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Auckland to Christchurch 15 day hiking explorer

This 15 day tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Christchurch.


Explore Tongariro National Parks famous Tongariro Crossing day hike, considered one of the finest day walks in the world. Then travel south and cross the Cook Strait and drive the Pacific coastline to Kaikoura and onto Christchurch.  From there you'll head to Mt Cook National Park before venturing deeper south and into the Southern Lakes region. From here you take the 3 day/2 night guided walk on the famous Routeburn Track. Returning to Queenstown you then continue north to the glacier region  before returning to Christchurch on board the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.


Accommodation type on this tour is: Hotel 4 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 train station transfers

Private airport transfers

Interislander ferry crossing

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Tongariro Crossing Guided Walk

Routeburn Track Guided Walk with Ultimate Hikes


Itinerary summary for: Auckland to Christchurch 15 day hiking explorer

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland the 'City of Sails'
Accommodation: SkyCity Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Travel south through rural Waikato and King Country to Tongariro National Park
Accommodation: Bayview Chateau Tongariro

Day 3: Today you'll accomplish one of the greatest day walks in the world - The Tongariro Crossing
Accommodation: Bayview Chateau Tongariro

Day 4: Follow State Highway 1 South to the capital city of Wellington
Accommodation: Bolton Hotel Wellington

Day 5: Cross to the South Island and then drive the Pacific Coast to Kaikoura
Accommodation: Manakau Lodge

Day 6: Continue south and onto the city of Christhchurch
Accommodation: The George Hotel

Day 7: Enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country to Mt Cook National Park
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Wing Premium

Day 8: Follow the dry lands to Lindis Pass which leads into Central Otago, then through the Kawerau Gorge to Queenstown
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 9: Explore the sights of Queenstown and this afternoon attend your Routeburn Track briefing
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 10: Travel from Queenstown to the start of the Routeburn Track, then hike to Lake Mackenzie
Accommodation: Routeburn Track Lodges

Day 11: Fantastic mountain views today and tonight you stay at the Routeburn Falls Lodge
Accommodation: Routeburn Track Lodges

Day 12: Descend to the forested lowlands, before you return by coach to Queenstown
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 13: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 14: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: The George Hotel

Day 15: Depart Christchurch today