By combining home-grown kiwi expertise with valuable guest feedback, we have carefully crafted a range of New Zealand self-drive tour itineraries. Select from a variety of flexible driving routes, time frames, and tour themes to experience your dream Aotearoa/New Zealand vacation. And, if you want something a bit more custom, we can tailor your own unique itinerary. With over 80 self-drive itineraries to choose from, your NZ road trip of a lifetime starts here! Refine your search by using the 'Tour Finder' on the left-hand side.
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.
This 8 day North Island tour is rich with culture and experiences. Including a visit to the Tamaki Family Marae in Rotorua, Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto, an exploration cruise on the blue waters of the Bay of Islands. Staying in an excellent range of 4 star hotels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy Queenstown’s very best alpine vistas, tranquil lakes, and award-winning championship golf courses. From lakeside Jacks Point to the mountain backdrop of Millbrook, each course is an experience in itself. With a full day free in Queenstown, a flight to Milford Sound, and one of the top scenic drives in the country, this tour truly has it all.
An unforgettable 9 day fly fishing odyssey across New Zealand's North Island. Stalk our giant New Zealand wild trout in the crystal clear streams and rivers of Rotorua, Taupo and Hawkes Bay. With snow-capped volcanoes and fern-filled native forests as your backdrop, our untouched North Island backcountry is a paradise you'll never want to leave.
Here is a self drive holiday that makes you feel like you have really had a holiday – no rushing around on this itinerary. Enjoy exceptional scenery, stunning beaches and experience New Zealand great outdoors with easygoing relaxed adventures. Plenty of 2 or 3 night stays in one location ensuring you will return home revived.
Routeburn and Milford Tracks, Glaciers & More. The South Island of New Zealand is a haven for walkers and hikers. This self-drive New Zealand itinerary focuses on easy going guided walks for hikers of modest fitness who love being in the bush and the natural environment. No hiking experience is necessary.
Just relax and enjoy, feel like you have really had a holiday – no rushing around on this itinerary. The South Island Relaxing Journey is designed for those needing space and relaxation. Enjoy exceptional scenery, stunning lakes, wild rivers and our remote Southern Alps.
An unforgettable winter wonderland awaits you in Queenstown and Wanaka. You'll play at four of New Zealand's top ski areas by day, coming home to 5-star hotel luxury every night. For the ultimate thrill, take an exhilarating heli-ski trip to find untouched powder in the beautiful backcountry of the Southern Alps.
Enjoy South Island's very best alpine vistas, tranquil towns, and award-winning championship golf courses. From the spring-fed lakes of Clearwater, to the mountain backdrops of Jacks Point, each course is an experience in itself. With a full day in Queenstown, a flight to Milford Sound, and one of the top scenic drives in the country, this nine day tour truly has it all.
This tour will delight the traveller who is interested in New Zealand's varied alpine and marine environments. Explore the wild West Coast, the top portion of the Southern Alps and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds - and return via Kaikoura to Christchurch.
Who says that the North Island isn't suited to the adventurous? With this off the beaten track action packed 10 day adventure, we aim to set the record straight. Soaring through thin air, abseiling into a subterranean wilderness, cresting volcanic mountain tops, ocean waves & rapids - we get it - you want to be challenged! And when you're finished come back and see the South Island!
Want to bask on secluded beaches in a National Park forest? Sip world-class wines in picturesque Marlborough? Watch whales spouting seawater as they surface in Kaikoura? Marvel at Milford Sound's towering fiords? In ten unforgettable days the incredible variety of this South Island honeymoon is guaranteed to win your heart.
We searched high and low for the North Island's most romantic experiences for this delightful honeymoon. Sip boutique wines on a winery tour, gallop across white sand beaches on horseback, and fly to the very top of New Zealand where the sea and ocean meet and crash together. The lakes and mountains of Rotorua and Taupo round off this stunning ten day trip.
This is a moderate to easy 9-day walking and/or kayaking adventure (you have option) with the best accommodation available in these remote regions. Enjoy spectacular scenery & wildlife and the well groomed coastal tracks of the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park and the magnificent Queen Charlotte Sound.
See New Zealand like the locals do: a South Island Campervan adventure is as "Kiwi" as it gets. In your comfortable Motorhome you'll sleep under the starry skies of Mt Cook National Park, wake up to Wanaka's astonishing mountainscapes and slumber next to glorious glacier views that no hotel could possibly offer. Pure, untouched New Zealand at its best.
This Tour has been designed for the discerning traveler. Experience New Zealand at a relaxed pace while exploring New Zealand's rich cultural heritage, visiting our most dramatic landscapes and sampling the very best food and wine.
Explore the Islands of the upper North Island, swim in seas surrounded by golden sand beaches, soak up the culture and native wildlife. This trip is suitable for couples as well as families with young children. Experience thermal springs, Maori culture and beautiful nature reserves.
This 11 day New Zealand self drive dive tour focuses on the top diving locations in New Zealand's North Island - and they are spectacular! How do we know ... well First Light Travel started and has owned Global Dive in Auckland in 2003 and we know our dive sites. So rest assured our advice will be spot on!
Fall in love with the South Island's magnificent mountains, giant glaciers, untouched wilderness and delectable cuisine. With romantic hideaways, jaw-dropping views and welcoming locals, this unique honeymoon destination is guaranteed to win your heart.
We are often asked to create walking itineraries that cover the diverse spectrum of New Zealand's unique and natural environments, within a manageable time frame. Experience the magical Hollyford Valley and the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound – Both considered 'A'-list New Zealand hiking experiences.
Spoil yourself, Enjoy the freedom of our New Zealand Luxury Self Drive Itinerary. Stay at some of the best lodges New Zealand has on offer. 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.
This 12 day New Zealand relaxed adventure itinerary will provide you with unspoilt landscapes both at the unique properties chosen and the locations experienced. We purposely keep you away from the tourist traps, allowing you to savour the peace and tranquility that New Zealand is famed for.
A perfect mix of day excursions focusing on New Zealand's iconic scenic highlights in both the North and South Islands. Keeping the amount of driving to a minimum, we have also included four 2 night stays giving you the opportunity to relax and get a real sense of the place.
This 12 Day North Island New Zealand adventure tour gets you into some remote and amazing places – from the highest commercially rafted waterfall to Waitomo’s deepest cave, 3 days sailing the beautiful Bay of Islands – something for everyone.
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.