Christchurch Carhire has compiled four sample itineraries to
assist you with your travel plans. These itineraries will
normally take between 5 - 10 days to complete. We have arranged
them in geographical order from North to South and have outlined
the most interesting and enjoyable destinations and activities.
New Zealand is famous for its uncrowded roads, diverse landscapes
and magnificent scenery. We are a relatively small multicultural
country of 4 million people specialising in farming, agriculture
The North Island has two thirds of the population and offers
golden sand beaches, dense rainforests, active volcanoes and
fascinating thermal areas. The South Island has breathtaking
alpine scenery, glaciers, fiords, famous historic buildings,
outstanding cool climate vineyards and the worlds greatest
adrenalin adventure playground.
The much smaller Stewart Island has
abundant wildlife as well as tramping, diving and fishing
opportunities. Temperatures range from the sub-tropical warmth of
Northland to the cool climates of Southland and Otago.
Kiwi outdoor activities are legendary and range from extreme
sports like white water rafting and bungy jumping to more sedate
pursuits such as punting on the gentle Avon River in
Christchurch. We have fine Pacific cuisine and world-class local
wines, a lively nightclub, bar and café scene and a strong
emphasis on the performing arts. Whatever your interests are, New
Zealand will have something to satisfy and challenge you.
We trust these itineraries will help you to make the most of your
time on the highways and byways of New Zealand. Christchurch Carhire wishes you a safe and happy holiday.
New Zealand Driving Guide
A New Zealand, Australian or International
driving licence is required to hire rental vehicles. Most of our
roads are single-lane, but you will find multi-lane motorways
leading into the main cities. We drive on the left-hand side of
the road and do not overtake where a continuous yellow line
occurs to the left of the centreline. The maximum speed limit for
the open road is 100kph (60mph) and for towns and urban areas
50kph (30mph). Fuel prices vary from around NZ $1.80 per litre
upwards. Be sure to obtain a copy of the New Zealand Road Code.
We recommend automatic transmission vehicles for those travellers
unfamiliar with New Zealand conditions. All vehicle occupants
must wear seatbelts and infants and young children need special
child restraints. Traffic police are particularly vigilant in
respect to speeding and drink driving and carry out regular
roadside breath testing.