It goes without saying, Summer is the season of road trips and exploring top places to visit in New Zealand. With warm weather and long days, it’s hard not to ditch the jeans and shoes for shorts and jandals. So, in saying that, we have put together a South Island Summer Road Trip itinerary especially for you.
Central North Island is full of awesome adventure activities. You really can be spoiled for choice which makes it hard to choose what to do especially if you are short of time. Check out our ultimate 5 day adventure in the central North Island that you should definitely include in your New Zealand Itinerary.
- Day 1: Hamilton
- Day 2: Rotorua
- Day 3: Okere Falls
- Day 4: Taupo
- Day 5: Tongariro / Ruapehu
From New Zealand’s largest city to its geothermal heart, this five day road trip covers some of our must-do spots that you should include in your New Zealand Itineraries. A family road trip from Auckland to Rotorua will take you to a volcano, hobbit holes and glowworm caves, and zipping through ancient trees.
There are so many different beaches to visit in New Zealand and majority of our beaches really capture the beauty of the New Zealand coastline. The Rotorua Canopy Tours team love going to explore our New Zealand beaches to enjoy a surf, swim or a lesiurely walk with their dogs - they have put together their top 8 beaches that they think are the top things to do in New Zealand.
Taputopotu Bay, Cape Reinga
Puheke Beach, Kaitaia
Tawhitokino, South East Auckland
Makarori Beach, Gisborne
5. Purakaunui Bay, Southland
Taylors Mistake, Christchurch
Hokitika Beach, West Coast
Bark Bay, Abel Tasman
Rotorua’s ancient forests, geothermal energy and raft of outdoor adventures makes it a top-notch place to visit for a family holiday. It’s a wonderland for both kids and adults, with things to do in Rotorua like zip lining, hiking and lugeing. Being locals ourselves, we’ve put together a 5-day, family-friendly Rotorua itinerary to help you get inspired. We promise it will be one for the photo albums!
- Skyline Skyrides & Stratosphere Restaurant
- Walk in the Redwoods & Rotorua Canopy Tours
- Rainbow Springs
- Kuirau Park & OGO
- Eat Streat
Driving from Auckland to Rotorua is a very common North Island route planned into New Zealand Itineraries for visitors exploring by car or campervan This is a drive that you can make a day out of by stopping off at some spectacular places along the way and checking out what New Zealand small towns have to offer. Below are our favourite stop-offs on your drive from Auckland through to Rotorua:
Driving from Rotorua to Wellington, is a very popular drive and can be made even better when you know about the awesome things to do and places to see in-between!
Travelling by car or campervan is by far the best way to explore New Zealand. There is so many places to discover whilst having so much freedom to stop off at some amazing hidden gems! To help you explore our beautiful country the best way possible and to keep you safe here are our top tips that you should consider before you arrive in New Zealand and hit the road.