Choosing a privately guided tour is like having a good friend who lives in a beautiful country showing you all their favourite places!
You’ll have a private driver/guide showing you and your travel companion(s) around New Zealand. Noone else comes on your tour. You have the freedom of exploring New Zealand exactly how you want to without having to wait on other people. We offer guided tours for groups from 1 person to 30. Our most common group size is 2 to 6 people.
Your guide is full of ideas of how you should spend each day and (aside from pre-booked experiences) you have the freedom to choose what you feel like doing on the day. Your driver/guide can also take you to the supermarket or pharmacy when needed, take you to restaurants, drop you back to the hotel if you’re not feeling well… etc
If you’d love a driver/guide to show you around but you also enjoy your personal space, don’t stress! Your guide is around to make sure you enjoy your trip but they do not have to be with you all the time if that’s not how you like it!
With this option, we book your whole trip using our exceptional local knowledge and you simply enjoy your trip the way you want to, without a tour guide.
We will provide you with a rental vehicle of your choice (with full insurance), book all your accommodation and some activities and meals, someone will greet you upon arrival to help collect your rental vehicle and hand over and explain your detailed printed travel guide, and we will be a phone call away if you need help during your trip!
The travel guide we provide is detailed! It is based on your chosen route and includes information on all the best scenic spots, lesser known nature walks/hikes, paid experiences in each area, where to dine (for a whole lot of different tastes), and some interesting information here and there. We have spent most of the last 8 years travelling around New Zealand full time and we know where it’s at!
We are full to the brim with local knowledge and love to share our travel tips + take away the stress of planning when you’re not sure where to start!
We understand that plans change and unforeseen circumstances can arise and we have a very fair cancellation policy. Depending on if you have paid only the deposit or the full payment and how soon you let us know prior to your departure date then we are able to refund a significant part of your deposit or full payment. Please read our cancellation policy here.
Yes we offer both South Island Tours, North Island Tours and tours that combine both North and South Island. We also offer tours to Waiheke Island, Stewart Island, Great Barrier Island and others!
We use a range of spacious comfortable late model vehicles including mid-size SUVs (Toyota Rav4, Hyundai Tucson etc) and large SUVs (Skoda Kodiaq, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prado etc), 8 seater vans (Ford Tourneo, Mercedes Valente etc) and 12-17 seater Mercedes Sprinters or Toyota Hi-Ace. We can also charter buses for larger groups. Vehicles depend on group size and preference and we can quote on a range of different options for you, including high spec luxury vehicles.
The accommodation we include in our tours is very flexible, so the choice is yours! We can include 4 or 5 star motels/hotels, self-contained apartments, glamping experiences, beautiful bed and breakfasts, fam stay experiences, premium luxury lodge experiences, or a mix of any! Our clients often choose 4 star motels/hotels throughout with a few nights of luxury in special locations.
Our accommodation providers are carefully selected based on location, standard and cleanliness of rooms, amenities, service and friendliness of the staff and providers. We always endeavour to keep strong relationships with our accommodation providers. If you don’t know what you want, let us suggest for you!
If you want to stay with friends for some of your trip and book accommodation for the rest, we can arrange that too!
We appreciate knowing as much about your preferred accommodation as possible during the booking process. When we prepare an itinerary we will list the accommodation providers we suggest and you are free to research the options and let us know if you like the accommodation. In the event that something is not available on the nights chosen, we will choose a similar accommodation provider.
Check out some of our favourite accommodation providers here
Yes, certainly. Our busy season is between October and April (spring/summer) although as New Zealand is such a popular destination in all seasons the tours can run all year round.
Yes. At The Road Trip all of our New Zealand tours are private tours and are for your group only whatever size it may be. This is your trip, done your way!
Yes. The overall per person cost decreases substantially as numbers rise, especially for groups of four or more.
Absolutely. This can be done upon booking or with your guide whilst on tour.
You can book whenever you like as they are private tours so run upon your request. Although during high season (Dec, Jan, Feb) it is strongly recommended to book at least 60 days in advance in order to secure preferred accommodation. For tours booked 45 days in advance or less, full payment must be taken at time of booking.
Yes we do and we will be able to arrange special corporate rates upon enquiry.