New Zealand is self-drive heaven – it is a destination that truly is about the journey. Our Tailor-Made Holidays New Zealand collection brings together the best itineraries crafted by the experts so you can discover this incredible nation for yourself, both in style and comfort, but with the peace of mind knowing everything has been taken care of.
Ranging from six to 15 days, our Tailor-Made New Zealand itineraries showcase the very best of the South Island and North Island, from unforgettable landscapes and cities to boutique accommodation and authentic local experiences.
Pick one of our suggested itineraries, tweak it to suit your own tastes or simply use it as inspiration to create your own New Zealand self-drive holiday from scratch, exactly the way you imagine it.
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Here’s a glimpse at our suggested Tailor Made New Zealand itineraries to get you started.
Taste of the North Island Self Drive, 8 Nights
Make a date with the North Island on this nine-day self-drive journey. The road is arguably the best way to explore this enchanting landscape and its plethora of scenic stretches, lush rolling hills and cosmopolitan cities. Auckland is the first stop on the itinerary, revered for both its urban buzz and surrounding natural beauty. From here, it’s just you and the open road as you cruise along towering picks and glassy waterways towards the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty, and finish up in the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.
Cruise the winding roads connecting Auckland with its surrounding natural wonders, enjoy fish and chips by the seaside at Whangamata, and explore Cathedral Cove by kayak.
The Southern Loop, 15 Days
Few places do the outdoors quite like New Zealand’s South Island. This awe-inspiring island is scattered with ever-changing landscapes, from snow-capped peaks to reflective lakes and charming towns, all playing host to unforgettable adventures. And the best way to experience it all? By road. Two weeks will ensure you discover all the highlights and hidden delights.
Explore the stunning scenery of Pukerangi by rail, sample Invercargill’s finest seafood, breathe in the fresh air of Milford Sound, and zip down the mountain on a luge ride in Queenstown.
Bay of Islands Escape, 5 Nights
Hit the road and discover New Zealand’s magnificent North Island on this self-drive adventure. From the highlights of Auckland to the serene Bay of Islands, you’ll pass the region’s most impressive attractions. Appreciate picture-perfect scenery, from towering volcanoes to manicured vineyards, and enjoy tasty eats every step of the way.
Swim with the dolphins in the Bay of Islands, home to the warmest waters in New Zealand.
The Gourmet Garden, 7 Nights
This eight-day self-drive journey is a round-trip route of fun and adventure, which includes the quirky delights of Wellington and the verdant landscapes of Hawke’s Bay. In between, expect a dazzling array of verdant scenes and volcanic landscapes unfolding before your every eyes as you cruise some of New Zealand’s most stunning drives. Here, the natural wonders take the spotlight.
Embark on a food-filled adventure in Wellington, soak up the history in Napier, cruise the glassy surface of Lake Taupo on a scenic cruise, and discover the cultural side to Palmerstone North.
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Wines and Walk Journey, 7 nights
Marvel at the undeniable beauty of New Zealand’s South Island as you explore verdant forests, flourishing vineyards and glorious glaciers. After enjoying all the highlights of Queenstown, you’ll set off on an adventure to the stunning Rob Roy Glacier before touring popular wineries in Wanaka and beyond.
Hike the Rob Roy Glacier Track, passing snow-dusted mountains and lush green valleys, and appreciate the region’s many incredible natural wonders.
South Island Express, 6 Nights
When it comes to pure landscapes, New Zealand’s South Island can’t be beat. Snowy peaks meet tranquil sounds, rugged coastlines transform into snowy plains and cosmopolitan capitals are home to incredibly down-to-earth locals. From the iconic delights of Queenstown to the quaint charm and jaw-dropping beauty of Fox Glacier, you’ll discover it all on this seven-day driving holiday
Soak up the views from one of Queenstown’s most celebrated lookouts, Bob’s Peak, zip through canyons on the Shotover Jet, and join a scenic walk along the Terminal Face Walk.
Northern Delights, 7 Nights
Discover the treasures of New Zealand’s North Island on this unique self-drive adventure. Beginning with geothermal wonders in Rotorua and ending with the coastal beauty of Cathedral Cove, you’ll be awed by the region’s natural wonders. Wine and dine along the way, stopping only to enjoy the country’s premier highlights.
Enjoy a tour of a traditional Maori village in Rotorua, where you’ll be treated to a magnificent cultural performance and a tasty feast.
South Island Loop Tour, 7 Days
It’s the highs and lows of the most impressive kind as you travel from the most fertile farmlands to the iciest peaks on this seven-day South Island itinerary. The beauty of New Zealand is revealed from the water, road and rail on a journey between the ever-changing landscapes of Christchurch, Greymouth, Franz Josef, Milford Sound and Queenstown.
Marvel at the dramatic gorges along the TranzAlpine railway, see the glacial landscape of Franz Josef unfold from above in a helicopter, and breathe in the fresh alpine air on a cruise through Milford Sound.