Coastal roads in New Zealand
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Gimblett Graves Vineyard, Hawkes Bay
Winding coastal roads near Lake Wakatipu
Wide roads through Mackenzie Country
Driving through Milford Sound
Winding roads near Mount Cook
Kiwi signs in Tongariro National Park
Dirivng through the vineyards at Wither Hills
Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world

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.

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A beginner’s guide to self-drive holidays in New Zealand

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.

Self-Drive the best of New Zealand

A self drive tour through New Zealand is a great way of seeing the country at your own pace, stay where you want for however long you want with the ability to explore the places that are of a great interest to you.

Road tripping New Zealand's North Island

From the world’s second largest wine region and landscapes shrouded in geothermal activity, to contemporary cities and sweeping beaches, there’s much to see on an incredible road trip through New Zealand’s North Island.

Road tripping New Zealand's South Island

Wide open roads with a varying backdrop of snow-capped mountains, sweeping vineyards, sugary beaches and rugged shorelines – a road trip through New Zealand’s South Island will be one to remember.

Discover the best of the North Island

The North Island has a variety of sites to offer from the cosmopolitan city of Auckland, beautiful Bay of Islands, the thermal hotpools of Rotorua and the Glow worms at Waitomo Caves.

Discover the best of the South Island

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.

Head out on one of these day trips from Auckland

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.

Head out on one of these day trips from Christchurch

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.

New Zealands Great Outdoors, experiences & Adventures

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.

Our Introduction to New Zealand

There is a lot to consider when planning your trip of a lifetime to New Zealand. To help you we have put together an introduction guide of the important information, starting with the best time of year to go.

Our recommended iconic must-see's of New Zealand

New Zealand has many awe inspiring sites to see from stunning glaciers, national parks, abundant wildlife and beautiful peaceful lakes. Choosing just a few is difficult but find our favourite sites which we have explored here.

Top 10 things to do in Christchurch

South Island's vibrant and largest city, lies by the Pacific Ocean and majestic Canterbury Plains. Despite recent earthquake damage, subsequent regeneration efforts by residents has revealed ingenuity and fortitude in rebuilding the ‘Garden City’.

Planning for an incredible New Zealand adventure

Travelling to New Zealand can be the adventure of a lifetime, and when it comes to planning this dream holiday, there’s a lot to consider, but we’ll provide all you need to know to make it happen.

Top 10 national parks in New Zealand

Explore New Zealand's spectacular landscapes, from Kahurangi to Fjordland National Park, one of the largest preserved areas of land on the planet, discover the stunning waterfalls, mountains and rainforests...

Head out on one of these day trips from Queenstown

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.

Head out on one of these day trips from Wellington

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.

Tailor-make the ultimate New Zealand holiday experience

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.

New Zealand holiday options: From self-drive, motorhome camping to escorted tours

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.

Exploring New Zealand's North Island regions

Little beats the charismatic North Island when it comes to tapping into New Zealand’s native Maori past, blissing out on ravishing white-sand beaches, and marvelling at volcanoes, geysers, and other geothermal wonders.

Exploring New Zealand's South Island regions

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.

When is the best time to travel to New Zealand?

New Zealand has it all, glaciers, fiords, volcanoes, coastline, plains and forests. The country's diverse geology and South Pacific location gives varied weather across the year. So, when is the best time to travel to New Zealand?

Exploring New Zealand's Maori culture

Visiting New Zealand? To really understand the country, learn about the indigenous Maori people who settled over 700 years ago. Here’s more about the culture and where to experience it in New Zealand.

From north to south - an unexpected journey in New Zealand

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.