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One of the best things about the South Island of New Zealand is that it packs in such a wonderful variety of stunning scenery, that normally you’d have to travel through multiple countries to experience.

Mountains, fjords, sweeping coastal roads, rolling vineyards, majestic forests and bush, highlands and valleys, they’re all here. And nestled among them, characterful towns and cities, wonderful destinations in their own right.

Filter the buttons below to discover what delightful tours and towns, activities and accommodation are in reach of our hire bases in Christchurch and Nelson. Or choose the button on the right to see specific Road Trip Routes to join them up!

Kaiteriteri beach

Mapua, Motueka and Kaiteriteri Self Drive

Mapua, Motueka and Kaiteriteri - Coastal drives, vast accessible beaches, interesting eateries, wonderful walks, is…

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Lake Rotoiti

Nelson Lakes / Lake Rotoriti

The Nelson Lakes - where mountains meet water, with woodland walks, waterfalls and wonderful hilltop…

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Bond Estate Luxury Retreat

Fancy a whole lodge to yourself? Exclusive use of five luxuriously appointed bedrooms for up…

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Grand Mercure Monaco Boutique Hotel

A hotel with irresistible character and location. Built of brick with roses climbing the walls,…

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Yaldhurst Transport Museum, Christchurch

Virtually on our doorstep in Christchurch, this is an authentic, rambling gem of a transport…

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Eco Resurgence Luxury Lodge

If you're seeking something different in the luxury lodge market, this is it. Tucked away…

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Abel Tasman National Park

There's good reason why this is one of the most sought after destinations in the…

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Blenheim and Vineyards Tours

Wine, dine and recline on some lovely tours of the Marlborough region, centered around Blenheim.…

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South Island Road Trips

The Roads Less Traveled Twisting mountain passes, roads where you can feel the sea spray,…

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Split Apple Luxury Resort

One of the most luxurious and exclusive getaways in the region. Tucked away through winding,…

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Video – Take a Christchurch to Milford Sound Road Trip

...just imagine what it would be like to drive this in one of our cars…

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Saab, Alfa & Jaguar convertibles at Ruby Bay NZ

Video – Driving our convertibles on Tasman coast roads

Top down cruising in very fine style with the Saab Turbo, V6 Spider and Jaguar…

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Road Trip Driving Routes

  Whether you fancy a drive to last a day or a lifetime, have we…

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Nelson Tours

Regularly the sunniest place in New Zealand and voted the 3rd most charming small town…

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Gourmet Sailing Private Yacht Charters

It doesn't get much more dreamily desirable than this.....charter a yacht exclusively for yourselves and…

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Omaka Classic Car Museum, Blenheim

The short trip across to Blenheim from Nelson is well worth the drive for many…

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West Coast

The West Coast.....there's a lot of it, and it definitely has a distinctively different feel…

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Video – Take a Christchurch to Marlborough Road Trip

...boring SUV, tram, or road trip by classic car...watch the video and get inspired!

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Video – Tour Christchurch & Canterbury Regions

A fabulous touring base, you could do punting on the river, take a tram ride,…

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Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

For those who prefer a traditional luxury hotel right in the centre of Nelson City,…

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The Best Driving Music

Contentious waters but basically we know we're right here...hire our Portable Bluetooth Speaker and feast…

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Kaikoura

A 3 hour drive north of Christchurch via State Highway 1, Kaikoura is the place…

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Hanmer Springs and Hurunui

Relax in the natural thermal mineral, sulphur and freshwater pools with beauty treatments and massages…

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Almyra Luxury Retreat

Seeking something even more indulgent, individual and inviting than our cars? TripAdvisor ranks Almyra luxury…

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Marlborough Sounds and Picton

Weave, wend and wind your way round the scenic Sounds or go straight to Picton,…

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Lake Tekapo & Mount Cook Region

These photos aren't from stock libraries, they're ones we took ourselves on our road trip…

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Nelson Classic Car Museum

A highlight of Nelson and just 5 minutes drive from RentAClassic! Peruse 150 immaculate classic…

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Marlborough Flyer Steam Train Trips

Marlborough Flyer Steam Train Trips

Relive the golden age of steam travel against a unique and beautiful ever changing backdrop…

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Video – Tour in our so classic 1975 Alfa Spider

...just enjoy our 'lemon n vine' classic duo of 70s Alfa Spider & MGF cruising…

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British Car Museum, Hawkes Bay

A bit out of the way, like halfway up the North Island, but a great…

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The RentAClassic 2014 car hire fleet at Melrose House Nelson

Tea on a Grand Scale, Melrose House, Nelson

Melrose Historic House and Gardens occupying a prime position in the Nelson 'Dress Circle' at…

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Saab Driving in New Zealand sign post

Driving in New Zealand

New Zealand roads must surely be the best kept secret in the motoring world.  …

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Video – Tour our gorgeous Nelson Tasman Region

....fly over what you could be driving round....

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Classic Car Tours NZ

Escorted Driving Tours

Drive up to 5 different sports cars and convertibles, and be looked after all the…

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Akaroa and Banks Peninsula

Delightful French themed small township with Dolphin cruises, lots of specialty crepes and a fabulous…

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