New Zealand 18-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 5 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to New Zealand.
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Spend a few days hiking and biking around Wānaka
Map of Active Road Trip on New Zealand's South Island - 18 Days
Active Road Trip on New Zealand's South Island - 18 Days

Explore the wonders of New Zealand's South Island with this action-packed 18-day road trip. Journey at your own pace through breathtaking landscapes such as Milford Sound / Piopiotahi and Hokitika Gorge. Try adrenaline-pumping activities in Queenstown—like bungee jumping—and join a heli-hike to the Franz Josef / Waiau Glacier. You'll also bike on the West Coast Wilderness Trail and catch a scenic train to Christchurch to finish the adventure.

Trade your car for a boat cruise around the Coromandel Peninsula
Map of New Zealand's Ultimate Self-Drive Tour in the North Island  - 18 Days
New Zealand's Ultimate Self-Drive Tour in the North Island - 18 Days

Immerse yourself in spectacular beauty, rich Maori culture, and geothermal wonders with this 18-day journey around New Zealand's North Island. Begin the drive in vibrant Auckland before you chase scenery through the Waitakere Ranges, Coromandel Peninsula, and Bay of Islands. Then, venture to Lake Taupo and Rotorua, followed by relaxed coastal towns like Tauranga, Whakatane, and Raglan. Make your way back to Auckland for a sunset cruise to finish this epic road trip.

Enjoy views of Mount Cook , the highest mountain in New Zealand
Map of Self-Driving Tour of New Zealand's Nature & Culture:  Auckland to Queenstown - 18 Days
Self-Driving Tour of New Zealand's Nature & Culture: Auckland to Queenstown - 18 Days

New Zealand was practically made for self-driving vacations, and you'll get to experience the best of the North and South Islands on this 18-day itinerary. Starting in Auckland, head to the beaches of the Coromandel and the geothermal wonders of Rotorua before flying south to Christchurch. Then it's off into the Southern Alps, where you'll see some of New Zealand's highest mountains, hike some of its finest trails, and cruise to its most spectacular viewpoints.

Rotorua's towering redwood forest
Map of Discover Sydney & New Zealand - 18 Days
Discover Sydney & New Zealand - 18 Days

Witness Australia and New Zealand's abundant beauty on this far-reaching 18-day tour. Start in Sydney and take day trips to the Hunter Valley's vineyards and the Blue Mountains. Leave for Queenstown to discover the adventure capital of New Zealand, fly over Milford Sound / Piopiotahi, and head to Wellington to learn about native wildlife. Witness the geysers of Rotorua and get lost in its massive redwood forests. Celebrate the end of your trip in Auckland with dinner at the top of the Sky Tower.

Kick off your adventure exploring North Island treasures like Waiheke Island
Map of Highlights of Aotearoa: New Zealand's North & South Islands - 18 Days
Highlights of Aotearoa: New Zealand's North & South Islands - 18 Days

With this action-packed 18-day itinerary, there's no need to choose between New Zealand's North and South Islands—you can do them both. Start in Auckland, the "City of Sails," before moving through the North Island's rural and geothermal heart to Wellington. Take the ferry to the South Island, where you'll travel by train down the east coast to Christchurch, cut through the Southern Alps, and take a guided road trip down the West Coast to Queenstown.

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