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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: 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:

22 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: 23 day Grand New Zealand

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland
Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City

Day 2: The day is yours to explore the 'City of Sails'. Maybe cruise the harbour or take a wine tour
Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City

Day 3: Cross the harbour bridge and head north to the blue waters of the Bay of Islands
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 4: You have the day to discover the gems of the Bay of Islands, take to the water or explore the history
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 5: Cross rural Northland to the Hokianga Harbour, where you'll head south along the Kauri Coast
Accommodation: Snells Beach Motel

Day 6: Pass back through Auckland and onto the rolling green countryside or the Waikato
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Day 7: Your day in Rotorua could be spent immersed in culture or sampling the many adventures to be had
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Day 8: Today is filled with fantastic scenery including Lake Taupo, the Desert Road and the Kapiti coast
Accommodation: Distinction Wellington Century City Hotel

Day 9: Cross the Cook Strait by ferry and get your camera ready for the amazing Marlborough Sounds scenery as you near Picton
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Day 10: Drive to the seaside town of Kaikoura today
Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 11: Drive south through the Waipara Valley to Christchurch
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 12: Explore the ever-changing city of Christchurch
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 13: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through rural Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country
Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Room Mount Cook View

Day 14: Follow the Waitaki River to the coast, where you'll turn south for Dunedin
Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 15: Discover the diverse wildlife that make their home on the Otago Peninsula
Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

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

Day 17: Journey along the magnificent Milford Road to Milford Sound for your Fiordland wilderness experience
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 18: Travel through rolling Southland countryside then follow Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 19: The day is yours to discover all the scenic spots and fun activities on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 20: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 21: Explore the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 22: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 23: Depart Christchurch today