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New Zealand Driving Map Auckland / Dunedin / Christchurch

Start: Auckland
Finish: Christchurch
Recommended Length: 18 Days
Distance: 4172 km (2608 miles)

This extensive itinerary provides a total view of New Zealand, and takes in all the most significant sights and attractions. In the North Island you’ll discover beautiful beaches, kauri forests, caves and phenomenal geothermal activity. In the South Island the emphasis is on grand mountain scenery, adventure activities, historic architecture and wildlife encounters. Throughout the country there are vineyards and inspired restaurants to discover, while the cities present you with cultural entertainments and the chance to buy quality, locally-made clothing, art works and home wares. By the end of your holiday, you’ll know New Zealand from top to toe.




Travel time Km/Miles

Day 1

Auckland to Bay of Islands

3.25 hr


Day 2

Bay of Islands to Kaitaia

1.75 hr


Day 3

Kaitaia to Auckland

5 hr


Day 4

Auckland to Waitomo Caves

2.5 hr


Day 5

Waitomo Caves to Taupo

2 hr


Day 6

Taupo to Palmerston North

3.25 hr


Day 7

Palmerston North to Wellington

1.75 hr


Day 8

Wellington to Kaikoura

3.75 hr


Day 9

Kaikoura to Christchurch

3.25 hr


Day 10

Christchurch to Dunedin

4.75 hr


Day 11

Dunedin to Invercargill

3.5 hr


Day 12

Invercargill to Stewart Island

1 hr


Day 13

Stewart Island to Te Anau

3 hr


Day 14

Te Anau to Te Anau

3 hr


Day 15

Te Anau to Queenstown

2.25 hr


Day 16

Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier

5 hr


Day 17

Franz Josef Glacier to Greymouth

2.25 hr


Day 18

Greymouth to Christchurch

3 hr


Totals for Driving Route

54.25 hr


Key Scenic highlights along the way:

› Kaikoura
› Marlborough Sounds
› Marlborough’s Gardens
› Molesworth Station
› Queens Wharf
› Wairau Plain Wineries
› Alpine Pacific Triangle Touring Route
› Canterbury Plains
› Christchurch Botanic Gardens
› Dunedin Railway Station
› Moeraki Boulders
› Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
› Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail
› Catlins River Walk
› Larnach Castle
› Nugget Point Lighthouse
› Tunnel Beach Walkway
› Rakiura National Park




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