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The ultimate road trip - your New Zealand Travel Guide

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The ultimate road trip - your New Zealand Travel Guide

New Zealand Travel Guide

If there’s a country that’s made for road tripping, it’s New Zealand. This epic landscape of national parks, glistening fjords and rocky coastline is indescribably beautiful. If you’re lucky enough to score a New Zealand car rental, you can have a break that’s as peaceful or action packed as you wish. Spend your days hitting the world-class surf, hiking along the mountainous parks, exploring Maori culture or simply kicking back and taking in one of the world’s only dark sky reserves. Then there’s the cities like Auckand which teem with fascinating museums, galleries and some fine eateries. Pick up your Auckland car rental from Green Motion and have the freedom to explore the country at your own pace.

Dining in New Zealand

While the cities aren’t short on modern restaurants serving up everything from sushi to Peruvian, the real cuisine of the country is found in rural areas best reached with your New Zealand car rental. It’s unthinkable to visit for the first time and not try a hangi, a Maori classic that sees meat and vegetables slow cooked in a traditional underground oven. Then there’s the crayfish, a Kiwi favourite. Freshly caught seafood might not be cheap, but it’s well worth the spend. Finish off with a pavlova, a meringue dessert whose origins (is it Australia or New Zealand?) is always up for debate.

Attractions in New Zealand

You could spend a lifetime in New Zealand and still not do and see everything there is to do in the country. However, a car rental in New Zealand gives you much more opportunity to scoot across the country taking in as much as you can in your vacation. Things not to miss include the astounding Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound, the starkly beautiful Tongariro National Park and the geothermal Rotorua on the North Island. There’s simply no better place on earth for adrenaline junkies. Whether you’re into winter sports, paragliding, snorkeling or simply leaping out of a place, with a parachute of course, you’ll find it all within a short drive.

New Zealand driving routes

The only difficulty you’ll have in New Zealand is deciding on which route you’re going to take. There are plenty to pick from, but a good introduction is the Queenstown to Milford Sound on the South Island. This three to four-day drive is often considered one of the finest driving routes in the world. Pass by glistening lakes, lush sub-tropical forests and towering snow-capped mountains. Stop to explore the fjords by boat (or plane!) and, if you’re travelling in winter, you can hit the slopes. If you have more time, extend your New Zealand car rental and make stops to hike up the epic trails which zigzag up the mountainous terrain.

New Zealand car rental

Sold on renting a car in New Zealand? Good choice. Your best bet is picking up your rental at Green Motion Auckland International Airport. It’s super easy to reserve one of the vehicles, but be sure to do it in advance, particularly around the summer season and festive holidays. A few things worth remembering when you are driving in New Zealand. The first is that they are one of the only countries in the world to drive on the left. The country’s roads are famously twisty, so be extra careful when you are overtaking. And be sure to keep an eye out for animals on the roads! 

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