All about the 21 Day North and South Christchurch to Christchurch Summer Tour

Maximise your time in New Zealand by jumping on this fully guided tour. Spend three weeks exploring this wonderful country taking in sights such as the magnificent Doubtful Sound, fun and adventurous Queenstown, a working conservation farm, Tongariro National Park, Kaikoura, Rotorua, Abel Tasman and much, much more. Here at Real Kiwi Adventures we have planned everything for you to save you time and packaged transport and accommodation to save you money.

Discover the very best of New Zealand on this trip. New Zealand's incredibly diverse natural beauty is revealed around every winding corner. As the locals would say, Real Kiwi Adventures is sweet as bro!

21 Day North and South Christchurch to Christchurch Summer Tour Itinerary - 21 days

  • Day 1 Christchurch to Wellington
    Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)! Your journey kicks today when we depart Christchurch to travel north on a scenic drive through Lewis Pass as we make our way to Picton to catch a scenic flight across the Cook Strait back to Wellington. Don’t miss the fantastic views of the Marlborough Sounds and Wellington harbour from the air, on a good day it has to be one of the best scenic flights in NZ. The evening in Wellington is free – why not explore this funky town’s nightlife at any of the bars and restaurants along Cuba Street.
    Accommodation included: Central city hostel
    Activities included: Scenic flight across Cook Strait
  • Day 2 Wellington to Auckland
    Today is an express day, via National Park back to New Zealand’s largest city Auckland. We stop along the way for photo opportunities and have lunch in National Park town, before heading to Auckland for a late afternoon arrival. (B)
    Accommodation included: Central city hostel
  • Day 3 Full day in Auckland
    The day is yours to explore New Zealand’s largest city and there are plenty of options. Explore the waterfront Viaduct area with its many great restaurants, visit the Sky Tower for the best view of the city, take a cruise out on the water to Waiheke or Rangitoto Island or perhaps shop downtown and relax (meals and activities at own expense).
    Accommodation included: Central city hostel
  • Day 4 Auckland to Hahei (Coromandel)
    We depart Auckland and head south east stopping for a walk to the famous Cathedral Cove. Accessible only by foot or boat, you’ll discover some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery and stunning views in this beautiful coastal spot. Cathedral Cove is a ‘must see’ on the Coromandel Peninsula.
    Afterwards we’ll drive to Hot Water Beach, a unique surf beach where you dig a hole in the sand and sit in your own personal spa pool (tide dependent). In the afternoon there will be time for a kayaking tour (own expense) before we feast on a delicious BBQ for dinner. (D)
    Accommodation included: Comfortable beachside accommodation
    Activities included: Walk to Cathedral Cove, dig a hole at Hot Water Beach
    Optional activities: Cathedral Cove Kayaks
  • Day 5 Hahei to Rotorua
    Today we head for Rotorua, arriving around midday, to discover an area well-known for its Maori heritage, adventure and geothermal activity. Here you will get the chance to do some great optional activities, such as a visit to Hobbiton.
    This evening you will be welcomed into the authentic Tamaki Maori Village, where you will discover Maori art, ancient rituals and traditions. Tonight we dine on a delicious hangi (Maori feast), enjoy an interactive cultural performance and the company of our Maori hosts. (B,D)
    Accommodation included: Central city lodge
    Activities included: Cultural experience with traditional hangi meal, kapa haka (Maori song and dance) and interactive cultural performance
    Optional activities: Visit Hobbiton, white water rafting, Zorbing, the luge
  • Day 6 Rotorua to Whakahoro
    We start the day by visiting some bubbling mud pools before travelling to the powerful Huka Falls. Huka mean’s ‘foam’ in Maori and describes the gushing rapids that squeeze through the narrow gorge and burst over this impressive 20 metre drop.
    Our destination today the most remote parts of the North Island by road. We’re heading for the award winning Blue Duck Station in Whakahoro, a 5,200 acre high country farm that is both a working sheep and beef station and an environmental conservation leader. This afternoon you get the opportunity to take part in a 4WD Bush Safari and farm adventure, where you’ll explore this vast land and the New Zealand native bush, discover the remains of an unbelievable local history, and learn about the farm’s conservation efforts. Your dinner is all cooked using local produce. (B,D)
    Accommodation included: Remote country station lodge
    Activities included: Visit Huka falls, 4WD eco-wilderness farm adventure
  • Day 7 Whakahoro to National Park
    Today we make our way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Tongariro National Park,’ where you’ll get the chance to do what is rated as one of the world’s best one day walks, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Trek through dramatic natural scenery, past volcanic peaks, vast craters and stunning turquoise lakes on one of the most spectacular treks in New Zealand. Alternatively you can go on one the shorter walks around this volcanic region or visit the Volcanic Centre Museum (own expense). (B,D)
