Ultimate Road Trips No. 3 – New Zealand
This diverse and beautiful country lends itself to the self-drive visitor – with little traffic and breath taking scenery throughout the country. Begin the journey from Auckland, exploring the Bay of Islands and Coromandel – both known for their beautiful beaches and warm waters. Head south to the geothermal and Maori centre of Rotorua and discover more about this unique region and the culture of the Maori people. Hawkes Bay, located on the east coast has its own microclimate and is a popular wine growing region. Tongariro, Taupo and the west coast are perhaps less visited, and popular for a second visit. Complete the north island journey in Wellington – the nation’s capital.
Crossing to the South Island, and Abel Tasman National Park – with kayaking, sailing and crescent shaped beaches, before heading to the west coast – with its rugged scenery where the mountains meet the shore. Head inland for a stay in the mountains near Arthurs Pass, explore the glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef then continue to the pretty lakeside town of Wanaka. Discover the Fjordland region from Te Anau visiting Milford or Doubtful Sounds, and spend time in Queenstown with its adventure activities and stunning scenery before heading towards Christchurch with a stop in Lake Tekapo en route. If time allows, add in the bird lovers’ paradise of Stewart Island, the path less trodden in the Catlins, and Dunedin with its Scottish history.
With so many scenic driving routes on offer in New Zealand, a trip can be easily tailored to your timeframe and interests – consider a trip focusing on the wildlife of New Zealand, or perhaps on some of the many wine regions. Walking or ‘tramping’ as a popular pastime in New Zealand, and can be easily included on a self-drive holiday. Whatever your interests, we can work with you to plan an itinerary that combines beautifully scenic drives with key activities or areas hobbies along the way.