Road trips in New Zealand

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Forgotten World Highway: a rugged, beautiful drive

Drive this remote 150-kilometre highway and pass over four mountain saddles, through a mysterious one-lane tunnel and along a meandering river gorge. Read the story . . . 

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Southern Scenic Route: the long and winding road

A faded brown road sign stands just along from Queenstown’s Remarkables ski fields. It’s no-nonsense and to the point: ‘Southern Scenic Route starts here. Follow symbol.’  Read the story . . . 

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Northland road trip: birds, bikes and bush

We cruise up the Brynderwyns, stately and elevated in our campervan. I am pleased to be fulfilling a childhood dream of travelling like a snail – taking my home with me wherever I go. Read the story . . . 

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Matakana road trip: an easy escape

Matakana is an easy escape from Auckland city – a short run up the motorway, through the tunnel, east at Warkworth.  Read the story . . . 

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Otago Peninsula road trip: wildlife and wild history

Family squabbles, love affairs and bitter accusations – sounds like the plot of a soap opera. But within the stone walls of Otago Peninsula’s Larnach Castle, it was a reality. Read the story . . . 

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Full spectrum: road tripping from Lake Hāwea to Jackson Bay

From lakes, through ancient forests and mountain passes, past waterfalls and rushing blue rivers, to the sea – this journey pays homage to our land’s extraordinary geography and wild beauty. Read the story . . . 

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Arthur's Pass: to the other side

Today the landscape of Arthur's Pass is punctuated with small towns that cling to the geography despite harsh wind, snow and mercurial populations. Read the story . . . 

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Coromandel: take the long way round

Even in an area that has more than its fair share of wonderful beaches, the gems that lie along this road less travelled are in a class of their own... Read the story . . . 

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Firth of Thames: the gentle way south

The alternate road heading south from Auckland, along the Firth of Thames, is a quiet, visual treat with lots to see and do. Read the story . . . 

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Alpine Pacific Triangle: Christchurch to Kaikōura (and back again)

The Alpine Pacific Triangle takes you from Christchurch to Kaikōura, to Hanmer Springs and back again. Enjoy whale watching, hot pools and wineries. Read the story . . . 

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Great Barrier Island: a rugged road trip

It’s as if a chunk of Coromandel Peninsula floated off to the north. There’s the surf beach side and the quieter bay side, like Coromandel, with the steep choppy spine in between. Read the story . . . 

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Gisborne to Wellington: sampling the finer things in life

Experience hot pools, beaches, art, culture, heritage and wildife on a road trip from Gisborne to Wellington.  Read the story . . . 

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The Forgotten World Highway

There are no traffic jams here. The road from Stratford to Taumaranui is not called the Forgotten World Highway for nothing. Read the story . . . 

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The Great Alpine Highway: Christchurch to Greymouth

This is probably the most staggering piece of road you'll ever come across. So keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes off the pies. Just stop often. Seriously: this is stunning.  Read the story . . . 

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