• Dart River Safaris tour Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Heli hiking Fox Glacier with Guide
  • Waitomo Caves Tube Rafting
Dart River Safaris tour Queenstown, New Zealand1 Heli hiking Fox Glacier with Guide2 Waitomo Caves Tube Rafting3

10 or 12 Day New Zealand Itinerary

New Zealand North & South Island Itinerary

Travel New Zealand's 10 or 12 Days North and South IslandMany visitors to New Zealand include the North and South Island in their travel itinerary. Both Islands have unique features. But people do underestimate the distance between locations. To avoid long drives and time-consuming ferry connections, use a domestic flight between the North and South Island. This itinerary can either be done as a 10 or 12 days holiday package.
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour
  • Rotorua's geysers & Maori culture
  • Sunny Abel Tasman NP, arts & lifestyle
  • Hiking Fiordland & visit Milford Sound
  • Outdoor Action Capital Queenstown
  • West Coast Glaciers, Pancakes & Forest
  • TranzAlpine train via Southern Alps
  • Domestic flight Rotorua - Invercargill

Pricing Options for New Zealand's North and South Island Itinerary

Your journey day by day...

Day 1 Arrive in Auckland and private hotel transfer
Meet your private driver at the arrival gate at Auckland Airport. Transfer to your hotel for check-in.
Day 2 Travel via Waitomo Caves to Rotorua
Drive via the Waikato region to the magical Waitomo caves.This famous underworld is carved from underground streams pushing through soft limestone.
Day 3 Explore Rotorua and Lake Taupo
Located within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland. Experience bubbling mud pools, steam and natural hot springs.
Day 4 Fly Rotorua to Invercargill - scenic drive to Te Anau
Drop off your rental car at the airport and take a domestic flight to Invercargill (via Wellington or Christchurch). Collect another rental car outside the terminal at Invercargill Airport. Travel the 'Southern Scenic Route’ to Te Anau.
Day 5 Explore Fiordland and Milford Sound
Milford Sound has the perfect mix of spectacular natural features and visual beauty. Carved by successive glaciers, it is awe-inspiring.
Day 6 Travel to Queenstown or Wanaka
Leave e Anau in the morning and drive to Queenstown/Wanaka. The drive to Queenstown takes only 2.5 hours and the drive to Wanaka 3.5 hours. Both Queenstown and Wanaka have great outdoor adventures.
Day 7+8 Explore the Queenstown / Wanaka area
Wanaka provides activities for all seasons, including skiing, fishing, hiking, wine tasting, scenic flights, skydiving and 750 kms of cycle trails. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra.
Day 9 Travel to Fox Glacier
From Central Otago, travel to the rainforest of the rugged and beautiful West Coast. From Haast to Jackson Bay there are beaches, lakes and the Southern Alps.
Day 10 Fox Glacier to Greymouth/ Punakaiki area
The West Coast region is sparsely populated. There are few towns along the 600kms of coastal road between Karamea and Jackson Bay. Stock up on supplies before leaving.
Day 11 TranzAlpine train journey to Christchurch
Before leaving Greymouth, there is still time to see more of the Paparoa National Park. Then travel to Christchurch via the TranzAlpine scenic train. Relax on the TranzAlpine scenic train and enjoy the dramatic scenery before reaching the Canterbury Plains.
Day 12 Depart ex Christchurch
Depending on your flight, you may have time to relax or explore the Canterbury region. If departing in the evening, Akaroa would be a perfect day trip (1.5 hour drive away (one-way).
ruakuri glowworm cave waitomo

Day 2 - Ruakuri Caves, Waitomo


Day 3 - Thermals Central North Island


Day 5 - Fiordland Waterfall


Day 7 - Wanaka River Safari

Flying in a helicopter and landing on Fox Glacier

Day 9 - Helicopter on Fox Glacier


Day 11 - TranzAlpine Train Journey


Day 11 - Eliza's B&B Christchurch

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