Staycation 5 must-do road trips in New Zealand
New Zealand is world-famous for its incredible scenery, sweeping mountains, gigantic glaciers, hot springs, golden sand beaches to the rugged coastline. This country is packed with cool cities, hidden spots, wonderful tracks, and much more. We are ready to EXPLORE. DREAM. DISCOVER our beautiful New Zealand by ROAD.
Driving across New Zealand is an adventure that takes you through rolling hills, along the rocky coast & through mountain paths. One of the best ways to explore NZ is by an old fashioned road trip!
- Auckland to Cape Reinga – 6 Hours Drive
One of the finest landscapes of NZ is Cape Reinga which is north of Auckland. While you heading to the very top of New Zealand, along the way you can check out the seaside town of Paihia -the gateway to the Bay of Islands.
Plan a flexible itinerary from a slow adventure to a 2-day whirlwind of excitement so that you stopover at Paihia & take a sailing tour around the islands with a visit to the Hole in the Rock, swim with dolphins or explore Waitangi treaty.
- Auckland to Rotorua – 3 hours drive
Rotorua is a major destination for all local tourists. From crystal-clear streams and magical forests to epic biking trails and thermal mud pools, Rotorua has it all.
It’s one of the places that allow travelers to experience Maori culture at large. The best thing about Rotorua road trip is you can stop over at various locations in the north island like The hobbit at Matamata, Tauranga, Waihi, Waitomo caves, Okere falls to name a few. We would recommend a minimum of a 2-day trip to explore this beautiful neighbourhood.
- Auckland to Coromandel – 2 Hours 30 Mins
Planning a weekend getaway or a one day trip, Coromandel can offer you a perfect place to enjoy life’s pleasures, with good food, fine art, and endless opportunities for relaxation. It’s an ideal spot to escape the crowds and recharge the batteries. One of our favourites is New Zealand’s renowned natural icons Cathedral cove, famous for the opening scene of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Swim the snorkel trail, enjoy a guided tour and marvel at the abundance of the aquatic life in the marine reserve.
Along with that choose from a massive selection of natural activities & attractions like Thermal Wonderland, walk to the craggy pinnacles, cycle the Hauraki Rail trail, fishing with around 400 kms of coastline & 200 offshore islands, walk to Shakespeare & cook beach, world-famous antiques in Paeroa, bird watching on the shorebird coast & much more.
- Auckland to Hawke’s Bay – 4 Hours 35 mins Drive
Hawke’s Bay best described as Wine country but there is definitely much more than wine to this region. From luxury experiences to scenic highlights, from architectural cities to notable landmarks like Cape Kidnappers, from classical New Zealand wine trails to major food & wine festivals, Hawke’s Bay is known for all. You could easily spend a week in Hawke’s Bay.
For some beach-time visit Waimarama beach – great for a dip, a stroll or simply to watch the waves roll. Another gorgeous spot is Maraetotara falls, take a walk through the big redwood forest or walk the 5.4 km up to Te Mata Peak.
- Auckland to Taupo – 3 Hours 20 mins Drive
Taupo is known for its Lake Taupo which is the largest lake in Australasia. It’s roughly the size of Singapore. Its also known for its stunning landscapes, adventure, and adrenaline activities, home to Tongariro national park. Planning a trip to Taupo should have a “Things to do” list ready as there is so much to explore.
From family & kids, couples, solo travel er Taupo has staggering activities for everyone. Keeping budget in mind, you can either plan free activities like Mountain biking, fly fishing for trout & alpine crossing or paid adventure sports like sky diving, sailing at Maori rock carvings, Huka falls Jet, Taupo Bungy Jump, Tongariro river rafting or just enjoy a wander around the town.
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