Self Drive New Zealand
New Zealand is a small, young country that packs more in than many continents. In one day you can pass through rainforests, snow, surf and desert. And the best way to get around and be able to take in all the arts, culture, Maori tradition and landscapes have to offer is by rental car. In fact - there are so many attractions vying for your attention in New Zealand that we've built a resource centre for self drive holidays of varying lengths.
Let us guide you through all the major regions and outline the very best activities that you can't miss. We hope the information provided can help you organise your NZ driving holiday ahead of time and we trust you'll enjoy discovering some of our country's hidden gems.
And to help you on your way we have rental locations all over this lovely country and with our local knowledge are the best placed to help you get the most from your New Zealand Self Drive Holiday. And before you book your holiday be sure to check our latest car rental deals .
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Self Drive Auckland
New Zealand's biggest city and greatest gateway is home to many of its own attractions and makes an ideal start point for any self drive holiday in New Zealand.
Self Drive Marlborough
Marlborough is home to one of the nine great walks that the Department of Conservation maintains to be the best showcases the country's natural beauty.
Self Drive Whanganui
The centre of lush agricultural land and close to forests, lakes and the sea, Whanganui is great for driving adventures and has attractions aplenty.
Self Drive New Plymouth
A centre for art and culture, resplendent with ancient Maori history and more recently a burgeoning oil and gas exploration industry.
Self Drive Napier & Hastings
Napier and her 'twin' Bay City, Hastings, are the centre for thriving wine, and cultural industries. Come for the architecture, the wine, the sunshine.
Self Drive Gisborne
Head to the Eastland region to enjoy the surf culture, wine, coastal-pursuits and fishing - or simply enjoy the sun.
Self Drive Tauranga
This area has it all - lovely drives, sleepy beaches, surf beaches, a quiet way of life and lively attractions. There is even an active volcano on hand.
Self Drive Hamilton
With forest, farmland, magnificent harbours and the underground wonderland of Waitomo all on your doorstep, Hamilton is a dream driver's destination.
Self Drive Whangarei & Matakana
Be sure to spend some time exploring as the walks around the region show off waterfalls to visit, caves to admire and a coastline of beaches to enjoy.
Self Drive Wellington
Home to Parliament and many Government Ministries, the city is a busy, active destination with an array of wonderful cafes, shops, theatres and restaurants.
Self Drive Palmerston North
Palmy, as the locals say, is a great place to start a journey , located two hours from Wellington and two hours from the volcanic Central Plateau.
Self Drive Taupo
Whether it is the geothermal springs and relaxing hot-pools or the adventure of tandem skydiving, Taupo provides you a place to tackle exciting country.
Self Drive Rotorua
Whether it is Maori Culture, the geothermal wonders, adventure, fishing or sightseeing, the Rotorua region showcases the best.
Self Drive Northland
The top of the North Island is a semi-tropical wonderland, with coasts famous the world over, historical sites and the foundations of a nation to explore.
Self Drive Invercargill
With some of New Zealand's most beautiful scenery on its doorstep and a rejuvenated heritage city-centre, Invercargill is a destination with a lot to offer.
Self Drive Dunedin
Dunedin is a great staging post for drives around the beautiful coast and beaches - or inland to the breathtaking Otago region.
Self Drive Queenstown
Home to some of New Zealand's loveliest drives. The day-trips around Queenstown are spectacular both for the scenery and the standard of road you travel on.
Self Drive West Coast
Sparsely populated but packed with wondrous sights, this long skinny region is one of the most beautiful, rugged and elemental places you could hope to visit.
Self Drive Canterbury
Head south to Canterbury, visit the beautiful MacKenzie Country, see the museums in Timaru and head out to the Anglo-French village at Akaroa.