Auckland to Queenstown Southbound Explorer

21 Days / 20 Nights
From $7,096 per person Per Person, Twin Share
Per Person, Twin Share

Starting in Auckland with time to truly explore the region’s natural features this tour then travels through the heart of the North Island by scenic train. The South Island beckons with a host of natural and scenic locations and inclusions. From Abel Tasman National Park's beaches to Kaikoura's whales to the West Coast's unique Glaciers and geology, the diversity is outstanding.   In the deep-south you’ll discover the wildlife of the Otago Peninsula and spend a night in the remote Doubtful Sound before returning to Queenstown.

Accommodation:  Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests:  Scenic trains, Wildlife & nature, Adventure

Highlights

  • Interislander ferry crossing
  • 2 Rail excursions
  • Otago Peninsula Wildlfe Tour & Larnach Castle
  • Visit a high country Sheep Station
  • LOTR Safari of the Scenes Tour
  • Doubtful Sound Cruise
  • Helicopter Flight

Departure Dates

Any dates to suit your plans

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland

Day 2: Explore Auckland 'The City of Sails'

Day 3: Explore the best of the city in the morning and this afternoon indulge in the local food and wine

Day 4: Auckland to Wellington on the Northern Explorer scenic train

Day 5: Explore the capital Wellington City

Day 6: Catch the Interislander Ferry to the South Island then drive to Abel Tasman National Park

Day 7: Explore Abel Tasman National Park

Day 8: Pass through the Nelson Lakes region and onto the Inland Route via Murchison which leads you to Kaikoura

Day 9: Head south through North Canterbury to Christchurch

Day 10: Christchurch to Greymouth on the TranzAlpine Scenic Train, then onto Punakaiki

Day 11: Drive south along the stunning West Coast Road with its rugged coastline and mountain backdrop

Day 12: Get up close to the glaciers on a spectacular scenic flight

Day 13: Travel the spectacular Haast Pass to Wanaka, then take the Crown Range Road to Queenstown

Day 14: Explore the beautiful scenery of Queenstown and sample the amazing range of activities on offer
Accommodation: The Dairy

Day 15: Today explore the film locations from the Lord of the Rings, then tonight cruise across Lake Wakatipu for dinner

Day 16: Travel to Doubtful Sound for your overnight cruise

Day 17: Enjoy todays drive through Central Otago to Dunedin

Day 18: A day to explore the wildlife and history of Otago Peninsula

Day 19: Return to Queenstown from Dunedin

Day 20: Depart for home

 

This tour package can be customised to suit your needs

  • Rental car
  • Accommodation for 19 nights staying in Boutique lodges & hotels
  • All Breakfasts
  • Airport & Train private transfers
  • Interislander Ferry Crossing
  • Northern Explorer Scenic Train from Auckland to Wellington
  • TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • Taste of Auckland full day tour
  • Otago Peninsula Wildlife Premier tour including Larnach Castle
  • TSS Earnslaw cruise & dinner at Walter Peak high country farm
  • Safari of the Scenes Wakatipu Basin tour
  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Twin Glaciers Scenic Helicopter Flight

Description & Highlights

Starting in Auckland with time to truly explore the region’s natural features this tour then travels through the heart of the North Island by scenic train. The South Island beckons with a host of natural and scenic locations and inclusions. From Abel Tasman National Park's beaches to Kaikoura's whales to the West Coast's unique Glaciers and geology, the diversity is outstanding.   In the deep-south you’ll discover the wildlife of the Otago Peninsula and spend a night in the remote Doubtful Sound before returning to Queenstown.

Accommodation:  Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests:  Scenic trains, Wildlife & nature, Adventure

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland

Day 2: Explore Auckland 'The City of Sails'

Day 3: Explore the best of the city in the morning and this afternoon indulge in the local food and wine

Day 4: Auckland to Wellington on the Northern Explorer scenic train

Day 5: Explore the capital Wellington City

Day 6: Catch the Interislander Ferry to the South Island then drive to Abel Tasman National Park

Day 7: Explore Abel Tasman National Park

Day 8: Pass through the Nelson Lakes region and onto the Inland Route via Murchison which leads you to Kaikoura

Day 9: Head south through North Canterbury to Christchurch

Day 10: Christchurch to Greymouth on the TranzAlpine Scenic Train, then onto Punakaiki

Day 11: Drive south along the stunning West Coast Road with its rugged coastline and mountain backdrop

Day 12: Get up close to the glaciers on a spectacular scenic flight

Day 13: Travel the spectacular Haast Pass to Wanaka, then take the Crown Range Road to Queenstown

Day 14: Explore the beautiful scenery of Queenstown and sample the amazing range of activities on offer
Accommodation: The Dairy

Day 15: Today explore the film locations from the Lord of the Rings, then tonight cruise across Lake Wakatipu for dinner

Day 16: Travel to Doubtful Sound for your overnight cruise

Day 17: Enjoy todays drive through Central Otago to Dunedin

Day 18: A day to explore the wildlife and history of Otago Peninsula

Day 19: Return to Queenstown from Dunedin

Day 20: Depart for home

 

This tour package can be customised to suit your needs

Included In Package

  • Rental car
  • Accommodation for 19 nights staying in Boutique lodges & hotels
  • All Breakfasts
  • Airport & Train private transfers
  • Interislander Ferry Crossing
  • Northern Explorer Scenic Train from Auckland to Wellington
  • TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • Taste of Auckland full day tour
  • Otago Peninsula Wildlife Premier tour including Larnach Castle
  • TSS Earnslaw cruise & dinner at Walter Peak high country farm
  • Safari of the Scenes Wakatipu Basin tour
  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Twin Glaciers Scenic Helicopter Flight
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