Self drive your own journey
A self drive tour will always give you that extra sense of freedom, and you'll be able to go a bit further off the beaten track. Driving is a pleasure in New Zealand. The landscapes are spectacular and ever changing, so no doubt you will be pulling over often enough for that photo or for a moment to soak it all in.
We've prepared a number of self drive car tours which we believe will showcase the best New Zealand has to offer, but at the same time will show you something a slightly different by going a little bit further off the beaten track.
With a camper you''ll experience driving and camping at its absolute best. You may still freedom camp in certain places in New Zealand, and with thousands of miles of coastline, and plenty of bush, you'll have no problem finding that isolated spot all to yourself. And on a clear night the stars are a sight to behold in itself. So you'll be sleeping in an infinite number of stars hotel! Don't hesitate to ask us about those little hidden gems.
Self drive information
How a self drive tour works
For camper rentals, please just complete the form on this page. If you wish to include additional activities you may have found on our website, we can organize this for you as well. Just give us a shout! After we've received your booking, we will provide you will all the details you require before departure.
For car rentals, you'll have a number of options available. If you choose one of our custom made self drive tours shown below, you will not have to worry about a thing but showing up and start driving. All of your accommodation will be pre-booked and confirmed, your ferry crossing if that's on the itinerary, and also any activities/tours the package may include. When we receive your booking confirmation, we will provide you will all the details you need for when you arrive. When you then pick up your car, you'll receive a travel wallet with vouchers for all the activities and accommodation, and a detailed itinerary map.
Generally you won't have to drop off your vehicle at the same location of pick up, and you can drop off the vehicle at any depot of our providers.
The vehicles we offer
Driving in New Zealand
Driving in New Zealand is pretty easy. Distances between towns are relatively short, traffic is light (except for Auckland), and the roads are usually in good condition, though there are few multi-lane highways in the country. There are brief stretches of motorway around the major cities, but elsewhere the highways are single-lane in either direction and pass through the towns. Generally the roads are hilly and windy, so do take this into consideration as it may slow you down a little. The speed limit on the highways is 100km/h, but count on averaging around 80km/h as you may get stuck behind a truck. As the weather is also very changeable - and when it rains in New Zealand, it pours - , driving conditions may become difficult, so do take care.
Kiwis drive on the left hand side of the road, and for those used to driving on the right, take care. Every year serious and fatal accidents happen involving foreign drivers, many of them driving on the wrong side of the road!
For more information about driving in New Zealand, please continue reading here...
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