Kiwi Wanderer - New Zealand Tours

With two rail journeys and 3 free days this comprehensive tour takes you to the best known sights in New Zealand at a relaxed pace. You’ll enjoy the delights of Milford Sound, Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu; be enthralled by the sight of majestic Mount Cook as you drive along the shore of Lake Pukaki and cross the alps on the TranzAlpine Train. Cape Brett and the Bay of Islands are a true delight and the wineries around Napier a haven for wine lovers.

This tour is also available in reverse commencing in Auckland and ending in Christchurch.

This comprehensive 17 day self drive tour takes you to the best known sights of New Zealand's North & South Islands at a relaxed pace.  Included are 2 rail journeys, a cruise on spectacular Milford Sound and many other excursions and sightseeing trips along the way.

Day 1  Arrive in Christchurch

Arrive into Christchurch and transfer independently to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore. Overnight in Christchurch.

Day 2  Christchurch to West Coast Glaciers (190 kms + rail)
Early this morning board the Tranz Alpine Train, New Zealand's premier alpine rail journey, and travel across the Canterbury Plains to Arthur's Pass. Pick up your vehicle at Greymouth Rail Station and drive south through Hokitika to the West Coast Glaciers. Overnight at Franz Josef Glacier.

Day 3  West Coast Glaciers
Today is free for you to relax and enjoy the scenery or participate in the many activities available in this glacial wonderland.

Day 4  West Coast Glaciers to Queenstown (410 kms)

Today you will drive south past tranquil lakes, across the Haast River & climb Haast Pass, passing Lake Hayes and arriving in Queenstown.

Day 5  Milford Sound (595 kms)
This morning head south to the magnificence of Milford Sound. Cruise Milford Sound and experience up close the geographical uniqueness of 5,000ft sheer rock faces rising from the sea along with numerous waterfalls and marine life. The option of a full day coach tour is available if you do not feel comfortable driving to Milford Sound, (additional charge will apply). Return to Queenstown for your overnight stay. Please Note: The drive to Milford Sound is a long one with the road narrowing through alpine passes. If you are unfamiliar with alpine driving or driving long distances it is strongly recommended that you take a day tour option on this day. Please check with us for further information.

Day 6  Queenstown
Today is free to explore this alpine resort. We have included a ride on the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for panoramic views of the Remarkables and the Wakatipu Basin.

Day 7  Queenstown to Christchurch (via Mt Cook) (490 kms)
Depart Queenstown early this morning and follow the Kawarau River to Cromwell and into Central Otago. Travel over the Lindis Pass and though Omarama and Twizel to reach Lake Pukaki. Follow the shores of the lake into the heartland of the Mt Cook National Park. At Mt Cook there is an opportunity for ski plane or helicopter flights over the Alps (payable locally). Heading north again pass Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo before climbing Burkes Pass descending on to the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. On arrival into Christchurch retun your car to the Budget office.

Day 8  Christchurch to Wellington
Board the Tranz Coastal Train and skirt the South Pacific Ocean to Kaikoura, before journeying north through the Wairau Valley to Picton to board the Interislander for a cruise through the tranquil Marlborough Sounds and on to Wellington. On arrival in Wellington collect your North Island vehicle.
NOTE: You will collect your North Island vehicle upon arrival at Wellington's Ferry Terminal and drive to your hotel. The rental office is located inside the Ferry Terminal.

Day 9  Wellington to Napier (340 kms)
Today journey north over the Rimutaka Ranges to the Wairarapa before continuing north to Hawkes Bay with its Art Deco buildings, dramatic history and abundance of fruit and wine crops.

Day 10  Napier
Today is free to explore the many cafês, wineries and history of the region.

Day 11  Napier to Rotorua (230 kms)
Today drive inland to New Zealand's largest lake, Lake Taupo in the centre of the island. From Taupo head north through the world's largest man made forest to the thermal city of Rotorua.

Day 12  Rotorua
Enjoy a day of sightseeing incorporating Rotorua's best attractions. A guided tour of Te Puia and the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute to see roaring geysers and boiling mud pools, Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, the Agrodome Leisure Park famous for it's entertaining sheep show, a gondola cable car to the Skyline complex and Polynesian Spa, New Zealand's leading international day spa and hot mineral baths (mineral bath admission only included). This evening attend a traditional Maori
Hangi (Meal) and Cultural Show set in a replica Maori village.

Day 13 Rotorua to Auckland (via Waitomo Caves) (360 kms)
This morning leave Rotorua and drive over the Mamaku Ranges to Waitomo Caves. Caves entrance is included. Afterwards head north through the farming city of Hamilton to Auckland, City of Sails.

Day 14 Auckland to Bay of Islands (240 kms)
Drive north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge through the northern suburbs before reaching the beautiful beaches of the Hibiscus Coast and the beautiful Bay of Islands. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore this delightful area.

Day 15  Bay of Islands
Today is free to explore the region or alternatively take a tour to Cape Reinga (included in tour price).

Day 16  Bay of Islands to Auckland (240 kms)

This morning is memorable, cruise to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock, through the many islands that make up the Bay of Islands. Returning to Paihia, drive south back to Auckland, for your final nights stay.

Day 17 End of Tour
Your tour ends today with the check out from your hotel and the return of your car to Auckland airport. This tour is also available in reverse commencing in Auckland and ending in Christchurch.

This tour is not escorted. All mileages shown are approximate.


  • 16 nights accommodation
  • Tranz Alpine Train
  • Tranz Coastal Train
  • Queenstown Skyline Gondola
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Rotorua attractions
  • Maori Hangi and concert
  • Waitomo Caves
  • Cape Reinga Tour
  • Cape Brett - Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Economy size car for durations described - inc unlimited mileage & standard insurance
  • One way rental charges
  • New Zealand Road Atlas

Not Included

  • Flights to/from New Zealand: We can arrange these for you, please ask for an airfare when making your enquiry.
  • Fuel for rental vehicle & parking fees
  • Sightseeing or attractions unless stated above
  • Meals

Child aged 3-11 year £391 when sharing with two adults.

16 Breakfasts
Value Hotels - £286 / Standard Hotels - £281 / Superior Hotels - £288
16 Breakfasts & 16 Dinners
Value Hotels - £832 / Standard Hotels - £928 / Superior Hotels - £880

Upgrade Your Vehicle
Prices above are based on an Economy Car suitable for 2 adults. If you would like a larger vehicle, upgrades are available for the below supplements:

  • Compact (up to 4 passengers): £89
  • Intermediate (up to 5 passengers): £278
  • Fullsize Saloon (up to 5 passengers): £278
  • Fullsize Hatch (up to 5 passengers): £519
  • Small 4x4 (up to 4 passengers): £481





Holiday Name : Kiwi Wanderer 
Reference : 1CH

Tour Highlights

  • South Island's West Coast Glaciers
  • Cruise Milford Sound
  • Tranz Alpine & Tranz Coastal Rail Journeys
  • See the Napier & Hawkes Bay region
  • Attractions of Rotorua including Maori Hango & Concert
  • Waitomo Caves
  • Cape Reinga Tour
  • Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • 3 Free Days


Guide price per person,
All prices and details are subject to change and availability.
Prices start from £2,362