Grand Tour Private Driver trip

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  • No booking fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • COVID-19protected
  • CO2 neutral
  • Sightseeing tour
  • Mountains
  • National parks
  • Glaciers
See Itinerary
  • duration 21 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 15+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Footprint CO2 Offset Bookmundi
  • Starts Auckland, New Zealand
  • Ends Christchurch, New Zealand
  • +13
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
  • Choose a different tour Select a new tour run by the same tour operator within 30 days of departure.
  • See the best of New Zealand's wildlife, scenery, heritage sites and cities
  • Visit world famous Milford Sound and the mighty Franz Josef Glacier
  • Whale watch or swim with the dolphins in Kaikoura
  • View stunning scenery aboard the the Interisland Ferry and the TranzAlpine train
On this guided trip, your local New Zealand professional, experienced and knowledgeable driver-guide will help you explore cities, towns, villages and stunning world-famous scenery of both the North and South Islands on this extensive 21-day tour.

In the North Island, you’ll travel to the Maori cultural center of Rotorua, visit the native Mitai family, pass the volcanic World Heritage site of Tongariro National Park and visit our two largest cities. After crossing to the South Island on the scenic Interisland Ferry, your guide will take you on a circuit of spectacular scenery. Highlights include the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura, Aoraki - Mount Cook National Park, the mighty West Coast glaciers and a cruise on the pristine world-acclaimed Milford Sound, just to name a few of the amazing destinations you can look forward to!
5 - Excellent
Based on 17 reviews
Margaret's review for another Real New Zealand Tours Limited tour
5 - Excellent
  • Margaret
  • From USA
  • On Feb 22 2020
“Overall the trip was fabulous. Perfect time of the year for the weather. All the accommodations and itinerary package were "right on".

Geoff our travel designer was extremely helpful with much communications and making changes prior to finalizing the trip. Our customized New Zealand trip was everything I anticipated.
The overall comprehensive guide lines were right on.
Everything was covered, right down to the extra activities, and sightseeing suggestions. The accommodations were wonderful and the full breakfast gave us a good start for the day.

I have already passed along our itinerary to a friend.

The experience of seeing New Zealand the way we did will always be memorable to us.
Seeing Mt. Cook on a picture perfect day (not a cloud in the sky) was the "icing on the cake".”
Joe's review for another Real New Zealand Tours Limited tour
5 - Excellent
  • Joe
  • From USA
  • On Sep 12 2019
“Great experience with this travel company from initial contact and planning through scheduling, execution and in country support. I know I made the right and best choice from three recommended agents. Always felt they listened to and understood my needs including requests to accommodate special needs.

Geoff our trip planner was an invaluable resource for information and suggestions through a long planning process that was postponed a couple of times due to medical issues. He kept in touch, was flexible and extremely responsive to all of our questions and concerns.

Once we arrived in country the schedule worked very well. I have traveled internationally all my adult life and know how easily things can go off the rails. Airport pick ups and trips to all our hotels were flawless and the local drivers very helpful. Events and venues lived up to all expectations, thank you.”
Marianne's review for another Real New Zealand Tours Limited tour
5 - Excellent
  • Marianne
  • From Singapore
  • On Jan 20 2020
“Our self drive honeymoon trip to New Zealand was amazing and very relaxing. Our Travel agent was very responsive and helpful. We were very happy with the accommodation booked everything exceeded expectations. We loved Hobbiton (this was a must for us as we are LOTR Fans) and the Queenstown cruise with a sheep farm tour and dinner at Walter Peak - beautiful.
The trip was excellent overall, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will definitely recommend this tour agency, Libby and Geoff - to our friends and family.”
  • Day 1: Arrive in Auckland
  • Day 2: Explore vibrant Auckland City and twin harbours
  • Day 3: Hobbiton Movie Set tour, Shires Rest and Lake Rotorua
  • Day 4: Explore Rotorua
  • Day 5: Lake Rotorua to Wellington via Lake Taupo
  • Day 6: Wellington and area
  • Day 7: Interislander Wellington to Picton Marlborough Sounds
  • Day 8: Picton-Kaikoura via world famous Marlborough vineyards
  • Day 9: Kaikoura: Whale watch or swim with dolphins, Christchurch
  • Day 10: Christchurch city hop aboard
  • Day 11: Christchurch to Mount Cook National Park
  • Day 12: Mount Cook to Dunedin via Oamaru Wataki valley
  • Day 13: Explore Dunedin city and the Otago Peninsula Wildlife
  • Day 14: Dunedin to Lake Te Anau via the spectacular Catlins
  • Day 15: Milford Sound Nature Cruise - fiords, penguins, seals
  • Day 16: Lake Te Anau to iconic Queenstown, adventure capital
  • Day 17: Explore Queenstown and surrounding area
  • Day 18: Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier (via Lake Wanaka)
  • Day 19: Explore Franz Josef Glacier village
  • Day 20: TranzAlpine Scenic Train Greymouth to Christchurch
  • Day 21: Private transfer to Christchurch Airport
  • Breakfasts
  • Private airport transfers and train station transfers.
  • Vehicle, late model
  • Private driver-guide
  • Activities and tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All accommodations
  • Interislander ferry crossing, TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch, Real Journeys Milford Sound
  • Internaitonal airfare
  • Meals except where indicated
  • Personal expenses
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10% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.


A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationPlease kindly refer to our website - facts, helpful tips and frequently asked questions pages - COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented per local government advice. Frequent disinfection of regularly touched surfaces is highly encouraged. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be ensured in our accommodations and also during transportation.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travelers safe.
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