Travel challenge: A December fly-drive in New Zealand

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Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a three-week self-drive tour of both the South and North Islands of New Zealand in December. Prices are for two people travelling together and include return Air New Zealand flights from Heathrow via Los Angeles and Hong Kong and inter-island ferry crossings.

All Ways Pacific Travel

£5,990: Best of New Zealand

Departs Heathrow 1 December and includes 21 nights' B&B accommodation and 22 days' hire of a Toyota Corolla car. The itinerary starts in Christchurch and ends in Auckland. "This wonderful itinerary of New Zealand will show you the very best of this stunning country, while staying in some of its very best accommodation – small bed & breakfasts and boutique lodges," says John Rankin of All Ways Pacific Travel. (01494 432747; )


£5,746: New Zealand Odyssey

Departs Heathrow 1 December and includes 19 nights' four-star room-only accommodation and 20 days' hire of a Hertz group D car. The itinerary starts in Auckland and ends in Christchurch. "This self-drive itinerary covers the highlights of New Zealand and allows you to explore the country with plenty of time to take in the scenery," says Jayne White of Kuoni. (01306 747008; )

Discover the World

£4,990: Discover Aotearoa

Departs Heathrow 2 December and includes 20 nights' room-only accommodation, 21 days' car hire, a Maori Hangi dinner and concert, Rotorua sightseeing pass and Queenstown Skyline Gondola tickets. The itinerary starts in Auckland, North Island and ends in Christchurch, South Island "Discover Aotearoa is a wonderful three-week self-drive journey around the North and South Islands, allowing you to savour the very best that Aotearoa (New Zealand) has to offer. It includes a stunning crossing across the Cook Strait on the Inter-Islander Ferry and a chance to experience some of Rotorua's sightseeing highlights," says Discover the World's Lindi Sprenger. (01737 218800; )