Once making it on the list of one of the most expensive cities in New Zealand, it could be easy for travellers to want to skip this section of the North Island.
A fun-filled road trip in New Zealand doesn’t have to be a lengthy, The-Lord-of-the-Rings-worthy undertaking. If crisscrossing a nation on a multi-day adventure isn’t your thing, you’ll likely get a kick out of the many shorter jaunts available here, all of which are still packed with exciting attractions.
Rent a car in Auckland, pop down to Tauranga and try this mini-experience on for size.
Let's not beat around the bush – New Zealand is a small country. With a landmass of around 270,500 square-kilometres split between its two major sections (aptly named the North and South Islands) and a population of barely 4.5 million, it is about the size of the UK, with the population of less than half that of New York City.
Situated on the massive geological ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, New Zealand is a hot spot for some of the world’s best natural thermal springs. As you road trip through this fantastic country, you’ll be able to sit, splash and simply lounge in a variety of waters, from the free and natural to the high-class resort.
New Zealand’s spectacular cities might not be particularly large compared to other nations – the country as a whole only has a population of just over 4 million, after all – but that doesn’t mean they are anything less than superb. In fact, Aotearoa has a wonderful small town feel like few other places on Earth, mixed with gorgeous scenery, exciting adventure and everything else you could want in a road trip holiday.
So where to start?
Many think that because Auckland is the country’s largest city, it is also its capital. That’s not true, however, as the culinary and arts centre of New Zealand is its primary city: Wellington.
Whether you’re passing through on an end-to-end road trip holiday of Aotearoa or you want to explore the southern North Island on its own, this great place is one of the country’s must-visit destinations.
As a small country, there are not as many national parks in New Zealand as, say, Australia (14 versus over 500). However, less is certainly more in this case, as the over 30,000 square kilometres of land these beauties cover are a sight to behold.
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Wellington is the world’s southernmost capital city. Its thriving arts and business scene has led to it having quite a young population (over half of inner Wellington is between 18-49 years, notes WellingtonNZ.com), which means there’s always something going on to try out during your road trip holiday here.
Here are 10 fun activities to help you explore Wellington and its surrounds.
If you’re planning a sightseeing holiday to Auckland, you’ve made a fantastic decision. This is the largest city in New Zealand, with a population of 1.4 million people (about a third of all Kiwis) and a whopping landmass of 1,086 square kilometres.