21 Day Tour – Auckland to Christchurch


This extensive 21 day tour enables you to explore the cities and scenery of both the North and South Islands. Starting in the North Island you’ll travel to the Maori cultural centre of Rotorua, pass the volcanic World Heritage site of Tongariro National Park and visit our capital city, Wellington.

After crossing to the South Island on the scenic Interislander Ferry, your itinerary takes you on a circuit of spectacular scenery.  Highlights include the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura, Mount Cook / Aoraki National Park, the West Coast Glaciers and a cruise on the pristine Milford Sound – just to name a few of the destinations you have to look forward to.

Inclusions & Options

All of our tours are fully customisable –
You can add or remove inclusive activities – or swap out for others.
You can upgrade or downgrade accommodation, add extra nights – or minus some.
The standard inclusions for this tour are:
  • Accommodation for 20 nights staying in Motels
  • Rental car hire: included as specified for the duration of the tour package.
  • Rental car insurance included
  • Rental car inclusions: GPS navigation. unlimited km, airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.
  • Tour pack: Includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.
  • Private train station transfers.
  • TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • Real Journeys – Milford Sound Coach & Nature Cruise
  • Private airport transfers
  • Interislander ferry crossing


All of our tours are fully customisable. You can add, remove or swap activities to suit your preferences and requirements.

  • RRP based on twin share/double. $2955

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Day 1: Arrive into Auckland City.                                                    Accommodation: CityLife Auckland.

Day 2: Explore Auckland and surrounds and – if you can spare the time – take a tour of Waiheke Island.
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland.

Day 3: Drive south through the rich farmland of the Waikato and if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, take a short detour to Hobbiton before continuing to Rotorua.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Rotorua.

Day 4: A full day in Rotorua to discover the local Maori culture and see interesting volcanic landmarks of the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Park.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Rotorua.

Day 5: Today take in spectacular scenery including Lake Taupo, The Desert Road and Kapiti Coastline as you make your way to Wellington.
Accommodation: CityLife Wellington.

Day 6: Discover the charms of Wellington City, including its many quirky cafes and museums. Recommendation to visit the Te Papa Museum.
Accommodation: CityLife Wellington.

Day 7: Today you’ll cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry. Approaching Picton you’ll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds
Accommodation: Picton Yacht Club Hotel.

Day 8: Drive to Kaikoura today on the Pacific Coast scenic route
Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura.

Day 9: Do an optional activity in Kaikoura before you continue south over the Hawkswood range and then crossing the Canterbury Plains to arrive in Christchurch City. **Optional Activities can include the coastal walks and seal colony**.
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel.

Day 10: Explore the evolving city of Christchurch or take a day trip to the charming French town of Akaroa.
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel.

Day 11: Today you’ll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country.
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels.

Day 12: Leaving MacKenzie Country follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you’ll head south to Dunedin.
Accommodation: Motel on York, Dunedin.

Day 13: Spend a full day exploring Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
Accommodation: Motel on York.

Day 14: Travel through the rich farmland of Southland to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park.
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge.

Day 15: Take the spectacular road to Milford Sound – allowing plenty of time for photo stops along the way; including Mirror Lakes and Monkey Falls.
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge.

Day 16: Travel through the Southland countryside then follow the edge of Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown.
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments.

Day 17: A full day to take in the many delights on offer in Queenstown. Maybe head out for a half-day trip to the charming Arrowtown.
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments.

Day 18: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling through the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast.
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites.

Day 19: Explore Franz Josef and the wilderness of Westland National Park.
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites.

Day 20: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road to Greymouth, and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch.
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel.

Day 21: Depart Christchurch today.

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