Specials Trip Finder Brochures Menu

North & South Island Self Drive

Duration
18 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,912

If you are fortunate enough to have the time, you can see virtually all of the most interesting sights in New Zealand by combining the North Island and South Island self-drive itineraries.


Combine our NorthIsland and South Island Self-drives to create the ultimate 18 day New Zealand adventure for those wanting a complete, yet flexible tour.

Depart Auckland for Coromandel Peninsula, home of Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own thermal spa in the sand. Waitomo Caves are known and loved for their breathtaking stalactites, stalagmites and glow-worms. Take a memorable journey through them on your way to Rotorua, a spectacular geothermal laboratory of steaming geysers and bubbling mud pools. Stop in at beautiful Lake Taupo on your way to historic Napier and Hastings, where an abundance of Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture is yours to explore. The picturesque Martinborough region will delight your taste buds with its world famous Pinot Noir, along with other delicious wines. End your North Island adventure in Wellington, capital of New Zealand and home to many of the country’s best museums and galleries.

Across Cook Strait, Nelson is the South Island’s oldest established city. Leave your vehicle in town to explore Abel Tasman National Park, a pristine wilderness with unspoiled beaches and spectacular ocean views. A drive along the Tasman coast brings you to the unique Pancake rocks of Punakaiki, as well as Glacier country, where stunning Franz Josef glacier is said to be the tears of a Maori princess, pining for her lost love.

As New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown is a Mecca for skiers, but still has plenty to offer the less active visitor, including a ride on the famous Shotover jetboat. No stay here is complete without a day trip to Milford Sound. A 16km fjord carved by glacial ice, this is New Zealand’s most spectacular attraction and is best seen via a cruise along its length. Go on to the beautiful, Scottish-influenced town of Dunedin, where you may enjoy visiting the Royal Albatross and Yellow-eyed Penguin colonies of Otago Peninsula. Your journey ends in historic Christchurch, with time for a little sightseeing before departure.

Please click here for our New Zealand Self Drive itineraries


 

Read More

At Goway we are experts at designing personalized itineraries to suit your special interests, tastes and budget. Let us arrange your ultimate travel experience today.
Duration
18 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,912

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 164 km (102 Miles) 2.5 hours

Depart Auckland and travel the Pacific Coast Highway touring route to the Coromandel Peninsula.

The Coromandel's dramatic and unspoiled coast, and beautiful white sandy beaches, offer endless opportunities for fishing, diving, boating, surfing and swimming.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Aotearoa Lodge

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Aotearoa Lodge



    Relaxed accommodation in quiet semi-rural surroundings. Located an easy walk to Buffalo Beach and a five minute drive to Whitianga town centre. Accommodation comprises 10 serviced studio units with tea/coffee making facilities, 1 two bedroom unit with full kitchen and 1 two bedroom unit with ...

    Relaxed accommodation in quiet semi-rural surroundings. Located an easy walk to Buffalo Beach and a five minute drive to Whitianga town centre. Accommodation comprises 10 serviced studio units with tea/coffee making facilities, 1 two bedroom unit with full kitchen and 1 two bedroom unit with small microwave kitchenette. The motel facilities include guest laundry and guest lounge.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Bicycles
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)

    More Details

Day 2

Coromandel at leisure

Enjoy the unique experience of Hot Water Beach where at low tide you can dig in the sand, allowing the sulphur-heated waters to rise to the top to create your very own thermal spa.

Swim with dolphins, hire a kayak and explore the many offshore islands or simply let the azure water lap at your feet and marvel at the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.

Day 3

Coromandel to Rotorua (via Tauranga) 253 km (157 miles) 4.5 hours

Depart Coromandel and arrive in the Bay of Plenty region early afternoon, in time for a swim or lunch at one of the many restaurants. Continue on to Rotorua, famous for its spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and warm geothermal ponds.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Copthorne Hotel Rotorua



    Marrying stylish contemporary accommodation with comfortingly agreeable amenities, Copthorne Hotel Rotorua is a superb choice for the holidaymaker who wants to explore this geothermal wonderland. A wealth of sights and activities are within a short walking distance, from Rotorua Golf Club to the Polynesian Spa ...

