Queenstown to Auckland via the East Coast

18 Days


Central Queenstown to Auckland Central


  • Adventurous Queenstown
  • Whale watching
  • Beaches and wineries

Best time of year

All year

This south to north route takes you from alpine scenery to coastal sands. The country towns on the road to Mt Cook are a peaceful contrast to the activity of Queenstown. Enjoy mountain walks before you move on to the many attractions of Christchurch.

Go whale watching in Kaikoura, then enjoy the vineyards of Marlborough. A ferry trip takes you to Wellington for a drop of kiwi culture.

Focus on wine and food between Martinborough and Gisborne, then follow the coast around East Cape and the Bay of Plenty for surf and sunshine. En-route to Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula keeps you fascinated with its old gold towns and beaches.


Queenstown is famous for bungy jumping

Photo by AJ Hackett Bungy

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Spend the day in Queenstown


The alpine resort of Queenstown is exciting, sophisticated and fantastically scenic. It’s the place to source almost any kind of adventure, including bungy, jet boating, horse trekking, rafting and river surfing. It’s also a destination for luxury experiences – gourmet food and wine, spa treatments and leisurely games of golf.

Bungy, Queenstown

Central Queenstown

Queenstown is a place for adventure and indulgence. From sky-diving to fine dining, this resort town offers something for everyone.

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