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Five of the best things to do in New Zealand

New Zealand is such a scenically beautiful country, you’ll find everything from mirror lakes, thundering waterfalls, lush vineyards and sublime sandy beaches to active volcanos, bubbling hot springs, haunting glaciers and the towering icy peaks of the Southern Alps. A self-drive around the country covering both of the stunning islands – whether you’ve got two weeks or two months – is one of the best and most flexible ways to see everything it has to offer.

southern alps new zealand

Here’s five of the best things to do in New Zealand while on a self-drive trip.


Holidays to New Zealand are often trips of a lifetime so we highly recommend splashing out and upgrading a couple of nights of your stay to one of the many Luxury Lodges that are available. The Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown is one of our favourites.

matakauri lodge remarkables terrace antipasto


Take in the to-die-for views on the drive over the Alpine Pass and Crown Range Mountains towards Wanaka, a buzzing lake front town with a cool vibe and plenty of restaurants and bars.

tranz alpine alongside waimakariri river


Spend a couple of nights in the Blenheim wine region visiting some of the world famous vineyards. Do a wine tour, enjoy lunch at one of the many estates and stay in one of the boutique B&Bs available here.

blenheim view new zealand


Trek the famous Queen Charlotte Track which follows the amazing scenery between Queen Charlotte Sound and Kenepuru Sound in the Marlborough Sounds.

marlborough sounds


Visit the geothermal pools and beautiful lake at Rotorua, but for a real peaceful getaway, stay outside of the town closer to many of the other smaller lakes such as Okareka.

thermal water by rotorua

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