If you’re looking to have an unforgettable vacation in 2020, then consider going on a road trip in New Zealand. With its picturesque landscape, it’s no wonder tourists all over the world are flocking to this country, and international arrivals to New Zealand are predicted to reach 5.1 million visitors in 2024. Apart from the beauty of its natural surroundings, the country also attracts thrill seekers, as it’s where you can do a lot of air-based activities, such as bungee jumping. Before packing your bags, make sure to prepare for your travel so you can have the best time ever in this amazing country. Here’s how to plan an unforgettable road trip in New Zealand.
Choose the right vehicle
Picking the right vehicle is an essential part of a successful road trip. Don’t just choose a car because of its looks – you’ll need to compare several makes and models to see the differences and similarities in price and features, as well as performance. For a road trip in New Zealand, an SUV or an all-terrain vehicle may be your best bet. If you’re planning to do some camping, then an RV may be more suitable for your trip. You’ll need to have an international driver’s license before you can get behind the wheel of any vehicle, and remember that in New Zealand, you’ll have to drive on the left-hand side of the road, so you may need to do a bit of practice driving first before leaving for your holiday.
Take in the sights and sounds of nature
During your road trip, make sure to plan activities that will enable you to get out of the car so you can take in the sights and sounds of New Zealand. If you’re in the Coromandel Peninsula, go on the Cathedral Cove Walk, which is an easy hike that takes about 1.5 hours to complete. To view stunning waterfalls, go hiking on the Wainui Falls Track in the Nelson/Tasman region. Meanwhile, those who would rather see Lake Matheson, which is famous for its crystal-clear waters, should go on a hike at the Fox Glacier area along the western part of the country. All of these day hikes are suitable for hikers of all fitness levels, so they’re perfect for those who are on a road trip with older children.
Those who want to try air-based activities should stop by the Southern Alps near Queensland and go bungee jumping at the Nevis bungee. Another must-try is the Nevis Swing, which is the biggest swing in the world. It’s suspended 160 meters above the river and has a 300-meter arc, and it’s perfect for those who want to try extreme activities as a couple.
Going on a road trip in New Zealand allows you to experience exciting activities and see the wonders of nature. Plan your trip well to ensure a hassle-free and enjoyable time for all.