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Taking in the sights of the North and South Islands at leisure with a self-drive holiday that combines scenic views, gourmet treats and a relaxed pace is a wonderful experience. Grab yourself a car or motorhome and take to the road, driving along rugged coastline and through quirky towns on your tailor-made adventure.

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Lord of the Rings Scenic Explorer Self-Drive

13 nights from £2,739 per person

Discover iconic filming locations used for the epic Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies on this fantastic 13 night self-drive through New Zealand's beautiful scenery. Starting in Auckland and ending in Queenstown, you'll be amazed by the landscapes used by Peter Jackson, including those used for the Shire and Lothlorien.

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South Island Coast to Coast Self-Drive

12 nights from £1,569 per person

A self-drive journey through the South Island, this 12 night trip takes you on an extraordinary adventure from Christchurch to Milford Sound, Mt Cook, Franz Josef and much more.

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The Winterless North Luxury Self-Drive

Bay of Islands

5 nights from £779 per person

A short but relaxing five night trip to the picturesque Bay of Islands region. This five night self-drive itinerary provides beautiful scenery, a tranquil ambiance and wonderful experiences.

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South Island Natural Discovery Self-Drive

14 nights from £2,939 per person

This is a 14-night luxury self-drive through the jaw-dropping beauty of the South Island, take in the glacial vistas of Franz Josef, the imposing sights of Mt Cook and the unforgettable mountainous scenery and stay in some of New Zealand's finest lodges and hotels.

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North Island Highlights with Scenic Train Self-Drive

8 nights from £1,319 per person

An exciting eight night trip with plenty of sightseeing and breath-taking vistas along the way to give you the best opportunity to experience the beauty of the North Island. Visit a Mitai Maori Village Concert & enjoy a buffet dinner plus ride on the Northern Explorer Scenic train from Wellington to Auckland.

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Fly-drive holidays are ideal for the independent traveller who wants to seek out adventure at their own pace. Combining fun with flexibility, our selection of fly-drive trips really makes the most of the natural beauty of this varied and inspiring country.

With vast open roads, ever-changing scenery and amazing attractions along the way, a fly-drive New Zealand holiday is the perfect choice.

Provided with a road atlas and clear driving instructions, you’ll be left to roam this wonderful destination at your own pace for a relaxing trip that’s brimming with opportunities for exploration. Alternatively, we can tailor-make an itinerary to suit you – the ultimate New Zealand getaway that’s entirely personalised.

Why book a fly-drive holiday with New Zealand Sky?

  • The opportunity to explore at your own pace
  • Chance to explore some of the lesser-known areas in addition to the renowned attractions
  • A flexible way of travelling that is simple yet unique
  • Can be tailor-made to create a trip that’s personal to you
  • Thanks to New Zealand being relatively compact, you have the potential to see a large amount in a small period of time

Self Drive Tours Information

Our Self Drive Tours offer a wide variety of things to see and do during your trip. Check out our travel guides for plenty of travel inspiration and tips from our New Zealand Sky experts to create the perfect holiday for you.


A beginner’s guide to self-drive holidays in New Zealand A beginner’s guide to self-drive holidays in New Zealand
A self-drive tour through New Zealand is a trip of a lifetime. Driving's the best way to see the country's spectacular scenery as you can do it all at your own pace, take photos whenever you want and explore places you might not get to see otherwise.
Road tripping New Zealand's North Island Road tripping New Zealand's North Island
From the world’s second largest wine region and landscapes shrouded in geothermal activity, to contemporary cities and sweeping beaches, there’s much to see on an incredible road trip through New Zealand’s North Island.
Road tripping New Zealand's South Island Road tripping New Zealand's South Island
Wide open roads with a varying backdrop of snow-capped mountains, sweeping vineyards, sugary beaches and rugged shorelines – a road trip through New Zealand’s South Island will be one to remember.

Head out on one of these day trips from Auckland Head out on one of these day trips from Auckland
Auckland's a haven for nature-lovers, surrounded by volcanic cones, rainforests, vineyards and a coastline fringed with black-and-white-sand beaches. See some top day trips accessible from this city base.
Head out on one of these day trips from Christchurch Head out on one of these day trips from Christchurch
Christchurch is the centrepiece of, and gateway to the Canterbury region, renowned for its spectacular natural landscapes, wineries and range of winter and summer attractions. View our rundown of our favourite day trips.

