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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.

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.

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.

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’.

Escorted touring holidays in New Zealand

Contemplating an escorted tour through New Zealand? One of the world’s most breath-taking destinations, ranging from wild, rugged coastlines, soaring mountain peaks, rainforest and waterfalls to hot springs, glaciers and abundant wildlife.

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 things to do in Wellington

Proud to flaunt its ‘Coolest Little Capital’ moniker, Wellington is New Zealand’s compact, creative, and culture-packed harbour metropolis located at the North Island’s southern end.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.