Easter Road Trip Ideas
The Easter holiday period in New Zealand is almost as busy on the roads as the Christmas season. If you are planning your first road trip to one of the world's most beautiful countries, you will need to book early to ensure you can find a hire car that will suit your needs. Rental cars usually reach their peak rates and easily get sold out during this season. VroomVroomVroom has put together a list of amazing road trip ideas that will make you fall in love with New Zealand. From amazing cities, breathtaking mountains and scenic lakes, you are sure to find your dreamy escape that will make your Easter celebration more exciting and enjoyable. Check out our list of the best road trip destinations below.
Auckland and Bay of Islands (North Island)
If you only have a few days to consume in New Zealand, this short road trip is enough to cover the beauty of the northern coast as well as the country's largest city. Go dolphin watching in the Bay of Islands and relax and enjoy the pristine Omapere beach before turning south towards the vineyards of the Waiheke Island, which is only a half-hour ferry ride from Auckland.
Auckland to Wellington (North Island)
See the beauty of North Island further by taking this route. Experience the magic at the Hobbiton movie set before taking the Thermal Explorer Highway to witness a host of geothermal delights, see a myriad of crystal clear lakes, from the bubbling geysers of Rotorua to the great Lake Taupo. This direction winds its way through the wine regions of Martinborough, rounding up the very best of the picturesque North Island before coming in Wellington to take in and enjoy the festive mood of the southernmost capital city in the world.
Christchurch to Queenstown (South Island)
If you have limited time to explore the South Island, this is an experience you can't miss. The TranzAlpine train which runs in both directions between Greymouth and Christchurch is deemed as one of the Great Journeys of NZ. This follows the Waimakariri River which crosses from east coast to west. Start your amazing journey in the seaside town of Greymouth then head south along the rugged coastline and visit the magnificent Fox and Franz Josef glaciers before going down through the mountains to Queenstown widely known as the adventure capital of the world. You can do whatever you like here - from bungy jumping, skydiving, paragliding, whitewater rafting to ziplining - all these activities are guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping!
New Zealand Wine Trail
Taste your way through three of the country's most popular wine-making regions: the Martinborough, Blenheim and Marlborough. This classic wine trail is perfect for wine lovers especially if want to learn more about NZ wine production. Start your journey in Napier and head south on State Highway 50 to Martinborough where you will get to sample the world-class Pinot Noir. You may also drive onto Wellington and find time to take in the city culture before making your way to the Blenheim wine region. Take time also to enjoy the local Sauvignon Blanc before arriving to the Marlborough region, which is home to 75% of wine production in New Zealand.
Forgotten World Highway
The New Zealand State Highway 43, also known as the Forgotten World Highway can be reached from Stratford or Taumarunui, and while this trip is just 155 km and takes only three days to finish, it is still considered one of the most scenic drives in New Zealand. Constructed on colonial bridle paths created centuries ago, this oldest heritage trail is remote and mystifying. Expect some rocky turns along the way, but if you don't mind a bit of an uproar ride then this road trip might be exactly right for you!
For some general road rules and safety tips in New Zealand, read our Driving Tips.