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Our top 10 New Zealand self drive holidays

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12 day Ultimate South Island

12 days/11 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown
Prices start from $NZ 5834 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Food & wine, Adventure, Wildlife & nature, Luxury touring, National parks, Classic driving tours, Walking & hiking, Scenic flights

Starting and finishing in the alpine adventure capital of Queenstown, this route circumnavigates the Southern Alps and its dramatic peaks, glaciers and lakes.

Experience what New Zealand is all about. Visit Wanaka before discovering the beauty of the West Coast and glacier country before making your way to Arthur's Pass National Park. On route back to Queenstown you will take an overnight stop in the majestic Mt. Cook National Park.

21 day Classic South Island

21 days/20 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown
Prices start from $NZ 2641 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, National parks, Family touring

This comprehensive tour of the South Island begins with a West Coast exploration, including the majestic glaciers.  You then carve a figure 8 through Arthur's Pass to Kaikoura and on to the top of the South Island.  Enjoy a detailed exploration of Abel Tasman National Park before heading south to Punakaiki and the upper West Coast.  After boarding the TranzAlpine scenic train you travel through to Christchurch, where you have a free day to explore.  Then continue south along the East Coast to Dunedin, then onto the Magical Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound before you return to Queenstown after your epic South Island adventure.

Lickety Split

13 days/12 night Journey from Auckland to Queenstown
Prices start from $NZ 2462 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Scenic cruises, Family touring

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!

New Zealand Odyssey

23 days/22 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch
Prices start from $NZ 3561 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Walking & hiking, Maori culture, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Classic driving tours, Thermal parks and attractions

The New Zealand Odyssey visits all of New Zealand's must see's and some of the best off-the-beaten-track goodies. This is great for people who want to see and experience as much of NZ as they can.

The Winterless North

6 days/5 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland
Prices start from $NZ 1677 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Classic driving tours

Explore the tropical Bay of Islands, the magnificent giant Kauri trees of the Waipoua Forest and the boutique wine region of Matakana, the winterless north is the perfect year round destination. Along the way you'll stay at charming boutique lodges where you can relax in style after each day's adventure.

A Taste of the Pure South

8 days/7 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch
Prices start from $NZ 2263 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Luxury touring, National parks, Classic driving tours

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

Behind The Scenes in New Zealand

14 days/13 night Journey from Auckland to Queenstown
Prices start from $NZ 2320 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Thermal parks and attractions, Classic driving tours, Family touring, The Hobbit & LOTR

Tour New Zealand on a varied self drive tour offering many peaks -- or should that be stunning views -- behind the scenes of movies made in New Zealand. This diverse and rewarding tour includes movie locations from Pete's Dragon and the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. But that's not all - it also offer many of the most iconic New Zealand destinations and experiences. Walk where Elliot the dragon lived. See the Middle Earth views that were the backdrop for hobbit adventures. Visit Rotorua, Wellington & Queenstown. Fully customisable, this amazing itinerary can be as 'dragony' or 'hobbity' as you like.

Auckland to Queenstown Classic

14 days/13 night Journey from Auckland to Queenstown
Prices start from $NZ 2330 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Classic driving tours

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.

Lord of the Rings Scenic Explorer

14 days/13 night Journey from Auckland to Queenstown
Prices start from $NZ 3794 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Adventure, Family touring, The Hobbit & LOTR

Travel north to south for two weeks exploring and experiencing Middle Earth's rugged beauty and magnificent vistas as captured 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 including Hobbiton Village near Matamata, and the Canterbury high country around Mt. Potts and Mt. Sunday which were transformed into 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.

Queenstown to Queenstown Southern Journey

15 days/14 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown
Prices start from $NZ 3044 pp (low season, specific configuration)
Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: The Hobbit & LOTR, Family touring, Classic driving tours, National parks, Scenic trains, Adventure, Walking & hiking, Scenic flights

Starting and finishing in the 'adventure capital' of Queenstown This comprehensive South Island itinerary visits every South Island must see location including Milford Sound, Mt Cook National Park, Christchurch, Abel Tasman National Park and Nelson, and the West Coast Glaciers.