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Itineraries, touring routes in New Zealand, facts and FAQ

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Itineraries, touring routes and road trip information for a New Zealand holiday. Discover interesting road trip itineraries with their detailed touring route facts and maps.

Akaroa scenery near Christchurch in New Zealand
Akaroa scenery near Christchurch

NEW ZEALAND COUNTRYWIDE ROAD TRIPS

New Zealand is a bucket list destination; a place at the edge of the world; islands in the vast Pacific Ocean. Aotearoa New Zealand’s breathtaking natural spaces deliver 100% pure New Zealand and an opportunity to recharge the senses.

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With any proposed destination remember to plan ‘free time’ to pop into the schedule last minute ideas, especially when you arrive and discover something new to consider

New Zealand in one week trip itinerary, a whistle stop touring route

A whistle stop, one week New Zealand holiday. The top sights are the Southern Alps, Rotorua’s unique volcanic activity, Maori cultural activities and a chance to find a unique gift that reflects your trip down under.

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Devonport historic northhead gun emplacements, New Zealand
The Tudor-style spa bath house in the Government Gardens in Rotorua, New Zealand
Christchurch Art Centre, New Zealand

New Zealand itinerary 2 weeks, 14 days top sights

  • Breathtaking scenery, evocative landscapes 100% pure blasts of New Zealand
  • Adventure is New Zealand’s DNA, bungy jump, sky dive your choice, your holiday

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Huka Falls Taupo, New Zealand
Christchurch gondola in the sunset light, New Zealand
Tranzalpine train, Greymouth, New Zealand @greatjourneysofnz

OFF THE BEATEN ROAD TRIPS – REGIONAL NEW ZEALAND

For visitors who wish to explore New Zealand in detail there are a number of road trips and places to visit off the beaten track. From the top of Aotearoa New Zealand, Northland’s Cape Reinga to the bottom Stewart Island there is a potpourri of attractions for all tastes and interests.

GETTING AROUND NEW ZEALAND WHILE ON HOLIDAY

Getting around New Zealand is effortless.

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Making sure you arrive on time … and where you want to be is the priority. It is your holiday and to miss a bucket list attraction because you were late… is ouch. Consider arriving the day before you absolutely have to be there. You can have a delayed flight which causes you to miss your connection with a cruise, a train or pre-booked tour group.

New Zealand road conditions

New Zealand roadie, blasts of fresh air and where you pick the schedule. Choose when to stop and linger or simply motor through. New Zealand is a country built for a road trip where the itinerary is designed around your interests. Road conditions vary with narrow winding roads to major motorways around metropolitan areas such as Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.

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Road sign warning of kiwis near Arthurs Pass, South Island, New Zealand
Hurunui River Access. Hurunui district side roads to quiet rivers, New Zealand
Yellow roadsigns warning for penguins crossing road, New Zealand

Holiday budgets

Let’s get you started on how to prepare a holiday budget for lifetime holiday memories in New Zealand. Here are guidelines on how to translate your travel dreams into a holiday budget.

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Landscape in Taieri River Gorge, New Zealand
Lake Pukaki, motorhome, New Zealand
Helensville heritage visitor centre, Auckland, New Zealand

Ideas for a budget holiday

Avoid extra cost with the cardinal rule of location, location, location … You do not want to spend your time travelling to and from places and activities. That creates extra cost. Location versus the cost of the accommodation is the tricky balancing act.

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Auckland Trainstation, Auckland, New Zealand
Cobb River Campsite, Nelson Region, NZ @Rankers
Classic breakfast, Whitianga, New Zealand

FAQ – how to create and plan a holiday

Let’s get you started on how to map out and plan the holiday to New Zealand. Where to start the journey and the fear of missing out, FOMO can ruin the best holiday plans.

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO START A ROAD TRIP IN NEW ZEALAND?

Where is the best place to start my holiday in New Zealand. It is usually where the largest international airport is located. Auckland is a natural start for many road trips with its extensive international connections, it’s undoubtedly one of the great spots in New Zealand to explore the country and network of roads servicing the area.

HOW MUCH MONEY WILL YOU NEED FOR A NEW ZEALAND ROAD TRIP?

Let’s get you started with some Holiday tips on saving money and cost on your planned budget in New Zealand as well check out Holiday budget preparation, six steps to plan your dream New Zealand holiday.

… learn more … NZ JOURNEY PLANNER FAQ.

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