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16 Day Explorer Tour of New Zealand

This 16 day tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Christchurch.


Explore the highlights of New Zealand, from Auckland all the way south to Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound, this tour has something for everyone.  You’ll begin your journey with the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula.  From there you'll travel south enjoying an amazing range of included activities along the way.  Highlights of the North Island include snorkelling in the Coromandel Peninsula and a wine tour in the Hawkes Bay.  In the south there is plenty of adventure and forays into the pristine South Island wilderness, including visits to three national parks.


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 train station transfers

Private airport transfers

Interislander ferry crossing

TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts

Rotorua Forest Canopy Tours

Cathedral Cove Cruise

Driving Creek Railway, Coromendal

Hawkes Bay Wine Experience Half Day Tour

Glacier Explorers Tour, Mt Cook National Park

Milford Sound Fly-Cruise-Fly and Dart River combo


Itinerary summary for: 16 Day Explorer Tour of New Zealand

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland City
Accommodation: CityLife Auckland

Day 2: Auckland to the idyllic Coromandel Peninsula with a stop to ride the Driving Creek Railway
Accommodation: Oceans Resort

Day 3: Explore the Coromandel Peninsula and the beautiful Cathedral Cove
Accommodation: Oceans Resort

Day 4: Travel along the Bay of Plenty before turning inland towards the lakes of Rotorua
Accommodation: Quest Rotorua Central

Day 5: Experience the Maori culture at Te Puia and in the afternoon take a thrilling zipline forest tour
Accommodation: Quest Rotorua Central

Day 6: First head to Lake Taupo before travelling east to the Hawke's Bay
Accommodation: Bella Vista Napier

Day 7: Discover the wineries of the Hawkes Bay, home of New Zealand's oldest vineyards
Accommodation: Bella Vista Napier

Day 8: Head south through the Hawkes Bay and the Wairarapa before crossing the Rimutaka Ranges to 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: Harbour View Motel

Day 10: Drive on the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway to Christchurch, the Garden City
Accommodation: Terra Vive Luxury Suites and Apartments

Day 11: Today you'll enjoy a scenic drive through Canterbury and the MacKenzie Country to Mt Cook for your iceberg encounter
Accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels

Day 12: Follow the dry lands to Lindis Pass which leads into Central Otago, then through the Kawerau Gorge to Queenstown
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 13: Fly to the spectacular Milford Sound for a cruise, then back to Dart River for a thrilling Jet Boat Ride
Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 14: Take the Crown Range Road to Wanaka before travelling the spectacular Haast Pass to the West Coast
Accommodation: Aspen Court Franz Josef

Day 15: Drive north along the stunning West Coast Road and take the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Terra Vive Luxury Suites and Apartments

Day 16: Depart Christchurch today