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It’s no secret that New Zealand boasts magnificent scenery. The North Island is peppered with volcanic landscapes and sweeping beaches, while the South Island has dramatic peaks, deep fjords and age-old glaciers. And a New Zealand self-drive holiday is the best way to see it all.
On a New Zealand road trip, you’ll have total freedom to explore at your own pace in a hire car or campervan. Your route can be as short or as long as you want it to be, focussing on one island or both. You could drive in a loop – returning to the same place you started – or drive from A to B, with dozens of scenic stops in between. Tick off major attractions like Huka Falls, Mount Cook and Milford Sound; hike or bike along scenic trails; and stroll around urban hubs like Rotorua, Queenstown and Wellington. Wherever your journey takes you, one thing is certain – you can expect stunning views in every direction.
If you’re concerned about the driving itself, you needn’t be. New Zealand has great roads with clear signage and, best of all, it’s left-hand drive like the UK. If you’re travelling in a campervan, you can park up in a variety of campsites, ranging from simple spots to large complexes with a pool, shop and restaurant. New Zealand self-drive holidays can also be done by car, allowing you to stay in some lovely B&Bs and hotels along your route. You’ll also be able to take your car or campervan on the Interislander ferry – so you can easily travel between the North and South Island, if you wish.
Whether you’re hoping to see cities or countryside, wildlife or wineries, we’ve got you covered. All our New Zealand self-drive holidays can be tailored to suit you. If you find an itinerary you like, but you’d like to make some changes, just let us know. Our travel specialists will help you create a bespoke New Zealand itinerary and plan a route to suit your timelines and interests.
Take a look at these suggested itineraries, or ask our travel specialists to create a tailored route just for you
9 nights room only including flights and campervan hire
New Zealand’s North Island offers so much to see and explore – so hiring a campervan and hitting the open road is the best way to take it all in. You can travel at your own pace and adapt your itinerary to suit you
14 nights including hotel stay, campervan and flights
There’s an endless amount of things to see and do in New Zealand’s South Island – and taking to the open road is the best way to discover it all. When you hire a campervan, you’ll have total freedom to travel at your own pace and our experts will help you tailor-make the perfect itinerary.
20 nights including hotel stays, campervan hire and interislander ferry
A New Zealand campervan holiday is one of the best ways to discover everything this incredible Pacific nation has to offer, while allowing you total freedom – you can travel at your own pace and design your own itinerary.
“Land of the Long White Cloud” is the English translation of Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand – and what better way to discover New Zealand than a 24-day self-drive holiday? You’ll be able to take in the breath-taking natural beauty and dramatic landscapes of both the North and South Island.
This epic 22 day escorted tour showcases the iconic landmarks and experiences of both Australia and New Zealand. Travel with like minded companions in the company of a dedicated driver and experienced guide.
17 nights room only including hotel stays, campervan hire, ferry and flights
Between them, New Zealand and Fiji cover off pretty much every kind of natural wonder. Snow-capped mountains, ancient glaciers, bright coral reefs – you name it, they’ve got it.
18 nights room only including flights
See the best of Sydney before heading to Cairns to explore the Daintree rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. Fly to New Zealand to take in Auckland and Queenstown before heading for a relaxing stay in Fiji
Cordis Hotel Auckland can be found on Upper Queen Street, so you’ll have easy access to the city’s best cafés, boutiques and galleries. You can walk to the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Art Gallery, Civic Theatre and Sky Tower – all are less than 25 minutes’ away.
Rydges Auckland makes sure you always have a comfortable stay – everything’s been thought of here. Every room has a king-size Dreams bed with triple-layered sheets and feather and down duvets.
The George Hotel in Christchurch has everything you need for a luxurious stay, from the top-notch facilities and first-class service, to excellent attention to detail. The plush comforts and laidback ambiance are matched only by the stunning location, as the hotel overlooks Hagley Park and the River Avon.
You’ll find all sorts of dining delights at The Rees Hotel. You can tuck into elegant dishes at the award-winning True South Dining Room – one of Queenstown’s best restaurants – and try a variety of local produce.
Looking for a sumptuous space where you can relax and soak up the awe-inspiring views? Then Heritage Queenstown is the right place for you. From an Executive Deluxe Room with a funky sofa and private balcony, to a spacious Lake View Studio Suite with glorious vistas
Pullman Rotorua is surrounded by the surreal scenery for which Rotorua is so famous. The hotel’s in a great central location and is also just minutes from the lake – so you’ll have the best of both worlds. This five-star hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the region’s geothermal wonders.