Aotearoa (Maori, meaning "Land of the Long White Cloud") is a truly amazing country, and it's waiting for you with open arms!
We are your New Zealand self-drive holiday experts, and we can make your New Zealand travel dreams come true!
Our local expertise
Over the last 30 years we've traveled extensively around New Zealand, and we can't wait to share our experiences with you.
And because we've spent a lifetime exploring this amazing country, we know the best spots to visit, the best travel routes, and the best things to see and do.
You can learn more about us here.
What we do
We specialise in helping you to build your perfect New Zealand self drive holiday.
We don't do cruises or coach tours.
We simply cater for people just like you, who enjoy driving, and want to hop into a car or camper van and explore one of the World's most stunning countries, at your own pace.
And best of all, we don't charge you for our service*
What can we offer?
We offer the information and personal support to help you build your perfect New Zealand self-drive itinerary.
Not sure where to go, what to see, or how long it will take? Should you visit one island or both? What's the best time to visit?
No need to worry.
We will work through your plans with you, to help you build your perfect self-drive adventure.
Perhaps you prefer an action packed holiday. Or maybe something more sedate? Or even a theme based trip?
Whatever your preferences, we can help.
For most of our clients, we find that it usually takes us between 10-20 hours to build your itinerary - and we don't charge you a cent for this - read on.
Where to start
A great place to start is to have a look at our range of free itineraries.
These cover the most popular routes on each island and take in all of the "must see" locations.
But these are just a starting point, and we find that most of our customers ask us to modify these to fit with their personal preferences.
We will build an itinerary to fit your budget, time frame, and preferred destinations and activities.
Once you have your itinerary sorted, it's then just a matter of you booking your car, accommodation, and any special activities that you would like to try, through the links on our website. Then off you go.
How much does it cost?
Our service is unique
* We don't charge you a fee for our help. Not a cent.
* And we don't take any money from you. We don't ask for your credit card details and we don't ask you to transfer any money to us.
* Once your holiday is complete, we receive a commission from our industry leading partners for any bookings made through our website. We are paid by them, not by you.
The amount of our commission varies depending on volume, but generally it's between 5 and 10 percent of the value of the booking.
So for example, if you book a wine tour with a retail price of $100, we will receive a commission of between $5 and $10 for that booking.
Do our suppliers add the commission to their prices?
From our experience, no they don't.
The easiest way to check is to follow one of our supplier links, then simply compare their prices with the actual website for that business.
What if we cancel our trip?**
Our commission is not paid to us until your service is complete.
So if your trip doesn't go ahead for some reason, or if you cancel a booking, we don't receive anything. Not a cent.
And that's why it's important for us to give you the best suggestions that we can.
We want to make your New Zealand self-drive holiday one for you to remember.
We want you to experience the real New Zealand, and to go home and tell your friends about this amazing country.
And of course, we want to make a few dollars along the way.*
* Please read our terms and conditions here.
** Suppliers may have their own cancellation policies which you will need to be aware of. We take no liability or responsibility for any cost incurred by you as a result of the policies or practices of our suppliers.
Who are we partnered with?
We've chosen three very well respected, experienced and highly rated companies to partner with.
We recommend Booking.com.
They've been around for over 20 years and are one of the largest accommodation sites in the World. They charge no booking fees, and have millions of listings worldwide. Booking.com offer you a detailed search capability, & instant booking confirmation. You can also read up to date customer reviews for all listings.
Activities & unique experiences
If you want to book an activity, or that uniquely kiwi experience, Viator are one of the market leaders.
Part of the TripAdvisor group, Viator have hundreds of thousands of activities listed worldwide. They offer various free cancellation and payment options, excellent support, and in the case of New Zealand, a huge range of unique experiences. You can read customer reviews, compare prices, and check availability in a few easy steps.
Car, 4WD, RV & camper van hire
If you need to hire a car or RV, DriveNow offer market leading rates, access to all the major brands, and have been operating for around 20 years. They offer their services throughout Europe, the United States, Australia, the UK, and most importantly, New Zealand. There are no hidden extras. The price quoted is what you pay, and most of their suppliers require no prepayment.
Not sure where to start?
Using our resources you can research, plan, and book your perfect New Zealand self drive holiday right here.
The "BEGIN" tab on the menu at the top of the page is the perfect starting point.
To see some of the most popular routes, our itineraries are a great place to start.
You can also access our New Zealand Travel Planner.
No, it's not hi-tech. But it's designed to save you time & help you through your holiday planning process.
Hopefully it will help to answer all those questions that you might have.
And of course if you can't find what you are looking for, just Ask Us.
At New Zealand Travel Showcase, we would love to hear from you.
Let's get things started
Have you picked an itinerary that you like? Want to know more?
We would be delighted to help. Just fill out the enquiry form below and we will be in touch.
Please tell us as much as you can about what you would like to experience on your New Zealand holiday.
Remember, there's no obligation on you, and no cost to you.
A land of "welcome" and incredible natural beauty
Have you ever been to a place so beautiful that it almost takes your breath away?
A place where you can't wait to round that next bend in the road, curious to see if it can get any better. And then it does!
Well, New Zealand is one of those places. The sheer beauty never ceases to amaze us, and no matter where you are in this spectacular country, photo opportunities and jaw dropping moments abound (take a few minutes and have a look at the two videos further down the page).
As a holiday destination there are few places in the World more welcoming than New Zealand. The warmth of the locals will amaze you, and their laid back nature makes for the ideal stress free holiday experience.
And in 2015, on the Global Peace Index, New Zealand was rated the World's fourth safest country*.
And lets not forget that New Zealand is also home to some of the best food and wine in the world.
How they can fit so much into such a relatively small country is beyond us!
Combine this with an uncrowded national highway network, a very favorable exchange rate, and an almost endless variety of things to see and do, and you can see why New Zealand is a favorite holiday destination for so many people.
And you can also see why it's such a great place for your next self - drive holiday.
Do you need to book an activity or tour?
Looking to book that special activity that you've always wanted to try? No problem. There's a huge range available with everything from "mild" (think cruises, gondolas, winery tours, that sort of thing) to "wild" (jumping off stuff, raging down the rapids in a raft, roaring through a huge gorge in a jetboat - you get the picture).
You can search through thousands of activities, read those all important customer reviews and check availability and prices here.
Check out our huge range of New Zealand accommodation
Need to book some accommodation? Our partnership with booking.com opens the door to thousands of options throughout New Zealand.
With everything from hostels to five star luxury lodges, we can help.
And most importantly, you have access to thousands of customer reviews.
To see the huge range just click here.
So whatever your New Zealand travel needs are, we can help.
Planning your holiday can be a pain. But we are dedicated to helping you iron out all the rough spots, and New Zealand is waiting for you to come and visit.
So come on, grab a coffee, sit back, and take some time to explore New Zealand Travel Showcase.
We know that we can make your New Zealand holiday something to remember.
The New Zealand Travel Showcase team
Is the scenery really that good?
It sure is. Here's a sample from Tourism New Zealand - enjoy (Please turn your sound on for the full Kiwi experience!):
If you are looking for an easy to read reference guide about New Zealand, their official tourism body, Tourism New Zealand, have a great information guide and you can view it here: