New Zealand will wow you; it is the land of volcanos, geysers, raging rivers, Hobbits, and wine. Numerous possibilities and activities lay ahead. From skiing to river rafting, hiking or biking, and for those more laid-back travelers there is wine tasting. New Zealand with its rich culture and stunning nature offers something for everyone. Hire a car with Europcar and explore this magical island at your own pace.
Road trip from Auckland to Hamilton
Auckland – the starting point
Start your road trip in Auckland. Auckland is known by its iconic Sky Tower and volcanic Mt Eden. Don't forget to check out the Auckland Museum, Auckland Art Gallery, and the Wallace Arts Centre.
Now you're heading to Coromandel Peninsula. Coromandel feels like a brand new world. Captivating white-sand beaches and atmospheric rain forests will surely bedazzle you. Hot Water Beach is one of Coromandel most dramatic places and a spot for alternative lifestylers.
The Bay of Plenty
This is New Zealand's most popular summer holiday spot. The Bay of plenty is indeed fruitful. Here you'll find hectares of kiwifruit, citrus fruit, avocados, and wine plantations. It's a paradise for surfers, a perfect place to see or swim with dolphins, and a home to New Zealand's only active marine volcano. Definitely a must see.
Welcome to the fairytale. The village of Hobbits is nothing less than amazing. You just have to experience the magic of Hobbiton and indulge in this movie set guided tour. In the rolling green hills, you can have a feast, see all the Hobbit Holes, or even marry.
A miraculous landscape of Rotorua will take your breath away. Literally. The air is full of steam that comes from craters, here you can admire volcanic geysers, lakes, and mud pools ate every turn. Warm up in one of many mineral pools or dine in their spectacular Stratosfare Restaurant. The choice is yours.
The charismatic city of Napier has so much to offer it's hard to decide which attractions should be on your must-see-list. Architecture is amazing, low-rise, and art-deco. Check out the Daily Telegraph building, National Aquarium of New Zealand, and Napier Urban Farmers Market. It's also one of the best places for exploring the wineries.
This is the world's coolest little capital and a mecca for hipsters. It's overflowing with museums, galleries, and bars. If you're really into history, you need to visit the Te Papa museum. If you want to have a taste of their local cuisine visit Ortega Fish Restaurant on the Majoribanks Street. Their food is to die for.
Your next stop on your road trip should be Waitomo. Under the hills of Waitomo lies a magical labyrinth of caves and underground rivers. Visit the Waitomo Gloworm Caves to discover the magic of the echoing waterfalls, soaring subterranean caverns, and starry ceiling of glow worms.
End your road trip adventure in Hamilton. Take a walk in the Hamilton gardens, go for a cup of coffee in The River Kitchen, or have a face to face encounter with exotic animals in the Hamilton Zoo. Wine, Dine or dance the night away. Choices are numerous.