Self-drive Holidays in New Zealand

If you are looking for clear open roads and incredible views then a self-drive holiday in New Zealand is guaranteed to exceed all expectations.  Just a three hour drive will offer awe-inspiring scenery and dramatically changing landscapes.

The size of New Zealand makes travelling by car, or campervan, a very viable option.  The country is slightly bigger than the UK but with a smaller population, which ensures less traffic and a more stress-free experience.  It has an excellent road network and a myriad of beautiful coastal and in-land routes to enjoy.  

The advantages of a self-drive holiday are many.  They offer a greater flexibility to come and go as you please, with greater privacy, and the chance to explore all the country’s best sights in your own time.

The majority of our itineraries involve self-drive elements, although not all.  We can book whatever size or model of vehicle you require with detailed instructions on where to go for collection and drop offs.   Our itineraries include driving instructions and maps to help you get from place to place, and we also give an idea of how long a journey should take. 

Our broad knowledge of New Zealand enables us to recommend some beautiful stop offs at wonderful beaches, swimming holes, waterfalls or for bush walks, that might otherwise go missed.  As for pit stops, we know some great places for fresh seafood or snacks that are well worth travelling an extra mile or two to savour.

New Zealand’s incredible scenery and good road network make it the perfect place to take a self-drive holiday.  All this, and Kiwis drive on the left hand side of the road to boot!

For more inspiration read the blog Times journalist Annabel Thorpe wrote for us.

Independent Travel in New Zealand

If you're tight on time or want to take a break from the car, you have some great other options. There's a spread of regional airports across New Zealand and some stunning train routes to enjoy too. 

Click here to find out about alternatives to the car.


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Driving through Auckland's gorgeous Muriwai Beach

Driving through Auckland's gorgeous Muriwai Beach

The road to Mount Cook

The road to Mount Cook