12 day Tour – Auckland to Christchurch


This tour takes you through the heart of the country – you’ll witness the incredible diversity of New Zealand’s landscapes and scenery. From rolling hills, to sub-alpine terrain and volcanic vistas.

You will encounter the North Island’s rich Maori culture and modern cosmopolitan cities before venturing south, crossing the Cook Strait.

From disembarking in Picton, you will be met by the infamous mountains, alpine lakes and glaciers of the South Island.  This tour is also flexible enough to add additional days onto if you have extra time.

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 11 nights staying in Hotel 3 star
  • Rental car hire: included as specified for the duration of the tour package.
  • Rental car insurance included
  • Rental car inclusions: GPS navigation. unlimited kms,airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.
  • Tour pack: Includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.
  • All breakfasts
  • Private train station transfers
  • TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • Interislander ferry crossing
  • Private airport transfers

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

  • RRP based on twin share/double. $2920

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Day 1: Arrive Auckland City – check-in and explore at your own pace.
Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City.

Day 2: Collect car then drive south through Waikato farmland and maybe stop at Matamata and Hobbiton Village on your way to Rotorua.
Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua.

Day 3: Your day in Rotorua could be spent discovering Maori culture or thrilling adventure rides. Or head to Hells Gate, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Parks?
Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua.

Day 4: Today is filled with fantastic scenery including Lake Taupo, the Desert Road and the Kapiti Coastline as you approach Wellington
Accommodation: Distinction Wellington Century City Hotel.

Day 5: 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 6: Drive on the Pacific Coast Highway to Christchurch today
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold.

Day 7: Today you’ll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country.
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Room Mount Cook View.

Day 8: Drive through the Canterbury Plains to Lindis Pass which leads into Central Otago, then through the Kawerau Gorge to Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview.

Day 9: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview.

Day 10: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier.

Day 11: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch. Pass through towns such as Fox, Franz Josef and Hokitika on your way to Greymouth. Stop off at Pancake Rocks on your way.
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold.

Day 12: Depart Christchurch today.

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