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New Zealand North and South Islands in Depth

New Zealand’s North and South Islands in Depth - Auckland to Christchurch - Hero

Self-drive Holidays

Discover New Zealand in depth: its people, culture, history, nature, wildlife and spectacular landscapes on this epic and memorable self-drive journey. You’ll explore the scenic splendour of both New Zealand’s North and South Islands. From glacial lakes to sandy beaches, from snow-capped peaks to city streets, each day will showcase something different. Starting in Auckland on the North Island, you’ll journey through harbours, beaches and bays, geothermal geysers and springs, Maori culture, wine trails, Art Deco buildings and the capital city of Wellington. Then crossing the Cook Straight to the South Island, you’ll marvel at national parks, forests, blowholes, glaciers, fiords, gold-mining towns and majestic scenery at every turn, finishing in the revitalised city of Christchurch. You’ll discover flora and fauna throughout, with the chance to see native birds and marine life in their natural habitats from kiwis to albatross, dolphins to glow worms. A perfect option for those who want the flexibility to stop wherever you please, but with an expertly planned comprehensive itinerary, carefully selected accommodation and ‘must do’ highlights included along the way.

Discover Tailor-Made Travel

  • Award-winning holidays
  • ATOL protected
  • Incredible value


5 meals

  • 4 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner


26 nights in comfortable accommodation - most is a good ‘standard’ level in a variety of properties including historic buildings, B&Bs and apartments but we also have included a few special ‘boutique’ options along the way.

Excursions and visits

  • Explore both the North and South Islands of New Zealand on an epic adventure
  • Visit the beaches and bays of the North Island, including a Bay of Islands boat cruise
  • Discover the geothermal ‘capital’ of Rotorua with its bubbling mud pools and geysers
  • Learn about Maori culture with a Te Pō Indigenous Experience, plus a guided tour of Wellington’s world-class Te Papa museum
  • Discover Art Deco architecture on a guided walk and drive the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail
  • Marvel at spectacular scenery as you journey through national parks, glaciers, fiords, snow-capped peaks, lakes, waterfalls and forests
  • Tour the Otago Peninsula home to rare wildlife species including penguins, albatross and fur seal
  • Go stargazing at Mount Cook, home to the world's largest Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve

Not included

  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa (if required)
  • Optional excursions


27 days Avis Group C car rental

Touring as indicated


  • 26 nights

  • Australasia . New Zealand . Auckland . Wellington . Franz Josef . Dunedin

  • International flights not included

From £3,351 per person

Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm

Saturday: 9am - 6pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm


Duration: 27 days


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