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New Zealand Self Drive Holidays

Select from 92 Relaxing Journeys self drive tours of New Zealand. Each self drive itinerary designed to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible. Our self drive tours cater for all budgets and incorporate unique inclusions, local experiences and can be customised to suit your requirements.

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. How do Relaxing Journeys self drives tours work?

    The Relaxing Journeys team (based in Auckland) will organise your entire self drive holiday. We book your rental vehicle for the duration of your stay, we prebook and secure all your accommodation and your ferry crossing if necessary, as well as all the sightseeing activities included in your itinerary. We provide you with a full detailed itinerary and arrival instructions by email, and then on arrival in New Zealand you'll receive a comprehensive copy of your itinerary, map book and documentation pack. Our team is also on call, so if you run into trouble while travelling around our country - we are only a local call away!

  • 2. Why should we book our self drive tour to New Zealand with Relaxing Journeys?

    If you are looking to discover New Zealand independently, then our self drive touring holidays are for you. Our inclusive packages include your choice of vehicle and unique touring itineraries unmatched anywhere else. Our New Zealand based travel team have meticulously planned each itinerary and activity inclusion to produce balanced itineraries with manageable driving times, accommodation the best in its class and touring routes chosen for their scenic beauty. To find out what our previous clients think, read their testimonials here.

  • 3. What accommodation do you use?

    Our premium self drive tours include the option of top class boutique accommodation, international standard B&B's, 4+ star hotels & luxury lodges. (In some of the more remote locations, luxury accommodation is hard to come by so we've used our boutique properties.) Our mid range self drive tours incorporate 3+ star hotels and our budget self drive tours incorporate self catering motel accommodation. You choose the type of accommodation that suits you! The properties featured on all our self drive touring holidays have been carefully chosen for their superior level of comfort, exceptional amenities, friendly staff & service and their convenient location.

  • 4. What about our rental car? What can we expect?

    Relaxing Journeys only use rental vehicles from the 'top tier' rental companies (Thrifty, Europcar, Budget, Avis, Hertz), even on our budget self drive tours. Unlike most self drive specialists we have no hidden fees. We arrange the rental vehicle hire on your behalf and the cost of this hire includes unlimited kilometres, standard daily vehicle insurance (subject to an excess), airport and ferry pick up fees, additional driver fees, age surcharge and GST (Government Goods & Services Tax). All of our premium self drives have your choice of a Kruse Commentary System or GPS included in the price, and it's an optional extra on all our mid-range and budget self drive itineraries.

  • 5. Can we amend an exisiting itinerary to suit us?

    All of of our New Zealand self drive tours are flexible. We can add or remove days to the itinerary, we can can add pre or post accommodation if required and remove or incorporate addtional daily activities. We'll amend our itineraries to suit your travel plans, and provide you with 'local knowledge' to ensure your driving holiday is a relaxing one.

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  • 6. I'm not sure a self drive holiday is the best idea, I'm not confident about driving on the 'wrong' side of the road!

    Self drive holidays are one if the most relaxing ways of enjoying New Zealand's landscape. Many of our roads are scenic and traffic is low when compared to international standards. Based on feedback from our past clients we can reassure you that if you are a confident driver in your home country, then your self drive holiday should be stress-free. Have a read of our New Zealand driving guide to make yourself familiar with our road rules. You might also like to consider our independent coach tours if you'd prefer not to drive but you'd still like some independence.

  • 7. What is the difference between a budget, mid range and premium self drive tour?

    The main difference between each category is the accommodation. Accommodation also makes up the greatest proportion of the total cost of your tour. All categories use the same rental vehicles. Our premium self drives have the choice of a Kruse Commentary System or GPS included in the package and the itineraries are generally more varied & inclusive. Budget and mid range self drives tend to have fewer inclusions, but that doesn't mean you can't book them as you go around or prebook them yourself.

  • 8. Are there any other costs I need to budget for on my self drive tour?

    Our self drive tours include all government taxes, accommodation, car rental and sightseeing activities that are clearly identified in your itinerary. Items that are not included in the price include, fuel, parking & meals (except those specified in your itinerary).

  • 9. How do we pay for our self drive tour?

    We welcome bookings from all over the world. Your tour deposit is always paid by credit card and the balance is then paid 45 days out from the start of the tour either by credit card or bank transfer. To read more regarding how you book your self drive holiday click here.

  • 10. Do we get any more information than that provided on your website?

