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23 day Grand New Zealand

This 23 day tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Christchurch.


This comprehensive 23 day itinerary explores the North and South Island’s iconic destinations with plenty of two night stays to ensure you really experience New Zealand. From the vibrant city of Auckland to the tropical Bay of Islands, you’ll also visit the cultural mecca of Rotorua and Wellington City before crossing the Cook Strait to Marlborough at the top of the South Island. Kaikoura and its famous wildlife can be explored before continuing south towards the Southern Alps and Mt Cook National Park. Milford Sound is sure to be a highlight along with Queenstown and the West Coast Glaciers before returning to Christchurch via the world famous Tranz Alpine train.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Motels.

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:

Private airport transfers

Private train station transfers

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Interislander ferry crossing

Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise


Itinerary summary for: 23 day Grand New Zealand

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland the 'City of Sails'
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland

Day 2: Explore Auckland and surrounds
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland

Day 3: Leave Auckland over the harbour bridge, then travel north to the sub-tropical Bay of Islands
Accommodation: Sea Spray Suites

Day 4: A day to explore the remarkable Bay of Islands
Accommodation: Sea Spray Suites

Day 5: Cross Northland following the aqua blue waters of the Hokianga before travelling down the Kauri Coast
Accommodation: Snells Beach Motel

Day 6: After passing through Auckland you'll reach the rich green Waikato countryside then the Rotorua lakes
Accommodation: Tuscany Villas Rotorua

Day 7: Your day in Rotorua could be spent discovering Maori culture or thrilling adventure rides
Accommodation: Tuscany Villas Rotorua

Day 8: Today is filled with fantastic scenery including Lake Taupo, the Desert Road and the Kapiti Coastline as you approach Wellington
Accommodation: CityLife Wellington

Day 9: Today you'll cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry. Approaching Picton you'll cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds
Accommodation: Lugano Motor Lodge

Day 10: Travel the Coastal Pacific Highway to Kaikoura
Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 11: Travel through North Canterbury countryside to Christchurch
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel

Day 12: Explore the 'Garden City' of Christchurch
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel

Day 13: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels

Day 14: Leaving the MacKenzie Country you'll follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you'll turn south for Dunedin
Accommodation: Motel on York

Day 15: Explore historic Dunedin or get up close to the wildlife on Otago Peninsula
Accommodation: Motel on York

Day 16: Travel through the rich farmland of South Otago and Southland to reach Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge

Day 17: Today you'll journey along the spectacular Milford Road to Milford Sound
Accommodation: Lakefront Lodge

Day 18: Travel through rolling Southland countryside then follow Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 19: There are plenty of options for adventure and thrills during your free day in Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 20: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 21: Explore Franz Josef and the glaciers, for amazing views we recommend a scenic flight
Accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Day 22: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Merivale Manor Motel

Day 23: Depart Christchurch today