With between one and two weeks for your self drive tour, we have carefully selected a range of itineraries that will maximise your time and enhance your New Zealand experience. Let First Light Travel plan the route, so you can get maximum enjoyment from your time Down Under.

15 Days | Whole of New Zealand

WILDERNESS ADVENTURES THE WHOLE FAMILY WILL ENJOY

We find that kids aged between 8 -14 are eager to get out and connect with nature and keen for opportunities to actively engage in anything new and exciting. We have put together a host of tried and tested (by our kids) outdoor experiences that the whole family can enjoy. Your family will love the New Zealand Family Adventure Tour.

Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Relaxing
14 Days | North Island
Tour the finest Luxury Lodges of New Zealand set in outstanding locations offering onsite and local activities, complimented by world-class cuisine and exceptional hospitality. Experience truly unique and interesting places and meet genuinely friendly people. Have plenty of time to relax and enjoy being in our beautiful country - wish you didn't have to leave.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Relaxing
14 Days | Whole of New Zealand
It is little wonder that Peter Jackson selected New Zealand to bring Tolkien's Middle-earth to the big screen. Gentle streams dissect emerald green valleys as giant mountains stand sentinel and ancient glaciers tumble to the sea. Embark on an unexpected journey and get ready for an awesome self drive LOTR (Hobbit) filming locations tour.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Lively
14 Days | Whole of New Zealand
New Zealand's Cultural and Heritage Tour celebrates the architecture, art, history and culture of our small island nation. Historic accommodation has been selected to provide a sense of place, and the landmark locations visited will come alive with fascinating stories that invoke a sense of a bygone era that is both exciting and fascinating.It's about understanding our culture by getting to know our history.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Relaxing
14 Days | Whole of New Zealand
The 'Relaxing New Zealand Self Drive Itinerary' is designed for those for the need to relax and revitalize - to reset their relaxation compass whilst still incorporating the best of our slice of paradise. Plenty of time for reading, walking on beaches, soaking in geothermal hot pools, and restful massages, including some slivers of excitement to spice things up.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Relaxing
14 Days | Whole of New Zealand
This Self Drive Tour of New Zealand is a perfect tour for golf enthusiasts. The schedule is not too tough, with plenty of time to soak up our Antipodean paradise. Covering both Islands you visit the vineyards, sail in the Bay of Islands and cruise Milford Sound. You’ll experience unforgettable rounds amidst some of the grandest scenery around.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Relaxing
14 Days | Whole of New Zealand
Planned by those with families, the New Zealand Family Adventure Holiday opens your child’s mind to a world of endless possibilities and wonder, while experiencing the best New Zealand has to offer. A seamless mixture of adventure and education that both you and you're kids will love. Activities are age appropriate and accommodations are family friendly.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Adventure
14 Days | Whole of New Zealand
Our former Prime Minister, Helen Clark (Aunty Helen as she was known) and head of the United Nations Development Programme, spent time in the company of Peter Greenberg, chief correspondent for the Travel Channel. Helen's mission was to show Peter the best of New Zealand, this tour follows the path taken by the pair, experiencing the great activities, and adding a few more along the way.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Lively
14 Days | Whole of New Zealand
This is an active adventure honeymoon without compromising on the highlights of New Zealand or the romance! Hike the Tongariro Crossing, kayak remote bays in the Abel Tasman National Park and get up close and personal with glacial icebergs at Mt Cook.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Lively
13 Days | South Island

Embark on a journey into some of New Zealand's finest scenic destinations, secluded in the great wilderness areas of the West Coast and mighty Southern Alps of the South Island. This is a camping and adventure tour for intrepid lovers of nature as well as those seeking a unique snapshot of our great outdoors.

Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Adventure
13 Days | South Island

In June as the ski season draws to a close in Europe and North America and summer in South East Asia starts to heat up, it's time to adventure down to New Zealand’s South Island and enjoy our exhilarating pristine powder paradise. If you really want diversity when carving up the white stuff, it is here you will undoubtedly experience heaven.

Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Adventure
13 Days | Whole of New Zealand

INSPIRATIONAL SCENERY, KIWI CULTURE & GREAT HOSPITALITY

The diversity of scenery within a relatively small geographic area is what makes New Zealand such an interesting country to explore. The Naturally New Zealand Self Drive Tour provides some of the most scenic driving routes in the country.

Milford Sound Cruise, Hot Pools Franz Josef Glacier, Te Puia Geothermal Rotorua, Cook Strait Ferry Crossing, Great Lake Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set, Wine Tour Waiheke Island, Pancake Rocks.

Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Lively
13 Days | Whole of New Zealand
Come and experience the marine mammal watching hotspots on an inspiring New Zealand whale & dolphin tour. You have a chance of encountering ten species of cetaceans; humpback, Bryde's, Southern right, Minke, pilot and sperm whales, and bottlenose, common and Hector's dolphin as well as the world's largest dolphin (the orca) and two species of pinnipeds ( New Zealand fur seal ).
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Lively
13 Days | Whole of New Zealand
Travel should not be measured in miles but in experiences that make the journey memorable. This luxurious New Zealand Exclusive tour (with private transfers) includes bespoke accommodations committed to excellence in lodgings, food and wine. The private, expert led experiences will enable you to enjoy the landscape whether it be sailing, or visiting with local artists, vintners and scenic flights.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Relaxing
13 Days | Whole of New Zealand
Explore the wonderful natural environment of both South and North Islands. Your highlights will be many, including the wildlife of Kaikoura and the sheltered waters of the Queen Charlotte Sound, before crossing the Cook Strait to the North Island and the quirky capital city of Wellington. Travel through the central plateau to Rotorua and its bubbling mud pools and unique Maori culture before arriving into Auckland the ‘City of Sails’, and a relaxing day spent on Waiheke Island before departing.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Lively
13 Days | Whole of New Zealand
Indulge in a sensational 13 day self-drive itinerary. This New Zealand food and wine tour offers a variety of unspoiled landscapes combined with great New Zealand wine and food with accommodations and activities to enhance your experience in New Zealand. Explore the delightful seaside towns of Kaikoura and Picton with ample opportunity to sample Marlborough's crisp Sauvignon Blanc and seafood. The vibrant arts capital of Wellington is just a ferry ride over the Cook Strait. Travel to pristine Northland, explore the views and cultural heritage.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Relaxing
13 Days | Whole of New Zealand
This relaxed tour of New Zealand will have you marvelling at the glorious scenery, vineyards, cuisine, arts and crafts that are packed in to a our big, little country. This tour gives you time to savour your New Zealand self drive experience - with multiple night stays in most locations, while Wine Touring New Zealand.
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Relaxing
12 Days | North Island
This 12 Day North Island New Zealand adventure tour gets you into some remote and amazing places - from rafting over the top of the Southern Hemispheres highest commercially rafted waterfall, then gets you underground on an expedition through one of Waitomo's deepest caves. We have also allowed for 3 days sailing the beautiful Bay of Islands, either relax or get fully involved.
 
Tour Type
Self Drive
Pace
Lively