerary summary for: New Zealand North and South Island Grand Tourer

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland the 'City of Sails'
Accommodation: The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel B&B

Day 2: Explore Auckland and surrounds
Accommodation: The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel B&B

Day 3: Leave Auckland over the harbour bridge, then travel north to the sub-tropical Bay of Islands
Accommodation: Arcadia Lodge, Russell

Day 4: Discover the history of Waitangi or take a cruise through the island studded bay
Accommodation: Arcadia Lodge, Russell

Day 5: Cross Northland following the aqua blue waters of the Hokianga before travelling down the Kauri Coast
Accommodation: Mangawhai Lodge

Day 6: Drive south through the rich farmland of the Waikato and maybe stop at Hobbiton Village on your way to Rotorua
Accommodation: Black Swan Boutique Lodge

Day 7: Your day in Rotorua could be spent discovering Maori culture or thrilling adventure rides
Accommodation: Black Swan Boutique Lodge

Day 8: Today is filled with fantastic scenery including Lake Taupo, the Desert Road and the Kapiti Coastline as you approach Wellington
Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 9: Today you'll cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry. Approaching Picton you'll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds
Accommodation: Kershaw House

Day 10: Explore Abel Tasman National Park or the sunny city of Nelson
Accommodation: Kershaw House

Day 11: Head to Kaikoura via the Nelson Lakes and Lewis Pass
Accommodation: Manakau Lodge

Day 12: Explore Kaikoura and encounter the diverse marine wildlife live off shore
Accommodation: Manakau Lodge

Day 13: Continue through North Otago countryside to the city of Christchurch
Accommodation: Orari & Orari Apartments

Day 14: Explore the ever changing city of Christchurch or venture out to the Canterbury countryside
Accommodation: Orari & Orari Apartments

Day 15: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium

Day 16: Leaving the MacKenzie Country you'll follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you'll turn south for Dunedin
Accommodation: Fletcher Lodge

Day 17: Discover the Scottish heritage of Dunedin and the wonderful wildlife that lives on the Peninsula
Accommodation: Fletcher Lodge

Day 18: Travel through the rolling farmland of South Otago and Southland to reach Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland
Accommodation: Te Anau Lodge

Day 19: You'll travel the magnificent Milford Road today as it takes you to Milford Sound for your nature cruise
Accommodation: Te Anau Lodge

Day 20: Take an overnight cruise into the 'Sound of Silence'
Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Day 21: Travel through rolling Southland countryside then follow Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Hotel

Day 22: Today is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: The Dairy Private Hotel

Day 23: Take the short trip over the Crown Range to Wanaka
Accommodation: Wanaka Springs Lodge

Day 24: Relax in the delightful alpine township of Wanaka
Accommodation: Wanaka Homestead

Day 25: Travel the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast, allowing plenty of time for photo stops
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge

Day 26: Explore Franz Josef and the Westland National Park glaciers
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge

Day 27: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Orari & Orari Apartments

Day 28: Depart Christchurch today