This itinerary takes you on a scenic journey across the North and South Islands, exploring natural wonders, stunning scenery and charming towns.


Suggested route & duration

Suggested route: 14 nights Auckland to Christchurch
• Coromandel: 2 nights
• Rotorua: 1 night
• Tongariro: 1 night
• Wellington: 1 night
• Nelson: 2 nights
• Glacier Region: 1 night
• Wanaka: 1 night
• Queenstown: 2 nights
• Te Anau: 1 night
• Dunedin: 1 night
• Christchurch: 1 night

About this independent tour

New Zealand Splendour is a recommended self-drive itinerary including 15 days’ car hire, accommodation for 14 nights in mainly 3 Star hotels and motels, a personalised documentation pack and the Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton.

Recommended highlights

A vibrant harbourside city with plenty of shopping and dining opportunities, beautiful parks and a buzzing waterfront.

This ruggedly beautiful region has golden beaches, rainforest and lots of marine wildlife.

The Maori cultural capital and a geothermal gem with hot springs, mud pools and geysers.

Discover The Lord of the Rings scenery and remarkable volcanic landscapes in this vast national park. Hiking trails include the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Renowned for its scenic harbour setting, gourmet cuisine and fantastic arts scene, New Zealand’s capital is also the gateway to the South Island.

This laid-back city boasts the country’s best year-round climate, golden beaches, a thriving arts scene and access to Abel Tasman National Park.

The remarkable Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are located within the Westland National Park. Explore the frozen landscapes with heli-hikes and scenic flights.

This small town is in a peaceful setting on the shore of Lake Wanaka, with incredible scenery and access to Mount Aspiring National Park.

A picture-perfect backdrop of snow-capped mountains and lakes, Queenstown is a spectacular setting for adventure sports including sky diving and bungee jumping.

Discover the magnificent scenery of Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park from this tranquil lakeside town.

Dubbed the ‘Edinburgh of New Zealand’, this hilly city is proud of its Scottish roots and is home to beautiful Botanic Gardens and New Zealand’s only castle.

This charming English-style city set on the banks of the River Avon is home to pretty parks and fantastic shopping and dining. It also offers easy access to beaches and the picturesque Banks Peninsula.

Tailor your tour

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