With these tours we present some of our most popular and compelling self-drive itineraries. Experience the benefits of self driving but enjoy the convenience and security of us pre-booking your chosen type of accommodation and rental car. Just enjoy the travelling without having to worry about where you are going to stay.
Any of our itineraries can be modified as well as adding extra days in any of the locations. If you require something completely different, please advise and we will be happy to put something together.
During your trip you can call us anytime to make amendments to your tour, book extra activity or simply ask for some advice. We will be happy to help you anytime of the day or night.
Plan and Book Ahead
Preplanning and pre-booking your New Zealand vacation before you depart is essential. Limited accommodation in certain areas during the high season could mean that a town’s accommodation can be booked out well in advance. Without pre-booking, you may find that the you pay a higher rate upon check-in or waste a lot of time travelling between accommodation providers trying to find a suitable option.
We know the best places and with our discounted rates you are guaranteed of receiving well chosen accommodation options at the best possible price. Pre-planning will ensure you make the most of your valuable holiday time. Acrossnz is well-versed with all areas of New Zealand and is totally experienced at arranging well planned self drive itineraries. Feel free to ask the advice of Acrossnz when planning your self drive adventure to make sure you maximize your holiday experience.
Book early: New Zealand has very limited availability in the summer months and often books out well in advance. It is recommended to book early to avoid disappointment.
Create Your Own Self Drive Holiday
Along with choosing one of our prearranged itineraries you can construct your own ‘a la carte’ holiday by booking the rental vehicle from this link and selecting your accommodation from our accommodation link. If you choose to book your accommodation through our link we will happily assist with knowledge on your accommodation choices or amendment your itinerary to ensure your holiday is just what you want.
Camper Vans & Motor Homes
Perhaps you prefer to follow one of the itineraries we have created in a Motor Home? Just book the Motor Home with us and we will be happy to provide you for the full itinerary as well as assisting you with camping ground bookings. Click here to choose some of the cheapest options in NZ.
Arrive Christchurch - Christchurch - Dunedin - Dunedin - Te-Anau - Te-Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown - Queenstown - Queenstown - Queenstown - Mount Cook - Christchurch - Depart Christchurch
Christchurch, the heart of the Canterbury plains is fondly dubbed “The Garden City” and sparkles all year round. A lively blend of English tradition and contemporary New Zealand culminate in Christchurch offering a vast array of unique attractions and experiences which are sure to charm its many visitors.
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens showcase some of the flora of New Zealand and other parts of the world. Founded in 1863 with the planting of an English Oak tree, the Gardens now feature one of the finest collections of exotic and native plants found in New Zealand. Towering majestic trees – many over 120 years old – dominate the Gardens, forming a striking backdrop to the extensive themed plant collections and sweeping lawns.
Attractions and experiences: This popular city offers us: the Botanical Gardens, the Arts Centre, Art Gallery, Canterbury Museum, Skyline Gondola, City Tram, Hot Air Balloon rides, Port Hills, Antarctic Centre, Jet boating and rafting and much more. Collect your rental car from the Airport
Christchurch to Dunedin
Driving distance: 363 km / 226 miles By Road
Driving: Approx 5h15m
SH 1 from Christchurch to Dunedin reveals a great many gems for the traveller from urban interests to natural wonders, from farmlands and mighty rivers to seaside towns and historic Oamaru. On the ‘not to be missed’ list are the enormous boulders at Moreaki and the cliff edge Māori pā at Karitane; whilst the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, Dunedin, lies just ahead.
Dunedin to Te Anau
Driving distance: 298 km / 185 miles
By Road: Approx 4h19m
Drive through the rolling hill country of South Otago and Southland. After the farming community of Gore, cross the Waimea plains towards Fiordland. Overnight in Te Anau.
Te Anau to Milford Sound
Driving distance: 116 km / 72 miles
By Road : Approx 1h41m
Milford Sound to Queenstown
Driving distance: 290 km / 180 miles
By Road Driving: Approx 4h13m
Drive through pristine beech forests and the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. We have included a cruise to enable you to appreciate the majesty of Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Return to Te Anau, then turn north, following the dramatic southern shores of Lake Wakatipu to reach Queenstown.
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown. For an additional charge you may choose to swap one night in Queenstown and your Milford afternoon Cruise for a night aboard the Milford Mariner at Milford Sound.
Two days free for you to enjoy this fabulous Alpine resort. There are dozens of optional activities as well, from thrilling jet boat rides to leisurely lake cruises, 4WD safaris, bungy jumping.
There is so much to do in Queenstown you may need a rest! Today could be perfect for a ride on the Skyline Gondola ride 450 metres up above Queenstown to Bob’s peak. Here you can relax and enjoy the awesome views.
Or if your the adventurous type then there is the downhill luge, with enough twists and turns for anyone with a daring nature.
Either way there is no lack of entertainment in one of New Zealands stand out tourist playgrounds.
Queenstown to Christchurch
Driving distance: 484 km / 301 miles
By Road Driving: Approx 6h2m
Pass through the Kawarau Gorge with its historic gold mines, then past the stone fruit growing area of Cromwell to the Lindis Pass. Cross the spectacular Mackenzie Country bounded by the Southern Alps to the glacial lakes and into the Mount Cook National Park.
Continue north through Burkes Pass, Fairlie and Geraldine to Christchurch.
Overnight in Christchurch
Return your car at the airport in time to catch your onward flight.
|Vehicle||Quality Hotels||Bed & Breakfast||Superior Hotels||Exclusive|
||NZ $2,114.00||NZ $2,884.00||NZ $2,674.00||NZ $4,074.00|
||NZ $2,138.00||NZ $2,908.00||NZ $2,698.00||NZ $4,098.00|
||NZ $2,234.00||NZ $3,004.00||NZ $2,794.00||NZ $4,314.00|
||NZ $2,266.00||NZ $3,036.00||NZ $2,826.00||NZ $4,226.00|
|Permium Wagon AWD
||NZ $2,370.00||NZ $3,140.00||NZ $2,930.00||NZ $4,330.00|
||NZ $2,354.00||NZ $3,124.00||NZ $2,914.00||NZ $4,314.00|
|Full Size 4WD
||NZ $2,578.00||NZ $3,348.00||NZ $3,138.00||NZ $4,538.00|
|8 Seater People Mover
||NZ $2,498.00||NZ $3,268.00||NZ $3,058.00||NZ $4,458.00|
|12 Seater Van
||NZ $2,594.00||NZ $3,364.00||NZ $3,154.00||NZ $4,554.00|
Pricing is based on 2 people. Option of Double Room (1 bed) or Twin Room (2 beds) For single travellers or larger groups vacationing together please contact us for a customized quation to ensure you receive the best price. For different rooming configurations (eg triple share or special needs) please contact us.
Children under 5 travel for free (max 2 excluding certain activities) Children aged 5-14 at time of travel are an added extra (max 2)
7 nights accommodation; 8 days rental vehicle of choice; All Inclusive rate hire including unlimited kilometres, loss damage waiver (LDW, provides Accident Damages Cover which is subject to excesses that can be reduced); airport concession fee recovery; accident excess reduction insurance; local sales tax (GST), Milford Sound Day Cruise
Flights to New Zealand and airport taxes
Prices are in New Zealand dollars and include 15% GST (local sales tax) Click here for an online currency converter to convert prices to your own currency (approximate only)
All prices are based on travel between October 1st through to March 31st. For prices outside these dates, please contact us directly