If you only have a short amount of time to visit our friendly shores, then a New Zealand short tour self drive itinerary is the way to go. Remember, if you're having trouble fitting it all in to a short amount of time, we can customise your itinerary completely free of charge. So you won't miss a thing. So, be inspired, get in touch and let your dream New Zealand short break begin.

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North Island
3,4 and 5 Stars Options
Tour Type
Self Drive

Discover the North Island's Coromandel Peninsula, where you can holiday like the locals do. Home to iconic Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach, "Coro" is loved by Kiwis for its white-sand beaches, coastal splendour and forest trails, hidden waterfalls and swimming-holes. All less than 3 hours drive from Auckland!

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From $515
per person
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Location
South Island
3,4 and 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch

Don't miss this stunning short-stay South Island wildlife encounter: you'll discover the very best spots to see New Zealand's whales and dolphins frolicking in the wild. Get up close and personal with the ultra-rare Hector's Dolphin in Akaroa and watch giant whales in beautiful Kaikoura, where the mountains meet the sea.

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From $689
per person
Provider
3,4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Queenstown

We're often asked which is best to visit: Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound. Why choose when you can visit BOTH of these magical New Zealand icons in one trip! With our 5 Day Fiordland In Depth itinerary you can unplug your phone and enjoy being unreachable among Fiordland National Park's rugged cliffs, prehistoric forests and inky black waterways.

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From $1489
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Location
South Island
4, 5 Star & Lodge Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Queenstown
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Departs Daily

This sophisticated all-season town enjoys the best of both worlds offering bespoke and authentic luxury experiences in beautifully natural settings hosted by our warm and welcoming people. Here is a suggested five days in Queenstown that won't disappoint!

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From $3598
per person twin share
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Location
South Island
3,4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Queenstown

Be seduced by Fiordland’s most awe-inspiring and diverse landscapes on the ultimate New Zealand walking package. Get to know the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks plus beautiful Lake Marian on this unforgettable, fully-guided 4 day South Island Great Walk adventure. Our alpine vistas, native forests, giant lakes, roaring rivers and vast fiords will leave you spellbound!

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From $2420
per person
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Location
South Island
3, 4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
Departs Daily

From ancient Maori cave paintings to 19th century Gold Rush towns, the South Island boasts a wealth of New Zealand history and culture. Step back in time with us to pan for gold in Arrowtown, explore New Zealand's only castle, and meander along Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu in a vintage steamship.

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From $1173
per person twin share
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Location
North Island
3, 4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
Departs Daily

Short on time, but want to maximize your experience in New Zealand's North Island, without going over the top, leaving you breathless at the end of your journey, we created the Quick Fix New Zealand North Island Tour allowing you to see and do those iconic New Zealand sight seeing and activities that the North Island is famed for - the MUST-DOs.

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From $1247
per person twin share
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Location
South Island
3,4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch

Watch Kaikoura's whales breach the ocean surface, cruise the golden bays of Abel Tasman National Park, unwind in Punakaiki's coastal rainforests and traverse the Southern Alps by train on the world-renowned TranzAlpine scenic railway. This superb 7 day itinerary showcases the amazing contrasts to be found at the top of New Zealand's South Island.

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From $1295
per person
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Location
South Island
3,4 and 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch

For a tantalising taste of alpine splendour, you can't go wrong with our 7 Day Southern Alps Circuit Itinerary. Discover two of our most celebrated glaciers, journey through magnificent mountain passes, and bed down in our prettiest alpine towns each night! A spectacular Tasman Glacier flight (complete with snow landing) will make you feel on top of the world, and an included hot pool excursion will warm up your fingers and toes in a flash.

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From $1415
per person
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Location
South Island
3, 4.5 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
Departs Daily

Short of time but want to maximize your experience in New Zealand's South Island, well without going over the top and leaving you breathless at the end of your journey, we have compiled a couple of New Zealand Short Break self-drive itineraries that allow you to see and do those iconic New Zealand site-seeing and activities New Zealand is famed for - the Must-dos.

BEST OF THE SOUTH IN 7 DAYS

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From $1950
per person twin share
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Location
South Island
3,4 and 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch

Rugged coastlines, snow-capped peaks, jewel-toned lakes, and towering fiords are a feast for the senses on this scenery-filled 7 day South Island journey. From the harbourside charm of historic Akaroa to the lonely majesty of Milford Sound, every day reveals another facet of New Zealand's astounding natural diversity.

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From $2025
per person
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Location
North Island
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Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
Departs Daily

For those looking to taste some of the best New Zealand scuba diving without driving for hours to get from dive site to dive site then this New Zealand Dive Tour is perfect. The Northland Dive Adventure visits all the great dive locations on the upper North Island like the Poor Knights marine reserve, the fantastic Cape Brett and various sites in the Bay of Islands.

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From $2595
per person twin share
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Location
North Island
3,4 and 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Auckland

New Zealand's unique native creatures are the star of the show on our unforgettable North Island Birding and Wildlife Self Drive adventure. From Glowworms to Gannets, and from Kiwi to Kereru, you'll discover a breathtaking array of beautiful birdlife and curious critters in some of the most scenic locations on earth.

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From $1395
per person
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Location
All New Zealand
3, 4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Auckland
Next Departure
Departs Daily

Short on time but want to maximize your experience in New Zealand, well without going over the top and leaving you breathless at the end of your journey, we have compiled a New Zealand North & South Island Tour that allows you to see and do iconic New Zealand site-seeing and activities that New Zealand is famed for - the MUST-DOs.

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From $1665
per person twin share
Provider
Location
South Island
3 to 4.5 Star
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Christchurch
Next Departure
Departs Daily

The New Zealand Winter Family Holiday is designed for family fun, with an interesting array of activities and experiences to keep your kids engaged, while also keeping it enjoyable for parents. Family adventures both off and on the snow that have been tried and tested for years by own children. 

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From $1704
per person Two Adults + 2 kids under 14yrs
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Location
North Island
3, 4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Wellington
Next Departure
Departs Daily

Immerse yourself in the heritage and culture of New Zealand's North Island with this fascinating 8 day itinerary. You'll visit a Maori village, tour a rare Art Deco city, discover New Zealand's birthplace, sail a historic island mail delivery route, marvel at our remarkable ancient Kauri trees as you explore the contrasts of this beautiful island to the fullest.

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From $1797
per person twin share
Provider
Location
South Island
3, 4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Queenstown
Next Departure
Departs Daily

It took two years to film the LoTR trilogy, but many millions of years to build the sets.....This 7 Day LoTR New Zealand Self Drive Itinerary gets you up close and personal with the grand landscapes that inspired Director Peter Jackson to make the majority of the Trilogy in New Zealand's South.

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From $1840
per person twin share
Provider
Location
All New Zealand
3, 4 & 5 Star Options
Tour Type
Self Drive
Departing from
Queenstown

If your wish list is long but time is short, this 8 day itinerary is your perfect fit. Explore the mountains and fiords of Queenstown and Milford Sound, cruise Abel Tasman's balmy bays, and marvel at the volcanic landscapes of Rotorua, our Maori heartland. Head on to Waitomo for a spectacular glow worm light show and finish up in Auckland, our glorious City of Sails.

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From $2680
per person