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21 day Classic New Zealand

This 21 day tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Christchurch.


Explore the cities and scenery of both the North and South Islands on this 21 day extensive tour.  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 two largest cities.  After crossing to the South Island on the scenic Interisland Ferry, your itinerary takes you on a circuit of spectacular scenery.  Highlights include the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura, Mt Cook 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.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Hotel 3 star.

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:

20 breakfasts

Private train station transfers

Private airport transfers

Interislander ferry crossing

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise


Itinerary summary for: 21 day Classic New Zealand

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland City
Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City

Day 2: Explore Auckland the 'City of Sails'
Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City

Day 3: Drive south through the rich fertile farmland of the Waikato and maybe stop at Hobbiton Village on your way to Rotorua
Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 4: Your day in Rotorua could be spent discovering Maori culture or thrilling adventure rides
Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 5: 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 6: Today is free to explore the quirky city of Wellington including its cafes and great museums
Accommodation: Distinction Wellington Century City Hotel

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 south along the beautiful coast highway to the seaside town of Kaikoura
Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 9: Spend the morning in Kaikoura before you drive through North Canterbury countryside to reach today's destination of Christchurch
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 10: Explore the evolving city of Christchurch, or maybe take a day trip to Akaroa
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 11: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Room Mount Cook View

Day 12: Leaving the MacKenzie Country you'll follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you'll turn south for Dunedin
Accommodation: Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

Day 13: Explore Dunedin and the Otago Peninsular
Accommodation: Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

Day 14: Travel through the rich farmland of South Otago and Southland to reach Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 15: Today you'll journey on the magnificent Milford Road to Milford Sound for your nature cruise, then back to Te Anau
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 16: Travel through rolling Southland countryside then follow Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Day 17: Explore Queenstown and try one of the many activities on offer in this fun town
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Day 18: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Day 19: Explore Fox Glacier and surrounds
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Day 20: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 21: Depart Christchurch today