21 day Discover New Zealand

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Day 1: Arrive into Auckland City

Accommodation: Waldorf Stadium Apartments

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

Accommodation: Waldorf Stadium Apartments

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 geothermal Rotorua

Accommodation: Bella Vista Rotorua
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 220 kms / 136 miles : 2.6 hours

Day 4: A full day in Rotorua to discover the local Maori culture and see interesting volcanic landmarks

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
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 452 kms / 280 miles : 5.6 hours

Day 6: Discover the charms of Wellington City, including its many quirky cafes and museums

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: Anchor Inn Motel
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 143 kms / 89 miles : 1.8 hours

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

Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 178 kms / 111 miles : 2.5 hours

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
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 350 kms / 217 miles : 4.1 hours

Day 12: Leaving the MacKenzie Country you’ll follow the Waitaki RiverLeaving MacKenzie Country follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you’ll head south to Dunedin to the coast, where you’ll turn south for Dunedin

Accommodation: Motel on York
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 318 kms / 197 miles : 3.7 hours

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
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 387 kms / 240 miles : 4.7 hours

Day 15: Take the spectacular road to Milford Sound – allowing plenty of time for photo stops along the way

Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 233 kms / 145 miles : 3.6 hours

Day 16: Travel through the Southland countryside then follow the edge of Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown

Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 164 kms / 102 miles : 1.9 hours

Day 17: A full day to take in the many delights on offer in Queenstown

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
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 350 kms / 217 miles : 4.6 hours

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 and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch

Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel
Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 170 kms / 106 miles : 2.1 hours

Day 21: Depart Christchurch today

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