Road trips
Road trips
If you’re wanting to explore the real New Zealand, it’s hard to beat a good roadie. Whether you're following one of the 10 themed highways, taking a tiki tour or tackling the epic journey from Cape Reinga to Bluff, adventure is to be found around pretty much every corner (or hairpin bend).
NZ Travel

Under-the-radar small towns and remote tracks - some of your favourite summer holiday finds

Road trips

Five of the South Island's quirkiest small towns

Central Otago/Lakes

Is this New Zealand's most 'terrifying' road trip?

The narrow 22km stretch of gravel and dirt track through Skippers Canyon is unforgettable.


Three of the best drives around Wellington

You don’t have to drive far from the capital to get some amazing views.

Central Otago/Lakes

A guide to Tititea/Mount Aspiring National Park

Bookend outdoor adventures amid remote and rugged South Island landscapes with the cosmopolitan energy and excitement of Queenstown and Wānaka.

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New Zealand
Rest of the World

You should visit this national park with a quintessential NZ vibe


Tiritiri Matangi: The laid-back island for the birds

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Road trips

Small towns to stop at on a New Zealand roadie

New Zealand is chock-a-block with interesting little towns that are worth hopping out of the car for - here's our pick of the pit stops.

Short breaks

Summer short breaks: Day trips from the cities

A couple of hours from our biggest cities lie world-class mini break destinations, just waiting for your next long weekend.

Back Your Backyard

The travel hot list: New things to try in 2021

We’ve spent the past year furiously ferreting out Aotearoa’s amazing experiences. From hotels, bars and restaurants to road trips, national parks and hikes, here are some of our top picks to try in 2021.


The Gisborne back road with two NZ gems

Wharekopae Rd has one of the country's best free activities, and the national arboretum, the brainchild of an eccentric farmer.

Travel news

Travel offers of the week: Get 40 per cent off motorhomes

Cut-price ziplining and free trips for kids to Hobbiton are among the other bargains to be had over summer.

Camping holidays

How to be a decent freedom camper

These tips provide the most common freedom camping mistakes we see and how we’ve avoided them.

Central Otago/Lakes

NZ's secret emerald lake, and the ghost that lives there

St Bathans is a historic mining town that's home to an incredible blue lake, and a fabled ghost who likes to haunt men.

Road trips

NZ's most underrated tiny towns

New Zealand's tiny towns are home to some of our best hidden gems, from an emerald lake, to cliffs that look like they're from the moon.