Feel the cool breeze gently caress your face, give your eyes something to feast on, and take TONS of awesome photos as you step on the gas for an authentic New Zealand road trip you will never forget!
The Road Awaits!
New Zealand has plenty to offer for nature enthusiasts and road trip-hungry folks of all walks of life. This enchanting country is rich in lush grassy plains, pristine beaches, rugged coastline, and tranquil lakes that give any traveller a peaceful spot to breathe, unwind, experience nature's pure and unadulterated beauty. No matter what your eyes land on, there is always something to marvel at and adventures to take on during your most-awaited New Zealand road trip.
Get lost in the enigma of this lovely nation as you cruise along its impressive road network and embark on a well-deserved nature therapy that these popular road trips have to offer:
1. Auckland and Bay of Islands
Just a few minutes away from gorgeous beaches and awe-inspiring hiking trails, Auckland has the perfect location and mild climate for your New Zealand road trip adventure. There are so many things to see, do, and experience in this urban environment. Chase waterfalls in the breathtaking Waitakere Ranges, hop on a kayak as you weave through the calm waters heading to Rangitoto Island, or take a relaxing stroll along Waiheke Island's vineyard.
If you are pressed for time for your road trip, but with a serious craving to witness New Zealand's must-visit highlights, then it's worthwhile checking out the Bay Islands loop. Take this trip any season of the year you want because while the South Island is in its frigid state, the North Island remains balmy and warm even in winter's peak months!
2. Thames and Coromandel Region
Maybe all you want is a chilled out, low-key, laid-back vibe for your road trip. New Zealand's Coromandel is perfect for that. This region has an abundance of hiking trails, rolling hillsides, and Instagrammable nature views anywhere you look. As you hit Thames, the small sleepy town will give you loads of opportunities for a kick back and relax kind of an experience. The perfect time to visit is in December when the Pohutukawas are in full bloom with vibrant hues of red.
3. Te Anau to the Millford Sound
Have the best two hours of your life as you drive from Te Anau and enter Millford Sound Highway. The spellbinding sights will captivate your senses and offer plenty of superb shots on your camera - crystal clear lakes, lush rainforest, rugged cliffs, and moss-covered hills and mountains abound throughout this enchanting route.
But why stay behind the wheel, when you can stop and soak in the stunning views all around you? Pack along your lunch, your trusty camera or drone, and enjoy a well-deserved al fresco picnic as you listen to the enchanting nature sounds that soothe your weary mind.
4. Christchurch Loop
Head to the South Island to have your fill of what Christchurch has to offer. This is the place to be when you're hungry for a different kind of nature scenes that perhaps you couldn't find in the North Island such as gigantic glaciers, camping under a blanket of stars at Lake Tekapo, and dramatic fjords right before your very eyes.
Spot some Yellow-Eyed penguins at Caitlins Forest Park, get to know more of the Maori and Scottish heritage of the Kiwis as you explore Dunedin, and discover the hip and quirky Queenstown at the end of your journey. It is highly recommended that you make the drive to Christchurch during the summer (November to March) for longer daylight hours and a milder climate perfect for hours of exploration.
Plan Your Ultimate New Zealand Road Trip with Us
There are endless sights and sounds to experience as you take on that refreshing and invigorating New Zealand road trip of a lifetime. So, wait no more and have that trip planned and booked to get the ball rolling! Take the stress out in all the preparation for your trip by giving us a call today. Carine Travel Bug is here to help you arrange your holiday plans to make your upcoming travel seamless, fun, and truly memorable for you!