Overview

This 21-day tour of the North and South Islands brings you to the major attractions and locations where a wide range of energetic activities can be enjoyed. A jet boat ride on the Dart River kicks off your journey in the south. On the glaciers, you will embark on an exciting helihike before boarding the popular TranzAlpine scenic train that will transport you from the West Coast to Christchurch. Experience culture at North Island’s Te Puia, and enjoy the delights of the Hobbiton Village. You can bring along the entire family on this adventure thanks to a fantastic self-contained accommodation included in this tour.

Itineraries

All itineraries can be amended or combined with other itineraries. Please advise amendments when requesting a quote.

Queenstown - Wanaka - Franz Josef Glacier - Christchurch - Kaikoura - Blenheim - Nelson/Abel Tasman National Park - Wellington - Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands - Auckland

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Welcome to Queenstown
Dart River Wilderness Safari
Queenstown to Wanaka
Lake Wanaka Cruise and Island Nature Walk
Wanaka to Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier Helihike
Tranz Alpine train Greymouth to Christchurch
Christchurch to Kaikoura
Kaikoura to Blenheim
Blenheim to Abel Tasman National Park via Queen Charlotte Drive
Abel Tasman National Park
Interislander ferry Picton to Wellington
Wellington City
Wellington to Rotorua
Around Rotorua
Rotorua to Matamata to Auckland
Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands
Explore the Bay of Islands
Dune Rider Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach Day Tour
Bay of Islands via Waipoua Forest to Auckland
Depart Auckland

Day 1

Welcome to Queenstown

Day 2

Dart River Wilderness Safari

Day 3

Queenstown to Wanaka

Travel Time: 1 hr

Distance: 60 kms

Day 4

Lake Wanaka Cruise and Island Nature Walk

Day 5

Wanaka to Franz Josef Glacier

Travel Time: 3 hrs 25 mins

Distance: 282 kms

Day 6

Franz Josef Glacier Helihike

Day 7

Tranz Alpine train Greymouth to Christchurch

Travel Time: 2 hrs 10 mins

Distance: 170 kms

Day 8

Christchurch to Kaikoura

Travel Time: 2 hrs

Distance: 166 kms

Day 9

Kaikoura to Blenheim

Travel Time: 1 hr 25 mins

Distance: 116 kms

Day 10

Blenheim to Abel Tasman National Park via Queen Charlotte Drive

Travel Time: 2 hrs 50 mins

Distance: 184 kms

Day 11

Abel Tasman National Park

Day 12

Interislander ferry Picton to Wellington

Travel Time: 2 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 162 kms

Day 13

Wellington City

Day 14

Wellington to Rotorua

Travel Time: 5 hrs 20 mins

Distance: 441 kms

Day 15

Around Rotorua

Day 16

Rotorua to Matamata to Auckland

Travel Time: 3 hrs

Distance: 241 kms

Day 17

Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands

Travel Time: 3 hrs

Distance: 226 kms

Day 18

Explore the Bay of Islands

Day 19

Dune Rider Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach Day Tour

Day 20

Bay of Islands via Waipoua Forest to Auckland

Travel Time: 4 hrs 25 mins

Distance: 343 kms

Day 21

Depart Auckland

Welcome to Queenstown 

Renowned for its adrenaline inducing activities 'Queenstown' is synonymous with adventure. Parked on the shores of Lake Wakatipu this small alpine town is nestled below soaring vistas of The Remarkables Mountain Range. While arguably the brightest gem in New Zealand’s crown, Queenstown offers far more than an action-packed getaway. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Shotover Canyon River Jet Boat Adventure 
SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour 
Stay 2 nights Queesntown

Take a one and a half hour jet boat safari through the remote wilderness of Mt Aspiring National Park. Home to towering mountains, alpine bush, glacial lakes and icy rivers, this spectacular trip is considered one of the most scenic in the world. Following your boat journey, take a 40 minute walk through ancient beech forests over 80 million years old. Learn about the area and its history before taking a  four wheel drive coach on a 50 minute journey to the isolated hamlet of Paradise - home to many Lord of the Rings filming locations.

Queenstown to Wanaka 

Leaving Queenstown you'll drive over New Zealand's highest sealed road, the Crown Range before arriving into the resort town of Wanaka.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Tiger Moth flight - Freedom of Romance

Stay 2 nights Wanaka

Lying close to the centre of Lake Wanaka is Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve. A unique glacial remnant of the last ice age, the island is also the historic site of early shipbuilding and used to be a stopping place for the steamers and log rafts that once plied the lake. 

