Self-drive tours

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The great Kiwi road trip is a popular adventure for visitors and locals alike, and when you get here you'll see why.

With gorgeous, ever-changing scenery and so many amazing things to see along the way, you'll want to stop often – and self-drive will let you do just that.

Driving in New Zealand

Important things you need to know about driving in New Zealand.

Both campervans and rental cars can be a cost effective option, especially when there’s a group of you travelling together. With options to sleep 2-6 people, campervan rental rates range from $50-300 per day in New Zealand depending on the season and the type of campervan you require. Important things to enquire about with your rental company include their depot locations, equipment included in the campervan, minimum hire periods and insurance.

You can legally drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months if you have either a current driver’s licence from your home country or an International Driving Permit (IDP). Commonly, you need to be 21 or older to rent a vehicle, but some companies are now renting to younger people. In New Zealand we drive on the left-hand side of the road, so if you’re coming from somewhere like Germany, take things slow while you adjust to the change! Click here to learn more about driving in New Zealand.

If you’re driving a campervan, be sure to find out about campgrounds where you can park up at night, and you might like to explore freedom camping in New Zealand too. 

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