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Our Top 10 New Zealand Self-Drive Holidays

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21 day Discover New Zealand

21 days/20 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch
Prices start from $NZ 2963 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & Nature, National Parks, Family Touring, Classic driving tours

Explore the cities and scenery of both the North and South Islands on this 21 day extensive tour.  In the North Island you’ll travel to the Maori cultural centre of Rotorua, pass the volcanic World Heritage site of Tongariro National Park and visit our two largest cities.  After crossing to the South Island on the scenic Interisland Ferry, your itinerary takes you on a circuit of spectacular scenery.  Highlights include the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura, Mt Cook National Park, the West Coast glaciers and a cruise on the pristine Milford Sound, just to name a few of the destinations you have to look forward to.

Auckland to Christchurch 9 day highlights

9 days/8 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch
Prices start from $NZ 1149 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Classic driving tours

Travelling through the heart of the country you’ll journey past an incredible diversity of New Zealand landscapes and scenery.  From the North Island’s rich Maori culture and modern cosmopolitan cities you’ll venture south crossing the Cook Strait to the picturesque Marlborough Sounds and wildlife mecca of Kaikoura.  This tour is also flexible enough to add additional days if you have extra time.

Lord of the Rings Scenic Explorer

14 days/13 night Journey from Auckland to Queenstown
Prices start from $NZ 2935 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Adventure, Family Touring, The Hobbit & LOTR

Explore the highlights of Middle Earth and the spectacular scenery made famous in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. You’ll enjoy visiting some of the filming locations for the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies. See Hobbiton Village. Drive through the Canterbury high country around Mt. Potts and Mt. Sunday, also known as Edoras. Driving through the Mackenzie country, near Mt Cook National Park, you’ll recognise many of the scenes and backdrops from the movies. And in Queenstown you’ll experience a half day Nomad Safari of the Scenes tour, visiting remarkable locations such as Forest of Lothlorien and the Ithilien Camp.  

The Southern Circle self drive tour

11 days/10 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
Prices start from $NZ 1438 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: National Parks, Family Touring, Classic driving tours

This South Island loop takes you along the coast between the South’s two largest cities, Christchurch and Dunedin.   In Dunedin you have time to explore the unique wildlife of the Otago Peninsula, before continuing south to Te Anau, gateway to Milford Sound where you’ll cruise the length of the fiord.  This 11 day tour wouldn’t be complete without 2 nights in the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown before you follow the Southern Alps north to Mt Cook National Park and back to Christchurch.

Auckland to Christchurch 16 day Explorer

16 days/15 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch
Prices start from $NZ 3157 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Classic driving tours, Adventure

Travel the heart of the North Island exploring Auckland City, Rotorua and Wellington before crossing to the South Island. Continue down the east coast through Marlborough, Kaikoura and Christchurch before crossing the plains and into the Southern Alps and Mt. Cook. The alpine resort of Queenstown is next before heading north through Wanaka and onto the West Coast Glaciers. Return to Christchurch via the Tranz Alpine train.

The Essential North Island 14 day tour

14 days/13 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington
Prices start from $NZ 4869 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Luxury Touring, The Hobbit & LOTR, Classic driving tours, Wildlife & Nature

Take 14 days to explore the North Island. This itinerary covers the premier locations at a pace you will enjoy. Time to relax with the 'must see' activities taken care of. Stay in a superb selection of 5 star hotels, luxury and boutique lodges.

North Island 5 day highlights

5 days/4 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington
Prices start from $NZ 629 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family Touring, Classic driving tours

Travel through the heart of the North Island on this short 'highlights' New Zealand self-drive tour. From Auckland journey south through the Waikato countryside to Rotorua, the Maori culture capital of New Zealand. It’s then on to the Art Deco city of Napier in the Hawkes Bay, home to New Zealand’s oldest vineyards.  The final leg of your whirlwind tour of the North Island takes you past sheep farms and wineries as you travel through the Wairarapa region to your final destination, the capital city of Wellington.

Coast to Coast self drive tour

13 days/12 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
Prices start from $NZ 1833 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Wildlife & Nature, National Parks

Starting and finishing in Christchurch this tour visits Mt. Cook National Park, travels through the Southern Lakes region and into the deep south. Time to explore Dunedin and wildlife of the Otago Peninsula before crossing the rich farmland of Southland toward Te Anau and Fiordland National Park. There is a full day to explore Milford Sound including a Real Journeys Nature Cruise. Then to Queenstown for two nights with time to relax or enjoy the countless activities here. The West Coast Glaciers are next and two nights allow time to enjoy one of the many guided walk options or scenic flights. Return to Christchurch aboard the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.

A Taste of the South self drive tour

8 days/7 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
Prices start from $NZ 2238 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: National Parks, Classic driving tours, Luxury Touring

This 8 day scenic route will give you a wonderful 'taste' of the South Island’s beauty and diversity. Visit its two largest cities, Christchurch and Dunedin, Mt Cook National Park and Te Anau the gateway to Fiordland National Park. You then experience the excitement of Queenstown before heading north to the unique West Coast Glacier region. The finale to this tour is crossing the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train as you return to Christchurch.  Along the way you will stay at boutique properties offering personalised service.

North Island 11 day Highlights

11 days/10 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland
Prices start from $NZ 1863 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Scenic trains

Explore the North Island's major visitor cities from Auckland, City of Sails, to Rotorua, the art deco city of Napier, a night in the town of Martinborough before two nights in the Capital City of Wellington. Return to Auckland on board the Northern Explorer scenic train. A great value tour with plenty of time to self explore the regions.