The route follows the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before you enter the village of Makarora, the gateway to Mt. Aspiring National Park.  The Blue Pools, just outside Makarora, are a wonderful 30 minute walk through pristine native beech forest. Descending into Mt. Aspiring National Park and towards the Haast Pass, crashing rivers and waterfalls are around every corner. Crossing the Haast River you are now truly on the wild West Coast, a 600 kilometre stretch of bush, rainforest and podocarp forest. First Fox Glacier welcomes you to the glacier region and Franz Josef township is just a further 45 minutes. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Blue Pools Nature Experience 

Stay 2 nights Franz Josef

Take a scenic flight over all three Franz Josef glacier icefalls. Landing high on the glacier take a two hour guided trip through some of the most beautiful terrain in the country. Your guide will choose the route as you go through a wonderland of blue ice and frozen pinnacles. You’ll have endless views of the surrounding mountains and rainforest as well as plenty of opportunities to take photographs. Sure to be one of the most memorable experiences you have while you are in New Zealand.

Franz Josef to Greymouth Train Station

Today you’ll drive to Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast and the starting point for the next leg of your journey - the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train. 

Tranz Alpine Scenic train Greymouth to Christchurch

Considered one of the world's great train journeys, the Tranz Alpine scenic train takes you from Greymouth to Christchurch. You'll travel across the South Island through the Arthur's Pass National Park from the west coast to the east.

Stay 1 night Christchurch

Christchurch to Kaikoura 

The drive north from Christchurch to Kaikoura takes you through the rolling hills of North Canterbury's major wine region, the Waipara Valley. Allow time for a detour and visit Hanmer Springs for a dip in the mineral hot pools. Continue on and cross the Hawkswood Range before descending to the spectacular Kaikoura coastline - where the road hugs the ocean for the last leg of the drive.

Whale Watch Kaikoura

New Zealand's only marine based whale watching company, Whale Watch Kaikoura offer visitors a once-in-a-lifetime up close encounter with the giant sperm Whale. 

Stay 1 night Kaikoura

Heading north from Kaikoura, the road hugs the shore for approximately 50 kilometres and offers many opportunities to view the native wildlife such as seabirds and New Zealand fur seals. Crossing the ‘dry hills’ of the Marlborough ranges you head towards Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine producing region.  Blenheim sits right at the heart of Marlborough and is ideally located to enjoy an afternoon sampling the local produce. 

Half day wine tasting tour

Be immersed in Marlborough wine country. You’ll be collected from your accommodation and taken through wineries to taste the award winning produce this region is known for. 

Stay 1 night Blenheim

Take a short drive to the small port of Picton where the interislander ferry connects with Wellington.  You’ll travel along Queen Charlotte Drive, traversing the length of the Marlborough Sounds coastline. Magnificent views are abundant - so be sure to make time to stop and enjoy the scenery as you go.

Continue through the small port town of Havelock, home to a variety of cafes and restaurants. The highway between Nelson and Picton crosses the pelorus river, and at this junction you’ll find the famous pelorus bridge. Traverse Tasman Bay passing through Motueka to arrive on the outskirts of Abel Tasman National Park.

Stay 2 nights Nelson/Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park, known for its coastal hiking track has an abundance of golden beaches, inlets and private lagoons. The park has a mild climate and is a special place to visit at any time of the year. 

Beaches, Bays and Seals Guided Sea Kayaking Trip including picnic lunch

Combining the best of the Abel Tasman, this trip showcases incredible beaches, coastal walks and native wildlife. 

The drive takes you through the city of Nelson and along the coast of Tasman Bay towards the Bryant Range. 

Starting in the town of Havelock the Queen Charlotte Drive travels the Marlborough Sounds coastline towards the port town of Picton.

Picton the busy port town of Picton, and its here from that the Interislander ferries arrive and depart. 

Interislander ferry Picton to Wellington

The 92 km journey between Picton and Wellington takes around 3 hours and has been described as 'one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world'. 

Stay 2 nights Wellington

Wellington, home to New Zealand’s centre of government has a largely cosmopolitan feel. Often referred to as ‘mini-Melbourne’, this (self described) windy city is a melting pot of art, culture, food and fashion. Quirky laneway bars, underground art shows, and hipster eateries make up its inner city vibe, while a host of sandy beaches outside the urban bustle bring a cheerful holiday feel.

Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary Night Tour

Taking a night tour of Zealandia wildlife eco-sanctuary is an unforgettable experience and one that comes highly recommended. A conservation success and safe haven for some of New Zealand's rarest native animals, Zealandia is home to many remarkable species of birds, reptiles and insects living wild within a beautiful 225 hectare (one square mile) valley – just 10 minutes from the central city.

The drive from Wellington to Taupo takes you via the Kapiti Coast. 

Skirting Tongariro National Park, one of New Zealand’s three world heritage sites, you can see the 2,500 metre peak of the volcanically active Mt. Ruapehu. The township of Taupo sits on the shores of New Zealand's largest lake, Lake Taupo. Continuing on to Rotorua you pass the volcanic valley, visit either Wai O Tapu or the Waimangu Valley for a closer look. Arriving into Rotorua the city’s geothermal activity is evident with steam rising from the roadside and hills. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Rainbow Springs and Behind the Scenes Kiwi Encounter 

Stay 2 nights Rotorua

Te Puia Daytime Experience

Only a short hop from the Rotorua township you’ll find Te Puia, known as New Zealand’s living Maori cultural experience. Sprawling across 60 hectares of volcanic land, it’s home to the world renowned Pohutu Geyser, a live kiwi enclosure and more than 500 geothermal wonders.

Rotorua Forest Canopy Tours

Embark on a three hour adventure through native New Zealand forest. Journey through the beautiful forest canopy via an incredible network of trails, tree platforms, Ziplines and swing bridges. See breathtaking views of the woodland valleys and hills as you fly through tight openings in the trees.

Leave the steaming vents and boiling pools of the geothermal region behind as you make your way through the lush dairy pastures of the the Waikato. Arrive into the small town of Matamata, for a visit to the fully intact set of Hobbiton. 

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Become immersed in the The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films when you visit the actual Hobbiton movie set.

Matamata to Auckland

Your drive continues north west crossing the dairy country of the Hauraki Plains before arriving at State Highway 1. The Bombay Hills guide you to Auckland City

Stay 1 night Auckland

The trip from Auckland to the Bay Of Islands takes around 3.5 hours but give yourself some leeway for stops and sightseeing. As you go through Puhoi, take in the bohemian atmosphere of this historical township. Stop for a breath of fresh salty air in Whangarei and take another break at Kawakawa - home to the world famous Hundertwasser toilets. Enjoy the native bush surrounds and marvel at the endless golden beaches as you arrive into central Bay Of The Islands, Paihia.

Stay 3 nights Paihia

Discover the Bay Hole in the Rock Cruise

Take in the bay’s serenity as you cruise the 144 islands dotting the natural harbour. See the world renowned Piercy Island ‘Hole in the Rock’ and marvel at the abundant marine life through the underwater cameras - custom built for dolphin and whale watching. 

Explore the Bay of Islands 

Commonly known as the ‘winterless north’ New Zealand’s Bay of Islands is made up of over 140 subtropical atolls. Renowned for its untouched beaches, abundant marine life and idyllic climate, this tropical paradise ticks all the boxes. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Sail the R Tucker Thompson 

An off road adventure through one of the most isolated and dramatic regions in New Zealand. You’ll see 90 mile beach with its wild waves and steep dunes - where you’ll have the opportunity to sandboard - see Gumdiggers park and visit and ancient Kauri workshop, as well as visit the Cape Reinga lighthouse, the northernmost point of New Zealand. On the way home you’ll stop in at the famous Mangonui Fish Shop for a taste of New Zealand’s favourite dish.

Today you will leave the Bay of Islands for a scenic return trip to Auckland. Head west, leaving the Pacific Ocean for the wilder seas of the Tasman and Hokianga. Go through the small townships of Omapere and Opononi, each with a great seaside feel.

Your route now goes south through Waipoua Forest, home to the largest and oldest Kauri trees in the country.

Continuing on, go through Warkworth and the bohemian settlement of Puhoi before crossing the harbour bridge to arrive in Auckland city.

Stay 1 night Auckland

Explore more of vibrant Auckland city before dropping your rental car at the airport depot and continuing your onward journey.

