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.
Hit the road and head to Rotorua and immerse yourself in the culture and history of NZ’s traditional Maori heritage. Experience agriculture, adventure, and relaxation as well as a delightful detour via Waitomo Caves to explore the underground tunnels, home to thousands of illuminating glow worms. There’s something of interest for everyone in Rotorua.
Welcome to a region of endless beaches, hidden coves, spectacular coastal walks, and ancient forests right at your doorstep. A subtropical wonderland is waiting in the "Winterless North", only three hours from Auckland! This 5-day sun-soaked Bay of Islands mini-break includes a half-day dolphin-spotting cruise, whisking you away to Cape Brett and the iconic "Hole in the Rock" natural archway.
We believe the 7 day North Island mounting biking self-guided tour will impress even the most ardent of bikers. Experience incredibly scenic trails into wilderness area's - This tour can be customised to suit your ability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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!
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 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.
Travel should not be measured in miles but in experiences that make the journey memorable. This luxurious New Zealand tour includes bespoke accommodation private, expert led experiences like sailing, visiting with local artists and vintners.
Beginning with 4 fabulous days on the Coromandel's glorious beaches, our Northern Motorhome Circuit puts relaxation first. In the comfort of your fully-equipped Campervan you'll journey to Rotorua for a memorable Maori feast, hike on a volcano in Tongariro National Park, and discover Waitomo's magical Glow Worm Caves.
Come and experience the marine mammal watching hotspots on an inspiring New Zealand whale & dolphin tour. You have a chance of encountering up to ten species of cetaceans while also experiencing New Zealand’s ‘on land’ natural beauty.
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.
New Zealand's Cultural and Heritage Tour celebrates the architecture, art, history, and culture of our Kiwi nation. Historic accommodation has been selected to provide a sense of place, and you'll visit landmark locations selected to invoke a sense of bygone eras that will both fascinate and delight. The itinerary is peppered with informative excursions to immerse you in Kiwi history and culture from the day you arrive.
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.
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.
Our former Prime Minister, Helen Clark 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.
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.
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.
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.
If your teens are happy, then everyone’s happy! These guys are often enthusiastic travelers but their interests and schedules aren't often aligned with their younger siblings or parents - right. We have wrestled with the 'sleep in' and mosey to around noon scenario so we have thrown in some inspirational incentives to get them out and about.
Cross Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers and Jacks Point off your golf course bucket list, and discover many more. This fifteen day golf-filled luxury journey visits the North and South Island's premier destinations and attractions. There's ample time off the green to soak up New Zealand's epic scenery too, including a scenic flight and cruise to Milford Sound.