Self Guided Grand tour - we can customise just for you

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  • COVID-19protected
  • Sightseeing tour
  • Local culture
  • National parks
  • Road trips
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  • duration 21 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 15+ years old
  • guiding method Self guided/Independent
  • 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 19 reviews
  • Ray
  • From USA
  • On Jan 10 2020
5 - Excellent
Ray's review for another Real New Zealand Tours Limited tour
“We were a group of 16, consisting of 4 families, ranging in age from 7 - 77. From Day 1, our travel consultant Geoff was responsive to all my questions and put together an itinerary that the whole group enjoyed. As soon as we got off the plane, we were greeted by our tour guide and driver. His passion and knowledge of New Zealand were unsurpassed. The next 8 days became a journey of a lifetime. Our travel consultant kept to his word and delivered an experience none of us will ever forget. Thanks!

We loved all of it. Just taking in the breath-taking scenery of beautiful New Zealand was awe-inspiring. Milford Sound and the TSS Earnslaw/Walter Peak Farm Tour/Dinner were definite highlights as well as the Dart River jet boats. I wouldn't change a thing.”
  • Margaret
  • On Oct 25 2019
5 - Excellent
Margaret's review for another Real New Zealand Tours Limited tour
“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 to contact Geoff and Libby at Real New Zealand Tours.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".”
  • Marianne
  • From Singapore
  • On Jan 20 2020
5 - Excellent
Marianne's review for another Real New Zealand Tours Limited tour
“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: 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.

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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.
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