Day 1, Welcome to Queenstown

Welcome to Queenstown
Welcome to Queenstown 

Renowned for its adrenaline inducing activities 'Queenstown' is synonymous with adventure. Parked on the shores of Lake Wakatipu this small alpine town is nestled below soaring vistas of The Remarkables Mountain Range. While arguably the brightest gem in New Zealand’s crown, Queenstown offers far more than an action-packed getaway. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Shotover Canyon River Jet Boat Adventure 
SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour 
Stay 2 nights Queesntown

Day 2, Dart River Wilderness Safari

Dart River Wilderness Safari

Take a one and a half hour jet boat safari through the remote wilderness of Mt Aspiring National Park. Home to towering mountains, alpine bush, glacial lakes and icy rivers, this spectacular trip is considered one of the most scenic in the world. Following your boat journey, take a 40 minute walk through ancient beech forests over 80 million years old. Learn about the area and its history before taking a  four wheel drive coach on a 50 minute journey to the isolated hamlet of Paradise - home to many Lord of the Rings filming locations.

Day 3, Queenstown to Wanaka

Queenstown to Wanaka

Travel Time: 1 hr

Distance: 60 kms

Queenstown to Wanaka 

Leaving Queenstown you'll drive over New Zealand's highest sealed road, the Crown Range before arriving into the resort town of Wanaka.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Tiger Moth flight - Freedom of Romance

Stay 2 nights Wanaka

Day 4, Lake Wanaka Cruise and Island Nature Walk

Lake Wanaka Cruise and Island Nature Walk

Lying close to the centre of Lake Wanaka is Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve. A unique glacial remnant of the last ice age, the island is also the historic site of early shipbuilding and used to be a stopping place for the steamers and log rafts that once plied the lake. 

Day 5, Wanaka to Franz Josef Glacier

Wanaka to Franz Josef Glacier

Travel Time: 3 hrs 25 mins

Distance: 282 kms

The route follows the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before you enter the village of Makarora, the gateway to Mt. Aspiring National Park.  The Blue Pools, just outside Makarora, are a wonderful 30 minute walk through pristine native beech forest. Descending into Mt. Aspiring National Park and towards the Haast Pass, crashing rivers and waterfalls are around every corner. Crossing the Haast River you are now truly on the wild West Coast, a 600 kilometre stretch of bush, rainforest and podocarp forest. First Fox Glacier welcomes you to the glacier region and Franz Josef township is just a further 45 minutes. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Blue Pools Nature Experience 

Stay 2 nights Franz Josef

Day 6, Franz Josef Glacier Helihike

Franz Josef Glacier Helihike

Take a scenic flight over all three Franz Josef glacier icefalls. Landing high on the glacier take a two hour guided trip through some of the most beautiful terrain in the country. Your guide will choose the route as you go through a wonderland of blue ice and frozen pinnacles. You’ll have endless views of the surrounding mountains and rainforest as well as plenty of opportunities to take photographs. Sure to be one of the most memorable experiences you have while you are in New Zealand.

Day 7, Tranz Alpine train Greymouth to Christchurch

Tranz Alpine train Greymouth to Christchurch

Travel Time: 2 hrs 10 mins

Distance: 170 kms

Franz Josef to Greymouth Train Station

Today you’ll drive to Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast and the starting point for the next leg of your journey - the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train. 

Tranz Alpine Scenic train Greymouth to Christchurch

Considered one of the world's great train journeys, the Tranz Alpine scenic train takes you from Greymouth to Christchurch. You'll travel across the South Island through the Arthur's Pass National Park from the west coast to the east.

Stay 1 night Christchurch

Day 8, Christchurch to Kaikoura

Christchurch to Kaikoura

Travel Time: 2 hrs

Distance: 166 kms

Christchurch to Kaikoura 

The drive north from Christchurch to Kaikoura takes you through the rolling hills of North Canterbury's major wine region, the Waipara Valley. Allow time for a detour and visit Hanmer Springs for a dip in the mineral hot pools. Continue on and cross the Hawkswood Range before descending to the spectacular Kaikoura coastline - where the road hugs the ocean for the last leg of the drive.

Whale Watch Kaikoura

New Zealand's only marine based whale watching company, Whale Watch Kaikoura offer visitors a once-in-a-lifetime up close encounter with the giant sperm Whale. 

Stay 1 night Kaikoura

Day 9, Kaikoura to Blenheim

Kaikoura to Blenheim

Travel Time: 1 hr 25 mins

Distance: 116 kms

Heading north from Kaikoura, the road hugs the shore for approximately 50 kilometres and offers many opportunities to view the native wildlife such as seabirds and New Zealand fur seals. Crossing the ‘dry hills’ of the Marlborough ranges you head towards Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine producing region.  Blenheim sits right at the heart of Marlborough and is ideally located to enjoy an afternoon sampling the local produce. 

