18 Day Tour – Auckland to Christchurch


Explore the cities of Auckland, the pristine sub-tropical Bay of Islands, cultural mecca of Rotorua and the capital city of Wellington –  before embarking on a circuit of the South Island.

The wine regions of Marlborough, the whales and seals colony of Kaikoura, the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch and the breathtakingly mighty Southern Alps.

The Alpine adventure town of Queenstown – including Wanaka and Arrowtown – awaits before heading to the West Coast Glaciers.

Return to Christchurch on board the world famous TranzAlpine Scenic train.

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 17 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.
  • All breakfasts
  • Private train station transfers
  • TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • Private airport transfers
  • Interislander ferry crossing

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

  • RRP based on twin share/double. $3617

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Day 1: Welcome to Auckland City
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland.

Day 2: Collect your rental car, then it’s over the harbour bridge and north to the tropical Bay of Islands
Accommodation: Sea Spray Suites.

Day 3: A full day to explore, you could take to the water or discover the history of Waitangi
Accommodation: Sea Spray Suites.

Day 4: Cross Northland following the aqua blue waters of the Hokianga before travelling down the Kauri Coast
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland.

Day 5: Drive south through the fertile farmland of the Waikato and maybe stop at Hobbiton Village on your way to Rotorua
Accommodation: Quest Rotorua Central.

Day 6: Your day in Rotorua could be spent discovering Maori culture or thrilling adventure rides
Accommodation: Quest Rotorua Central.

Day 7: Today is filled with fantastic scenery including Lake Taupo, the Desert Road and the Kapiti Coastline as you approach Wellington
Accommodation: CityLife Wellington.

Day 8: Today you’ll cross the Cook Strait by Ferry. Approaching Picton you’ll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds
Accommodation: Lugano Motor Lodge.

Day 9: Drive to the seaside town of Kaikoura today
Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura.

Day 10: It’s just a short drive south to Christchurch, if time allows perhaps stop at the Waipara Valley wineries
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel.

Day 11: Explore the ever changing city of Christchurch
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel.

Day 12: Today you’ll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels.

Day 13: Follow the dry lands to Lindis Pass which leads into Central Otago, then through the Kawerau Gorge to Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments.

Day 14: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments.

Day 15: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites.

Day 16: Explore Franz Josef and Westland National Park
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites.

Day 17: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel

Day 18: Depart Christchurch today.

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