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What does anyone planning a visit to New Zealand need to know?

It requires more than just a few days; we recommend at least 2 weeks if you can. The country may be small but it is vast and the journey is just as important as the destination. Each travel leg holds some of the most stunning scenery. The roads take longer than expected when driving between destinations - give yourselves time so that the driving days are relaxed and enjoyable, with the ability to stop and enjoy the beautiful sights along the way.
It seems obvious, but New Zealand is a long way from most visitors' homes! Factor this into the planning process. Give yourselves 1-2 days on arrival in the country to catch your breath, stretch your legs and get over the jetlag.
There is something for everyone! Splurge a little you will be rewarded, splurge a lot and you will have a trip of a lifetime at little extra expense.

New Zealand Travel blogs & articles

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New Zealand Touring Styles

A popular style of touring is to take a preplanned self drive road trip.  After a thorough consultation with you we expertly plan and create your self drive tour around New Zealand. These tours allow you the freedom to explore at leisure with the comfort and security of pre-booked activities and accommodations. Route suggestions, APP guidance plus local support mean your New Zealand vacation is in safe hands. See self drive ideas here

If you prefer to let someone else do the work then an escorted small group tour might be for you. Our sister company at New Zealanbd Coach has a range of hand picked small group itineraries are ideal if you prefer to travel in the company of like minded people. Tours are limited to a certain number of participants which means different accommodation options, exclusive activities and of course a knowledgeable guide ensures you get to see the best of New Zealand. See small group tours here. 

A private guided tour offers true flexibility and the security of a knowledgeable local guiding you all the way. Well planned itineraries ensure you see exactly what you want to see but with your own driver-guide you can adapt to suit the day or your preference. 100% tailor-made to suit you a private tour is a great option when travelling as a small group. All our self drive itineraries can be replanned and priced using a private driver and guide, so if it is what you fancy just contact us to discuss.

All North Island touring ideas - See here to explore the diverse North Island - itinerary suggestions.

All South Island touring ideas - Iconic scenery and landscapes await on this made for touring island. See itinerary suggestions

All Nationwide touring ideas - See the best of New Zealand on these all encompassing touring itinerary ideas