If you’re thinking about taking a road trip this summer, then look no further than the spectacular country of New Zealand. With its golden coastline, stunning landscapes and wealth of national parks and world heritage sites, there’s so much to see and do that you won’t know where to start your adventure. Whether you’re travelling with friends, family or on your own, New Zealand is home to some amazing stretches of road, and it’s the way to get to know the down to earth kiwis, as well as other backpackers and holidaymakers. Let’s take a look at some of the best road trips you can undertake in New Zealand this summer.
Christchurch to Greymouth via Arthur’s Pass
This route will take you past the Southern Alps, an engaging and truly wonderful site ranging out of the New Zealand landscape. In terms of getting out to Christchurch, online comparison sites are often the best place to book your trip to NZ in terms of getting the best picture of which months offer the lowest airfare prices. Generally speaking, prices around this time of year average at around $290 (Aus). Spanning over 250km, you’ll start your journey from the city of Christchurch, and make your way across the vast Canterbury Plains. You’ll be able to stop off at places like the Original Sheffield Pie Shop, and other attraction along the way to get to grips with your surroundings.
As the road slowly winds up the foothills, you’ll come to Arthur’s Pass, a village which marks the halfway point on your journey to the west coast. Hidden away in National Park HQ, Arthur’s Pass offers some amazing mountain bike and hiking trails, so there’s plenty of opportunity to stretch your legs. You can even camp here if you want to take time out of your road trip to explore the stunning surroundings.
Once you leave Arthur’s Pass, its then onto Greymouth, and you’ll be treated to panoramic sweeps of the Otira Viaduct, one of the biggest structures in the New Zealand countryside. Continuing your journey along the west coast, and as you get nearer to Greymouth, you’ll come across a wealth of wildlife, and also laid back communities of kiwis. Stop off for a few hours, take in the scenery, and then continue on to your final destination.
Queenstown to Dunedin via Central Otago
The road trip from Queenstown to Dunedin is over 250 kilometers, however it is one of the most exciting journeys you can make in New Zealand. Starting off in Queenstown, you’ll make your way toward the high mountain peaks of Cromwell, past shimmering lakes and inspirational landscapes. This part of the drive is extremely relaxing, so feel free to stop off and take a dip if you want to cool off!
Once you get to Cromwell, make sure you follow the Clutha and Kawarau rivers, and soon enough you’ll be surrounded by the vineyards of Bannockburn and Cromwell. There are a number of small bars and pubs located here where you’ll be able to try out the local wines, and some great ales too. Just before you get to Dunedin, you’ll make your way through Alexandra, an excellent place to cliff jump into the refreshing lakes.