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Go sheep shearing on a self-drive holiday

Get up to some woolly activity in Te Kuiti, the sheep-shearing capital of the world.

Te Kuiti in Waikato is the self-proclaimed sheep-shearing capital of the world. Why not get up to some wooly activity on your next self-drive holiday? … more

Surf’s up on the North Island

These four beaches have some of the best waves in all of New Zealand.

The North Island is blessed with so many incredible surfing beaches that fitting them all in on a self-drive holiday can be tricky. Here are some of the best ones. … more

Wonder at the universe in Lake Tekapo

The Church of the Good Shepherd sits beneath the majestic Lake Tekapo night sky.

Take some time out in Lake Takapo to enjoy the spectacular night sky at the southern hemisphere’s first dark sky reserve. … more

Don’t pass on the spectacular Arthur’s Pass

A road sign near Arthur's Pass warns visitors to watch out for kiwis.

Don’t miss out on the spectacular Arthur’s Pass in the Southern Alps on your next self-drive holiday. Stunning scenery, dense rainforests and epic skiing make this a must-see destination. … more

Diving with sharks in New Zealand

Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies will be excited about the chance to go diving with sharks off the New Zealand coast.

Diving with one of nature’s greatest predators, great white sharks, is a once-in-a-lifetime, heartstopping experience and top of the bucket list for any adrenaline junkie or adventure holidaymaker. … more

Napier to Blenheim: The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail covers more than 400 kilometres and over 70 per cent of New Zealand’s wine producing regions, making it the perfect self-drive journey for any wine aficionado. … more

Ever been to Paraparaumu?

Kapiti Island is a bird-lover's paradise and could be your best chance to see a kiwi in the wild.

Paraparaumu, about 50 kilometres from Wellington, is the main town on the Kapiti Coast and has plenty to offer fun-seeking holidaymakers. … more

Get your caffeine fix in Rotorua

Take a breather and enjoy a coffee in one of these Rotorua cafes.

Park up the car, grab your newspaper and head to one of these popular coffee hotspots in Rotorua for a short respite on your action-packed New Zealand holiday. … more

Picton to Christchurch: A most memorable drive

The vineyards of Marlborough are a real highlight of the journey from Picton to Christchurch.

Begin your self-drive adventure on the South Island along the 340 kilometre route between picturesque Picton and charming Christchurch. … more

Authentic whitebait fishing in Hokitika

For a truly authentic Kiwi fishing experience take a spin to Hokitika on the South Island’s west coast for some whitebait fishing. … more