The East Cape of Northland is just epic for scenery. You’ll find New Zealand’s most easterly mainland point, black sand beaches, the longest wharf in the southern hemisphere and endlessly curvy roads to wind your way through. Incredible Maori sculptures, it’s a truly memorable part of NZ to explore.
Only 150 kilometres long, the Forgotten World Highway is a memorable driving journey.
Built on colonial bridle paths formed in the late 19th century, the highway is remote and mysterious to the extreme. Fifteen kilometres of the road is unsealed gravel, and the only significant settlement on the way is Whangamomona, where the historic hotel is known for its hospitality.
Marlborough or going from Christchurch through the Arthurs Pass, the drive to the West Coast is sensational alpine and national park terrain over rivers and through gorges. Once you make the West Coast, Punakaiki is a highlight and Greymouth to Haast is mainly coastal driving with native bush, towering mountains of the Southern Alps and the coast and beaches combining to blow the mind. Franz Josef and Fox Glacier are popular stops before cutting through the incredible Haast Pass and into the Southern Lakes region towards Wanaka and Queenstown. The stuff dreams are made of.
New Zealand’s most visited tourist region, for good reason. The scenery in the Sound itself is amazing and the road from Queenstown to Milford via Te Anau is spectacular. Rolling farmland gives way to lush forest, lakes and mountain passes as you get closer and should be on any discerning traveller’s bucket list to drive. In a convertible with the top down is just bliss.