Top 10 things to do in Christchurch Top 10 things to do in Christchurch
South Island's vibrant and largest city, lies by the Pacific Ocean and majestic Canterbury Plains. Despite recent earthquake damage, subsequent regeneration efforts by residents has revealed ingenuity and fortitude in rebuilding the ‘Garden City’.
Planning for an incredible New Zealand adventure Planning for an incredible New Zealand adventure
Travelling to New Zealand can be the adventure of a lifetime, and when it comes to planning this dream holiday, there’s a lot to consider, but we’ll provide all you need to know to make it happen.
Top 10 national parks in New Zealand Top 10 national parks in New Zealand
Explore New Zealand's spectacular landscapes, from Kahurangi to Fjordland National Park, one of the largest preserved areas of land on the planet, discover the stunning waterfalls, mountains and rainforests...

Head out on one of these day trips from Queenstown Head out on one of these day trips from Queenstown
Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure capital, with something to keep outdoor-lovers happy all year round, from skiing, cycling and rafting to hiking, bungy jumping and sky diving. Use this base for day trips to historic gold mining towns, national parks and scenic sounds.
Head out on one of these day trips from Wellington Head out on one of these day trips from Wellington
Wellington's a compact capital city with a diverse mix of European and Maori culture, shopping, food and a bustling harbour. And a great base for day trips to islands, nature reserves, vineyards and beaches.

Exploring New Zealand's North Island regions Exploring New Zealand's North Island regions
Little beats the charismatic North Island when it comes to tapping into New Zealand’s native Maori past, blissing out on ravishing white-sand beaches, and marvelling at volcanoes, geysers, and other geothermal wonders.
Exploring New Zealand's South Island regions Exploring New Zealand's South Island regions
Prepare for a majestic mix of rugged coastlines, sparkling glaciers, forested mountains, arresting national parks, fabulous vineyards, and adrenaline-fuelled activities in New Zealand’s South Island - an outdoor wonderland roughly half the size of the UK.

When is the best time to travel to New Zealand? When is the best time to travel to New Zealand?
New Zealand has it all, glaciers, fiords, volcanoes, coastline, plains and forests. The country's diverse geology and South Pacific location gives varied weather across the year. So, when is the best time to travel to New Zealand?
Exploring New Zealand's Maori culture Exploring New Zealand's Maori culture
Visiting New Zealand? To really understand the country, learn about the indigenous Maori people who settled over 700 years ago. Here’s more about the culture and where to experience it in New Zealand.

Self Drive Tours Customer Stories

If you're needing a bit more inspiration for your Self Drive Tours, our customers have fantastic stories about their experience and tips on what to do or see. Come and find out what they thought of their New Zealand Sky holiday.


Chris & Alwena share their New Zealand holiday story Chris & Alwena share their New Zealand holiday story
Inspired to visit New Zealand for the first time by friends living in Auckland, Chris and Alwena chose the Grand New Zealand self-drive tour. They loved the spectacular natural beauty of the island, enjoying stargazing at Mount Cook, the Glowworm Caves in TeAnau and a helicopter trip to the Tasmanian Glacier.
Hazel & Peter share their New Zealand holiday story Hazel & Peter share their New Zealand holiday story
Spectacular scenery, delicious food and exciting activities, this couple loved their first trip to New Zealand. Their favourite moments were whale watching, an off-road trip in a gold mining canyon in Queenstown, visiting the spot where The Lord of The Rings was filmed and Peter’s flight in a glider over the mountains near Mt Cook.
Nigel & Dorothy share their New Zealand Holiday Story Nigel & Dorothy share their New Zealand Holiday Story
This couple did the Length & Breadth of New Zealand Self-Drive, experiencing some of the most exciting things New Zealand has to offer. They began in Waitangi, learning about the culture of this beautiful island. They visited the stunning Hoikanga estuary, walked around a geothermal park, watched cricket in Wellington and viewed wildlife at Otago Peninsula. They loved cruising along a fjord surrounded by majestic mountains and waterfalls and their scenic helicopter flight to the top of the Franz Joseph Glacier.

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We have been very pleased with the trip, everything was perfectly in place . Thankyou to Brendan especially! - Peter Fuller

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