Road tripping around New Zealand is an incredibly rewarding way to see the stunning beauty of our country at your own pace. It is by far one of the most popular ways to travel around New Zealand and it's not hard to see why.
Here are some of the reasons we think a New Zealand self drive tour is the best way to see New Zealand:
Get off the beaten track in New Zealand
One of the best reasons to choose a self-drive holiday in New Zealand is the fact you can go off the beaten track. While a New Zealand coach tour will provide you with the best sightseeing attractions has to offer, getting behind the wheel yourself allows you to go beyond the tourist trail and visit places in New Zealand that are still relatively untouched. What's great about it is that you're likely to meet the locals and learn more about the culture and people of New Zealand, as well as find those little gems of places you haven't read about yet.
Another great benefit of a NZ self drive tour is that you can outline your own routes. You're not bound to fixed routes on your itinerary and have the unlimited flexibility to see and do whatever you want during your days.
If you're not sure how to fill these in, our expert staff will be able to provide you with excellent suggestions based on the places you'd like to visit and things you'd like to see and do during your tour of New Zealand.
You might think that hiring a car or campervan are expensive travel options in New Zealand, but this is a major misconception. Often escorted coach tours are more expensive than self drive touring options in New Zeland, as they may include guides.
Hiring a car is fairly cheap and won't be the main cost of your self drive holiday in NZ, which will most likely be your flight getting to New Zealand and the accommodation and/or activities you have scheduled in your tour.
If you are comtemplating to hire a motorhome or campervan, they are also a cost effective way to travel around. While prices to hire a camper may not appear cheap at first, once you calculate the cost for accommodation and hiring a car, you'll soon find that pricing for these different self drive options do not differ that much.
Driving in New Zealand is easy
It might be a daunting prospect of having to drive on the left hand side of the road for some people, but the truth is that driving in New Zealand is in fact very easy. Even though the roads may be quite windy and hilly in places, New Zealand roads are pretty empty compared with many other places in the world, and it is in fact an absolute pleasure driving around here.
Find out more here about driving in New Zealand
Set our own traveling pace
Feel like sleeping in today, or getting an early start instead? On your self-drive NZ road trip you simply choose your own traveling pace, and the amount of distance you want to cover per day. You could balance out the amount of traveling hours per day, or choose to drive a lot during one day, and introduce a rest day the day after.
Let's face it. You're probably coming to New Zealand for all of it's jaw dropping scenery, and there's a lot of it! There's so much of it actually, that we have no doubt you'll want to be pulling over all the time for those photo opportunities. Self driving New Zealand is therefore the perfect, if not the only way, to maximize your photo opportunities.
Great for the family and the kids
Not only is a NZ self drive vacation great for flexibility and freedom, the kids will love it too! It is a great option if you are a family traveling with kids, and it allows you to cater better for the needs of every family member during your holiday.
If you're thinking about a self drive tour of the North Island, South Island, or both islands combined, discover some of the driving itineraries here Self Driving Itineraries New Zealand