New Zealand Self Drive Road Trip Itineraries

You finally did it! You booked your flights for your holiday of a lifetime to New Zealand. Now you are faced with the daunting task of planning your road trip and potentially getting frustrated with the possibilities. 


Even though New Zealand is a relatively small country, it packs one hell of a punch! Are you having difficulty narrowing down your list of things you want to see? Here is my advice, just accept the fact that you won't be able to see it all.


Instead have a browse through my itineraries below which are an outcome of my 15 months spent travelling around the country researching for my New Zealand Travel Guide. I am sure you will find one suited to your travel style, interests and budget. 

The North And South Island: Two Week Itinerary

See the highlights of both islands in this 14 day itinerary divided into two sections: 6 days on the North Island and 8 days on the South Island with a connecting flight between Auckland and Christchurch. 

One Week Self Drive Itinerary For The South Island

If you only have one week in New Zealand you need to learn to prioritize. This road trip plan will take you through the highlights of the South Island allowing you to maximize your time.

14 Day Road Trip Plan For Hikers and Photographers

Are you a keen hiker and photographer? This road trip plan is perfect for you! See the most beautiful mountainous regions of the South Island of New Zealand. 

10 Day Itinerary For Nature And Wildlife Lovers

A more relaxed itinerary taking you along the south-east coast of the South Island perfect for wildlife viewing possibilities, followed by Fjords, high mountains and beautiful alpine lakes. 

A 4 To 8 Week Itinerary For Long Term Travellers

Do you plan on spending at least one month in New Zealand? This road trip itinerary will help you picking the best sights on the North and South Island.