Inspiring guides for your self-drive holiday
There's a reason why road trips are so popular. Just like the movies, a self-drive is the ultimate adventure, giving you the freedom to drive wherever and whenever you'd like, with fantastic vistas and unforgettable moments along the way. If you need further inspiration, have a read of our articles below and feel the anticipation of exploring New Zealand by road.
A self-drive tour through New Zealand is a trip of a lifetime. Driving's the best way to see the country's spectacular scenery as you can do it all at your own pace, take photos whenever you want and explore places you might not get to see otherwise.
The South Island offers a variety of things to see and do from beautiful landscapes, wonderful hiking spots, majestic mountains, whale watching to adrenaline fuelled adventures in Queenstown. Read on for more information to inspire your next New Zealand adventure.
Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. This modern metropolis is a haven for nature-lovers, surrounded by volcanic cones, rainforests, vineyards and a coastline fringed with black-and-white-sand beaches. Here are some of the top day trips from Auckland.
Christchurch is the centrepiece of, and gateway to the Canterbury region, renowned for its spectacular natural landscapes, wineries and range of winter and summer attractions. View our rundown of favourite day trips.
Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure capital, with something to keep outdoor-lovers happy all year round, from skiing, cycling and rafting to hiking, bungy jumping and sky diving. Use this base for day trips to historic gold mining towns, national parks and scenic sounds.
Wellington's a compact capital city with a diverse mix of European and Maori culture, shopping, food and a bustling harbour. And a great base for day trips to islands, nature reserves, vineyards and beaches.
New Zealand ranks highly in top travel spots, with lush rainforests, beautiful mountains and beaches, abundant wildlife and hot springs. Aim for three to four weeks, with options to tailor-make a perfect trip.
There are multiple ways to explore the spectacular country of New Zealand. No matter which you choose, a self-drive excursion, exploring by motorhome or an escorted tour, it’s bound to be an experience of a lifetime.
Prepare for a majestic mix of rugged coastlines, sparkling glaciers, forested mountains, arresting national parks, fabulous vineyards, and adrenaline-fuelled activities in New Zealand’s South Island - an outdoor wonderland roughly half the size of the UK.
If you’ve been inspired to take a Tolkien-themed holiday to New Zealand, then you’ll be pleased to know that there is a wealth of locations and other points of interest running the length of the country that can be visited.
New Zealand offers plenty of outdoor activities such as gentle walks or 3 to 5 day hikes with breath-taking views. Perhaps whale or dolphin watching cruises are more for you or a heart pumping bungy jump in Queenstown interests you. There is something to suit everyone.