8 Reasons Why You Should Make New Zealand Your Next Road Trip Destination
If you are a first time visitor to New Zealand, you'll undoubtedly be blown away by the country's amazing attractions. There are a lot of reasons to plan a trip to New Zealand, but VroomVroomVroom has narrowed it down to just eight. Keep reading to find out why New Zealand should be your next holiday destination.
Thousands of lakes
From the enormous Lake Taupo to the fluorescent glacial lakes of the South Island, New Zealand is not short of beautiful lakes. Setting the scene for many iconic road trips, follow the famous lakeside highways that provide postcard-worthy views at every turn. Make sure you include Lake Tekapo and the impressive Lake Pukaki on your itinerary. If you are visiting Wanaka, a short drive to Lake Hawea will not disappoint.
Looking to visit Lake Tekapo? The lake is just a short drive from Timaru, where you can pick up a rental car. The drive to the lake is a scenic one, and you'll be rewarded with plenty of impressive views.
It's the real-life Middle Earth
New Zealand is the country that brought Middle Earth to life and is now a go-to holiday destination for film buffs. Across the country, you'll find some familiar spots that inspired scenes in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. You'll be able to explore actual Hobbit houses that were used during filming, and the cutting-edge studios in Wellington that were central to film production.
If you want to explore the famous Hobbiton film set in Matamata, you'll find it easiest to get there by car. Pick up a car in nearby Hamilton and follow the scenic road toward the popular attraction.
Volcanoes, geysers and thermal pools
The North Island has a diverse landscape, shaped by the volcanic activity in the area. Along the popular Thermal Explorer route, you'll see steam rising from the hills, and you may catch a glimpse of one of the island's geysers. If you're visiting Rotorua, you'll find a number of geothermal parks and hot springs around the city.
One of the best places to see geothermal activity in New Zealand is Waiotapu, which is just a short drive from Rotorua. You'll find plenty of other attractions along the Thermal Explorer Highway.
Mountains & glaciers
A stark contrast to neighbouring Australia, New Zealand is home to beautiful mountain ranges and dramatic glaciers. Two of the most famous glaciers are Fox and Franz Josef, both located on the West Coast. The many mountain ranges mean New Zealand is home to top ski resorts including Cardrona, Treble Cone and Whakapapa. The highest peak in the country is Mount Cook, at 3,742 metres high. It isn't the only snow-capped mountain you'll find in the Southern Alps, and even the North Island features a few impressive mountains.
A great place to get some impressive mountain views is Arthur's Pass. The region is just a short drive from central Christchurch and features a number of scenic hiking trails and lookouts.
Perfect for spotting marine wildlife
New Zealand is home to a lot of unique, marine wildlife, and on a coastal road trip you can get up close to some of these impressive creatures. Some of the best whale-watching cruises are offered in Kaikoura, and in Akaroa visitors can swim with the rare Hector's dolphins. Want to see penguins? Make a stop in Oamaru and visit the local colony.
Just a short journey from Christchurch, Kaikoura is a great place to take a whale watching cruise. It is also a popular location for spotting dolphins.
It's the most visited attraction in New Zealand, and one of the world's most beautiful natural landscapes. If you only visit one place in New Zealand, make it the incredible Milford Sound. The road from Queenstown to Milford Sound is rated among the most scenic on the planet, and features a number of exciting stops along the way.
Pick up your rental car in Queenstown, and set out on the four-hour journey to Milford Sound. You won't notice the distance, as there are so many beautiful sights along the way.
It's the adventure capital
While Queenstown takes the official title of the Adventure Capital of the World, you'll find plenty of thrilling activities on offer across New Zealand, including speeding in a jet boat down fast flowing rivers and bungy jumping. Base yourself in Queenstown for the biggest of all the bungy jumps.
Queenstown is known as the Adventure Capital of the World because of the number of exciting activities on offer in the region. The city is particularly famous for its massive bungy jumps.
Visit cities like Christchurch or Auckland, and you will get a completely different experience. From Auckland you can enjoy views of the city's iconic skyline or travel to some of the nearby islands. In Christchurch walk along the cobblestone streets or go punting the Avon River.
With VroomVroomVroom, you can compare the price of car rental in all of New Zealand's major cities. You can pick up a car from popular airport locations including Auckland Airport and Christchurch Airport.