The Original NZ Self Drive Touring Company

New Zealand Self Drive Tours & Holidays

Over 200 NZ tours to inspire you

There is no better way to tour New Zealand than on a well organised self drive itinerary and our team of NZ specialists can help you find and create the perfect self drive tour or holiday. So if you want to explore Auckland, Bay of Islands, visit Hobbiton or Rotorua, taste some Hawkes Bay Wines, relax on the beaches and bays of Abel Tasman National Park, venture into the glacier and mountain country at Franz Josef or Mt. Cook, the adventure of Queenstown and pristine Milford Sound then let New Zealand Self Drive Tours show you the way.

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Find your tour by Interest

These New Zealand touring ideas are selected based on themes and interests. Our team of experts can also create a tailor made itinerary for you. So if you want to see a little bit of everywhere and do a little bit of everything get in touch today to start your plans.

Find Reassurance in our Covid Policy

In light of the global impacts of COVID-19, we continue to work with our partners to provide the greatest client flexibility in an ever-changing climate. Where itineraries need to change due to COVID-19 restrictions we will waive our amendment fees and work closely with third-party suppliers so that they do the same. Any payments you have made will be put into credit and held in trust until you are ready to make plans to travel again. Find out more in our FAQs.

Why choose New Zealand Self Drive Tours?

At NZSD we have built a business based on one simple belief - that every customer deserves excellent service and honest, accurate advice.
Since 2004 we have been creating New Zealand holidays for visitors from all over the world - in fact that's all we do! We are the absolute experts at creating great touring experiences across the North & South Islands.

How does it work?

  1. Our site contains over 200 great self drive itinerary ideas. You can see exactly where you are going, where you will stay and how much it will cost. But we also know that even with 200 great ideas such as these most visitors want something slightly different or something to suit them specifically - and that's where our team of travel specialists come in.
  2. We are absolute experts at designing great New Zealand touring holidays. Get in touch with us and one of the team will make contact and chat with you about the kind of experience you are looking for.
  3. Your specialist will tailor make a proposed itinerary for you which you can tweak and adjust as much as you wish.
  4. When you are happy with the plans you go ahead and book using our secure systems. A deposit payment is needed to book with the balance payment due just before you travel. We ensure everything is booked accurately, we ensure that all your timings work, and your itinerary is uploaded to our custom APP so you get lots of great information and features as you travel.
  5. While you are here we also provide in country support and help if you need it.

Why work with us? We are dedicated to ensuring your New Zealand holiday experience is the best holiday experience you will ever have.

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Recent Guest Testimonials

We have over 800 testimonials and feedback comments from prior guests - all published exactly as we receive them!
Take a look for yourself and understand why New Zealand self-drive tours are the original and best touring holiday company in New Zealand.

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Alex Yeo & Lee Mui Lee, Milford Sound Highlights tour, Travelled on 30 May 2022

Great support from Christina though we have last minute changes she still able to do it for us perfectly. Great service Chris πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Susan & Herb Graf, Coast to Coast self drive tour, Travelled on 23 May 2022

Thank you so much for organising our great itinerary! We enjoyed every place we stayed and every activity that was organised. We loved the fabulous and awesome scenery, the lovely towns we drove through, the people we met along the way. We caught a bus to the Christchurch gondola, had great food at The Riverside Markets and thought that Christchurch would be a great place to live! Te Anau was lovely and the boat trip on Doubtful Sound was a highlight. However, just the smell of the ocean and a little bit of swell makes me seasick so I was glad to turn back for the rest of the trip. There were seals on the rocks and dolphins swimming along with the boat. We thought that The Dairy in Queenstown had such amazing dΓ©cor, a very pleasant host and was so close to the Gondola and restaurants on the pier where we had some terrific meals. We also went to the Kiwi Sanctuary which was so close to where we stayed. We really enjoyed the Jet boat as well. Thank you very much for the wine - it was delicious. On our way to Queenstown, we stopped for lunch at the Bannockburn Hotel in Cromwell. Amazing food, wine, and great service. The drive through Arthur's Pass was incredible - I don't think the train would have been better! Franz Josef was very quiet with us being the only two guests at the motel. The manager was sick so we had breakfast in town at Full of Beans but Alice May was a standout at dinner the previous night - warm atmosphere, delicious meals, and lovely service. The trip to the glacier was special with terrific weather, perfect views and a very experienced helicopter pilot! The downside? Flying to and from New Zealand and jet lag! We vow to wait another couple of years but we would love to go to the top of the North Island in summer! Until next time!

Barrie and Christina Whelan, North Island 10 day Highlights with Northern Explorer, Travelled on 26 Jul 2021

Our first trip to NZ and arranged the North Island 10 day Highlights with Northern Explorer train trip. Absolutely fabulous. Our consultant Shelley Ryder was brilliant throughout the whole experience. She was always available and helped with the itinerary, checking all was well with flights and booking excursions whilst we were on the road. The train trip from Auckland to Wellington was awesome with its scenery and comfortable with good food and drinks. The accommodation was very good especially the Beachside resort in Whitianga. Accommodation in Auckland on the last night before departure was a small cramped room and bathroom, okay for one night and on way to the airport but wouldn't recommend if staying for several days. We were expecting the hire car to be a Toyota Corolla or similar but Europecar in Wellington provided a new MG HS car. Lovely and fresh and new but only 1.5L engine which found the mountainous sections of our road trip difficult. Lots of pulling over to let other cars pass. Also had a small boot which could only fit one suitcase so the second suitcase sat in the car with us. But overall we loved the trip and have recommended your company to my son now living in Auckland as he is keen to do a similar self-drive trip. We plan to return to NZ in 6 months to see family again and our plan is to use your company to arrange a South Island self-drive. Thanks again Shelley, well done.