Drive Your Way Through Auckland to Christchurch
Planning to visit New Zealand, which is also known as the land of white clouds and the world capital of the marine mammal? It’s iconic geographical setting, wonderful climate, absolutely stunning landscapes and nature’s scenery, and numerous other touristy delights make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world today.
But most interesting, New Zealand is one of those rare countries on the earth that are ideal for campervan holidays. If you want to explore the famous and some unseen yet magnificent places of the country at your own freedom and flexibility, motorhome rental is the answer.
Without adding further ado, let’s drive along the famous 20 days travel itinerary of New Zealand – a road trip from Auckland to Christchurch.
Day 1-2 : Auckland
It is the most cosmopolitan town of the country. Spend the first two days visiting the touristy places of the city including the Auckland Museum, Sky Tower, etc. or you may board a ferry at Devonport.
Day 3: Waitomo
About 195 km away from Auckland, Waitomo sees a good number of travellers every year mainly due to its historical caves showcasing spectacular limestone formations.
Day 4-5: Rotorua
Drive about 2 hours from Waitomo, and you will hit the grounds of Rotorua. It is home to a thermal wonderland of the country. Visit one of thermal geysers and mud pools. And don’t miss out the ultimate fun of the luge ride at Mt Ngongotaha.
Day 6: Taupo
It is only a matter of an hour drive. You can make a stop-over at Orakei Korako – a hidden jewel of the country. Taupo is the largest lake of the country, which was an huge and active volcano long ago. There are so many excursions you can indulge into upon your arrival at the place.
Day 7-8: Wellington
Drive your campervan for about 375 km in the south taking the desolate Desert Road and the Tongariro National Park. And if not short on time, stop your four-wheels to swim in those breathtaking views of the volcanoes. While in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, make sure to visit the National museum named as “Te PaPa”. What’s more, you can enjoy a ride through the cable car to dive into some most panoramic harbour views overlooking the city through the Botanical Gardens.
Day 9: Nelson
Experience the journey on your way to Nelson. The major attractions of the city are Natureland Zoo and Founders Heritage Park.
Drive your campervan onward to Greymouth via Buller Gorge on the wild west coast of South Island. Take a glimpse of gold rush days in the Shanty Town.
Day 11: Fox Glacier
Adventure travellers get the chance to walk upon a world’s most accessible glaciers. Sightseers may simply enjoy the awe-inspiring views the place has on offer.
Day 12: Wanaka
Take the Haast Pass route on the West Coast and be fond of outstanding nature scenery. Puzzling World in Wanaka is a perfect spot for young toddlers.
Day 13-14: Queenstown
It is the adventure hub of the country. Go on with exciting activities such as horse riding, jet boat riding, bungy jumping and cruising.
Day 15-16: Te Anau
The major highlights of the place include the Te Ana-au Glow Worm Caves, Homer Tunnel and Fiordland National Park. Watch dolphins and seals while cruising on the fiord. And Don’t forget to visit the Milford Discovery Centre and Milford Deep Underwater Observatory.
Day 17-18: Dunedin
It is home to the only castle, Larnarch Castle, of the country. Get closer to penguins and seals. The place is worth a visit.
Day 19: Lake Tekapo
It reflects the most beautiful piece of nature’s wonders in the country. Don’t forget to carry your camera while here.
Day 20 Christchurch
The largest city of South Island, located close to the Southern Alps, Christchurch is home to a number of sights you will wish to visit again and again such as the Airforce Museum, the International Antarctic Centre and Akaroa Harbour are to name a few.
Happy holidaying guys!