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See the best of New Zealand across the North & South Island. Our range of self drive tour ideas can all be customised to suit you perfectly. Just get in touch with the team at NZ Road trip today to start planning your ideal holiday.

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Mirrored mountains on Lake Hayes in Queenstown
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages, Family touring, Maori culture, Scenic cruises, The Hobbit & LOTR
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Travel south from the vibrant city of Auckland to the spectacular mountains and thrilling adventures of Queenstown.  Along the way you’ll experience heartland New Zealand, including the cultural mecca of Rotorua and quirky Wellington City in the North Island.  Then it's across to the South Island where you will enjoy opportunities for wildlife encounters in Kaikoura, plenty of time to explore the inspiring city of Christchurch, and plenty of chances to take in awe-inspiring alpine scenery and iconic adventure activities.

  • Viewed 40 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$2,973
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Driving over the Haast Pass
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages, Family touring, Honeymoon, Luxury touring, National parks, Scenic cruises, Scenic flights, Thermal parks and attractions, Wildlife & nature
  • Boutique lodges & hotels
  • Explore the length of New Zealand on this comprehensive tour of both the North and South Islands.  In the north you’ll explore the tropical Bay of Islands and the Kauri Coast as well as the cultural hotspot of Rotorua. After cruising across the Cook Strait to the South Island discover hidden beaches and the aqua waters of Abel Tasman National Park, before continuing south to the snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes and glaciers of the lower South Island.  Highlights of the south include the world renowned TranzAlpine scenic train journey and a voyage of discovery in Milford Sound.

  • Viewed 32 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$7,022
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Auckland at night
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages, Family touring, Food & wine, Maori culture, The Hobbit & LOTR
  • Motels
  • 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 to meet our unique wildlife in Kaikoura and Dunedin and marvel at the magnificent wilderness of Milford Sound.

  • Viewed 14 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$2,970
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Wellington cable car
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages, Family touring, Maori culture, The Hobbit & LOTR, Wildlife & nature
  • Motels
  • Explore the wonderful wildlife of Kaikoura and the aqua waters of Abel Tasman National Park, before crossing the Cook Strait to the North Island and the quirky capital city of Wellington. Travel through the central plateau to Rotorua and its bubbling mud pools and unique Maori culture before arriving into Auckland the ‘City of Sails’. Continue north to the tropical Bay of Islands for a relaxing end to your New Zealand experience.

  • Viewed 13 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$2,605
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Christchurch Gardens and Art Centre
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages, Family touring, Food & wine, Scenic flights, The Hobbit & LOTR, Wildlife & nature
  • Motels
  • Explore the cities of Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington before embarking on a circuit of the South Island. The wineries of Marlborough, the whales of Kaikoura, the garden city of Christchurch and the mighty Southern Alps. The alpine adventure town of Queenstown awaits, before heading to the West Coast Glaciers. Return to Christchurch on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic train.

  • Viewed 12 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$3,199
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Sunset over Rotorua
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages, Family touring, Food & wine, National parks, Scenic flights, The Hobbit & LOTR, Thermal parks and attractions, Walking & hiking
  • Motels
  • 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.

  • Viewed 12 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$6,030
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Urupukapuka Island, Bay of Islands
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages, Family touring, Scenic flights, The Hobbit & LOTR, Thermal parks and attractions, Wildlife & nature
  • Motels
  • This comprehensive 23 day itinerary explores the North and South Island’s iconic destinations with plenty of two night stays to ensure you really experience New Zealand. From the vibrant city of Auckland to the tropical Bay of Islands, you’ll also visit the cultural mecca of Rotorua and Wellington City before crossing the Cook Strait to Marlborough at the top of the South Island. Kaikoura and its famous wildlife can be explored before continuing south towards the Southern Alps and Mt Cook National Park. Milford Sound is sure to be a highlight along with Queenstown and the West Coast Glaciers before returning to Christchurch via the world famous Tranz Alpine train.

  • Viewed 9 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$4,797
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Rock formation in the Abel Tasman National Park
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages, Family touring, Food & wine, Honeymoon, Luxury touring, Scenic flights, The Hobbit & LOTR, Thermal parks and attractions, Wildlife & nature
  • Boutique lodges & hotels
  • Starting in Auckland with time to truly explore the region’s natural features this tour then travels through the heart of the North Island by scenic train. The South Island beckons with a host of natural and scenic locations and inclusions. From Abel Tasman National Park's beaches to Kaikoura's whales to the West Coast's unique Glaciers and geology, the diversity is outstanding.   In the deep-south you’ll discover the wildlife of the Otago Peninsula and spend a night in the remote Doubtful Sound before returning to Queenstown.

  • Viewed 12 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$7,121
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Dunedin railway station
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages, Family touring, Food & wine, Scenic flights, Scenic trains, Thermal parks and attractions
  • Motels
  • Starting in Christchurch this 3-week tour takes you around New Zealand's South Island before heading north to immerse yourself in the Maori culture. First, you'll visit the Mt Cook National Park, the Southern Lakes, cruise Milford Sound and meander up the dynamic west coast. Once you cross the Cook Strait you'll spend time in the quirky capital, journey the central plateau to the cultural centre, Rotorua. Highlights for many include a ride on the world-famous TranzAlpine Scenic Railway and perhaps catching a glimpse of a whale off the Kaikoura coast.

  • Viewed 18 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$4,103
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Rotorua, New Zealand
  • North & South Island Self Drive
  • Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family adventure packages, Family touring, Scenic flights, The Hobbit & LOTR, Thermal parks and attractions, Wildlife & nature
  • Motels
  • Explore the cities and scenery of both the North and South Islands on this extensive 21 day 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.

  • Viewed 11 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$4,007
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