The Best 20+ Days Tours of New Zealand

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Tour New Zealand for 20+ Days!

Visiting New Zealand for three weeks or even a month? That’s the perfect duration to see the highlights of both the North Island and the South Island with the New Zealand tour companies. There’s plenty of amazing bus tours showing you the sights, from backpacker tours for 18-30-year-olds to luxury tours for families and seniors. Whatever your style, there’s sure to be a New Zealand tour to suit. We go through some of our favourites in this guide to the best 20+ days tours of New Zealand!

While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Best 10-12-Day Tours of the North Island and The Best 10-12-Day Tours of the South Island.

6 Tips for Planning a Three-week or Month-long Trip to New Zealand

  • Allow a day or two before and after your tour to allow for your travel time to New Zealand, as well as allowing yourself to get over the jet lag in your arrival city
  • Pack light: it might be hard for a three-week/month-long trip, but you don’t want to be the one that everyone has to make room for! See 15 Essentials to Pack for New Zealand for more packing advice.
  • Use websites like Tourradar to compare tour companies for the exact number of days you wish to travel. Another advantage to these websites is that they have standard cancellation policies should your travel plans change
  • Choose a few optional paid activities before your trip departs so you are able to correctly budget for your tour
  • On a similar note, allow room in your budget for meals too, especially for those days that meals are not included – see How Expensive is New Zealand? for typical food prices in New Zealand
  • It’s a good idea to check if your chosen tour company has a Facebook group! That way, you can meet other travellers who will be on your tour.

For more tour advice, see 15 Tips to Make the Most of Your Bus Trip.

G Adventures© G Adventures

G Adventures – Best of New Zealand

For an adventure for the active traveller who wants to see the highlights of the North and South Island, G Adventures is for you! This 21-day tour of New Zealand starts in Auckland and ends in Wellington. The Best of the New Zealand tour has plenty of inclusion to get your money’s worth, such as some usually paid activities, accommodation on a multi-share basis and most meals. There’s more time spent on the South Island than the North Island on this tour.

About G Adventures’ Tours

Age Range: 18-39-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 20
Accommodation: Hostels and lodges
Meals: 18 breakfasts, two lunches and five dinners

Destinations on the 21-Day Tour
  • Auckland
  • Raglan
  • Rotorua
  • Taupo
  • Wellington
  • Abel Tasman
  • Westport
  • Franz Josef
  • Queenstown
  • Te Anau
  • Central Otago
  • Wedderburn
  • Christchurch
  • Kaikoura

Find out more about this tour by comparing G Adventures on Tourradar.

Kiwi Vibes© Kiwi Vibes

Kiwi Vibes – The Full Frontal

Spend the summer with Kiwi Vibes on their 22-day tour of New Zealand! The Full Frontal encompasses both islands with heaps of destinations on each. Kiwi Vibes is exclusively for young adults, meaning you’ll get to explore and party with like-minded travellers. Inclusions are dorm-style accommodation, all breakfasts and a few other meals.

About Kiwi Vibes’ Tours

Age Range: 18-35-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 30
Accommodation: Hostels
Meals: All breakfasts, four lunches and eight dinners

Destinations on the 22-Day Tour
  • Auckland
  • Coromandel
  • Tauranga/Mt Maunganui
  • Rotorua
  • Taupo
  • Wellington
  • Kaikoura
  • Hokitika
  • Franz Josef
  • Queenstown
  • Twizel
  • Christchurch
  • New Plymouth
  • Raglan

Find out more about this tour by comparing Kiwi Vibes on Tourradar.

Luxury Gold© Luxury Gold

Luxury Gold – The Long White Cloud

A bus tour of New Zealand doesn’t mean you have to rough it. Luxury Gold offers a 22-day tour of New Zealand with a wealth of inclusions for optimum comfort and ease. The Long White Cloud Tour stars in Christchurch and ends in Auckland, taking you across both islands at a slightly slower pace than other tours featured on this list. During your travels, you’ll enjoy four and five-star hotels, most meals including dinner with wine, and a selection of usually paid activities, like the TranzAlpine, a jet boat ride, sea kayak at Milford Sound and much more.

About Luxury Gold’s Tours

Age Range: 5-99-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 40
Accommodation: Hotels
Meals: 21 breakfasts, one lunch and 13 dinners

Destinations on the 22-Day Tour
  • Christchurch
  • Franz Josef
  • Queenstown
  • Milford Sound
  • Dunedin
  • Wellington
  • Hawke’s Bay/Napier
  • Rotorua
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Islands

Find out more about this tour by comparing Luxury Gold on Tourradar.

Haka Tours© Haka Tours

Haka Tours – Legendary NZ Tour

Hit the road with Haka Tours for their small-group adventure on the Legendary NZ Tour. This 20-day tour zig-zags its way from Auckland down the North Island then loops around the South Island ending in Christchurch. There’s a great deal of usually paid activities included in the tour, such as Te Puia geothermal park in Rotorua, the scenic ferry ride between the North and South Islands, greenstone carving in Franz Josef, a Maori canoe lesson in Abel Tasman, as well as a few free walks here and there. What’s more, your breakfasts and accommodation in dorm rooms (or private room upgrade) are included.

About Haka Tours’ Tours

Age Range: 18-49-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 16
Accommodation: Hostels and lodges
Meals: All breakfasts and one dinner

Destinations on the 20-Day Tour
  • Auckland
  • Coromandel
  • Rotorua
  • Murupara
  • Taupo
  • Wellington
  • Kaikoura
  • Christchurch
  • Lake Tekapo
  • Queenstown
  • Wanaka
  • Franz Josef
  • Punakaiki
  • Abel Tasman

Find out more about this tour on the Haka Tours website.

Flying Kiwi© Flying Kiwi

Flying Kiwi – Ultimate Explorer

If you have about a month to explore New Zealand, then you might want to do it with Flying Kiwi. Their Ultimate Explorer tour takes you on a full loop of the country, starting and ending in Auckland. The bus tour, which can also be used as a hop-on hop-off bus, visits a lot of destinations on both islands. They provide a more adventurous tour with mountain bikes and other sports equipment included, as well as unique accommodation in tents (or cabins) under the stars. Your tour also includes most meals, access to a bunch of free activities, and some usually paid activities like Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, wine tasting, and the ferry crossing.

About Flying Kiwi’s Tours

Age Range: 18-65-year-olds
Maximum Group Size: 26
Accommodation: Hostels, camping and cabins
Meals: 25 breakfasts, eight lunches and 17 dinners

Destinations on the 27-Day Tour
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Islands
  • Orewa
  • Coromandel
  • Rotorua
  • Turangi
  • Paekakariki
  • Picton
  • Kaikoura
  • Geraldine
  • Lake Tekapo
  • Moeraki
  • Dunedin
  • Hollyford
  • Te Anau
  • Queenstown
  • Wanaka
  • Franz Josef
  • Okarito
  • Punakaiki
  • Abel Tasman
  • Wellington
  • New Plymouth

Find out more about this tour on the Flying Kiwi website.

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