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See the best of the North & South Islands on these touring holiday packages. All our touring ideas can be modified or we can create a tailor made New Zealand itinerary for you.

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Beautiful architecture of a church in Dunedin
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Motels
  • This 14 day itinerary ensures you get to experience the essential must see destinations of each island. From the City of Sails to the golden sand beaches of the Coromandel and the adventure and culture of Rotorua, the wine regions of Napier and the capital of Wellington. Cross to the South Island and its rugged mountains, glaciers and lakes. A true classic driving tour, perfect to customise to your ideal holiday.

  • Viewed 129 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$2,921
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Rotorua, New Zealand
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Motels
  • Explore the cities and scenery of both the North and South Islands on this extensive 21 day tour.  In the North Island you’ll travel to the Maori cultural centre of Rotorua, pass the volcanic World Heritage site of Tongariro National Park and visit our two largest cities.  After crossing to the South Island on the scenic Interisland Ferry, your itinerary takes you on a circuit of spectacular scenery.  Highlights include the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura, Mt Cook National Park, the West Coast glaciers and a cruise on the pristine Milford Sound, just to name a few of the destinations you have to look forward to.

  • Viewed 75 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$4,008
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Visit the Hobbiton movie set from the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Motels
  • Explore the highlights of Middle Earth and the spectacular scenery made famous in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. You’ll enjoy visiting some of the filming locations for the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies. See Hobbiton Village. Drive through the Canterbury high country around Mt. Potts and Mt. Sunday, also known as Edoras. Driving through the Mackenzie country, near Mt Cook National Park, you’ll recognise many of the scenes and backdrops from the movies. And in Queenstown you’ll experience a half day Nomad Safari of the Scenes tour, visiting remarkable locations such as Forest of Lothlorien and the Ithilien Camp.  

  • Viewed 77 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$4,076
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Take a canoe or a kayak out on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Travelling through the heart of the country you’ll journey past an incredible diversity of New Zealand landscapes and scenery.  From the North Island’s rich Maori culture and modern cosmopolitan cities you’ll venture south crossing the Cook Strait to the mountains, alpine lakes and glaciers of the South Island.  This tour is also flexible enough to add additional days onto if you have extra time.

  • Viewed 100 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$2,846
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Heritage Tramway in Christchurch
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Motels
  • From Wellington take the stunning journey on the Interislander ferry across the Cook Strait to Picton where you’ll follow the Pacific Ocean coast south through the marine wildlife mecca of Kaikoura to Christchurch.  After 2 nights in Christchurch you’ll cross the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps and Mt. Cook National Park.  The final leg of your travels takes you to the alpine resort of Queenstown.

  • Viewed 99 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$1,380
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The view over Lyttleton Harbour in Christchurch
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Travelling through the heart of the country you’ll journey past an incredible diversity of New Zealand landscapes and scenery.  From the North Island’s rich Maori culture and modern cosmopolitan cities you’ll venture south crossing the Cook Strait to the picturesque Marlborough Sounds and wildlife mecca of Kaikoura.  This tour is also flexible enough to add additional days if you have extra time.

  • Viewed 47 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$1,606
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Drive the scenic and unique Lindis Pass route
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Hotel 4 star
  • From Auckland travel south exploring the culture of the north island. Cross the Cook Strait and after a night in the wine-growing region of Marlborough you continue south to Kaikoura for a whale-watching cruise, then onto Christchurch.  From Christchurch, you cross the Canterbury Plains towards the Southern Alps and Mt. Cook where you get close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Lake. The alpine resort of Queenstown is your final destination where you’ll spend two nights, allowing enough time for the ultimate adventure a scenic flight to Milford where you cruise the fiord before returning to Mt Aspiring National Park for the Dart River Safari.

  • Viewed 44 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$4,077
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Aerial view over Queenstown at dusk
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Motels
  • 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.

  • Viewed 33 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$4,628
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Sunset over Mt Cook
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Hotel 3 star
  • From the vibrant city of Auckland you’ll travel south to the spectacular mountains and thrilling adventures of Queenstown.  Along the way you’ll travel through heartland New Zealand, including the cultural mecca of Rotorua and quirky Wellington City in the North Island.  While in the South Island you have opportunities for wildlife encounters in Kaikoura and plenty of time to explore the spectacular scenery of Queenstown.

  • Viewed 18 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$2,293
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The beautiful Marlborough Sounds
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Explore the cities and scenery of both the North and South Islands on this 21 day extensive tour.  In the North Island you’ll travel to the Maori cultural centre of Rotorua, pass the volcanic World Heritage site of Tongariro National Park and visit our two largest cities.  After crossing to the South Island on the scenic Interisland Ferry, your itinerary takes you on a circuit of spectacular scenery.  Highlights include the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura, Mt Cook National Park, the West Coast glaciers and a cruise on the pristine Milford Sound, just to name a few of the destinations you have to look forward to.

  • Viewed 52 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$5,013
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