Luxury Self-Drive Tour of New Zealand
This luxury & adventure New Zealand trip includes helicopter rides around epic glaciers, Maori cultural encounters and tours of world-class wineries.
New Zealand may be a small country but it’s absolutely packed with natural wonders, dynamic culture, and world-class cuisine. A treasure trove of unique experiences, this scenic playground is renowned for capturing the hearts of everyone who visits.
Made up of a North and South Island full of friendly locals, the country is easily navigated by car, making for an unforgettable road trip.
As you wind along scenic roads, the dramatic landscape can be quite surreal, and it’s no wonder that New Zealand was the filming location for many famous scenes from The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie series.
From towering volcanoes and bubbling geysers, to rugged mountain ranges and lush forests, to golden beaches and ethereal fjords, the country will take you on an otherworldly journey.
New Zealand’s history dates back at least 700 years, when the Maori people settled on the islands, naming it Aotearoa ('Land of the Long White Cloud’). In 1642 the country was discovered by the British.
The country has retained its diverse culture and Maori customs, and you can visit historical sites such as the Waitangi treaty grounds, and take part in sacred Maori traditions such as a Powhiri (Maori welcome).
With two islands that are equally packed with extraordinary experiences, it can be overwhelming when choosing the must-see destinations for your trip to New Zealand. Wayfairer’s trip itineraries will help get you started, and our New Zealand travel specialists can create a bespoke tour that’s perfect for you.
Discovering New Zealand's highlights can include cruising the breathtaking Milford Sound; swimming with dolphins in Kaikoura; mountain bike or hiking the spectacular volcanic terrain of Tongariro; sailing the Bay of Islands on a private boat; roaming the hills of Hobbiton; the stunning TranzAlpine train journey; private tours and wine tasting on Waiheke Island; a scenic helicopter flight to beautiful glaciers; and a sumptuous soak in natural hot springs and thermal pools.
All that adventure will work up an appetite and luckily, New Zealand is home to world-class cuisine and wineries. You can indulge in the freshest produce with locally-sourced seafood and lamb, and try out the superb coffee and thriving craft beer scene.
There truly is something for everyone in New Zealand. Our luxury holiday specialists will work with you, listening to your specific requests to create your ultimate New Zealand private guided tour, catered to you and your partner, family or friends.
Start curating your exclusive luxury tour of New Zealand today by contacting our team of New Zealand travel experts.
Wayfairer’s range of luxury New Zealand itineraries cover the best regions and activities, and are specially designed to suit a range of different travellers and holiday types, so we can create the perfect New Zealand holiday for you. Our Highlights of New Zealand tour features the best of the country with stops in Taupo, Marlborough Sounds, Kaikoura and Queenstown. Our Lord of the Rings tour is an action-packed itinerary featuring tours around Hobbiton and spectacular filming locations.
The New Zealand Wildlife Tour allows you to get up close and personal with New Zealand’s incredible wildlife. while the the New Zealand Luxury Tour lets you see the country in style, featuring scenic helicopter flights over glacial fjords. The New Zealand Honeymoon itinerary is perfect for a pair of adventurers, with an intimate luxury camping experience, a day out with a Maori carver, and a romantic cruise through Milford Sound.
New Zealand is a wonderful destination to visit at any time of the year. Autumn and spring are two of the best seasons, with mild temperatures, fewer crowds and spectacular scenery. The autumn months from March to May see the country illuminated in golden foliage, while September to November light up the landscape with a parade of spring blossoms and blooming gardens.
The peak season for tours in New Zealand is the summer months of December to February, as the beautiful, sunny days and holiday festivities draw the crowds. For beach activities and watersports, this is the ideal time to visit.
New Zealand’s cities are surrounded by beautiful scenery and filled with excellent wining and dining and cultural attractions. Sophisticated Auckland and eclectic Wellington on the North Island, and relaxed Christchurch and lively Queenstown on the South Island, all offer something unique, including world class museums, gorgeous botanical gardens, and thrilling adventure sports.
Further afield you’ll find smaller towns brimming with culture, action, and breathtaking landscapes. The North Island features Taupo, an adventure playground with thundering waterfalls, Rotorua, home to Hobbiton and a geothermal wonderland, Tongariro, an iconic volcanic region, and the Bay of Islands, offering stunning sailing, golden shores, and sacred Maori sites. In the South Island, the magic of the Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman National Park, the wildlife and coastline of Kaikoura, and the spectacular sites of Milford Sound and the Fiordland National Park are simply unmissable.
New Zealand is a unique and spectacular country, and your accommodation should follow suit. Immerse in the pristine wilderness with a luxury camping experience in Hokitika or Takou River, where you can soak in a private outdoor bath. Sleep above the forest canopy in a dreamy treehouse set with panoramic views, with a stay Hapuku Lodge near Kaikoura.
A trip to Dunedin will see you stay in Fletcher Lodge, an elegant mansion with a grand history dating back to 1924, or you can sail into the Marlborough Sounds to stay at Lochmara Lodge, a luxury eco-resort only accessible by boat or hiking trails. From opulent luxury hotels, to unique regional experiences, our hand-picked New Zealand accommodations feature the best in luxurious comforts, authentic local experiences, and environmentally sustainable practices.