    Accommodation included: Alpine lodge
    Activities included: Tongariro Alpine Crossing and transfers, or Taranaki Falls walk and Tawhai Falls (Gollum’s Pool)
  • Day 8 National Park to Wellington
    We depart early to arrive into Wellington around midday. Wellington is known as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ thanks to Lonely Planet, and it’s a great place to check out the lively arts, shopping, craft beer and café culture scenes. As New Zealand’s capital city, it is home to New Zealand’s parliament and the iconic Beehive government building. This afternoon, you have the option to tour the world famous Weta Workshop, marvel at the wonders of Te Papa National Museum or wander along the Oriental Parade. (B)
    Accommodation included: Central city hostel
    Optional activities: Weta Workshop Tour, Te Papa National Museum
  • Day 9 Wellington (via Picton) to Abel Tasman
    Leaving Wellington we’ll travel across the Cook Strait to the South Island’s coastal town of Picton. Here we meet our coach and cruise through the famous Marlborough wine region. We visit a local vineyard’s cellar door to sample New Zealand’s world famous Sauvignon Blanc, before heading to the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park. Tonight we enjoy some delicious seafood and a BBQ dinner at our exclusive campsite accommodation. (B,D)
    Accommodation included: Beach accommodation in the national park
    Activities included: Bluebridge Ferry trip, winery cellar door visit
  • Day 10 Full day in Abel Tasman
    Today is a free day to experience the incredible Abel Tasman National Park. Explore this stunning, coastal area famous for being one of the sunniest spots in New Zealand. Walk the coastal track and discover some of New Zealand’s best natural golden beaches or choose an optional activity like sailing or sea kayaking (own expense). Tonight you can self-cater and use the BBQ facilities at our accommodation on the edge of the national park. (B)
    Accommodation included: Beach accommodation in the national park
    Activities included: Abel Tasman Track and Aqua Taxi or paddle board hire
  • Day 11 Abel Tasman to Hanmer Springs
    Today you’ll travel through beautiful scenery in the Kahurangi and Nelson National Parks where we’ll stop for a picnic lunch, before heading to the peaceful town of Hanmer Springs. This afternoon you are free to enjoy this alpine setting. Spend the afternoon surrounded by mountains and forest as you relax in the thermal hot pools. Tonight is a group dinner. (B,D)
    Accommodation included: Cozy alpine chalets
    Activities included: Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa
  • Day 12 Hanmer Springs to Christchurch
    Today we head for the East Coast and the coastal village of Kaikoura, famous for a huge array of natural wonders from land to sea. We arrive in Kaikoura early, so you are free to experience all this location has to offer. Why not go out on the water and experience one of Kaikoura’s famous dolphin and whale spotting tours (own expense), see seals sitting right beside the road at Goose Bay or wander around the peninsula and check out the breath-taking views from the lookout. After the afternoon’s activities, we make our way to the city of Christchurch. Check out the city sights as you make your way to your accommodation in the city centre. (B)
    Accommodation included: Central city hostel
    Activities included: Peninsula walk and seal colony visit
    Optional activities: Whale watching, swim with dolphins
  • Day 13 Christchurch to Franz Josef
    We depart Christchurch this morning for a stunning journey across the Canterbury Plains and over the famous Arthur’s Pass to the West Coast. Around almost every corner there is a picturesque backdrop to enjoy so have your camera ready as we stop often for walks and photo opportunities. We visit Hokitika, famous for pounamu (jade), before our day ends in the quaint little West Coast town of Franz Josef, home to the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. (D)
    Accommodation included: Hostel close to all attractions
    Activities included: Pounamu jade factory
  • Day 14 Full day at Franz Josef
    Enjoy a free day and get out and explore the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. Navigate the maze of ice and explore the incredible landscape on a Franz Josef Glacier guided tour which we highly recommend (own expense). There are also many excellent bush hikes available in the region. Tonight we self-cater, giving you the opportunity to dine at one of the many local cafes and restaurants in town or make use of the self-catering kitchen at our accommodation. (B)
    Accommodation included: Hostel close to all attractions
    Optional activities: Glacier Ice Explorer, helicopter flight
  • Day 15 Franz Josef to Makarora
    Today we head down the West Coast towards Mount Aspiring National Park, stopping to take in some breathtaking scenery at the amazing mirror Lake Matheson, NZ’s most photographed lake. See waterfalls as we travel through the mountainous Haast Pass towards Makarora then visit the stunning Blue Pools. On arrival in Mount Aspiring National Park we go jet boating, experience the best in shallow water boating skimming just inches from the riverbed, see pristine waterways, snow-capped peaks and native bush. (B,D)
