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Wai-o-tapu, Bay of Plenty Image credit: Matt-Crawford

17 Day Auckland to Christchurch Road Trip

This itinerary jam packs the best of New Zealand into an 17 day epic adventure. You will travel from Auckland to Christchurch and discover one spectacular view after another. On this road trip from Auckland to Christchurch, you will discover the best of both worlds. Not only will you explore all the beauty mother nature has to offer in New Zealand you will also visit many of the big cities New Zealand has to offer.

Start your holiday in Auckland with a sky high view from Sky Tower or get off-grid at Glenfern Sanctuary. Visit the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves and watch the tiny creatures while sitting in a small boat and listening to the tourguide. A real must see is Wai O Tapu, these sacred waters are a vulcanic wonder and a perfect attraction. Ever touched a cheetah? Make that happen at the Wellington Zoo. Continue to Franz Josef glacier where you can hike over the amazing glaciers, we reccomend booking a tour in advance! Surrounded by massive mountains and a beautiful lake with a lot of activities throughout the year. When travelling to Lake Tekapo you can do a lot of water activities which is the best way to explorer the beautiful nature and surroundings. Finish your holiday in Christchurch and find out why it is one the world’s most unique destinations! 

metre high glaciers


Day 1: Auckland

Day 2: Auckland to Rotorua  (228kms, 2hrs 45min)

Day 3: Rotorua

Day 4: Rotorua - Napier (216kms, 2hrs, 40mins)

Day 5: Napier - Wellington (321kms, 4hrs 5mins)

Day 6: Wellington

Day 7: Wellington - Picton (99kms, 4hrs 5mins)

Day 8:  Picton - Hokitika (388kms, 4hrs 48mins)

Day 9: Hokitika - Franz Josef (134kms, 1hr 41mins)

Day 10: Franz Josef 

Day 11: Franz Josef - Wanaka  (284kms, 3hrs 38mins)

Day 12: Wanaka - Queenstown (68kms, 1hr 3mins)

Day 13: Queenstown 

Day 14:Queenstown - Lake Tekapo (256kms, 3hrs 3mins)

Day 15: Lake Tekapo

Day 16: Lake Tekapo - Christchurch (226kms, 2hrs 49mins)

Day 17: Christchurch


Waitomo-Glowworm-Caves, New Zealand

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves is definitely one of the major highlights of this trip. The glowworms that live in these caves are unique to New Zealand. The best way to see the caves is to book a guided tour. 

 Wai-O-Tapu, New-Zealand Image Credit: Matt Crawford


You will find this active geothermal area just north of the Reporoa caldera in New Zealand’s Taupo Volcanic Zone. There are many hot springs and are known for their colourful appearing. The name of this area comes from the Maori and it means ‘Sacred Waters’.

Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand Image Credit: Miles Holden

Franz Josef Glacier

Meet Franz Josef Glacier, or, as its known in local Māori legends, Kā Roimata-a-Hine Hukatere (the frozen tears of Hine Hukatere). Franz Josef Glacier is the steepest glacier in the country and has incredible features such as ice caves, tunnes and crevasses; all which are constantly changing. 

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand Image via Julian Apse

Lake Tekapo

In the heart of the Mackenzie Country lies Lake Tekapo; breathtaking in all its technicolour glory. Lie by the lake (a part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve) and admire the pristine blanket of sparkling stars where they burn brightly as though they were only close by.

Places to stay

Caravan parks between Auckland and Christchurch

Rotorua Thermal Park

Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park

North South Holiday Park, New Zealand

North South Holiday Park

All Seasons Holiday Park, New Zealand

All Seasons Holiday Park

Wellingtons Kiwi Holiday Park, New Zealand

Wellington's Kiwi Holiday Park

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