Experience total freedom with a self-drive tour around New Zealand. Enjoy the independence of exploring at your own pace, grabbing amazing opportunities along the way.
New Zealand is full of surprises, and we want you to have the flexibility to take part in anything that might take your fancy. Whether it’s a spontaneous river jetboat ride, climbing to the top of the peak that catches your eye or a seaside Fish & Chip shop that you want to try out. You have the ultimate freedom to do whatever you want to do, and on your own schedule.
Driving in New Zealand is not as daunting as one might think. Yes, we do drive on the other side of the road. But don’t let that deter you, if you are a competent driver in your home country you won’t have trouble driving in New Zealand. We have a lot less traffic, slower speed limits, and plenty of view points to pull over and take in the scenic landscapes.
Because no one wants to spend their vacation stuck in a car, Travel New Zealand limits the amount of driving that you will have to do in one day typically to 4 hours. Most locations that you will stay at are 2 – 3 hours apart, so this gives you plenty of time during your days to hike around, take a scenic flight, bungy jump, or perhaps a private picnic in the mountains.
The unique self-drive tour itinerary designed for you by our Travel Advisors will list all your interested activities and hikes along your journey. We work closely with our clients, getting to know their travel tastes and interests. This gives us the ability to plan your suited vacation through New Zealand, with options you wouldn’t find online.
Travel New Zealand will make sure the car you drive around in is suited to the season and environment that you will be in. We book only the most recent model rental cars, each with the latest safety features. Typically, we recommend at least a Premium SUV (please note that the vehicles in NZ aren’t as large as US vehicles), this will give you safety in changing weather conditions, extra space for storage, and the ability to travel off the beaten path, up gravel roads to find New Zealand’s most dramatic scenery. When submitting your enquiry, be sure to click the option for “Self-Drive Tour” under ‘Types of Travel'.
There is a billion different ways to drive around New Zealand and we will guide you in the right direction. Ultimately it comes down to you as to how each day will play out while on a self-drive tour. Check out some of our general itineraries to give you an idea of what New Zealand has to offer, how long to allow, and an approximate cost.
The hardest part is finding us – Now that you have, it’s easy to submit an enquiry, receive an itinerary and let us build the vacation of your dreams at no cost to you.
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