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Top 10 NZ self drive holidays

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Our top self-drive New Zealand holidays

These are our top 10 self-drive New Zealand holiday tours. The team at Pure Journeys have used their years of experience travelling the length and breadth of New Zealand to create truly unforgettable self-drive tours. Our friendly support staff are available 24/7 to help you on your journey. Chat to one of the team today to find out why we are the leading authorities when it comes to New Zealand holidays.

Southern Lakes and Tranz Alpine 6 day circuit

  6 days/5 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Scenic flights, Adventure, Family touring, Scenic trains, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages

This short loop of the lower South Island visits the Mackenzie high country and Lake Tekapo first. With views of Mt Cook National Park you continue south to the 'Adventure Capital' of Queenstown

A Taste of the North Island

  8 days/7 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Food & wine, Family touring, Maori culture, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages

Explore the North Island Auckland to Wellington on this short 'taster' tour. Rotorua, the cultural and adventure centre of the North Island plus the art deco city of Napier, wine regions of Hawkes Bay and the cosmopolitan capital city of Wellington will showcase the diversity on offer.

The Length & Breadth 30 days North to South

  30 days/29 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Scenic flights, Food & wine, Family touring, Scenic trains, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours, Thermal parks and attractions, Family adventure packages

Experience the iconic attractions and hidden gems in this 30 day tour exploring the North and South Island in great detail. Explore the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Kaikoura, Dunedin, Te Anau and Milford, Queenstown and the West Coast Glaciers as well as the major cities. You’ll also spend time in more out of the way locations such as the Coromandel, the Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa and Abel Tasman National Park. Experience the diverse geography between the north and south, spectacular landscapes and the rich wildlife that inhabits our land and seas. This tour has something for everyone.

This tour primarily utilises 4 star hotels however where this isn’t possible you'll stay in excellent quality bed and breakfasts or lodges.

9 Day Southern Explorer

  9 days/8 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, Scenic flights, Adventure, Family touring, Scenic trains, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages

A classic South Island itinerary taking you through the dramatic scenery surrounding the Southern Alps.

The Southern Circle self drive tour

  11 days/10 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Scenic flights, Adventure, Family touring, Maori culture, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages

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.

A Taste of the South self drive tour

  8 days/7 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Scenic flights, Family touring, Scenic trains, National parks, Classic driving tours, Scenic cruises, Family adventure packages

One of our most popular tours 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.

Trilogy Trail South

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, Family touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, Scenic cruises, Family adventure packages

The towering snowcapped mountain peaks, deep blue lakes, ancient native rainforest and wide open plains of the South Island provided the setting for many Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies most dramatic scenes. Take a journey through the real Middle-earth!

A Taste of the Pure South

  8 days/7 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, Scenic flights, Food & wine, Adventure, Family touring, Luxury touring, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours, Scenic cruises, Family adventure packages

Explore the South Island on this 8 day circumnavigation. Visit Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown, Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park and the West Coast Glaciers. Complete your trip with a train journey across the Southern Alps back to Christchurch

Auckland to Queenstown Classic

  14 days/13 night Journey from Auckland to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Wildlife & nature, Food & wine, Adventure, Family touring, Maori culture, National parks, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours, Scenic cruises, The Hobbit & LOTR, Family adventure packages

From the vibrant city of Auckland you’ll travel south to the spectacular mountains and thrilling adventures of Queenstown. Along the way you’ll travel through heartland New Zealand, including the cultural mecca of Rotorua and quirky Wellington City in the North Island. While in the South Island you have opportunities for wildlife encounters in Kaikoura and plenty of time to explore the inspiring city of Christchurch.

Lickety Split

  13 days/12 night Journey from Auckland to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Wildlife & nature, Scenic flights, Adventure, Family touring, Maori culture, National parks, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours, Scenic cruises, Family adventure packages

This two week journey wraps up the best of New Zealand in 13 experience-filled days. It's guaranteed to leave you wanting to return for more.

Experience both North and South island. See the cosmopolitan cities of Auckland and Wellington, the geothermal wonders and volcanoes of the Central Plateau, and the lush ancient rainforests and creaking glaciers of the West Coast. And, of course, what holiday to New Zealand would be complete without a visit to Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World!