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What is your advice for travelling with friends & family?

New Zealand is the perfect place for group travel, simply because you can have something to inspire every member of your group without a huge amount of travel. Remember the last time you wanted to plan a group trip and many wanted a beautiful beach atmosphere and others wanted lush rainforest? Well, no surprise this can be achieved in New Zealand with less than TWO hours of driving. Don't mistake me for saying you can see it all in two hours, you seriously need a lifetime (trust me) to experience the rare beauty of New Zealand.
There are plenty of activities that are appropriate for all ages and physicality. Where there are age restrictions or perhaps different interests, we can absolutely find an alternative for those who are unable or not interested in partaking. Not everyone always wants to do the same thing, and that is ok!
Often apartment-style accommodation is the preferred type with this type of travel. There are some fabulous options in this range, especially for those seeking a touch of luxury, however, the quantity of these rooms is more limited than hotel accommodation, so booking in advance is essential.
Two vehicles, not one. If you are planning a self-drive holiday, often having 2 vehicles will be more comfortable than 1 large vehicle, as it gives more room for luggage and there are more options in terms of availability. This also gives the ability for the family to break off into groups if they've got different activities/interests for the day.

A great way to start the planning process in these situations is for everyone to write down their top activities, destinations, or even interests and give us the tricky task of creating an itinerary from there!

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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