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Auckland to Queenstown 14 day self drive tour

This 14 day tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Queenstown.


Travel south from the vibrant city of Auckland to the spectacular mountains and thrilling adventures of Queenstown.  Along the way you’ll experience heartland New Zealand, including the cultural mecca of Rotorua and quirky Wellington City in the North Island.  Then it's across to the South Island where you will enjoy opportunities for wildlife encounters in Kaikoura, plenty of time to explore the inspiring city of Christchurch, and plenty of chances to take in awe-inspiring alpine scenery and iconic adventure activities.


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:

All breakfasts

Private airport transfers

Interislander ferry crossing


Itinerary summary for: Auckland to Queenstown 14 day self drive tour

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland City. If time allows, a harbour cruise is a great introduction to the sights
Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City

Day 2: Explore Auckland and its surrounding suburbs
Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City

Day 3: Drive south through the lush Waikato farmland, then detour to Hobbiton if you choose, on your way to Rotorua
Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 4: Spend a full day in Rotorua discovering the local Maori Culture and fascinating geothermal attractions
Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 5: Today Make your way to Wellington with plenty of stops for spectacular scenery - including Lake Taupo, the Desert Road and the Kapiti Coastline
Accommodation: Distinction Wellington Century City Hotel

Day 6: Experience the charms of Wellington City, including quirky cafes, museums and renowned film locations
Accommodation: Distinction Wellington Century City Hotel

Day 7: Take the Interislander Ferry across the cook strait. Cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds before arriving into Picton
Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Day 8: Drive to the seaside town of Kaikoura
Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 9: Continue south through the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 10: Explore the re-emerging city of Christchurch then venture further afield to charming 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: Today travel over the Lindis Pass then continue on through the Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 13: A full day to discover the scenic delights of beautiful Queenstown
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 14: Depart Queenstown today