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SELF DRIVE TOURS - North Island Highlights Tour

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South Island Highlights Tour
9 days
Explore the highlights of the South Island in 9 days and some of the best driving in the region.

South Island Experience Tour
13 days
All of the South Island in 13 days spectacular days.


Twin Island Tour
14 days
Christchurch to Auckland via all the most spectacular scenery and driving roads of the South and North Islands in 14 days.

Ultimate Islands Tour
21 days
The best of the best. See all of the best of what New Zealand has to offer!


  • Great accommodation in nice 3.5 to 4 star B&Bs / motels / hotels

  • Google Maps links showing you the exact route to take for each day’s drive

  • Official hard copy road maps of the areas you’ll be passing through

  • A thorough and very detailed itinerary document incorporating:

  • Daily trip sections
    The background to each area
    Places of interest and where to visit

Please note: We don't include the car in the prices as there are so many choices. You can either book your own car or we'd be pleased to do it for you.

Auckland and the North Island of New Zealand
North Island Highlights Tour

It's a busy 6 days on the North Island but you'll see it all - superb coastline and beaches, hot springs and thermals, lakes and mountains, Maori culture and Art Deco architecture. It's not all rush and no relaxation though; throw in some of the best dining and wineries in New Zealand and you've got a great tour!

6 day tour

NZ$ 1,139 BOOK NOW

Includes: 5 nights accommodation

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Stunning coastal scenery (Photo by Andras Kladi)

Auckland - Start your trip in New Zealand's most cosmopolitan city. Stroll through Queen Street, enjoy some of the best dining in New Zealand and cruise magnificent Waitemata Harbour, the 'heart' of the city. You don't have to be a yachtsman to appreciate the City of Sails - but it helps!

Endless ocean views (Photo by Andras Ikladi)Coromandel Peninsula - You'll quickly see why New Zealanders flock here on holiday. The serenity attracts 'alternative lifestylers' away from Auckland but the rest come for the North Island's best beaches and coastal scenery. With a backdrop of rugged, green-forested mountains the views over the offshore islands are incredible. What better way to end the day than swim in crystal clear blue water, then dig a hole in the sand at Hot Water Beach and relax in your own sandy hot water spa!

Lake RotoruaRotorua - One of NZ's best known tourist spots, the steaming crevices, mud pools and hot springs lead to healing thermal baths. It's an important cultural centre for the Maori and one of the most accessible to outsiders. The culture is alive in their arts and crafts, architecture and in traditional songs and dance.

Bay of Plenty & Poverty Bay - The highest proportion of sunshine days in the whole of the country makes this one of NZ's best agricultural regions. The beaches are not too shabby either and you can immerse yourself further in Maori culture in a region where the dialect is spoken daily.

Napier - It's famous as one of the best examples of an Art Deco city anywhere in the world but there's so much more! Friendly people, great restaurants, a beautiful marine parade and superb coastal setting is topped by a mild Mediterranean climate. Do you need another reason to visit? OK, how about the famous Hawke's Bay wineries, over 30 of which offer cellar tastings? Or the gourmet culinary delights prepared with the freshest ingredients and handmade with care?

Lake Taupo - The largest lake in New Zealand was created around 25,000 years ago by one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in history. Now the self-proclaimed trout fishing capital of the world, you can also enjoy more adventurous activities such as white water rafting, jet boating, bungy jumping or skydiving if luring trout with imitation flies are not your thing. Or simply enjoy the scenery and magnificent Huka Falls.

Lakeside splendour (Photo by Andras Ikladi)