Touring New Zealand

Are you thinking of touring New Zealand? If so, we can help.

With a full range of New Zealand escorted tours, New Zealand self drive tours, adventure tours, hiking and cycling tours, camping holidays and snow packages, we have the perfect tour to suit your budget and needs.

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Not sure if you should drive or take an escorted tour?

If you are thinking about touring New Zealand, this is probably the first decision to make. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of tour, and we have summarized these for you a little further down the page.

Our handy Travel Planner will guide you through the process and is the ideal tool if you are unfamiliar with New Zealand.

But if you want to view our great range of tours now, just click on the buttons below:


To drive or not to drive

New Zealand is one of the most visually stunning places on earth. With everything from snow capped alps and ancient glaciers, to pristine bays and beaches, and bubbling mud pools and geysers, New Zealand has a wonderful diversity of landscapes and experiences. And all in a country roughly the same size as the United Kingdom!

Your camera will be your best friend in New Zealand, and it seems that every bend in the road brings a new unique photo opportunity.

Your first step is to decide where you want to go

By using our free New Zealand itineraries and our detailed pages for each region, you can plot your ideal route.

What do I do next?

Once you have decided on your travel route, it's time to decide whether you are going to:

  • Drive by yourself in a rental car or campervan, stopping at your leisure, or
  • Let us build your perfect self drive package. This can include your car, selected accommodation (to suit your budget), and even selected activities (for example a trip to Milford Sound, or even a swim with the dolphins), or
  • Put your feet up on one of our fully escorted coach tours or small group adventure tours, which include transport, accommodation, many meals and selected activities

To help you decide, here are our advantages and disadvantages of each.


Hire a car or campervan

We have toured New Zealand extensively in hire cars over the years, and can highly recommend it as a great way to see New Zealand.

If you don't mind carefully planning your trip, then touring New Zealand in a hire car or camper can be a rewarding holiday experience.

For

  • gives you the freedom to drive at your own pace, adjusting your itinerary as you go
  • you travel with your selected partners or friends
  • there is less reliance to adhere to a set timetable and those early morning starts
  • visit only those attractions that you want to see
  • book your accommodation as you go, giving you the chance to see it before you book

Against

  • fuel costs
  • the uncertainty of driving in a strange country can see you missing some of the best spots
  • peak holiday periods can lead to accommodation shortages in some locations
  • budgeting may be more difficult because you don't know your main costs up front (fuel, accommodation, meals, activities etc)
  • meals are not included

And don't forget, we offer rental cars and campervans at market leading rates. You can learn more HERE.


Self drive packages

If you are thinking of touring New Zealand, Our popular self drive packages take the hassles out of planning your trip. Our expert consultants have built self drive packages for hundreds of happy customers, and can build the perfect package for you.

Their extensive local knowledge ensures that they can work with you to decide on the best spots and attractions, all in keeping with your budget and timeframe.

We recommend using our itineraries as your starting point, then let our team do the rest. Our packages can include as little or as much as you want. We can pre-book selected accommodation and activities, and include your rental vehicle as well. It's all up to you.

Our friendly consultants can have you touring New Zealand in no time at all!

For

  • your major costs are known up front (car hire, accommodation, selected activities)
  • you have the benefit of working with our experts and tapping into their extensive local knowledge
  • because your itinerary is carefully planned, you won't waste time visiting places that have little attraction
  • you have the freedom to allow us to book as much, or as little accommodation as you like. Our consultants will advise you about any spots where it may be necessary to book ahead

Against

  • your fuel costs are not included
  • you don't have the benefit of an experienced guide (but you can hire a Kruse in car GPS based information guide)
  • no meals included

Check out our great range of self drive packages HERE.


Feature packed escorted coach tours / adventure tours

We have a full range of New Zealand escorted tours which cover both islands.

Sit back and relax in air conditioned comfort as we do all the driving, taking you to the very best spots in the country.

For

  • no planning necessary. Just select the tour that you like
  • dinner and breakfast are usually included
  • pre booked accommodation is included
  • our experienced tour guides are there to offer valuable insights about New Zealand and to assist you wherever necessary
  • no fuel costs
  • many activities are included
  • because you know your major costs up front, it's much easier to budget
  • carefully planned, our escorted tours ensure that you get maximum value
  • you will meet many new friends from around the world

Against

  • the need to stick to a pre-arranged schedule
  • those pesky new friends!

To learn more about our range of Escorted Coach Tours click HERE.


Department of Conservation (DOC)

DOC have lots of great information about New Zealand parks and walks. If you are thinking of touring New Zealand we recommend their website.

You can visit it HERE.


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