Travelling from Auckland to Wellington by Motorhome: A Quick Guide
Even though the South Island garners most of the attention due to it breathtaking views, the North Island has plenty to offer. From Auckland in the north to Wellington at the bottom of the North Island, there is plenty to see along the way. Wellington offers plenty of campervan rentals, as well as Auckland. So, here are a few diversions you should take along the way when you hire a motorhome in NZ.
Heading northeast out of Auckland is the Coromandel Peninsula. Spectacular beaches, and stunning hiking opportunities await. Some very remote and out-of-the-way spots are here too, but not all destinations are easy to reach. Plan ahead and decide what you can and can’t do. The Coromandel Coastal Walk is the highlight here, but it’s not easy!
Movie aficionados know Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand. There’s no more iconic or famous movie set than Hobbiton either. This area is actually part of a working farm, but it brings in thousands of visitors a year who want to explore and relive the movie. Tours are available but they are regulated. Book in advance and arrive early. Enjoy your day at Hobbiton.
Tongariro National Park is beautiful and amazing in its own right. You can head here in your campervan rental from Wellington or Auckland. And, even more importantly it’s home to what is considered one of the North Island’s “must-dos”, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. This 20km trek is a hike that takes you up and over active volcanoes. See the amazing lakes of stunning greens and blues. Get to the starting point early to make sure you have enough time to complete this hike. Check the weather often as if the weather is bad you simply can’t do it. However, this will be one of the most rewarding and memorable days of your life, so it will be worth it!
This stretch of coastline is an impressive and beautiful drive — and one that will give you a chance to rest after tackling Tongariro! There are plenty of places to stop and sight-see along the way. Simply meander south down the coast.
And there you have it — a few suggestions to make your road trip from Auckland to Wellington one to remember. Of course, we’ve barely scratched the surface here, but with a campervan rental from Wellington or Auckland you’ll have the chance to go out there and see it all for yourself! Read about amazing adventure activities in NZ that you can enjoy along the way.