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Where Do I Start?
Organising a trip to an unfamiliar country can be a daunting experience. There is so much to consider:
- what should I see?,
- where should I go?,
- how long do I need to allow for my holiday?,
- how much will it cost?
- should I drive or take a guided tour?
If you're confused about where to start planning your New Zealand holiday, our handy New Zealand Travel Planner could be just what you need.
Drive or Take An Escorted Tour?
The first decision to make when planning your New Zealand holidays is whether you want to drive yourself, or take an escorted tour. There are advantages and disadvantages to both options.
Drive Yourself - New Zealand is a relatively easy country to drive in. Motorists drive on the left hand side of the road. Traffic levels outside the major cities are usually low, and road surfaces are generally good. In the winter months, care needs to be taken as roads can be affected by ice and snow, and it may be necessary to carry snow chains.
Driving yourself allows you to take your time and stop longer in spots that you like, and is a good option if you have taken the time to carefully plan your holiday. You also have the freedom of choosing the type of accommodation that you want, and outside peak periods, you can make that decision after viewing the accommodation (that is, you may not need to book accommodation in advance).
Driving yourself can also have some disadvantages, particularly if
you don't take the time to plan your trip. Although distances may seem
short on a map, driving times in New Zealand can be longer than
anticipated as many roads (particularly in the South Island) are hilly
and winding, and may be affected by weather conditions. You may also
waste time going to places that are not worthwhile, at the expense of
other better attractions. And of course you will need to pay for your
own fuel and rental vehicle costs.
If you decide to drive yourself, you have two options:
- Hire a car or camper van and book accommodation as you go,
- Let us build you a self drive package including car hire, selected accommodation and activities
In either case, we highly recommend that you research your trip using our free New Zealand itineraries.
These are a great starting point and can give you valuable information
about where to go and what to see, and range from 7 to 21 days.
We have toured New Zealand extensively by car and can highly recommend it as a great way to see this incredible country.Happy planning!
Take An Escorted Coach Tour or Adventure Tour
If planning is not your strong point, or if you just don't want the hassle of planning your trip and driving yourself, an escorted tour could be just the thing for you.
We have a great range of escorted coach tours and adventure tours. All have the following advantages:
- no need to plan where to go or what to see
- fully escorted including the services of an experienced tour guide with extensive local knowledge,
- transport on tour is included
- accommodation is included (upgrades are available)
- some selected activities are included
- meals are included (usually breakfast and dinner on our escorted coach tours, and breakfasts on our adventure tours)
- no fuel costs
- the opportunity to meet new friends
Guided tours are not for everyone, and have some disadvantages:
- you need to stick to a schedule
- less freedom to stop where and when you like
- those pesky new "friends"