Self Guided Grand tour

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  • No booking fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • COVID-19protected
  • CO2 neutral
  • Sightseeing tour
  • Local culture
  • National parks
  • Road trips
See Itinerary
  • duration 21 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 15+ years old
  • guiding method Self guided/Independent
  • Footprint CO2 Offset Bookmundi
  • Starts Auckland, New Zealand
  • Ends Christchurch, New Zealand
  • +18
  • Discover the best scenery, wildlife, cities and towns of New Zealand
  • Enjoy a Queenstown sunrise hot air balloon, Polynesian spa, and swim with dolphins
  • Take the Interislander Ferry with exclusive access to the Premium Plus Lounge
  • Ride the famous TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Auckland
On this self-guided 21-day trip, explore cities, towns, villages and stunning world-famous scenery of both the North and South Islands of beautiful New Zealand. Explore the best of New Zealand independently and at your own pace!

On the North Island, you’ll travel to the Maori cultural center of Rotorua, visit the native Mitai family, explore 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, you will drive 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.

The tour is inclusive of all accommodations, a car rental, itinerary, and our full assistance. Please note we have deliberately included in the itinerary some two and three-night stays in some premier locations so that you can immerse yourself into and really enjoy, real Kiwi culture - with the locals! Exciting day to day attractions and activities all included. Please read through the itinerary for more details on the sites, tours and activities available each day.

5 - Excellent
Based on 17 reviews
Layla's review for another Real New Zealand Tours Limited tour
5 - Excellent
  • Layla
  • From USA
  • On Feb 18 2020
“We had an amazing experience. This travel company made an awesome itinerary for us. Geoff the travel designer was very nice and he was always helpful and responsive. Anytime we had an issue we would call him and he responded right away. My husband forgot his meds in Mt Cook and we drove 4 hours to our next destination. Our designer was able to coordinate with someone and had it brought to Queenstown where we were staying. We even received a refund for a booked activity because it was cancelled due to bad weather. I would %110 recommend this travel company! Thank you, it was incredible.”
Jim's review for another Real New Zealand Tours Limited tour
5 - Excellent
  • Jim
  • From USA
  • On Nov 30 2019
“Our trip to New Zealand turned out to be a grand adventure. The country is incredibly beautiful, which we knew about and expected. And the energy of the people and the environment is extraordinary, which can only be experienced and which surprised us quite a bit and pleased us to no end. We toured the whole country from top to bottom and got up every morning to a well planned day of fun and excitement that had us thoroughly engaged and looking forward to the next.

Geoff Venning at Real New Zealand Tours is a real gem. He is so passionate about New Zealand, very energetic and positive to work with in planning a trip. He is very knowledgeable about all opportunities to live well and enjoy the country. The process of planning our trip was very collaborative - he worked with us to figure out our interests and needs and based on that made suggestions for an itinerary that was exactly what we wanted. During the self-driving journey we felt he and his wife Libby were with us every step of the way. All the detailed arrangements for every day were perfect. Its a little daunting for a somewhat older couple (late 70s) to take on the challenge of three weeks of driving ourselves through a totally new and different place; but they made it easy, safe and fun!”
Sanjay's review for another Real New Zealand Tours Limited tour
5 - Excellent
  • Sanjay
  • From USA
  • On Jan 09 2020
“We would change nothing, we were extremely happy with all our travel arrangements from Libby and Geoff - from start to finish, having our rental car delivered was much appreciated and being driven to our hotel on arrival by a private driver was also greatly appreciated.”
  • Day 1: Auckland arrival
  • Day 2: Explore vibrant Auckland City and twin harbours
  • Day 3: Auckland to Rotorua: Hobbiton movie tour
  • Day 4: Explore Rotorua, Maori Villages
  • Day 5: Lake Rotorua - Wellington via Lake Taupo
  • Day 6: Wellington, Weta Workshop
  • 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 National Park 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
  • Accommodations
  • Airport meet & greet service, 24/7 helpline support freephone
  • Rental car
  • Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Detailed tour package, itinerary and instructions
  • International airfares
  • Meals except those indictaed
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar bills, etc
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20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.


A deposit of 20% 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.

Travel Insurance

We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.

Other Practical InformationPlease kindly refer to our website 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.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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