New Zealand is a country of natual wonders from the diverse landscapes of unique mountain ranges, snow capped peaks, very clean and smooth grasslands, glacial lakes and more. With all of this there is no doubt its one of the best countries to visit, experience ans see all the wonders of the land.
One of the best ways to take in everything the country has to offer is by a good old fashioned New Zealand road trip. Driving across New Zealand is definitely an adventure that will take you to places that will give you a smile all the way. Here are some of the best road trips to take in New Zealand.
Tongariro National Park. Head down into the volcanic plateau of Central North Island where "Lord of The Rings" was filmed. Most visitors both local and tourists come by to ski or trudge and go on for an adventure but if you just want to walk and enjoy the natural scenery of the place then there are visible landscapes and lookouts to be seen from the highway.
If you want to see the famous Mount Ngauruhoe also known as Mount Doom, Just make a U turn to the southeast of the park to Whakapapa Villages to access the the skifields above.
The Milford Road. In this 120 kilometer stretch you will see the best epic valleys and fiords that you only imagined. According to Rough Guides, the beautiful road from Te Anau to Milford Sound will take you straight to Fiordland National Park and Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area.
You will have to sink in the sceneries from amazing valleys, snow capped peaks and beautiful glacial lakes before arriving to the solid granite at the narrow Homer Tunnel. One suggestion is to do some off road trails for you to experience the true adventure the land has to offer.
Otago Peninsula. A full day trip driving the Otago Peninsula is a must to do in New Zealand. From the city the route goes southeast and take Portobello Road which becomes Harington Point Road after Portobello Village.
Driving by the coastal highway is just super beautiful as you will see continous views from rocky shores to stunning bays on your way to Taiaroa Head which is located at the very tip of the peninsula. In Taiaroa Head, you will find the Royal Albatross Center where you can move around to see albatross breeding grounds and nearby beaches where Little Blue Penguins can be seen at night.
Coromandel Peninsula. Getting to Coromandel Peninsula will take atleast three days which is a very long time but exciting journey to take. Coromandel has the best beaches in New Zealand. This little peninsula is located on the North Isalnd which has the most beautiful and stunning coastlines you will see in your life.
You will see different lookouts and beaches including Hot Water Beach. In this particular beach you, they have a man made sand Jacuzzi in which you can relax and take in all that natural has to offer. It has been reported by Stay At Base, that the geothermal activity under the beach causes the ocean's water to have a temperature of up to 60 degrees celcius.
Auckland To Cape Reinga. From Auckland, the road trip will last aout atleast 3 to 4 days to get to Cape Reinga though landscapes and natural wonders in between will keep you awake all the way. Make your wayto the sea side town of Paihia which is the gateway to the Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands is made up of 144 islands.
If you want to bond and see the Dolphins, Paihia is a great place to experience that. Leaving Paihia you can take your way out to 90 Mile Beach and Cape Reinga which is just 55 miles long. Cape Reinga is located at the very top of New Zealand and is a very popular site for sand boarding.
As you arrive to Cape Reinga you can try and explore the ancient Kauri Forest and waterfalls. For more New Zealand's best destinations,news and events, feel free to visit Travelers Today.
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