Top Five Scenic Drives In New Zealand

Top Five Scenic Drives In New Zealand
Sonia Kumar

Written by Sonia Kumar

New Zealand is known for being one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit. With its lush, rolling green hills, picturesque mountains, and clean beaches, it’s unmissable. There are many scenic drives where you can see New Zealand’s beautiful, natural landscape from your window as you pass by. Here are the top five most scenic drives you don’t want to miss out on during your next trip to New Zealand.

East Cape

From an endless stretch of beach to lush, green forest, the drive along East Cape in northern New Zealand is one of the most fantastic scenic drives that the country has to offer. During your drive along the East Cape, you will find New Zealand’s easternmost mainland point, black sand beaches, endless curvy roads to wind along through, the longest wharf in the Southern Hemisphere, and some pretty awesome Maori sculptures!

Milford Sound

With over a mile of mountain coming straight out of the ocean, this scenic drive is a must-see when you visit New Zealand. Your drive along the Milford Sound will take you across all kinds of amazing landscapes, from big blue lakes to wide plains, from lush green forests to impressive ranges of mountain.

The Forgotten World Highway

Stretching for nearly two hundred kilometres from the central plateau in the north island to the west coast, the Forgotten World Highway is one of New Zealand’s oldest touring route and one you definitely don’t want to miss out on. A drive along the Forgotten World Highway can give you everything from gorges and dense forests to the north island’s tallest waterfall.

The Catlins

The Catlins can be found on the southeastern corner of New Zealand’s south island. They are a remarkable beauty more known for their epic views of the coast, stunning waterfalls, and vistas brimming with trees and all kinds of flora and fauna. The Catlins offers everything from ancient, fossilised forests to whole colonies of sea lions and impressive cliff-top views of the sea, making a drive through it one of the most unforgettable scenic drives you can take.

The South Island’s West Coast

A drive along the west coast on New Zealand’s south island is one of the most awesome and beautiful scenic drives in the world. During your drive along the south island’s west coast, you’ll find mystical blue glacial rivers, surf-pounded beaches, the splendid and awe-inspiring snow-capped southern alps, and other geological marvels you don’t want to miss.

Check out this short clip from our “On The Road Recipes” Series and get inspired! Surrounded by breathtaking glaciers and lush forests, Greymouth is world famous for whitebait fritters. So, let head chef, Jason from Monteiths Brewery show you how to create this local dish and soak in the wonders of the wild West Coast!

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