    Accommodation included: Unique mountain chalets
    Activities included: Walk around Lake Matheson – Mirror Lake, walk through beech forest to the Blue Pools, Jet Boat Mt Aspiring National Park
  • Day 16 Makarora to Doubtful Sound
    Fiordland National Park is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations, with stunning ice-carved fiords, valleys, lakes and mountain scenery; it is our first port of call today. Within Fiordland we visit Doubtful Sound, the deepest of all the fiords, surrounded by towering peaks and huge waterfalls. We will board a purpose built boat and enjoy complimentary afternoon tea while cruising past fur seals, penguins and dolphins. There are also sea kayaks to explore the fiord. (B,D)
    Accommodation included: Overnight on the boat, anchored within a secluded bay in a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    Activities included: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise, sea kayaking, wildlife spotting
  • Day 17 Doubtful Sound to Queenstown
    We depart Doubtful Sound around midday, leaving behind the stunning Fiordland to head for the ‘adventure capital of the world’ Queenstown. Queenstown offers an optional big (make that huge) night out with excellent restaurants, pubs and live music. (B)
    Accommodation included: Lodge located close to town with awesome views
  • Days 18 and 19 Queenstown
    You have two free days to fully explore everything on offer. Queenstown is a great place to spend a few days, no matter what your past-time of choice is. Options include: bungy jumping, zipline tours, canyoning, Shotover River jet boating, skiing, sky diving or walk Ben Lomond or Queenstown hill for amazing views, or just enjoy the stunning scenery and do nothing. Optional activities and meals not indicated are at your own expense. (B)
    Accommodation included: Lodge located close to town with awesome views
    Optional activities: AJ Hackett Bungy, Canyon Swing, Skyline Gondola and Luging
  • Day 20 Queenstown to Mt Cook
    We’ll jump back on the bus for a short drive to Wanaka, where we’ll spend the morning biking some of New Zealand’s most scenic lakeside trails. After lunch, we head over the Lindis Pass through the picturesque Mackenzie region to the base of the country’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook. There is time for a hike through the Hooker Valley for breathtaking views of the dramatic mountain landscape, or opt to take an alpine scenic flight (own expense). This is also one of the best places in New Zealand to join an evening stargazing tour. (B,D)
    Accommodation included: Alpine lodge
    Activities included: Mountain biking in Wanaka, scenic walk on Hooker Valley
    Optional activities: Big Sky Stargazing or scenic heli-flight
  • Day 21 Mt Cook to Christchurch
    Today we make our way through a landscape made famous in the 'Lord of the Rings' films. We’ll take a break for a stroll around Lake Tekapo, iconic for its historic church and turquoise waters. Between Tekapo and Christchurch there is an option for thrill seekers to hop-off and join a top-notch Grade 5 white water adventure on the Rangitata River (own expense). Those not rafting will continue on to Christchurch, where your driver guide will point out the highlights of the South Island’s largest city. The rafters will rejoin the group in Christchurch this evening. This is where your tour comes to an end – we hope you had a blast on your New Zealand journey! (B)
    Activities included: Explore Lake Tekapo area
    Optional activities: Rangitata white water rafting
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Real Kiwi Says:
This incredible 21 day adventure journeys through all the best bits of New Zealand's South and North Island for an exhilarating experience. During the winter our Real Kiwi Adventures tours are operated with our partners on the hop on hop off network, so you can guarantee we depart with a good group of travellers every week. There is plenty to see in New Zealand in the winter, with some saying its even better at that time of year!

21 Day North and South Christchurch to Christchurch Summer Tour Price information
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Tour code: TNZ21
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Departure information


Saturdays from October 13, 2017, to March 31, 2018

Traveling from May to September 2017? Check out our 26 Day North and South Christchurch to Christchurch Winter Tour


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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour

Itinerary is subject to change due to cultural or seasonal conditions
^Upgrade accommodation is excluded in Hahei and Doubtful Sound.
*Standard accommodation is 6-share in Whakahoro.
Child rate available to one passenger 8-12 years sharing with 2 adults.
Tours should be reconfirmed at least 48 hours in advance by calling +64 9 526 2140.
Luggage should be restricted to 23kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack.

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