    Marrying stylish contemporary accommodation with comfortingly agreeable amenities, Copthorne Hotel Rotorua is a superb choice for the holidaymaker who wants to explore this geothermal wonderland. A wealth of sights and activities are within a short walking distance, from Rotorua Golf Club to the Polynesian Spa overlooking Lake Rotorua. This 110 room hotel is conveniently located just a few blocks from the city centre, and is situated within a unique area of immense natural beauty. The Standard rooms do not have air conditioning.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

    More Details

Day 4

Rotorua at leisure

Spend the day experiencing the many wonders of Rotorua. Perhaps book a 4WD trip to Mt Tarawera to see an amazing crater and hear the stories of Maori legends.

Day 5

Rotorua to Lake Taupo 80 km (50 miles) 1.5 hours

Depart Rotorua for a short journey through to the Lake Taupo region. Taupo is the main centre of the region and Lake Taupo is one of the North Islands most popular holiday destinations.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Phoenix Resort Taupo

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Phoenix Resort Taupo



    The resort itself is set in a picture-perfect rose garden, directly across the road from sparkling Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. Accommodation options encompass a choice of flexible configurations. Check into a spotless, impeccably maintained studio, or two-bedroom apartment. All include hospitable touches like ...

    The resort itself is set in a picture-perfect rose garden, directly across the road from sparkling Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. Accommodation options encompass a choice of flexible configurations. Check into a spotless, impeccably maintained studio, or two-bedroom apartment. All include hospitable touches like thoroughly-equipped kitchen facilities, selected Sky TV channels, free Wi-Fi to keep you connected and even electric blankets to keep you cozy. Plus all rooms accommodate their own private Thermal mineral pool, where you can relax in the rich minerals and revitalise your mind, body and soul.

    Facilities

    • Barbeque Facilities
    • Concierge
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Laundry facilities
    • Non Smoking Property
    • Parking
    • WiFi

    More Details

Day 6

Lake Taupo to Napier 143 km (89 miles) 2.5 hours

Depart Taupo for the Hawke's Bay region. Basking in a Mediterranean climate, the Hawke's Bay region is known for its wine, food and fabulous scenery. Over 30 vineyards offer visitors a wine tasting and indoor/ outdoor dining experience. Napier and Hastings, the two main centres in the region, have a high concentration of Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the many vineyards and wonderful restaurants in the area.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Bella Tuscany Motor Lodge Napier

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Bella Tuscany Motor Lodge Napier



    Bella Tuscany Motor Lodge Napier is conveniently located 5 minutes from the city centre. All the rooms are architecturally designed and furnished along a stylish Mediterranean theme for your comfort and privacy. Relax, unwind and enjoy the great Hawke's Bay lifestyle and glorious weather.

    Bella Tuscany Motor Lodge Napier is conveniently located 5 minutes from the city centre. All the rooms are architecturally designed and furnished along a stylish Mediterranean theme for your comfort and privacy. Relax, unwind and enjoy the great Hawke's Bay lifestyle and glorious weather.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Bicycles
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Playground
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

    More Details

Day 7

Napier to Martinborough 252 km (156 miles) 3.5 hours

Today travel south, options include stopping at the small country towns of Carterton, Greytown and Featherston. Travel to Martinborough well known for the range of vineyards in the area and its growing worldwide reputation for its Pinot Noir wine. The afternoon is at leisure.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

The Claremont Martinborough

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    The Claremont Martinborough



    Whether travelling alone, as a couple, with family or friends, The Claremont has self-catering accommodation options to suit all. Stylish motel units and spacious 2 bedroom apartments are equipped with everything you need to ensure a rewarding stay. Set just outside the main village, The ...

    Whether travelling alone, as a couple, with family or friends, The Claremont has self-catering accommodation options to suit all. Stylish motel units and spacious 2 bedroom apartments are equipped with everything you need to ensure a rewarding stay.

    Set just outside the main village, The Claremont is the ideal base for you to enjoy everything the region has to offer. Vineyard tours offer the chance of sampling Martinborough's medal winning wines, explore the untamed coastline or experience the Palliser Vineyard walk. Whether you choose to relax and unwind, follow the adventure trail, or both, The Claremont will ensure your stay is just what you need.