Half day wine tasting tour

Be immersed in Marlborough wine country. You’ll be collected from your accommodation and taken through wineries to taste the award winning produce this region is known for. 

Stay 1 night Blenheim

Day 10, Blenheim to Abel Tasman National Park via Queen Charlotte Drive

Blenheim to Abel Tasman National Park via Queen Charlotte Drive

Travel Time: 2 hrs 50 mins

Distance: 184 kms

Take a short drive to the small port of Picton where the interislander ferry connects with Wellington.  You’ll travel along Queen Charlotte Drive, traversing the length of the Marlborough Sounds coastline. Magnificent views are abundant - so be sure to make time to stop and enjoy the scenery as you go.

Continue through the small port town of Havelock, home to a variety of cafes and restaurants. The highway between Nelson and Picton crosses the pelorus river, and at this junction you’ll find the famous pelorus bridge. Traverse Tasman Bay passing through Motueka to arrive on the outskirts of Abel Tasman National Park.

Stay 2 nights Nelson/Abel Tasman National Park

Day 11, Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park, known for its coastal hiking track has an abundance of golden beaches, inlets and private lagoons. The park has a mild climate and is a special place to visit at any time of the year. 

Beaches, Bays and Seals Guided Sea Kayaking Trip including picnic lunch

Combining the best of the Abel Tasman, this trip showcases incredible beaches, coastal walks and native wildlife. 

Day 12, Interislander ferry Picton to Wellington

Interislander ferry Picton to Wellington

Travel Time: 2 hrs 30 mins

Distance: 162 kms

The drive takes you through the city of Nelson and along the coast of Tasman Bay towards the Bryant Range. 

Starting in the town of Havelock the Queen Charlotte Drive travels the Marlborough Sounds coastline towards the port town of Picton.

Picton the busy port town of Picton, and its here from that the Interislander ferries arrive and depart. 

Interislander ferry Picton to Wellington

The 92 km journey between Picton and Wellington takes around 3 hours and has been described as 'one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world'. 

Stay 2 nights Wellington

Day 13, Wellington City

Wellington City

Wellington, home to New Zealand’s centre of government has a largely cosmopolitan feel. Often referred to as ‘mini-Melbourne’, this (self described) windy city is a melting pot of art, culture, food and fashion. Quirky laneway bars, underground art shows, and hipster eateries make up its inner city vibe, while a host of sandy beaches outside the urban bustle bring a cheerful holiday feel.

Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary Night Tour

Taking a night tour of Zealandia wildlife eco-sanctuary is an unforgettable experience and one that comes highly recommended. A conservation success and safe haven for some of New Zealand's rarest native animals, Zealandia is home to many remarkable species of birds, reptiles and insects living wild within a beautiful 225 hectare (one square mile) valley – just 10 minutes from the central city.

Day 14, Wellington to Rotorua

Wellington to Rotorua

Travel Time: 5 hrs 20 mins

Distance: 441 kms

The drive from Wellington to Taupo takes you via the Kapiti Coast. 

Skirting Tongariro National Park, one of New Zealand’s three world heritage sites, you can see the 2,500 metre peak of the volcanically active Mt. Ruapehu. The township of Taupo sits on the shores of New Zealand's largest lake, Lake Taupo. Continuing on to Rotorua you pass the volcanic valley, visit either Wai O Tapu or the Waimangu Valley for a closer look. Arriving into Rotorua the city’s geothermal activity is evident with steam rising from the roadside and hills. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Rainbow Springs and Behind the Scenes Kiwi Encounter 

Stay 2 nights Rotorua

Day 15, Around Rotorua

Around Rotorua
Te Puia Daytime Experience

Only a short hop from the Rotorua township you’ll find Te Puia, known as New Zealand’s living Maori cultural experience. Sprawling across 60 hectares of volcanic land, it’s home to the world renowned Pohutu Geyser, a live kiwi enclosure and more than 500 geothermal wonders.

Rotorua Forest Canopy Tours

Embark on a three hour adventure through native New Zealand forest. Journey through the beautiful forest canopy via an incredible network of trails, tree platforms, Ziplines and swing bridges. See breathtaking views of the woodland valleys and hills as you fly through tight openings in the trees.

Day 16, Rotorua to Matamata to Auckland

Rotorua to Matamata to Auckland

Travel Time: 3 hrs

Distance: 241 kms

Leave the steaming vents and boiling pools of the geothermal region behind as you make your way through the lush dairy pastures of the the Waikato. Arrive into the small town of Matamata, for a visit to the fully intact set of Hobbiton. 