    Yes. After we receive your final balance you'll receive your full itinerary detailing tour times, pick up and arrival information etc. We will send this to you by email around 35-40 days out from your tour, then on your arrival in New Zealand you'll receive another copy of your itinerary along with your travel vouchers & travel pack.

  • 11. When is the best time to travel to New Zealand?

    We have a comprehensive weather section that explains the best times to visit New Zealand.

  • 12. What sort of driving licence do I need to drive in New Zealand?

    You can legally drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months if you have either a current driver's licence from your home country or an International Driving Permit (IDP). Recent law changes mean all drivers, including visitors from other countries, must carry their licence or permit at all times when driving. You will only be able to drive the same types of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country. The common legal age to rent a car in New Zealand is 21 years. Make sure your driver's licence is current. If your licence is not in English, you should bring an English translation with you, or obtain an IDP.

  • 13. Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?

    All visitors to New Zealand must carry a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the date you intend to leave the country. Currently travellers from more than 50 countries do not require a Visitor's Visa for stays less than three months. Read more here.

  • 14. Do you handle travel insurance?

    We do not sell travel insurance, however we do have information on a few select providers if you are looking for a recommendation. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time you book your flight. This will make dealing with your claim, should this be necessary that much easier when you return home.

Over 750 Relaxing Journeys Self Drive Tour Reviews

Planning a self drive holiday to New Zealand can be daunting, but we have doing this for a long time and our experience and dedicated support ensures you're in safe hands. Read the feedback from some of our past self drive clients - their comments and insights can help you decide on the self drive tour itinerary best suited to you. We've listed the most recent reviews below. Click to view all our self drive reviews.

  • ReviewBudget Self Drive 14 Day East Meets West 14 Day East Meets West

    In this busy period of the year it's not easy to arrange holidays but you've done it well and when problems occurred you were very helpful.

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    - 01/01/2017
  • ReviewBudget Self Drive 12 Day Southern Scene 12 Day Southern Scene

    We thoroughly enjoyed this tour, being able to travel at your own pace and get to your next destination any time of the day was good. The driving, even on long days, was good as the scenery was amazing and you didn't notice how long the drive was as the views changed all the time. The entire trip from pick up from airport till we left went very smoothly everything organised all you had to do was get there. Overall a fantastic tour and you wouldn't regret doing it.

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    - 01/01/2017
  • ReviewMid Range Self Drive 17 Day Complete South Island 17 Day Complete South Island

    Toni was extremely professional and responsive to any questions we had while booking the holiday and managing the unforeseen earthquake and impact on the trip. The trip itself covers a great deal of the varied landscape of the South Island. If anything, next time I would give myself more time in Nelson (we were there for two nights). We had an opportunity to explore the Abel Tasman region, but would also would have liked more time to explore the fantastic wineries of the Marlborough region. Would definitely recommend this trip and Relaxing Journeys. Everything went smoothly from picking up the hire car at the airport, checking in to hotels (which were all great!) and to dropping the car back off in Christchurch. Thank you for a memorable experience!!! :)

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    - 01/01/2017
  • ReviewMid Range Self Drive 10 Day Hobbiton, Mordor & Mt Doom 10 Day Hobbiton, Mordor & Mt Doom

    After reading many positive reviews on Relaxing Journeys, we booked a self drive tour from Auckland to Wellington for our honeymoon. Our coordinator was Mani who had been very reliable and prompt in giving suggestions and responses to our queries. We had requested for slightly customized itinerary based on where we would like to visit and Mani had greatly helped in sharing recommendations to meet our requests. Throughout our entire 10-day trip, there was no issue with our travel vouchers. Accommodations, tickets to visit places of interest, everything were perfectly arranged. We loved all the details provided by Relaxing Journeys on what to expect in our itinerary and options for detour in our road trip. Overall it was an excellent service. For us, this is definitely an easy rating of 10 out of 10.

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    - 31/12/2016
  • ReviewMid Range Self Drive 5 Day Rotorua & Waitomo Explorer 5 Day Rotorua & Waitomo Explorer

    Excellent and easy to follow details for the trip. Felt like we were really on vacation because we just had to do what the instructions told us to do. No issues at any of the stops with any of the reservations or vouchers etc. Vehicle worked out well. Had to remind Thrifty about the picking up the package. LOVED the Kruse GPS. (Sending them a separate email) There was one issue with the address for Hobbiton and the GPS. The address doesn't actually come up in Matamata; I think it is Hineura. Had to get instructions from the iSite in Matamata. Not a big issue! I would (and did already!) highly recommend your services. Thank you and special thanks to Marie for her help.

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    - 30/12/2016
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