Get outside: 10 of our favourite road trips

The point of a road trip is to be unhurried.


Take the long way round on a road trip. © Graeme Murray

From exploring our cities to outdoor adventures; our top picks for family fun, insights from local insiders or the best places to eat and drink – you'll find it all on the road. 

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Five picks for a weekend in Waitomo

Get outdoors and experience the underground and overground delights of Waitomo.

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Loved by the locals: the Kauri Coast

Despite predation by introduced pests, including pet dogs, Northland kiwi are fighting back.

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Five fun things to do on the West Coast

Nestled in a tranquil valley, the river-rock-lined mineral pools at Maruia Hot Springs are inky black and gently steaming.

Must-do surf breaks

This handful of surf beaches are easy to access and, in the right conditions, a good place to learn to surf.

Four fun things to do in Whanganui

Tunnels and towers have a special fascination, and Whanganui has both. They are joined together by a historic elevator.

Five fun things to do in the Waitaki District

From wood-fired hot tubs to New Zealand's longest cycle trail, all set amongst some of the country's most remarkable geology,...

Loved by the locals: Coromandel

Go back 150 odd years and Thames was booming, growing rich off gold.

Four fun things to do in Ōamaru

Ōamaru is rich in heritage – from historic architecture to mashed up Steampunk interpretations of Victoriana.

Loved by the locals: Mackenzie

While the Tekapō lakefront is usually packed with tourists for most of the year, nearby Lake Alexandrina is a quiet...


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