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Become immersed in the The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films when you visit the actual Hobbiton movie set.

Matamata to Auckland

Your drive continues north west crossing the dairy country of the Hauraki Plains before arriving at State Highway 1. The Bombay Hills guide you to Auckland City

Stay 1 night Auckland

Day 17, Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands

Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands

Travel Time: 3 hrs

Distance: 226 kms

The trip from Auckland to the Bay Of Islands takes around 3.5 hours but give yourself some leeway for stops and sightseeing. As you go through Puhoi, take in the bohemian atmosphere of this historical township. Stop for a breath of fresh salty air in Whangarei and take another break at Kawakawa - home to the world famous Hundertwasser toilets. Enjoy the native bush surrounds and marvel at the endless golden beaches as you arrive into central Bay Of The Islands, Paihia.

Stay 3 nights Paihia

Day 18, Explore the Bay of Islands

Explore the Bay of Islands
Discover the Bay Hole in the Rock Cruise

Take in the bay’s serenity as you cruise the 144 islands dotting the natural harbour. See the world renowned Piercy Island ‘Hole in the Rock’ and marvel at the abundant marine life through the underwater cameras - custom built for dolphin and whale watching. 

Explore the Bay of Islands 

Commonly known as the ‘winterless north’ New Zealand’s Bay of Islands is made up of over 140 subtropical atolls. Renowned for its untouched beaches, abundant marine life and idyllic climate, this tropical paradise ticks all the boxes. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Sail the R Tucker Thompson 

Day 19, Dune Rider Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach Day Tour

Dune Rider Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach Day Tour

An off road adventure through one of the most isolated and dramatic regions in New Zealand. You’ll see 90 mile beach with its wild waves and steep dunes - where you’ll have the opportunity to sandboard - see Gumdiggers park and visit and ancient Kauri workshop, as well as visit the Cape Reinga lighthouse, the northernmost point of New Zealand. On the way home you’ll stop in at the famous Mangonui Fish Shop for a taste of New Zealand’s favourite dish.

Day 20, Bay of Islands via Waipoua Forest to Auckland

Bay of Islands via Waipoua Forest to Auckland

Travel Time: 4 hrs 25 mins

Distance: 343 kms

Today you will leave the Bay of Islands for a scenic return trip to Auckland. Head west, leaving the Pacific Ocean for the wilder seas of the Tasman and Hokianga. Go through the small townships of Omapere and Opononi, each with a great seaside feel.

Your route now goes south through Waipoua Forest, home to the largest and oldest Kauri trees in the country.

Continuing on, go through Warkworth and the bohemian settlement of Puhoi before crossing the harbour bridge to arrive in Auckland city.

Stay 1 night Auckland

Day 21, Depart Auckland

Depart Auckland

Explore more of vibrant Auckland city before dropping your rental car at the airport depot and continuing your onward journey.

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Motel Accommodation from NZ$6,924* per person

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Price is based on two adults sharing a rental car and accommodation (twin/double-share).

Prices are estimates only, and are subject to availability and exchange rates when booking, seasonal or holiday price surcharges (such as Christmas/New Year and Easter); as well as special events that may be on. Please forward a request and we will be happy to forward a quote.

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  • Deposit: 20% of the package cost or NZ$250 per person (whichever is the greater) at time of booking
  • Full Payment: 45 Days before travel
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19 nights accommodation

  • 2 nights Queenstown
  • 2 nights Wanaka
  • 2 nights Franz Josef
  • 1 night Christchurch
  • 1 night Kaikoura
  • 1 night Blenheim
  • 2 nights Abel Tasman National Park
  • 2 nights Wellington
  • 2 nights Rotorua
  • 1 night Auckland
  • 3 nights Bay of Islands
  • 1 night Auckland

Rental Car Hire

  • Rental car insurance included: Fully inclusive with variable excess/deductible.
  • Rental car inclusions: GPS navigation. unlimited kms,airport/ferry terminal fees, additional drivers.

Private airport and train station transfers

Interislander ferry crossing

Tranz Alpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach day tour

Discover the Bay Hole in the Rock cruise

Hobbiton Movie Set

Rotorua Forest Canopy Tours

Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts

Zealandia Wildife Sanctuary Night Tour

Abel Tasman National Park guided nature walk & kayak

Half day Marlborough wine tour

Whale Watch Kaikoura tour

Dart River Wilderness Safari

Lake Wanaka Cruise and Island Nature Walk

Franz Josef Glacier Helihike

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