    Facilities

    • Bicycles
    • Children's Activities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities

    More Details

Day 8

Martinborough to Wellington 83km (52 miles) 1.5 hours

Drive over the beautiful Rimutaka Hills to Wellington. The nations capital is home to Te Papa - the interactive Museum of New Zealand, numerous art galleries and national treasures such as the original Treaty of Waitangi. A diverse range of cafes and restaurants support the city's vibrant nightlife.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

West Plaza Hotel

More Info

Location View map
  • starstar

    West Plaza Hotel



    West Plaza Hotel occupies a prime position for business or pleasure in Wellington. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the major government departments, commercial offices, and conference and event centres of the central business district. Plus it is only a short walk from ...

    West Plaza Hotel occupies a prime position for business or pleasure in Wellington. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the major government departments, commercial offices, and conference and event centres of the central business district. Plus it is only a short walk from the premium shopping of Lambton Quay and the entertainment zones of Courtenay Place and the Cuba Quarter. The West Plaza has over 100 spacious rooms which are fully self-contained with 24-hour room service.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

    More Details

Day 9

Wellington to Nelson

This morning is at leisure before returning your rental vehicle.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Parkside Motel Nelson

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Parkside Motel Nelson



    Parkside Motel consists of 13 spacious, studio, one and two bedroom units. The motel is very tastefully decorated and offers a large heated swimming pool and direct access to the picturesque Jubilee Park immediately behind the property. The motel is within walking distance of the ...

    Parkside Motel consists of 13 spacious, studio, one and two bedroom units. The motel is very tastefully decorated and offers a large heated swimming pool and direct access to the picturesque Jubilee Park immediately behind the property. The motel is within walking distance of the information centre, restaurant/bars and supermarket.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)

    More Details

Day 10

Nelson at leisure

Lots of options today including beaches to explore, harbour cruises, walks or adventure activities.

Nelson is also the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park, the smallest of New Zealand's national parks, with glittering beaches, turquoise water and spectacular ocean views.

Day 11

Nelson to Punakaiki 275 km (180 miles) 5 hours

From Nelson journey through scenic reserves to Westport. Westport is a historic coal-mining settlement; the coal town museum has historical exhibitions and photographic displays. Visit the seal colony before continuing on to Punakaiki.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Punakaiki Resort

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstarstar

    Punakaiki Resort



    The Punakaiki Resort is an eco-tourism hotel located in the Buller district between Greymouth, 30 minutes to the south and Westport which is 45 minutes to the north. Carefully designed to complement the stunning natural setting, it is situated close to Pancake Rocks and Blowhole ...

    The Punakaiki Resort is an eco-tourism hotel located in the Buller district between Greymouth, 30 minutes to the south and Westport which is 45 minutes to the north. Carefully designed to complement the stunning natural setting, it is situated close to Pancake Rocks and Blowhole at Punakaiki and adjacent to Paparoa National Park. This hotel is a perfect choice for a leisure stay.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

    More Details

Day 12

Punakaiki to Glaciers 227 km (135 miles) 4 hours

This morning explore Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and the Blowholes before continuing south to Franz Josef, an area of mountain peaks, impressive glaciers, tranquil lakes, raging rivers, lush rainforest and a magnificent coastline. Explore the base of the glaciers or take a scenic flight.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Glenfern Villas Franz Josef

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstarstar

    Glenfern Villas Franz Josef



    Glenfern Villas offers one and two bedroom villas for the discerning traveller. Set just outside the main Franz Josef Glacier village, Glenfern Villas is an ideal base for you to enjoy everything the Glacier region and the glorious West Coast has to offer.

    Glenfern Villas offers one and two bedroom villas for the discerning traveller. Set just outside the main Franz Josef Glacier village, Glenfern Villas is an ideal base for you to enjoy everything the Glacier region and the glorious West Coast has to offer.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Children's Activities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking

    More Details

Day 13

Glacier Region to Queenstown 404 km (251 miles) 6 hours

Travel through the scenic wilderness of Haast pass, stopping along the way to take advantage of many short nature walks and picnic spots before continuing to Queenstown.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Heartland Hotel Queenstown

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Heartland Hotel Queenstown



    Heartland Hotel Queenstown is perched just above the town centre - an excellent vantage point where you can feel tucked away and enjoy magnificent views, yet you are only a few minutes walk to the town centre. With 81 comfortable, well-appointed guest rooms, including five ...

