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New Zealand’s Most Scenic Road Trips

When was the last time a holiday or weekend away stole your breath and left you filled with wonder? New Zealand is only a stone’s throw across the ocean, waiting to be relished for its beauty, brilliance and endless things to do, sight and savour. It’s time to get away your way.

New Zealand has easy-to-navigate roads and clear-cut directions, you’ll spend most of your time mouth-open and wide-eyed, stopping often to take it all in. Not sure where to start or what to do? Inspire your inner-adventurer with our favourite scenic road-trips.

8 Day North Island Escape

Tamaki Māori Village Experience

What did you do over the last eight days? This short escape will stimulate your senses without exhausting your budget. We’ve done all the hard work for you, sorting out accommodation and a few staple experiences to get you started, as Te Ika-a-Māui unfolds before you, from the bountiful Bay of Islands (try the oysters) to the thermal springs of Rotorua.

Length: 8 Days
We’ve Covered: Car hire for 7 days; accommodation for 7 nights
Other Inclusions: Sky Tower entry (Auckland), Hole in the Rock Tour (Bay of Islands), Tamaki Maori Village (Rotorua).
Suggested Side-Adventures: Tane Mahuta Walk (Waipoua Kauri Forest), Mount Victora (Wellington), Hobbiton (Matamata).
Price: From $995 Twin Share

10 Day New Zealand Food and Wine

Marlborough, South Island

Is your stomach rumbling for the sea-fresh taste of mussels, clams and oysters, caught the same day and hauled into the bay? Satisfy your inner foodie and dive into the wine and food capital of Aotearoa. Pick up your pre-paid car, strap yourself in and putter towards this celebrated New Zealand scenic region, where award winning viticulture and fresh, locally grown produce meet – delight never looked so good on a plate.

Length: 10 Days
We’ve Covered: Car hire for 9 days; accommodation for 9 nights
Other Inclusions: Tamaki Maori Village (Rotorua), Twilight Odyssey Tour (Hawke’s Bay), Marlborough Icons Tour (Pick-up from Nelson or Picton), Interisland Ferry Crossing
Suggested Side-Adventures: Sky Tower and Walk (Auckland), Bluff Hill Lookout (Napier), Queen Charlotte Track (Marlborough).
Price: From $1,685 Twin Share

22 Day New Zealand Scenic Self-Drive

Skyline Gondola and Dinner

A true everything-and-the-kitchen-sink sort of holiday, this 22-day journey will wipe away your worries with every bucket-list busting excursion. Beginning in the always on-point haunts of Auckland and zig-zagging across both islands, you’ll experience the sea, the land and many treks less travelled… as well as a few that appear everywhere, with good reason. Leave no stone unturned and no picture untaken.

Length: 22 Days
We’ve Covered: Car hire for 21 days; accommodation for 21 nights
Other Inclusions: Sky Tower entry (Auckland), Skyline Gondola Ride and Stratosphere Buffet Dinner (Rotorua), Milford Sound Nature Cruise (Queenstown)
Suggested Side-Adventures: Marlborough Icons Tour (Nelson), The Ride of the Rings (Queenstown), White Water Rafting (Turangi), Waitomo Caves (Waitomo).
Price: From $2,757 Twin Share

Discover the world beyond your back yard. Read more about our favourite self-drive tours today and speak to our travel-ready staff at Kirra Tours