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Russell & Meghan's Great New Zealand Road Trip



If a picture's worth a thousand words, this great video by Russell & Meghan Cook of their Black Sheep Self-drive tour speaks volumes. Enjoy their adventure, then read the Overview below to see how you can join in the fun.


For those who prefer to go it alone, Black Sheep's Self-drive tours offer the same expert planning as our guided trips, but you carry the car keys. Itineraries have been crafted based on over 20 years of first-hand knowledge to maximize your New Zealand experience. Your Self-drive package includes:
  • pre-booked 4- and/or 5-star accommodation 
  • rental car (compact automatic Toyota Corolla or similar) with unlimited kilometers and no-excess insurance
  • detailed self-drive packet including personalized trip notes, road atlas and more
  • greeting and orientation
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise for applicable itineraries
  • Ferry transfers and ferry transport for applicable itineraries
Careful thought is put into each trip to allow you to visit classic 'must-see' hot spots, while allowing time to find lesser-known treasures on your own. Detailed trip notes are chock full of insider advice on where to go, what to do, and what to take with you along the way. Better than a guidebook, these notes are personalized with your own trip details and kept up-to-the-minute with local knowledge of what's in and what's on. Car rental and accommodation are booked for you and their price included in your Self-drive tour, so you are assured of an easy, stress-free travel experience. Itineraries also suggest great optional activities to enhance your trip, which our Black Sheep Travel Consultants are happy to quote and book on your behalf.

As part of your trip, a Black Sheep team member will personally greet you on arrival to deliver your Self-drive package and provide you with a pre-trip orientation, giving you first-hand advice about travel in New Zealand. Click on pricing below to convert our New Zealand pricing into the currency of your choice.



NORTH ISLAND*

 


Auckland - Bay of Islands - Waitomo - Rotorua - Napier - Hawke's Bay - Wellington
Immerse yourself in the North Island's natural beauty and its cultural, artistic, and architectural diversity in the wonderfully varied showcase, including the charming art deco town of Napier and the world-renowned Hawke's Bay wine region. From NZ$2,760. Learn more.

 

SOUTH ISLAND*

   


Christchurch - West Coast - Glaciers - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
Visit some of the South Island's favourite hotspots in this concise, scenery-packed South Island trip that takes you from the mountains to the sea and back again, culminating in a trip to the spectacular Milford Sound. From NZ$2,410. Learn more.

   
 

Christchurch - Nelson - West Coast - Glaciers - Queenstown
Explore the South Island's magnificent coastal scenery and wildlife. Visit the golden beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park, the lush and remote West Coast, and the awe-inspiring Glacier Region on your way to Queenstown. From NZ$2,540. Learn more.

   
 

Christchurch - Nelson - West Coast - Glaciers - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Mt Cook - Christchurch
Experience the diversity created by the Southern Alps. Lush rainforests, golden beaches and plunging fiords to the west; soft tussockland, stony shores and turquoise lakes and rivers to the east, culminating in a stay at the base of New Zealand's highest peak. From NZ$3,360. Learn more.

   


Christchurch - Nelson - West Coast - Glaciers - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Dunedin - Mt Cook - Akaroa - Christchurch
Become a Mainlander and take the ultimate South Island self-drive tour. Taking you from top to bottom, coast to coast and back again, this trip visits both South Island favourites and off-the-beaten track finds that Kiwis treasure, but few overseas visitors see. From NZ$4,625. Learn more

NEW ZEALAND WIDE*

   


Auckland - Rotorua - Christchurch - West Coast - Glaciers - Queenstown
Enjoy New Zealand's cultural and scenic highlights with this compact exploration of some of the country's most popular sights. From NZ$2,525. Learn more

 
 


Auckland - Rotorua - Wellington - Nelson - West Coast - Glaciers - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
Discover the tremendous cultural and scenic variety of the two islands with this wonderful blend of Maori history, urban culture, coastal beauty, and untamed wilderness. From NZ$3,465. Learn more

   


Auckland - Bay of Islands - Coromandel - Rotorua - Wellington - Nelson - Christchurch - West Coast - Glaciers - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
Take the quintessential New Zealand road trip. Explore the best of the North Island's culture and scenery, including the remote and stunning Coromandel Peninsula. Then experience the magic of the South Island with all its scenic diversity and splendour. From NZ$5,260. Learn more.

 















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Auckland - Bay of Islands - Coromandel - Rotorua - Tongariro - Wellington - Nelson - Christchurch - West Coast - Glaciers - Queenstown - Te Anau - Fiordland - Catlins - Dunedin - Mt Cook - Christchurch
This is the ultimate New Zealand driving adventure. You'll practically feel like a local after a month of discovering New Zealand from tip to tail. This trip is a photographer's dream, from beach sunrises in Northland to the rare sub-antarctic wildlife of Southland and everything in between. From NZ$7,085. Learn more.  


SPECIAL INTEREST




Auckland - Hobbiton - Rotorua - Tongariro - Wellington - Nelson - Christchurch - West Coast - Glaciers - Queenstown - Mt Cook - Christchurch
For those eager to explore Real Middle-earth. This itinerary highlights filming locations used in Peter Jackson's epic trilogies. Visit Hobbiton and tour the movie set where the journey all began. Roam the volcanic terrain of Mordor in the Tongariro National Park, stand on the plains of Edoras where the Rohan lived, and take a tour of the many locations used in Queenstown. Along the way, you'll be immersed in the ancient forests, peaks and grasslands that are now synonymous with Middle-earth. Your trip notes will point out features along the way. From NZ$5,685Learn more.


* The North and South Island itineraries can also be combined to give you a New Zealand-wide experience. 

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