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A Relaxing Journey: Travel Distances Around NZ

by Wilderness HQ | Aug 24, 2017

Wilderness motorhome driving along the roads of Lake Hawea, South Island

The kids have left home and you now have the time and money to enjoy seeing the world. It’s time to plan your once-in-a-lifetime trip to New Zealand.

As part of your planning for this unforgettable holiday there are a number of factors to consider - most importantly, how many ‘must-see’ places will you be able to visit in the time you have?

We’re here to help. In this article, we make it easy to plan your New Zealand itinerary with our Travel Distances Matrix, which shows the distances between some of New Zealand’s most popular destinations. We also offer some travel advice to make sure you leave plenty of time to stop, relax and take in the incredible scenery along the way.

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Travelling Around NZ - What You Need to Know

If you’re considering travelling around New Zealand and want to see as much as possible, we have great news. Compared with a lot of other countries, New Zealand is small and relatively easy to get around.

The Land of the Long White Cloud offers a huge variety of landscapes, from majestic mountain ranges to sweeping coastlines, hidden rainforests and pristine lakes. Even by only driving small distances in a day, you can expect to pass through numerous changes in terrain and scenery.

When using the Travel Distances Matrix from our eBook to plan your trip, keep in mind that much of the joy when travelling in New Zealand is in the journey between one place and the next. If you choose to travel by motorhome, wherever you are, nature will be right on your doorstep. You’ll be able to watch landscapes dramatically change before your eyes as you travel around this spectacular country.

Travel distances matrix for North Island, New Zealand

Distances Between New Zealand Landmarks

We often get asked how far motorhome holidaymakers should travel in a day. Our motto is “drive less, see more”.

Whether you’re planning a short trip, relaxing getaway or lengthy stay, we recommend travelling no more than 200km/day on average. Having a flexible itinerary and travelling at this pace will provide opportunities to linger in the places you like, interact with locals and take in activities, without the pressure of driving long distances in a single day. Let’s look at some examples, using our helpful Travel Distances Matrix.

There is so much to see and do in the North Island. Starting in Auckland, you could take a scenic 436km trip north to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northernmost point, where the Tasman Sea and Pacific ocean dramatically collide. Or travel 278km south from Auckland to the beautiful lakeside town of Taupo to enjoy water sports and relaxation, and perhaps from there further south via the Hawke’s Bay to sample the region’s fine wines. Your journey could then continue to the capital city of Wellington to soak up some arts and culture, before crossing the Cook Strait to the South Island.

If you do head to the South Island, no journey is complete without a trip to Queenstown. This resort town is known for dramatic landscapes, adventure and indulgence. After having your fill, take a relaxing 170km drive around the curves of Lake Wakatipu to reach the picturesque township of Te Anau, the perfect base for exploring Fiordland National Park. For more information about distances between New Zealand landmarks, go to our eBook.

A motorhome holiday in New Zealand should be the trip of a lifetime. To help you plan a holiday you’ll never forget, check out our eBook. The Travel Distances matrix is just one example of the practical travel tips you’ll find inside.

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