Use this New Zealand Route Planner and New Zealand Travel Planner to plan new zealand driving times and places to go in New Zealand
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Recommended a minimum of 30 days to complete this Self-Drive New Zealand itinerary
The arrival point of this travel planner is Auckland where you can pick up your rental vehicle. The route takes you through the Waikato countryside to the tourist mecca of Rotorua famous for Maori culture and geothermal areas. Travel from here to the East Coast wine country regions of Gisborne and the Hawke's Bay.
Continue down the centre of the North Island to the Wairarapa region, also famous for it's New Zealand vineyards, then on to NZ's capital city Wellington. From here you can either fly over the Cook Strait, or take the 3 hour journey on the Interislander Ferry through the Marlborough Sounds to the South Island port of Picton. Most rental car companies allow you to drop your rental vehicle off in Wellington and collect another in Picton.
The route carries on along the East Coast of the South Island via Marlborough Wine Country to the Canterbury region, then on to Dunedin, the Catlins and Southland. This itinerary then takes you into the world famous Fiordland area, followed by Central Otago and Wanaka and then to the Queenstown/Southern Lakes District. Travel up from Queenstown to Aoraki Mt Cook, NZ's highest peak and into MacKenzie Country.
Complete this self-drive travel planner by returning to the Canterbury region where both national and international flights are available from the recently refurbished Christchurch Airport.
Use the itinerary below by simply selecting the tourism operators you are interested in. Once submitted, this system will email all of your chosen operators and they will reply to you directly with a no obligation free quote and availability. You can also use this itinerary service to make direct bookings for accommodation, rental vehicles and activities .new zealand driving times