Planning your Aotearoa adventure

Having your New Zealand self drive adventure handled by an enthusiastic bunch of explorers themselves will guarantee you get the best we have to offer at a price which will allow you more fun activities on tour.

Our team boasts a wealth of travel knowledge (as well as a couple tourism degrees) from a range of ages ensuring your itinerary will suit your interests, tastes and budget. We get as much enjoyment from sharing our amazing backyard as you will experiencing it.


So lets get researching

New Zealand is magnificent in summer with beautiful beaches everywhere and adventure around every corner! BUT winter adds a whole different dimension and is just as popular as the warmer months. Start thinking about what activities would take your fancy… boarding up the Remarkable’s with a foot of fresh powder, lounging at a local winery bathed in the beautiful colours of autumn or swimming with dolphins in Kaikoura are all very real options

Let us help with timings….

New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10 C in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast (yay), which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant sunshine!

Because New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere, the average temperature decreases as you travel south. The north of New Zealand is subtropical and the south temperate. The warmest months are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20 – 30ºC and in winter between 10 – 15ºC.

For a more in-depth look into our weather and climate for every region and season click here



New Zealand accommodation options are numerous and there’s somewhere to stay to suit every traveler’s whim. The standard of accommodation in the land of the long white cloud is of a good standard ranging from five-star hotels and resorts to friendly bed and breakfast’s or affordable budget and backpacker accommodation. We have campgrounds looking out over the ocean and motels that rattle next to train tracks… whatever takes your fancy!

If you find somewhere you specifically want to stay or if you don’t like the look of the room we have booked NZ Trail Tours will find you the right fit.

Have a squizz at TripAdvisor for the best and worst of the lot in New Zealand and be assured that we wont put you in a dump infested with Weta…. unless you want it of course.

For a full range of what is available click here


Everything Vehicles

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the choice of vehicles when looking into renting a vehicle for your NZ Trail Tour adventure! So what is the best type of vehicle to rent in New Zealand? Well, this really depends on your wants, needs and personality!

Whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, or a group of friends, numbers play a big part in what type of vehicle to rent in New Zealand. Lets have a look at five different types of vehicle to rent in New Zealand to cover all bases and budgets.



Fuel efficient and reliable, the small car is the most economical choice. A car with 2WD is the same car that you are probably used to back home. Car rental companies use a wide range of models to satisfy every need, from the classic Nissan Maxima to the all-time favourite Toyota Corolla without forgetting the Gertz, Swift and other small models. Other options include “people movers” which are cars that can accommodate up to six people comfortably like the Toyota Estima.

Perfect for: Travelling from city to city with a small group
Budget: Cars can go as low as NZ$9 per day in the low season to over NZ$100 per day for higher end models.

  • Usually those vehicles come with no rental age limit
  • Very economical to rent and insure
  • Most fuel-efficient type of vehicle
  • Easy to drive


  • It can be hard to fit all you luggage into a small car if you are travelling with more than two people
  • Less accommodation options to choose from (you’re only likely to stay in hostels)


It is absolutely not necessary to get a 4WD to enjoy every nook and cranny of New Zealand. Renting a 4WD for a road trip in New Zealand probably inst the best value for money as almost every spot in New Zealand can be accessed with a normal car and it would not be wise to go off-road with a rental 4WD as most insurance and roadside assistance would then be void. If you are travelling up the mountain in winter it is usually easier and more cost effective to get a coach or bus. The type of models available ranges from the Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota RAV4 or the Hyundai Tucson.

Perfect for: Travelling in style with a group of friends (yep we know, that’s a stretch)
Budget: 4WD usually starts around the NZ$29 per day in the low season and end up over NZ$150 per day for higher end models.

  • Travel very comfortably with a lot of space
  • Alternative if no peoplemovers are available
  • Very safe


  • Not fuel-efficient
  • Expensive to rent and insure
  • Not necessary in New Zealand


The ultimate backpacker vehicle is the campercar – a large family car refitted into a tiny yet liveable campervan. It is the best and most economical way to carry all you need for your road trip and set up camp almost wherever you want during the road trip of your life. The most popular model for this type of vehicle is the Toyota Estima that has been stripped down to only its two front seats and entirely refitted with bed, small kitchen, power plugs, portable toilet and more.

Perfect for: The ultimate NZ Trail Tour road trip on a budget for one or two people looking at camping grounds and free parking areas (yes we help with this too!).
Budget: In the low season, you would be able to find a campercar starting around the NZ$19 per day mark. However, in mid-summer it is common to find them upward to NZ$120 per day.

  • Save money on accommodation: sleep in freedom campsites (if you have a self-contained sticker) or holiday parks
  • Easier to drive than a big campervan
  • More fuel-efficient than a larger campervan
  • Be a hippie


  • Small and confined space
  • More expensive than a car
  • Only fits two people


Now we are getting to the wild cards, this type of vehicle usually comes self-contained and would be able to sustain you and your friends in the wild for a few days. There is a wide range of campervans for rental in New Zealand. Some are refitted vans like the popular Toyota Hiace that often comes with a top cabin to fit an extra double bed to older models that only have a double bed with a tent extension for the extra passengers.

Budget: Campervans come in all shape, sizes and prices from a low NZ$49 per days in winter for a small one to over NZ$450 per days for a 6 berth one in the height of summer.
Perfect for: Taking on a wilderness NZ Trail Tour road trip with 2-4 people.

  • More comfortable than a campercar
  • More fuel-efficient than a motorhome
  • Good value for money (especially when you split the bill 4-ways)
  • Can stay “unplugged” for a few days
  • Save money on accommodation: sleep in freedom campsites (if you have a self-contained sticker) or holiday parks


  • More expensive than other options
  • Water tank needs to be refilled regularly, the batteries recharged, and the waste emptied
  • Can be “cosy” with 4 adults


Your biggest option when planning a road trip in New Zealand is to go for a full motorhome or RV. As per its name, those are real massive campervans that often feature a kitchen, shower, toilet and multiple double beds. Every rental company buys or builds their own models and rent them for a few years before selling them. You will rarely find motorhomes to rent that are over 10 years old. They are a great option to consider when travelling with a group of close friends that are splitting the bill.

Budget: Motorhome prices usually depend on the age of the vehicle from a low NZ$149 per days in winter for a small one to over NZ$450 per days for a brand new 6-berth one in the height of summer.
Perfect for: Travelling and living comfortable on the road with 3-6 people.

  • Live very comfortably on the road
  • Can stay “unplugged” for extended period of time
  • Can fit a group of up to six people
  • Comes with a lot of useful amenities
  • Save money on accommodation: sleep in freedom campsites (if you have a self-contained sticker) or holiday parks and let us organise the best activities for each stop you choose!


  • Is the most expensive option to rent and insure
  • Can be stressful to drive if you are not used to driving large vehicles
  • Cannot access every nook and cranny of the country



Oh my friends where do we start! New Zealand is known as the adventure capital of the world and for good reason. We will leave this up to you just surf the web and let us know what takes your fancy. Alternatively if you already know you want to surf all the best beaches, walk all the great walks or drink all the best wine we can make it happen faster than a hobbit can disappear with your ‘precious’!


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