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Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

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  • Emerald Lakes, Tongariro National Park

    New Zealand's North Island self-drive tour

    New Zealand
    • Experience rainforest and black sand beaches, just outside of Auckland.

    • Take in the sweeping coastlines of the Bay of Plenty and around Gisborne, and try your hand at surfing here.

    • Walk on a volcano and enjoy the views in Tongariro and Egmont National Parks.

    • Visit the famous Glowworm Caves at Waitomo.

    19 days from £4,160pp

  • Sperm whale, Kaikoura

    New Zealand family explorer

    New Zealand
    • Stay in some lovely two bedroom apartments suitable for the family.

    • Visit the scenic Abel Tasman National Park and keep your eyes peeled for seals.

    • Behind the scenes tour of Rainbow Springs to see a kiwi up-close and personal.

    • Learn about The Lord of the Rings and its filming regions.

    18 days from £4,960pp

  • Maori Warriors in a Waka, Bay of Islands

    Cultural New Zealand self-drive tour

    New Zealand
    • Visit the Waitangi Treaty Ground in the Bay of Islands, a symbolic place where Maori and European culture have historically entwined.

    • Visit some of the vineyards around Warkworth which have helped put New Zealand wines on the map.

    • Visit Te Papa Museum in Wellington, where you can learn all about New Zealand's Maori culture among other fascinating exhibits.

    • Visit Kapiti Island, an island off the coast that is home to native bird species and Maori culture.

    23 days from £6,830pp

  • Kiwi

    New Zealand's wildlife self-drive tour

    New Zealand
    • Swim with the playful dolphins in the warm waters of the Bay of Islands.

    • Hear the call of the birds on Tiritiri Matangi.

    • Spot rare kiwi at Zealandia.

    • Encounter huge sperm whales at Kaikoura.

    • Watch the cheeky penguins on the Otago Peninsula.

    25 days from £6,980pp

  • Uluru, Central Australia

    Australia & New Zealand uncovered

    New Zealand and Australia
    • Explore Sydney's iconic highlights.

    • Watch the sunset over the magnificent Uluru/Ayers Rock.

    • Snorkel the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

    • Explore New Zealand's rugged and mountainous landscape.

    • Visit world-famous wineries in the Blenheim winelands.

    • Cruise the beautiful Doubtful Sound.

    23 days from £8,125pp

  • Kaikoura, New Zealand

    New Zealand's South Island self-drive tour

    New Zealand
    • Experience the golden sands and turquoise waters of the Abel Tasman National Park.

    • Stroll along surf beaches around Christchurch — New Brighton and Sumner — then enjoy the view from a nearby coffee shop.

    • Enjoy the scenic drive all the way down the west coast — from Westport to Haast, where the forest meets the ocean — this rugged coastline is atmospheric and beautiful.

    21 days from £8,150pp

  • Sheep grazing a vineyard in Blenheim

    New Zealand's food & wine trail self-drive tour

    New Zealand
    • Explore the less famous wineries of the Central Otago region.

    • Visit Hawke's Bay, where you are sure to find an excellent Merlot, Cabernet or Syrah.

    • Spend time in Martinborough meeting some of the local producers.

    • Take a bike ride through the vines of Blenheim.

    • Relax on Waiheke Island, surrounded by beautiful beaches and simply excellent food and wine.

    21 days from £8,345pp

  • Silver Muse in Sydney Australia

    Sydney to Auckland voyage with Silversea Cruises

    New Zealand and Australia
    • Enjoy fantastic service and full board in a luxurious Club Veranda Suite on Silversea Cruises.

    • Visit many of New Zealand's key highlights, and a few key destinations in Australia, during your 16-day cruise.

    • Get to know Sydney through the eyes of a local as well as tours of its main icons: Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

    • Take in a Maori performance and shared full day tour from Auckland.

    24 days from £11,250pp

  • Views to the Kaikoura Ranges

    Eco-friendly South Island itinerary

    New Zealand
    • Hike to hidden bays in the Abel Tasman National Park.

    • Kayak along the coastline to see native whales in Kaikoura.

    • Explore the Southern Alps from Arthur’s Pass.

    • Ride the TranzCoastal and TranzAlpine train through scenic landscapes.

    20 days from £14,445pp

  • Helicopter up to the slopes, Whare Kea

    Luxury New Zealand self-drive tour

    New Zealand
    • Stay in some of the most luxurious accommodation in New Zealand.

    • Enjoy freshwater fly-fishing in one of New Zealand’s premier fishing destinations.

    • Discover Hawke’s Bay best food, wine and magnificent landscapes.

    • Kayak on a glacial lake in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

    17 days from £24,330pp

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Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier

A guide to New Zealand’s glaciers: tours, hikes and scenic flights

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Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

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Dolphins in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand

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Travelling by campervan, New Zealand

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Queenstown, Queenstown

New Zealand self-drive holidays: 3 great routes

Audley country specialist John explains why, for him, self-drive is the best way to explore New Zealand. He recommends three very different routes, from mountain passes in the South Island to forest roads in the North Island.

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