New Zealand 3 Week Self Drive Tours

Self Drive 3 Week New Zealand Itinerary

If you have time to spare, we recommend a three week driving tour in New Zealand, with enough time to enjoy the Maoiri culture of the north, the sailing city of Auckland, and the majestic treasures on the South Island. It's a perfect trip, in our opinion, but we will be happy to tweak it to your exact specifications.

NZ Self Drive Tour 21 Days Highlights: o Rental car for duration of your tour o 20 nights accommodation o Maori hangi dinner and concert o Rotorua sightseeing attractions pass o Interislander Ferry crossing o Queenstown Gondola ticket

Day 1 Auckland Arrive Auckland Airport. Transfer to your hotel. Note - tour documentation will be handed over by your driver.

Day 2 Auckland / Bay of Islands (260km) This morning collect your rental car. Make your own way to the beautiful Bay of Islands. You may like to travel via the Waipoua Kauri Forest (approximately 385kms).

New Zealand Bay of Islands

Day 3 Day at leisure - Bay of Islands Full day at your leisure - time for swimming with the dolphins, golfing at scenic Waitangi or exploring this historic area.

Day 4 Bay of Islands / Coromandel Peninsula (405km) Make your way to the Coromandel Peninsula.


Day 5 Day at leisure - Coromandel Peninsula Full day at your leisure - time to explore the bush and beaches on the Peninsula.

Day 6 Coromandel Peninsula / Rotorua (218k m) D Make your way to Rotorua. This afternoon time is available to explore this thermal wonderland. Included tonight is a Maori hangi dinner and concert.

Day 7 Rotorua A full day Rotorua sightseeing activities including the following attractions and activities. A guided tour through Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see roaring geysers and boiling mud pools, visit Rainbow Springs, The Agrodome Leisure Park famous for its entertaining sheep show, a gondola cable car ride to the Skyline Skyride Complex and the Polynesian Spa, which is New Zealand's leading thermal bathing complex.

Day 8 Rotorua / Tongariro National Park (180km) Make your way via Lake Taupo to the Tongariro National Park.

Day 9 Tongariro National Park / Wellington (332km) Make your way to Wellington - the capital city of New Zealand.


Day 10 Wellington / Picton / Nelson (Picton / Nelson 110km) This morning return your rental car to the Ferry Terminal Depot. Board the Interislander Ferry for your journey across Cook Strait to Picton, from the North Island to the South Island. On arrival in Picton collect your rental car and make your way to Nelson.

Day 11 Nelson / Greymouth (290km) Make your way to Greymouth. Enroute you may like to stop at Punakaiki and visit the famous "Pancake Rocks".

Milford sheep

Day 12 Greymouth / Franz Josef (179km) Make your way down the West Coast to Franz Josef. At Franz Josef you may like to take a guided walk on the Glacier or enjoy a scenic flight.

Day 13 Franz Josef / Wanaka (287km) Make your way to Wanaka.

Day 14 Wanaka / Queenstown (117km) Make your way to Queenstown.

Day 15 Queenstown Full day at your leisure to select your optional sightseeing: Thrilling jet boat rides, vintage steamer lake cruises, visit to high country sheep stations, mountain gondola rides - the list is endless and you also have time to relax and simply marvel at the beautiful scenery. Included is a gondola ticket so you can make your own way at your leisure to the Skyline Gondola and enjoy spectacular views over Queenstown

Lanarch Dunedin

Day 16 Queenstown / Te Anau 170km) Make your way to Te Anau. We suggest you travel via Milford Sound where time is available to enjoy a cruise on the scenic sound.

Day 17 Day at leisure - Te Anau Full day at your leisure - time is available to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves or Doubtful Sound - the "Sound of Silence".

Central OtagoDay 18 Te Anau / Dunedin (290km) Make your way to Dunedin - the "Edinburgh of the South". This afternoon in Dunedin time is available to explore - you may like to visit the Otago Peninsula - home of the Royal Albatross Colony, the Yellow Penguins or historic Larnach Castle.

Day 19 Dunedin / Mt Cook (331km) D Make your way to Mount Cook. Time is available to take an optional scenic ski-plane or helicopter flight over the Tasman Glacier.

Mount Cook

Day 20 Mt Cook / Christchurch (331km) B Make your way to Christchurch - the "Garden City".

Day 21 Christchurch (10km) Tour ends with returning your rental car to the city or airport depot. NOTE - This tour can operate in reverse.

Estimate for this trip in January 2018 in 4 star hotels will be $4590USD per person sharing a twin room. Prices vary by departure date, availability. Sightseeing is for descriptive purposes only and is not included in the price shown.

Call 1-800-221-2474 9AM - 5PM Mon-Fri Eastern Time or (516) 248-2904 outside USA/Canada  Although we have provided as much information as possible on our website, we are happy to answer your questions directly on the phone. Sometimes, it is just easier to speak to one of us. We are awaiting your call. Call (800) 221 - 2474 or email

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