New Zealand self drive holiday

“Designed to show you the landscapes, wildlife and Maori culture of New Zealand, this self-drive tour combines driving with walking, so you can experience the land from different perspectives.”


Auckland | Rotorua | Lake Taupo | Tongariro National Park | Tongariro Crossing | Te Papa Museum | Nelson | Abel Tasman cruise | Buller Gorge | Nelson Lakes National Park | Paparoa National Park | Fox Glacier | Franz Josef glacier | Wanaka | Te Anau | Fjordland National Park | Arrowtown | Hooker Valley | Mount Cook | Christchurch

Description of New Zealand self drive holiday

This 22-day tailor made New Zealand self-drive holiday takes you to the best scenery, wildlife and culture that this Pacific nation has to offer. Youíll gain an understanding of both the people and landscape of New Zealand, as you enjoy a wide range of easy walks, with the option to include more challenging hikes to suit your fitness level. This is a self-drive holiday, so you can travel under your own steam with the added bonus of insider tips.

New Zealand is a veritable walkers' paradise and this trip includes a series of accessible and fun day walks in some of the countryís stunning National Parks, including Abel Tasman National Park, Westland National Park and Paparoa National Park. If youíre up for testing yourself and have the fitness levels to prove it, you could opt to tackle more challenging treks, such as the legendary Tongariro Crossing. You could also don your ice grippers for a walk on Franz Joseph Glacier or Fox Glacier.

The trip begins and ends in two vibrant cities - Auckland and Christchurch. As this is a tailor-made tour the itinerary below is fully customisable and can be adjusted to increase or reduce the amount of walking, depending on your preferences.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: New Zealand self drive holiday


This Tailor-made holiday encompasses three of New Zealandís National Parks: Tongariro, Abel Tasman and Westland for which we pay an annual licence fee and have official accreditation to operate on Department of Conservation land.

For every booking taken we make a donation on our travellers behalf to New Zealandís unique Trees for Travellers Project. The project is based in Kaikoura , and is re-foresting a local reserve with native trees:

We also actively supports Project Janszoon, a privately funded initiative working in partnership with the Department of Conservation to address the ecological restoration of Abel Tasman National Park . Through the auspisces of the Wilson Family who operate guided walks and kayaking adventures in the Park, travellers will be educated on the aims and ethos of this project.

Through our New Zealand partner operator, we are a Qualmark accredited business and a member of the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand. This means we have been independently reviewed and deemed to operate in an ethical and environmentally sustainable way.


All of our itineraries, whether tailor made or our Small Group Journeys, are strongly focused on ensuring support for local communities and educating our travellers on the importance of responsible travel.

Accommodation on our Tailor-made holidays is in smaller bed & breakfasts, inns, farm and homestays and travellers will enjoy the services of local activity operators and food from local restaurants. We actively encourage all travellers on our Tailor-made itineraries to get off the beaten path and discover, explore and support small local communities Ė as well as benefiting the New Zealand people, we firmly believe that this enhances our travellers experience during their time in New Zealand.

Our itineraries have a strong focus on the history and customs of the Maori, as we recognise and appreciate the cultural significance of the Maori people in New Zealand. Through included trips and experiences, guided tours and interaction with locals, we aim to educate and inspire our travellers about the Maori people of New Zealand and their place in the heritage and future of the country.

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