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.
If you only have a few days to explore 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. The North Island of New Zealand is filled with endless scenery, where the Bay of Islands does not disappoint.
Where to stay? From Auckland to the Bay of Islands, there is heaps of accommodation available. In Auckland city, you might like to stay in a hotel. In the Bay of Islands, you can rent a holiday house or Airbnb.
Getting there: Starting off in, get on State Highway 1 in Saint Marys Bay. Follow State Highway 1 to SH 11 in Kawakawa. Follow SH 11 to Causeway Roadin Haruru to the Bay of Islands.
See the beauty of the North Island further by taking this route. This direction winds its way through the wine regions of Martinborough, rounding up the very best of the picturesque North Island before coming into. Take in and enjoy the festive mood of the southernmost capital city in the world.
Where to stay? Wellington is home to a range of accommodation. Are you backpacking? Check out YHA Wellington Backpackers. Looking for a hotel? The Rydges and Novotel are in a great position.
Getting there: If you are flying into Wellington Airport and picking up your rental, head north on Stewart Duff Drive. Continue on Highway 1 and then turn right onto Willis Street to Wellington.
The road trip from Christchurch to Queenstown has to be a top contender. You'll be able to check out glaciers, national parks, mountains and stunning scenery you can't find anywhere else in the world. Pick up your rental in Christchurch and start the road trip of a lifetime south to Queenstown. You'll end up in the adventure capital where you can pretty much do whatever you like here - from bungy jumping, skydiving, paragliding, whitewater rafting to even ziplining!
Where to stay? In city, your best option is staying in a hotel like the Rendezvous Hotel. In Queenstown, a popular place to stay is the Novotel.
Getting there: Take Durham Street south to State Highway 76 in Sydenham. Follow State Highway 79. 8 and 6 to State Highway 6A in Frankton, Queenstown.
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.
Where to stay? From luxury lodges to cosy cottages, your options are endless in this stunning wine region.
Getting there: In order to get to the Marlborough Wine Region, you can fly into Marlborough. You can also fly into Christchurch and drive north.
The New Zealand State Highway 43, also known as the Forgotten World Highway can be reached from Stratford or Taumarunui.
Where to stay? Depending on how quickly you want to drive through the Forgotten World Highway, you can stay at Antonio Mews Motel in Stratford and begin your journey from there.
Getting there: You can fly into New Plymouth Airport and start your road trip there. It is only 31 minutes away from the beginning of the highway. Before you begin your journey it is an amazing place to explore.