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6 Reasons why you should make New Zealand your next road trip destination

Six reasons to visit New Zealand for a road trip

If you are a first time visitor to New Zealand, you’ll undoubtedly be blown away by the country’s amazing attractions. There are plenty of reasons to plan a trip to New Zealand, but VroomVroomVroom has narrowed it down to just six. Keep reading to find out why New Zealand should be your next holiday destination.


Thousands of lakes

The colourful Lake Tekapo.
The colourful Lake Tekapo / Takapō.

From the enormous Lake Taupō to the fluorescent glacial lakes of the South Island, New Zealand has no shortage 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 / Takapō and the impressive Lake Pūkaki on your itinerary. If you’re visiting Wānaka, a short drive to Lake Hāwea will not disappoint.

Looking to visit Lake Tekapo/Takapō? The lake is just a short drive from Timaru / Te Tihi o Maru, 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

Step into the Lord of the Rings at Matamata.
Step into the Lord of the Rings at Matamata.

New Zealand is the country that brought Middle-earth to life. Across the country, you’ll find spots that were featured in scenes of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. You’ll also be able to explore actual Hobbit houses that were used during filming, and the cutting-edge studios in Wellington / Te Whanganui a Tara 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 rental car in nearby Hamilton / Kirikiriroa and follow the scenic road towards the popular attraction.

Volcanoes, geysers, and thermal pools

There is no shortage of steaming waters around Rotorua.
There is no shortage of steaming waters around Rotorua.

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, but there is plenty more to find along the Thermal Explorer Highway.

Mountains and glaciers

New Zealand’s South Island has some spectacular mountain scenery.
New Zealand’s South Island has some spectacular mountain scenery.

In 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 of which are located on the West Coast. Being home to so many mountain ranges means New Zealand has some great ski resorts, including Cardrona, Treble Cone, and Whakapapa. The highest peak in the country is Mount Cook / Aoraki at 3,742 metres high, but 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 for majestic mountain views is Arthur’s Pass. The region is just a short drive from central Christchurch / Ōtautahi and features a number of scenic hiking trails and lookouts.

It’s the adventure capital

Bungy jumping doesn’t get much more amazing than at the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge.
Bungy jumping doesn’t get much more amazing than at the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge.

While Queenstown / Tāhuna takes the official title of the Adventure Capital of the World, you’ll find plenty of thrilling activities on offer across all of New Zealand, including jet boating, rafting, and bungy jumping. Base yourself here for the biggest of all the bungy jumps.

Between your adventures, be sure to use your rental car to explore some of the beautiful surrounds of Queenstown, as it is one of the most scenic regions of New Zealand’s South Island. Anything from a quick half day drive, through to using the centre as a base for a series of overnight trips, will deliver to you some terrific holiday memories.

Impressive cities

Auckland’s skyline is a standout.
The skyline of Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau is an absolute standout.

From the iconic skyline and surrounding islands of Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau to the cobblestone streets and lovely Avon River of Christchurch / Ōtautahi, every city in New Zealand has something different to offer. Still, they do have many things in common, including vibrant cultures and great food.

With VroomVroomVroom, you can compare rates on rental cars across all of New Zealand’s major cities. We also make it easy for you to pick up a car from popular airports, including Auckland Airport and Christchurch Airport.

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