Looking for incredible scenery, adrenalin fixes and a chance to try some of New Zealand's best restaurants, bars and nightlife? Then the south of New Zealand's South Island is for you! Spend nine nights visiting places in the Deep South
All about the 20 Day Christchurch to Auckland Comfort Tour
We kick off in Christchurch and 20 days later we wave goodbye in Auckland. Along the way, you’ll get to see some of the most breathtaking scenery New Zealand has to offer. This includes national parks, rainforests, hidden pools, UNESCO World Heritage Areas, and probably more beaches than you have toes.
You will have the opportunity to swim, kayak, surf, rock climb, cave tube, white-water raft, jet boat, bungy jump, quad bike, skydive, canyon swing, hike, heli hike, bike, luge, horse ride, see kiwis (and whales, dolphins and albatrosses), relax in hot pools, play golf, hot air balloon, eat and drink like a local, and more!
But only if you want to – because this is your trip. You have complete freedom to choose the activities you want to do. Pre-book the things you really want to do before the trip starts, then add on more along the way. Please note that some activities are very popular and can book out – so it’s best to pre-book ones you know you can’t miss.
All of these are included as part of your tour at no extra cost:
Stay each night in twin-share 3– 4-star accommodation: a mix of hotels, motels, lodges, and rainforest retreats.
Feast on 11 continental breakfasts and 4 dinners, including a traditional Maori hanga cooked in an underground oven.
Walk a stunning coastal track to Cathedral Cove (as seen in the Chronicles of Narnia movies).
Ride one of the most scenic ferry journeys in the world, the Cook Strait Interislander.
Take in the stunning Southern Alps and the vast Canterbury Plains aboard the TranzAlpine, New Zealand’s finest inland rail journey.
Watch a M?ori cultural performance and check out a geothermal valley of bubbling mud pools including the famous Pahutu Geyser in Rotorua.
See endangered kiwi birds up close and personal.
Soak up a sunset cruise in the West Coast surf town of Raglan – the fish and chips are on us!
Brave the Redwoods Treewalk, crossing 23 raised suspension bridges.
Hike through the forested gorge of Ruakuri – bring your camera for this one.
Check out the Te Waihou Springs Walkway, often overlooked by tourists.
Stay in Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area.
Taste some of the world’s best sauvignon blanc at a Marlborough wine tasting.
Cycle and cruise your way through Queenstown’s Mt Nicholas and Walter Peak Stations.
Carve your own pounamu (jade) pendant in Franz Josef.
Plus, many more surprise stops along the way!
20 Day Christchurch to Auckland Comfort Tour Itinerary - 20 days
Christchurch to Ohau (via Lake Tekapo)
Ohau to Queenstown
Queenstown to Wanaka
Wanaka to Franz Josef
Franz Josef to Christchurch
Christchurch to Kaikōura
Kaikōura to Wellington
Wellington to National Park
National Park to Rotorua (via Taupō)
Rotorua to Raglan (via Waitomo)
Raglan to Coromandel
Coromandel to Auckland
Jan 5, 19, 26
Feb 9, 16
Mar 1, 8, 22, 29
Nov 16, 23
Dec 7, 14, 28
Jan 4, 18, 25
Feb 8, 15
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
Please be aware that your guide will fit your activities in the best way possible depending on what activities are selected – so they may take place on different days or times than those listed on this itinerary.
Around 70% of our guests are solo so you can absolutely join this Auckland to Wellington Tour, there are no single person supplements.
Included in this tour are 5 continental breakfasts and 2 dinners – including a traditional Māori hāngī, cooked in an underground oven. Our guides know the best places in each town and city for different budgets and tastes, and they will point these out on the way into each location. The tour group, along with your a guide, will often head out to a local pub for a beer and a meal. Meals can range from NZ$15 upwards.
We often have vegetarian/vegan guests and all cafes and restaurants in New Zealand will offer meat-free options. If you can’t see anything on the menu just ask, as most places will happily prepare something for you.
We recommend booking as soon as you know you can travel, and have decided on which tour you would like to go on. Some of our tours can be quite popular so it’s best to secure your spot as soon as possible.
We have guests that are in their late teens to their 60s but the average ages are around 35–50. More important than age is the attitude – we have found over the years that if you have a thirst for adventure then age is no barrier. Please do keep in mind though that a reasonable level of fitness is required – we can talk you through any specifics. The minimum age of joining a tour is 18 years old. Sometimes the group may head out to a bar where everyone needs to be 18 years old, and New Zealand has strict alcohol laws.
If you would prefer to have your own room while on tour, upgrading is an option.
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