    Heartland Hotel Queenstown is perched just above the town centre - an excellent vantage point where you can feel tucked away and enjoy magnificent views, yet you are only a few minutes walk to the town centre. With 81 comfortable, well-appointed guest rooms, including five family rooms, Heartland Hotel Queenstown provides all you need for a comfortable rest at the end of another action-packed Queenstown day.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

    More Details

Day 14

Queenstown at leisure

Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the majestic Southern Alps. Queenstown is recognized as New Zealand's premier visitor destination.

Day 15

Queenstown to Te Anau 170 km (106 miles) 2.5 hours

Journey through mountains and alongside lakes to Te Anau. We suggest a cruise on Milford Sound with its sheer cliffs, cascading waterfalls and majestic Mitre Peak.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau



    The Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau is situated amidst lush gardens, and offers enviable views over the mountains and lakes. Guest rooms are comforting and modern, while an excellent range of amenities are provided. With an on-site restaurant and bar, you needn't look far for entertainment ...

    The Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau is situated amidst lush gardens, and offers enviable views over the mountains and lakes. Guest rooms are comforting and modern, while an excellent range of amenities are provided. With an on-site restaurant and bar, you needn't look far for entertainment during your stay. The hotel boasts 94 guest rooms, with twin, double and adjoining rooms for families.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Secretarial Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

    More Details

Day 16

Te Anau to Dunedin 290 km (180 miles) 4 hours

Today is spent driving the southern scenic route exploring the Catlins area. The Catlins is home to an abundance of wildlife, and Nugget Point is a stunning and accessible place for viewing seals and penguins. Continue to Dunedin, a historic university town, that was first settled by the Scottish as it is renowned as the "Edinburgh of the South".

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin



    Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin is right in the heart of the city and ideal for business or leisure. You are within strolling distance of stately homes and Gothic revival style buildings; Otago Museum is a fifteen minute walk away, the beach a ten minute drive and ...

    Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin is right in the heart of the city and ideal for business or leisure. You are within strolling distance of stately homes and Gothic revival style buildings; Otago Museum is a fifteen minute walk away, the beach a ten minute drive and the Central Business District is right on your doorstep. Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin has 55 sunny north facing guest rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Secretarial Service

    More Details

Day 17

Dunedin to Christchurch 362 km (225 miles) 5 hours

Depart Dunedin and head north to Timaru a place known for its extensive Edwardian and Victorian architecture. Stop and enjoy the coastal views from Caroline Bay before continuing on to Christchurch.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Heartland Hotel Cotswold

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Heartland Hotel Cotswold



    Full of character, Heartland Hotel Cotswold is warm and welcoming, and the perfect place to relax during your visit to Christchurch. The hotel has 77 spacious rooms and its spacious grounds feature award-winning gardens. Located on the edge of the central business district it's an ...

    Full of character, Heartland Hotel Cotswold is warm and welcoming, and the perfect place to relax during your visit to Christchurch. The hotel has 77 spacious rooms and its spacious grounds feature award-winning gardens. Located on the edge of the central business district it's an easy stroll to boutique shopping at Merivale Mall, Christchurch Casino and the beautiful Hagley Park. Just a 20 minute drive from Christchurch airport Heartland Hotel Cotswold is well-positioned for travellers visiting Christchurch.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service

    More Details

Day 18

Christchurch to your next stop

This morning is at leisure before returning your rental vehicle.

Other Information

DEPARTS:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 17 nights accommodation
  • Group E Hertz car rental
  • Goway's co-pilot kit  (maps, directions, discounts)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel Insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Park fees unless stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

TB TESTSUPAUC0913SD: NSISD M
14 Jan 2018
Trip Finder

What our travelers say

Goway Toolkit


Need help planning your holiday? Our toolkit is a great place to get started.