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New Zealand's uncrowded roads are an ever-unfolding gateway to adventure. The beautiful and diverse scenery hosts activities and attractions to suit the desires of every traveller. A self-drive itinerary is the ultimate way to tailor your New Zealand holiday - whether you seek the thrills of our great outdoors, colourful culture, dramatic scenery or art and culinary delights.
The Ultimate New Zealand Road Trip
Imagine yourself cruising scenic highways, having started your day with an adrenaline pumping bungy jump. Enjoy lunch at a stunning vineyard and round off your afternoon with 9 holes at a breathtaking golf course. With a loose self-drive itinerary, freedom is truly at your fingertips.
A Taste of a Self-Drive Itinerary
Days 1-3: Sailing the Bay of Islands. Explore the sheltered coastline of New Zealand's East Coast. Stunning Islands and coves characterise the world famous Bay of Islands. Enjoy the comforts of a safe, spacious ocean going vessel, kayak and snorkel azure waters, experience great fishing and round off your days anchored in pretty coves dining on fresh kiwi tucker and fine local wines.
Day 4: Diving the Poor Knights Marine Reserve. Discover an underwater paradise that is ranked as one of the best sub-tropical dive sites in the world. Designated a marine reserve in 1981, the warm and clear waters of the Poor Knights Islands offer an underwater experience like no other; for first time and experienced divers alike. Huge pelagics, colourful reef fish and nudibranchs, sea weeds and sponges create an unforgettable underwater spectacle.
Day 5: Driving down the North Island's West Coast to Waitomo. Experience the wild beauty of this coastline as you head south against the backdrop of the Tasman Sea. A place of majestic forests, black sand beaches and rugged waves - home to beaches that contrast spectacularly with the tranquil charm of the East Coast. Marvel at the Gannet Colonies of Muruwai before reaching the unique and awe-inspiring underground wonder that is the Waitomo Caves.
Your options for a self-drive holiday in New Zealand are endless.
With experienced guidance and support from First Light Travel, your dream New Zealand road trip is at your fingertips. View our sample itineraries, or get in touch now for your taste of true freedom and adventure.