Here you find an itinerary for South and North Island Express Tour, lasting 2 weeks.itinerary map of south and north island nz

Day 1. Visit International Antartic center beside the airport which is open daily from 9:00 am.
Willowbank is a wildlife reserve including New Zealand’s largest and most accessible kiwi viewing area. This place is about 5 minutes drive from Christchurch International airport. It is open daily from 09:30 to 5:00 pm.

Day 2. Christchurch – Timaru – Oamaru

Approximative travel time 3 hours 5 minutes. 249 km. Drive to Oamaru Possibilities for swimming on the road. Orientation tour in Oamaru.

Oamaru is a gorgeous harbour town centrally located on the South Island’s east coast 3 hours south of Christchurch or 90 minutes north of Dunedin. Visitors can explore museums, shops and galleries within some of New Zealand’s best 19th century architecture. With one of the country’s oldest public gardens, two penguin colonies, four golf courses and many walking and cycling trails there are plenty of opportunities to experience nature at its best. Oamaru has a very proud heritage which is told through the Victorian Precinct and tours at a variety of locations in town. Make sure you spoil yourself with some lovely locally made soap or with a cheese platter at the local cheese factory. At night you can catch a live show at the Opera House or experience some of the country’s top cuisine at award winning restaurants.

We may see Blue Penguins, Elephant rocks or maybe go see a show in Opera house.

Day 3. Oamaru – Moeraki Boulders – Queenstown

Approximative travel time 3 hours 23 minutes. 286 km

Moeraki boulders will be on the way by the left hand side of the road.

Continue to Queenstown. There are several activities which could be enjoyed here including a steamship cruise on Wakatipu Lake. Bungy jumping first started here. If you like to try this one we could go to the old Kawaru bridge to enjoy this. We could also walk up to the mountain and have a nice scenery of the town or visit the nearby Arrowtown where gold was mined in the second half of the 19th century and have a meal there. You may want to go out in the night and enjoy nightlife.

Day 4. Queenstown – Te Anau

Approximative travel time: 4 hours

Wildlife in New Zealand. The attractive town of Te Anau lies on the edge of Lake Te Anau and offers truly spectacular Mountain Views. An excursion to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves begins with a cruise across spectacular Lake Te Anau on a purpose-built scenic cruise vessel. Cruise Te Anau offer a variety of Boutique Cruises, Private Charters and Walking Track Transport for tourist and locals wanting to explore the hidden beauty and tranquility of Lake Te Anau and the Fiordland National Park.

Day 5. Te Anau – Milford Sound – Queenstown

Approx. travel time 4 hours 51 minutes 402 km.

Drive to Milford Sound. See Mitre Peak and return to Queenstown.

Day 6. Queenstown – Lake Tekapo

Approx. travel time: 3 hours 22 minutes 274 km.

Enjoy great scenery, uninterrupted views of the Southern Alps, the peace and quiet and views in the Church of good shepherd and see the Collie Dog Memorial. Have a picnic at the Lake and with views of Mt. Cook.

Make sure not to miss the most romantic sunset sitting on the rocks with your feet dangling in the crystal clear water.

Day 7. Lake Tekapo – Christchurch

Approximative driving time 2 hours 56 minutes. 227 Km.

Opening Hours

Canterbury Museum is open every day (except Christmas Day).

Day 7. Christchurh – Kaikoura

Approximative driving distance 2 hours 19 minutes 181 km.

If seeing Dolphins and Whales was on your agenda, this is the place to be. Kaikoura offers excellent Whale and Dolphin cruises which will get you closer than ever to the animals. A Kaikoura- Highlight are the “Maori Tours Kaikoura” as these special tours transcend the usual tourist trip and become something moving and spiritual.

Day 8. Kaikoura – Picton – Interislander Ferry – Wellington

Approximative driving distance 1 hour 52 minutes 156 km.

Take the interislander and cruise to North Island Wellington. Orientation tour.

Wellington Sightseeing, Te Papa Museum, botanical gardens, Parliament House.

Day 9. Wellington – Tongariro Crossing or Army Museum on the way – Overnight in Taupo

Driving distance 405 km.

Day 10. Taupo Lake sightseeing, Natural Spa and parks, the gorge where the Waikato river is forced through a narrow rock channel towards the lake. Optional adrenalin activities.

Day 11th, Taupo – Rotorua

Approximative driving hour 1 hour 2 minutes 81 km.

Rotorua Maori Culture, Tamaki Village – Spa – Mud bath

Day 12th, Rotorua – Waihi Beach

Approximative driving 1 hour 36 minutes. 111 km.

Visit Waihi beach and Waihi town. Possible activities may include visit of the Martha open pit, small train trip.

Day 13th, Waihi Kharangahake Gold mines – Auckland

This will be one of the highlights of your trip in New Zealand. Abandoned gold mines the tunnels made by the old miners in a wonderful natural scenery.

Day 14th, Auckland Sightseeing

Sightseeing in the capital of Auckland. Orientation tour. Possible visits, Sky tower, yacht pier and Maritime museum and Stardome observatory & planetarium where you can see the night sky of the Southern hemisphere and much more.