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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 Classic Driving tour. With many two night stays, this New Zealand itinerary lets you discover the hidden gems and iconic attractions of every destination.  We’ve also included the Milford Sound Nature Cruise -- an unmissable attraction.  After your day's exploring you’ll retreat to charming boutique lodges and hotels, where you’re received with a warm welcome by your hosts. This really is fine touring!


Accommodation type on this tour is: Boutique lodges & hotels.


This tour also features:

1 dinner

All breakfasts

Private train station transfers

Private airport transfers

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Interislander ferry crossing

Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise


Itinerary summary for: 21 day Classic New Zealand

Day 1: Arrive in Auckland City, transfer to your accommodation and spend the rest of the day at your leisure
Accommodation: The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel B&B

Day 2: Collect your rental car and then explore Auckland and surrounds
Accommodation: The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel B&B

Day 3: Head south through the Waikato countryside to geothermal Rotorua
Accommodation: Peppers on the Point

Day 4: Take a full day to explore Rotorua's volcanic attractions
Accommodation: Peppers on the Point

Day 5: Today go through Taupo and then continue towards the coast and the Art Deco city of Napier
Accommodation: McHardy Lodge

Day 6: Drive south through Hawke's Bay and the Wairarapa farmlands to arrive in the capital city of Wellington
Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 7: This morning cross the Cook Strait to Picton
Accommodation: McCormick House

Day 8: A drive on the inland route via Murchison to Kaikoura
Accommodation: Manakau Lodge

Day 9: A short drive through the Waipara Hills to Christchurch City
Accommodation: Orari & Orari Apartments

Day 10: A full day to explore Christchurch, New Zealand's garden city
Accommodation: Orari & Orari Apartments

Day 11: Cross the Canterbury Plains to arrive in Mackenzie country and Mt Cook National Park
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium

Day 12: Follow the Waitaki River, past its system of hydro lakes, as you make your way to Dunedin
Accommodation: Fletcher Lodge

Day 13: Explore Dunedin and visit the spectacular Otago Peninsula
Accommodation: Fletcher Lodge

Day 14: Cross fertile Southern farmland to arrive in Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park
Accommodation: Te Anau Lodge

Day 15: A full day to explore the magic of Milford Sound by nature cruise
Accommodation: Te Anau Lodge

Day 16: A short drive to Queenstown along the shores of Lake Wakatipu
Accommodation: Browns Boutique Hotel

Day 17: Explore the delights of this alpine adventure town
Accommodation: Browns Boutique Hotel

Day 18: Continue over the Crown Range to Wanaka and then onto the wild West Coast
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge

Day 19: Explore the glacier region's unique activities and attractions
Accommodation: Westwood Lodge

Day 20: Head to Greymouth then take the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Orari & Orari Apartments

Day 21: Depart Christchurch today