22 Day New Zealand Cultural Self Drive

This is an incredible New Zealand self-drive tour that offers you the best of both islands in an impeccably-timed itinerary!  This is perfect for travellers seeking authentic cultural experiences, while enjoying the independence that comes with driving to each region.  This self-drive tour in New Zealand includes nearly everything you need: accommodations, car rental, transfers and some of the best tours and activities that’ll leave a lasting impression.



Package Includes:

  • 2 nights’ stay in Auckland
  • 2 nights’ stay in Paihia
  • 2 nights’ stay in Rotorua
  • 1 night in Hamilton
  • 2 nights’ stay in Wellington
  • 2 nights’ stay in Nelson
  • 1 night in Punakaiki
  • 1 night in Franz Josef Glacier
  • 2 nights’ stay in Wanaka
  • 2 nights’ stay in Queenstown
  • 1 night in Dunedin
  • 1 night in Christchurch
  • Car Rental with Go Rentals
  • Larnach Castle Excursion w/ lunch
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Ferry Crossing Fee
  • Te Papa Museum entry w/ Maori Highlights Tour
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves Excursion
  • Waitangi Treaty Ground Day Pass
  • Te Puia Excursion w/ Steam Box Lunch Cultural Performance
  • All taxes & Fees 



Price Per Person:


*price advertised is per person, based on double occupancy.  Valid for travel: 01 Apr 2018 - 31 Mar 2019.

*price advertised does NOT include international airfare and needs to be added on additionally to this package.



Full Itinerary:


Day 1 - Arrive Auckland. Join your transfer from the airport and overnight for 2 nights.

Day 2 - Join your tour of the city and wilderness.

  • Your city tour showcases the highlights of Auckland and takes you on a journey designed to explore the history and sights as well as to see how Aucklanders live and play. The city is set on over 50 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it is New Zealand’s largest and busiest city. This small group Auckland tour is the only scheduled Auckland sightseeing tour that includes a drive to the top of a volcanic cone.

Day 3 - Pick up your car rental and drive to Paihai in the Bay of Islands.

Day 4 - Waitangi Treaty Grounds Tour

  • As you journey through the expansive grounds, with spectacular views over the Bay of Islands, you’ll walk in the footsteps of the people who changed history. Discover the momentous events that shaped the nation at the state-of-the-art Museum of Waitangi and let the Guides enhance your experience on an fascinating Guided Tour. You’ll also enjoy spellbinding cultural performances as you learn the meanings behind Māori protocol and culture.

Day 5 - Drive from Paihai to Hamilton

Day 6 - Discover the Glowworm Caves, drive Hamilton to Rotorua

  • This is an unforgettable sightseeing attraction! Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 125 years of cultural and natural history as the tour’s expert guides draw you into this awesome environment, sharing the Caves' historical and geological significance.

Day 7 - Te Puia Admission/Steam Box Lunch Tour/Daytime Cultural Performance

  • A top Rotorua attraction, Te Puia spans 70 hectares and is home to the world famous Pōhutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs and silica formations. You will also find the native Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving (sharing the traditions with visitors for over 170 years!).

Day 8 - Drive Rotorua to Napier

Day 9 - Art Deco Walk

  • Discover the Art Deco Capital with Napier's official, most experienced and longest running tour operator!  In February 1931, Napier was levelled by earthquake and fire and then rebuilt to lock in its 1930s style—looking the same to this day!  On this tour you’ll hear the story of the earthquake that devastated Napier in 1931 and be introduced to the Art Deco style and hear stories of the characters involved in rebuilding this city.

Day 10 - Drive Napier to Wellington

Day 11 - Te Papa Museum entry with Maori Highlights Tour

  • The Maori words "Te Papa Tongarewa" means, the container of treasure.  The Museum is built on a unique bicultural partnership that recognises and celebrates Maori the original people of this island.  This is a great way to get an overview of Wellington’s highlights, Maori treasures and New Zealand history. 

Day 12 - Cross the ferry and drive Picton to Nelson

Day 13 - Visit Abel Tasman National Park, Cruise (2.20hrs) & Walk (2hrs)

  • Travel in style and comfort into Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Pause to view the antics at Tonga Island Seal Colony then continue along the remote northern beaches where nikau palms and native Rata (the South Island Christmas Tree) feature in the rainforest. Head to historic Tonga Quarry Beach to start your walk. A gentle climb over a forested saddle (maximum elevation 120 metres/400 ft) leads to the waterfall trail around the stunning Bark Bay Inlet with a new swing bridge beside Bark Bay Falls. Take some extra time to relax on the golden sands at Bark Bay before you continue on to picturesque Medlands Beach. All beaches feature open golden sands, azure water ideal for swimming, shady picnic spots and toilet facilities. 

Day 14 - Drive Nelson to Punakaiki. Be sure to make time to visit the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes!

Day 15 - Drive Punakaiki to Franz Josef

Day 16 - Drive Franz Josef to Wanaka. 

Day 17 - Day at leisure in Wanaka. Located in the stunning alps of the South Island in New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wanaka region by its outstanding natural beauty. 

Day 18 - Drive Wanaka to Queenstown

Day 19 - Join your tour of Milford Sound.

  • Milford Sound is a world renowned natural wonder with towering peaks, cascading waterfalls and amazing wildlife. Experience the spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces. Informative, participative and more relaxed, this cruise is the perfect way to experience Milford Sound to the fullest.

Day 20 - Drive Queenstown to Dunedin

Day 21 - Larnach Castle, Drive Dunedin to Christchurch

  • One of New Zealand’s premier visitor attractions, Larnach Castle and surrounds are at the heart of the Dunedin visitor experience. Larnach Castle offers the castle experience, award winning gardens, luxury accommodations, and unique dining experiences, receiving numerous national and international accolades.

Day 22 - depart for home


Terms & Conditions:-

Valid for travel dates as indicated in the chart above. All bookings are subject to availability at time of booking.  Prices advertised are subject to change without notice until such time as the package is booked and paid for.  Downunder Travel Ltd. is the agent/broker in this equation and for that reason is not responsible for any issues or incidents which result in clients expenditure outside of the package booked paid for and agreed upon.Please advise your Downunder Travel Specialist should you be traveling on anything other than a Canadian or U.S. passport.  All Canadian Citizens must re-enter Canada on a valid Canadian Passport. Airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges component of package must be paid in full at time of booking at which time the airfare becomes non-refundable. We highly recommend that all passengers protect themselves with cancellation / interruption insurance which will cover them against cancellations due to non pre-existing medical conditions which cause them penalties or other expenses. We also highly recommend medical insurance for any travel outside of your home province. Your Downunder Travel Specialist can assist with both Cancellation/Interruption Insurance and Medical Insurance.