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South Island to North Island Adventure

  • Queenstown
  • Lake Tekapo
  • Christchurch
  • Blenheim
  • Wellington
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Taupo
  • Rotorua
  • Auckland
  • 12 nights from
  • £3,595 per person
  • Trip Code: SD-1121

Holiday Overview

South Island to North Island Adventure - an epic New Zealand fly drive holiday.


If you are looking to travel through New Zealand from the South Island to the North Island, then this is a perfect way to explore this dramatic country. This trip starts in Queenstown and moves through the lakes and mountains of the Southern Alps to arrive in the wine regions of the Marlborough Sounds. It’s just a short hop on the ferry for you to arrive in the bustling city of Wellington. You are then welcomed with dramatic vistas of Tongariro National Park with its active volcanos before eventually finishing in the “City of Sails”, Auckland. 


Start Queenstown - End Auckland

12 nights / 13 days

Islands visited: South & North Island



Queenstown views across the lakes to the Southern Alps

Wine-growing Marlborough Sounds region

Tongariro National Park

Visit the impressive Huka Falls, Taupo

South Island to North Island Adventure includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation Queenstown
  • 1 night accommodation Lake Tekapo
  • 1 night accommodation Christchurch
  • 1 night accommodation Blenheim
  • 1 night accommodation Wellington
  • 2 nights accommodation Tongariro
  • 1 night accommodation Taupo
  • 1 night accommodation Rotorua
  • 2 nights accommodation Auckland
  • Compact car hire

Day 1 - Queenstown

Arrive in Queenstown, check into your chosen hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring at leisure.

Featured accommodation

Heritage Queenstown


Day 2 - Queenstown

A full day to explore this beautiful region at leisure. Ask your consultant for information on the many optional tours and excursions available.

Featured accommodation

Heritage Queenstown


Day 3 - Queenstown – Tekapo

Depart Queenstown for Tekapo, with its stunning views across the lake to the Southern Alps. Tekapo is also home to the much-photographed Church of the Good Shepherd.

Featured accommodation

Peppers Bluewater Resort


Day 4 - Tekapo – Christchurch

Continue to Christchurch and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps take the Gondola to take in the magnificent view across the city, over the Canterbury Plains and on to the Southern Alps

Featured accommodation

BreakFree on Cashel


Day 5 - Christchurch – Blenheim

Head North to Blenheim, situated in the heart of wine-growing Marlborough, famous for its fine Sauvignon Blanc.

Featured accommodation

Chateau Marlborough


Day 6 - Blenheim – Wellington

Take the scenic ferry crossing to Wellington. Perhaps take the cable car to the Mount Victoria lookout for a panoramic view of the city.


Day 7 - Wellington – Tongariro

Continue Northwards to Tongariro National Park, the park has 3 active volcanoes and was the filming scene for Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings films.

Featured accommodation

The Powderhorn Chateau


Day 8 - Tongariro

Enjoy a full day exploring this beautiful volcanic region at leisure. Ask your consultant for information regarding the optional guided walking tours available.

Featured accommodation

The Powderhorn Chateau


Day 9 - Tongariro – Taupo

Take the short drive along the shores of Lake Taupo to Taupo. Taupo is a great base from which to visit the impressive Huka Falls.

Featured accommodation

Millennium Hotel and Resort Taupo


Day 10 - Taupo – Rotorua

Continue to Rotorua, famed for its Maori heritage and geothermal areas.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Rotorua


Day 11 - Rotorua – Auckland

Last stop on the itinerary is Auckland, movie buffs may wish to break the journey in Matamata for a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Auckland City


Day 12 - Auckland

Enjoy a full day at leisure to enjoy the charming city of Auckland.

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Auckland City


Day 13 - Auckland

Today your itinerary concludes in Auckland

Why not extend your New Zealand trip with an 'unmissable experience' to the Bay of Islands at the end of this itinerary?

Featured accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

Unmissable Experiences

Bay of Islands Extension

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