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Welcome to Kiwi Escapes!

Self-guided tours for independent travellers. Save up to 40% off retail prices. Really affordable, perfect for couples, groups and singles.

Big launch discounts!

Check out the OPENING SPECIALS. Submit an enquiry today for your next trip and take advantage of the savings.

Access Australian Escapes discounts as well.

Let us know where you're interested in going and we'll build a travel plan for you and save you a heap of money.

Best price guarantee!

We guarantee you at least 15% more value or 15% discount off a trip priced elsewhere. Conditions apply.


New Zealand is just made for road trips. Take it easy and see what you want in your own time.

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Your perfect New Zealand self drive holiday is here!

Kia Ora! Our New Zealand holiday packages are a great a starting point. They cover all the highlights. Compare to doing it yourself and see the value. Save time and get more holiday for your money. Use our experience to make your NZ holiday the best ever!

  • Personal travel consultant assigned
  • All tour and travel packages are customisable templates
  • Flights arranged saving you money and hassles
  • All hand-picked hotel, resort and lodge accommodation
  • Minimum 15% price-beat and savings guarantee
  • Special access to heavily-discounted Australian packages
  • Over 20 years' travel industry experience

Our packages are for independent travellers. They include top-class accommodation, small to SUV-sized cars, immersive activities and other standard inclusions. Many packages include a substantial flight provision as well.

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MUST VISIT NZ customised for you


12 Days NZ South Island Highlights $5,245 $3,409pp

The South Island of New Zealand is picturesque to say the least. It’s about the many contrasts between oceans, rivers, gorges, mountains, glaciers, towns and lakes. As you drive this trip you’ll be able to indulge just about any area of interest from wineries to fly fishing, hiking to relaxing. You can do as much or as little as you want on this flexible trip that takes in many of the South Island’s favourite places. Save up to 33% off retail prices.


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NEW North Island NZ Family Adventure


9 Days North Island Family Adventure $2,120 $1,399pp

The natural wonders of North Island NZ and enless family fun awaits on this 9-day North Island adventure. Cruise the pristine waters to the famous Hole in the Rock, experience Maori culture, explore the Coromandel, Rotorua and Taupo and everything inbetween. Save up to 34% off retail prices.


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8 Days New Zealand Family Holiday $2,544 $1,679pp

From wildlife encounters to relaxing boat cruises, the whole family will be spoiled for choice on this exciting 8-day South Island adventure. With fun activities to entertain the kids, and the planning stress taken away for you, this is a great way for you and your family to visit some of New Zealand’s best spots. Save up to 34% off retail prices.


Can't see what you want? Not sure where to start?

Every New Zealand self drive holiday package is a starting point. Submit a booking enquiry to get a quote. We'll recommend the best holiday experience for you.

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Minimum 15% price-beat and savings guarantee

We will beat yours or any competitor's price or value by a minimum of 15%.

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ROMANTIC NZ South Island


9 Days NZ South Island Magic $3,453 $2,279pp

From wildlife encounters to relaxing boat cruises, enjoy the romance of the South Island on this relaxing 9-day South Island experience. Become an outdoor explorer and get to know local wildlife when you board a scenic cruise in Milford Sound; climb aboard Queenstown's Skyline Gondola for epic views and a luxury dinner experience; experience the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier from the air and put your feet in the snow on an unforgettable helicopter experience, and much more. Save up to 34% off retail prices.


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EXCITING Southern NZ Adventure


9 Days Action-Packed NZ South Island $3,077 $1,969pp

The South Island of New Zealand hardly needs an introduction - its reputation as an outdoor lover's paradise ensures its presence on many people's bucket lists. On this 9-day adventure, be introduced to the highlights of this gorgeous region and participate in a range of exciting activities. Save up to 36% off retail prices.


Planning a road trip with friends?

Receive a travel plan to share with your friends and get their input. We'll show you some big savings as well.

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Perfect for lovers!


New Zealand is made for sight-seeing and adventure for sure. It's also perfect for an unforgettable honeymoon or anniversary or any romantic escape. Do everything and relax in luxury overlooking a spectacular lake as well.

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NZ Destinations

Maori man

"There's the North Island (Te Ika-a-Maui), the South Island (Te Waipounamu) and some water in between bro!"

North Island

North Island

Auckland, Hobbiton, Waiheke Island, Hamilton, Waitomo, Bay of Islands, Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park, Rotorua, Napier, Hawke's Bay and more.

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South Island

South Island

Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound, Queenstown, Wanaka (awesome trout fishing), Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, Abel Tasman National Park & the Abel Tasman Coast Track, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and much more.

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Combined North and South

Both Islands

It's easy to start at the top and work your way down or vice versa. You can arrive at Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch or Queenstown. Let us plan your trip to include the best highlights. We guarantee you'll love it and the value.

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"Your perfect NZ destination awaits. Come on over."

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Our themes

Action and adventure

Action and adventure

There are plenty of adventures on both islands. Action addicts of course just love Queenstown. It's famous for Fergburgers, bunjy jumping, tandem skydiving, river surfing, canyon swinging and jet boats. And we're just getting started.

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New Zealand is great for families. We often recommend the North Island for first-timers. Your kids will never forget the fun they had at places like The Coromandel and Rainbow Springs.

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Your ideal New Zealand honeymoon or romantic holiday would have to include stunning scenery. Luxurious accommodation of course. Maybe some adventure. A beach stay perhaps? Having everything organised well in advance is the key. Leave that to Kiwi Escapes.

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Highlights-themed packages cover the best of New Zealand. You visit the top places and do the top things to do. Awesome for first-time visitors.

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Natural wonders

Natural wonders

New Zealand is full of natural wonders. Milford Sound, the Champagne Pools at Wai-o-Tapu, the amazing Blue Pools along the Haast Pass, the Tongariro alpine crossing... The list is almost endless.

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Address and contact details for Kiwi Escapes & Australian Escapes

Level 19, 10 Eagle Street

International: +61 (0)7 3040 6697

Main email address: [email protected]

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No shortcuts. Our self-drive New Zealand holidays are aimed at the independent traveller. They include top-class accommodation, SUV cars, immersive activities and many other standard inclusions combined with plenty of free time.

We take feedback from travellers, agents and suppliers to regularly update the best places to stay and visit. With careful planning you see the highlights without rushing.


Benefit from inside knowledge


All of our itineraries contain plenty of free time along with guided tours and activities conducted by experienced local operators.

Our packages often include "hidden gems" - places off the beaten track that less people know about. They can really make your trip super-special.

This means that along the way we've highlighted our favourite places to show you the best of New Zealand. All fitness levels are covered as well, so you can just do easy activities, right up to full-on adventure.


Get more for your money


All of our packages include the best Bronze, Silver or Gold standard hotel, resort and lodge accommodation. We NEVER use back-packer-style accommodation.

Savings Guarantee

Bring us any competitor's self-guided itinerary. We guarantee to beat the price or value by at least 15%.


Take advantage of our experience


Our itineraries are based on many year's experience planning and organising New Zealand holidays. The advantage to you is you will enjoy a stress-free holiday that you'll rave about.

The real value to you is that we make sure everything goes smoothly for you. That's our promise and responsibility. If anything goes wrong, for example a flight or day-tour gets delayed or cancelled, we'll sort it out for you.