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Best NZ Road Trips

8 years ago

We asked our Facebook Fans to tell us about some of their favourite road trips.  We┬┐ve grouped them into the North and South Islands.

North Island

Far north


East Cape



  • Trip to Port Jackson, Coromandel. Amazing sightseeing!

  • Driving from Fielding up to the Coromandel

  • The beautiful drive from Thames up to Coromandel

  • Slow long drive to Coromandel, stopping a few times for photos and fresh clean air

  • Coromandel is just fab, up one side and down the other, every bay another swim, and the picnics! Not to mention wonderful people you meet. Kiwi style adventure!


National Park

  • Driving from Raetihi to National Park. I love the different glimpses you get of the Mountain and the large train viaduct that you go under

  • Last winter, took my kids for a road trip, ended up visiting The Chateau, got up road far enough for kids to have a play in snow, first time experience in snow for them, lasting memories, New Zealand has some beautiful places.




Auckland to Wellington

  • Best road trip ever was driving from Auckland to Wellington on the most epic mission ever! We decided it would be an awesome idea to do a skate-park crawl, it took us a few days before we made it to Wellington, staying in tents at camping sites along the way, there were a few board casualties and a few bumps and grazes but it was very cool.

  • Driving down to Wellington, stopping at all of the beaches along the way. Can't forget to get some Kiwi fish'n'chips and a few bottles of L&P.



  • Murupara through past Lake Waikaremoana onto Gisborne. Like going back in time. Only done it once stuck in memory for years though.

  • Wellington to Taupo to stay at Wairakei

  • Taranaki to Auckland along the coastline (Mokau particularly) Stunning!

  • The West Coast beautiful scenery

  • Doing the trip from sunny Wairoa to Hicks Bay and Lottin Point.  Love the scenery, Pohutukawa all along the beach from Makorori right through to Hicks Bay the smell of the sea air and the sight of all the people enjoying themselves magical, especially in summertime.

  • Right around the bays to Auckland was magnificent viewing

  • The bit when driving from Whakatane hitting the corner bit that overlooks Ohope, magical

  • From Palmerston North to Wellington, as you get to see all the different parts of our wonderful country has to offer

  • The East Coast from Opotiki to Gisborne.

  • Road trip from Cambridge to Whangarei to see extended family then up to Russell and come back via the car ferry. Such an awesome ride!

  • From Thames to Otautu Bay. Beautiful scenery. Its takes you away somewhere magical

  • Even though it is not far away from me, I away love going around "The Bays" in Wellington. Amazing scenery

South Island

West Coast


To and from Christchurch

From Christchurch to Greymouth, gorgeous scenery.

Nothing beats the drive along the coast from Christchurch to Blenheim

Driving from Christchurch to Queenstown and back to Christchurch in a big loop

Christchurch to Dunedin!

Central Otago. Always holidayed there as a kid and never appreciated it. Now I live in Auckland. Drive thru from Christchurch to Wanaka. Amazing feeling like a kid again but able to appreciate magical scenery better!!


From Dunedin




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