Whether you are a devoted spouse or contending for the top spot of favourite child, here at VroomVroomVroom we've got the best New Zealand destinations and creative ideas sure to surprise and delight Mum on Mother's Day. Make sure to check out our variety of fun things to do and cool itineraries to help make her special day truly unforgettable.
What better way to amaze your mum by bringing her in the far north of New Zealand. Just a short 240 km trip in your rental car from Auckland is the beautiful Bay of Islands. Take a ferry trip, swim with the dolphins or visit The Hole In The Rock. There are plenty of fun-filled or relaxing activities to indulge in. The Bay of Islands Country Rock Festival will also be held over the entire Mother's Day weekend to provide Mum with that extra bit of entertainment.
Recommended car: Rent a full-size car like the versatile Toyota Camry or similar if you need more room and luggage space.
Where to stay? Bay of Islands provides numerous accommodation and dining options as well. Most visitors and tourists opt to stay in Paihia or Russell (only a short ferry ride) as both towns easily connect you to other areas of interest in the Bay Islands.
Getting there: You can rent a car inwith VroomVroomVroom to take advantage of affordable rates, then drive your rental car to the Bay of Islands for three hours and take in the wonderful landscapes via the east coast highway.
Offering an incredible backdrop for a range of sights to see and things to do, Queenstown is the perfect place if your mums are looking for fun and exciting adventures. From hiking to biking to jet boating to white water rafting to skiing - all these are guaranteed to get her blood pumping.
Recommended car: Hire a compact car such as the Kia Rio or similar. This type of rental car is well-suited for short-day trips and family adventures.
Where to stay? Queenstown provides a range of accommodation options that suits your style and budget. Among the most popular areas include the Glenorchy Road, Kingston Road, Gibbston Valley, and Arrowtown.
Getting there: You can rent a car in Queenstown with VroomVroomVroom. The scenic drive from Kingston to Queenstown takes about 25 minutes, while a drive from Glenorchy to Queenstown takes around 50 minutes.
Now is the right time to discover why Rotorua is on everyone's must-see list while in New Zealand with your mum. Recognised as the thermal wonderland of the country, the hot springs, geysers, mud and sulfur pools are the famous tourist attractions guaranteed your mother would adore. Nearby Wai-O-Tapu is also a hit because of the hot springs noted for their colorful appearance.
Recommended car: Reserve a mid-size SUV rental such as the Toyota Highlander or similar. This type of vehicle is perfect for weekend road trips and special occasions.
Where to stay? There is plenty of accommodation to choose from in Rotorua. Near the lake, you will find some of the best hotels, cosy lodges and thermal motels. While on Fenton Street located in the heart of Rotorua you will see numerous five-star spa hotels, motels and plenty of backpacker hostels.
Getting there: Finding your way to Rotorua in a reliable car hire is easy with VroomVroomVroom. The city is only 2.5-hour drive from Auckland and a 5.5-hour drive from New Zealand's capital city of Wellington. The Rotorua Airport is only 10 minutes from the CBD.
Located at the top of the South Island is the Marlborough region. Most popular for its world-renowned wine and award-winning vineyards, Mum will treasure the wine tasting experience she's being treated to. A tour of vineyards throughout the area can be taken by bus, or for a more unique experience, by bicycle.
Recommended car: Book an economy car such as the Toyota Yaris or Suzuki Swift. This type of rental car is ideal for in-town driving and for couples and young families on a budget.
Where to stay? Either Picton or Blenheim will suit.
Getting there: Most of Marlborough's amazing landscape can be accessed by vehicle. Find a great car rental deal in Picton with VroomVroomVroom. Note that the Queen Charlotte Drive links Picton and Havelock, and travels via stunning scenery, or just turn off after Rai Valley to drive to French Pass. Driving time from Christchurch to Marlborough is at least 4 hrs 30 mins, while it takes around 2 hours from Nelson to get to Marlborough via rental car.