Discover the must-see spots across New Zealand’s North and South Islands, from vibrant port cities to superb landscapes including geysers, lakes and snowy mountains.

21nights INDEPENDENT TOUR

Suggested route & duration

Suggested route: 21 nights Auckland to Christchurch
• Auckland: 1 night
• Bay of Islands: 3 nights
• Coromandel: 2 nights
• Rotorua: 2 nights
• Tongariro: 1 night
• Wellington: 1 night
• Nelson: 2 nights
• Greymouth: 1 night
• Glacier Region: 1 night
• Queenstown: 2 nights
• Te Anau: 1 night
• Dunedin: 2 nights
• Mount Cook Region: 1 night
• Christchurch: 1 night

About this independent tour

SELF-DRIVE
Best of New Zealand is a recommended self-drive itinerary including 22 days’ car hire, accommodation for 21 nights in mainly 3 Star hotels and motels, a personalised documentation pack and the Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton.

Recommended highlights

AUCKLAND
Known as the ‘City of Sails’ due to its two busy harbours.

BAY OF ISLANDS
Try your hand at fishing and sailing, take a dolphin cruise or visit the nearby Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

COROMANDEL
A large swathe of beautiful rugged landscape. Visit Hot Water Beach, head out on a cruise or ride the Driving Creek railway to an artists‘ colony.

ROTORUA
A geothermal hot spot renowned for its geysers, mud pools and therapeutic hot springs. Experience a traditional haka war dance and a Hangi feast.

TONGARIRO
The oldest national park in New Zealand and a mixed cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are three active volcanoes at the centre of the park.

WELLINGTON
New Zealand‘s capital is home to the excellent Te Papa National Museum and a historic cable car which leads to the Botanic Gardens.

NELSON
New Zealand’s ‘Sunshine Capital’ is the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park.

GREYMOUTH

Head to the nearby Shantytown for a recreated gold-rush experience, go quad biking or visit the Mahaki Pounamu Gallery.

GLACIER REGION
Home to the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, you could experience a flight over the glaciers or relax in a hot pool.

QUEENSTOWN
The ‘Adventure Capital of the World’ is an ideal place for some adrenalin-pumping activities. A ride on the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak is a must.

TE ANAU
Perched on the eastern shore of Te Anau Lake and the gateway to Fiordland National Park. See highlights such as the Mirror Lakes, Pop’s Lookout and the Chasm.

DUNEDIN
In the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ you can visit art galleries, Larnach Castle and the Botanic Gardens, or climb the world‘s steepest residential street.

MOUNT COOK
Discover the rugged alpine beauty of the Aoraki/Mount Cook Region, gaze up at snow-capped peaks and glaciers, and spot birds and wildlife.

CHRISTCHURCH
The ‘Garden City’ is home to charming Botanic Gardens, Cathedral Square and a wonderfully laid-back atmosphere.

Tailor your tour

TAILOR-MADE
This itinerary is completely flexible, so you can choose your own itinerary, duration and accommodation, add excursions, and extend your holiday.