New Zealand is a country full of some of the most dramatic landscapes you will ever set your eyes on. Nowhere else on earth has sights as stunning as some of the visions you will see in New Zealand, and the even better news is that getting around the country is very easy indeed. Without a doubt, the best way to experience New Zealand in all its glory, whether you stick to the North Island, the South Island, or you mix it up and visit both, is by car.
Be sure to check out your driving licence requirements according to your country of origin, and always shop around for the best car hire deal, but once you find your ideal vehicle, it’s time to start looking at some of the places you can head to.
Of course, you could choose an actual full road trip, and in that case, New Zealand is full of them. The North Island has the Auckland and Bay of Islands Loop, which is a short but famous journey to make. This particular choice shows you the dramatic northern coastline, as well as enjoying time in the bustling city of Auckland. By the way, Auckland was ranked by Mercer as the third best city for quality of living. The Bay of Islands has beautiful beaches to chill out on, as well as the vineyard region of Wahike Island, just off the mainland. There are also big game fishing opportunities here, as well as important Maori sites, so you can learn more about the history and traditions of the country and this region in question.
If you’re looking for a South Island road trip, again, you have plenty of choice. Check out the Christchurch to Queenstown journey, which is another relatively quick trip to make. Start your journey at the laid-back coastal town of Greymouth, before heading through some rugged and breath-taking scenery, towards the icy landscapes of the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. The mountains will then guide you towards Queenstown, where you can try your hand at one of the many adventure activities on offer.
If it’s not really a full road trip that you’re after, but simply a destination to head to by car, then the South Island’s Fiordland National Park has to be the ultimate must visit. Here you will find the iconic Milford Sound, with hiking, waterfalls, and some jaw-dropping alpine scenery. The peace and quiet here is amazing, and the scenery is second to none. And if you have some spare time left, why not head down to Dunedin, Otago and visit one of the Penguin colonies.
The huge Lake Taupo is situated on the North Island, and there are enough natural wonders here to keep you occupied for a few days, with fishing, volcanoes, parachuting, and hiking trails. Alternatively, check out Tongariro National Park, with some of the country’s largest volcanoes calling this region home. Again, there are important Maori sites here too.
Finally, we can’t not mention the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves, with its famous inhabitants – the glow-worms which are native to the country, situated on the North Island.
Of course, the list goes on and on, but as a starter, these destinations should not be ignored.