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Best Mother's Day Road Trips Across New Zealand

Mother's Day road trips

Whether you’re a devoted spouse or competing for the title of favourite child, a road trip around New Zealand is sure to make for an unforgettable Mother's Day.

Explore the Picturesque Bay of Islands

Cavalli Islands in Bay Islands, NZ

What better way to amaze your mum than by taking her to the far north of New Zealand. 240 kilometres from Auckland, the beautiful Bay of Islands is renowned for its views and local dolphins.

You can rent a car in Auckland with VroomVroomVroom, then drive up to the Bay of Islands at your own pace, taking in the beautiful sights along the way.


  • Paihia is the perfect place to start exploring the coves and beaches of the Bay of Islands. Just west of Paihia is Haruru, where you will find a breathtaking waterfall.
  • Take time also to visit the historic site where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed between Maori and the British Crown.
  • Dip into history, browse art galleries, and enjoy fresh local produce with your mum in the charming town of Kerikeri.
  • For historical buildings and a seaside setting, the romantic town of Russell is another perfect base for exploring the Bay of Islands.

Go on a Thermal Adventure in Rotorua

Champagne pool in Waiotapu Thermal Reserve, Rotorua

Witness the magic of Rotorua for yourself this Mother’s Day. Recognised as the thermal wonderland of the country, the hot springs, geysers, and mud and sulfur pools are sure to make Mum’s day a special one. Nearby Wai-O-Tapu is also a hit with the hot springs there being as colourful as they are.

Rotorua is only a two-and-a-half hour drive from Auckland and getting there is easy with a rental car.


  • Experience authentic traditional Maori villages like the Buried Village, Whakarewarewa, Te Puia, and Mitai.
  • Spoil and treat your mum with natural spa time—thermal baths, mud baths, and healing mineral pools.
  • Whilst visiting Rotorua, you'll want to make some time to check out the Rainbow Springs, Wildlife Park.
  • Take a gondola ride to the top of Mt. Ngongotaha and enjoy scenic views with a glass of wine.

Take a Wine Tour in the Marlborough Region

Marlborough Wine Region, South Island, NZ

Located at the top of the South Island is the Marlborough region. Popular for its award-winning wine and vineyards, Mum will surely enjoy the wine-tasting experience and a tour of the local region.

Most of Marlborough's amazing landscape can be accessed by car, and you can rent one from the nearby town of Picton with VroomVroomVroom. Queen Charlotte Drive links Picton and Havelock and crosses some stunning scenery, so even the drive alone will make the day a special one.


  • Uncover the enchanting history of Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, which can be found at Dunbar Wharf in Picton.
  • The Omaka Aviation Centre features Peter Jackson's own collection of WWI aircraft and artefacts.
  • Don't forget your camera as you walk the beautiful Queen Charlotte Track.
  • Only a 10-minute drive from Blenheim, the Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen offers award-winning wines accompanied with great cuisine.

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