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New Zealand Road Trip

Auckland - Kopu - Kuaotunu - Waihi - Tauranga - Opotiki - Gisborne - Napier - Masterton - Kaikoura - Christchurch - Dunedin - Invercargill - Queenstown - Fox Glacier - Greymouth - Nelson - Wellington - Hawera - New Plymouth - Hamilton - Whangarei - Te Kao Stream - Dargaville

Expect on your New Zealand Road Trip Itinerary

Security Security
Landscape Landscape
Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Comfort Comfort
Road conditions Road conditions
Wildlife Wildlife
Beach Beach
Urban life Urban life
ACTIVATE MAP Stages24 km5,016 h/stage3.3

Best months to drive New Zealand Road Trip

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a New Zealand Road Trip in New Zealand?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 585EUR drive & more 563EUR sleep & more 1,716EUR eat & more 1,404EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 3,683EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 4,268EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,170EUR drive & more 750EUR sleep & more 2,288EUR eat & more 1,872EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 4,910EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 6,080EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 2,535EUR drive & more 938EUR sleep & more 3,432EUR eat & more 2,808EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 7,178EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 9,713EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 5,850EUR drive & more 1,125EUR sleep & more 715EUR eat & more 1,404EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 3,244EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 9,094EUR
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New Zealand Road Trip Itinerary

New Zealand Road Trip is an ideal choice for all road trip lovers. New Zealand Road Trip is a perfect opportunity for family. Auckland, Kuaotunu, and Waihi are places that you will have a chance to explore. 26 days of travel is the recommended time for this expedition, but travellers can easily complete it in 18. Of course, if you are tempted with the allure of the region, you can always extend your road trip. If you are wondering about the time spent on the road, it will be approximately 3.3 hours each day, and drivers will cover 5,016km . If you are ready to begin your journey, jump behind the wheel and let’s set out
number of days 26 number of days
route length 5,016 km route length
budget high budget
good for family good for
traffic direction on the left traffic direction
accident level moderate accident level
Natural landscapes enthusiasts will be surely interested in the awe-inspiring nature that can be admired on New Zealand Road Trip. The trip allows you to see a number of thrilling places without the need to stress and at a relatively reasonable price. Tourists should be prepared that the trip is more expensive in terms of budget owing to greater number of amenities. When in New Zealand, you will be moving on the left. When it comes to accident level it is moderate. The period between September and April are the recommended months for the adventure.

START Auckland

Distance 5,016 km Driving time 80.1 h Pace: modest 1,304.0 kWh Airports AKL
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Your journey starts at the Auckland Airport. It is precisely the place where you can collect your rental vehicle.

1 Auckland - Kopu

Distance 97 km Driving time 1.2 h Pace: fast 29.0 kWh View map Itinerary
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2 Kopu - Kuaotunu

Distance 86 km Driving time 1.5 h Pace: modest 22.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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3 Kuaotunu - Waihi

Distance 122 km Driving time 2.2 h Pace: modest 31.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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4 Waihi - Tauranga

Distance 59 km Driving time 1.1 h Pace: modest 15.5 kWh View map Itinerary
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5 Tauranga - Opotiki

Distance 145 km Driving time 1.8 h Pace: fast 43.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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6 Opotiki - Gisborne

Distance 143 km Driving time 1.9 h Pace: fast 42.9 kWh View map Itinerary
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7 Gisborne - Napier

Distance 216 km Driving time 2.8 h Pace: fast 64.9 kWh View map Itinerary
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8 Napier - Masterton

Distance 236 km Driving time 2.9 h Pace: fast 70.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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9 Masterton - Kaikoura

Distance 349 km Driving time 11.4 h Pace: slow 80.3 kWh View map Itinerary
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10 Kaikoura - Christchurch

Distance 196 km Driving time 2.6 h Pace: fast 58.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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11 Christchurch - Dunedin

Distance 359 km Driving time 4.5 h Pace: fast 107.6 kWh View map Itinerary
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12 Dunedin - Invercargill

Distance 207 km Driving time 2.6 h Pace: fast 62.1 kWh View map Itinerary
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13 Invercargill - Queenstown

Distance 186 km Driving time 2.2 h Pace: fast 55.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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14 Queenstown - Fox Glacier

Distance 331 km Driving time 4.2 h Pace: fast 99.3 kWh View map Itinerary
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15 Fox Glacier - Greymouth

Distance 194 km Driving time 2.4 h Pace: fast 58.1 kWh View map Itinerary
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16 Greymouth - Nelson

Distance 282 km Driving time 3.6 h Pace: fast 84.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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17 Nelson - Wellington

Distance 212 km Driving time 10.3 h Pace: slow 48.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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18 Wellington - Hawera

Distance 286 km Driving time 3.6 h Pace: fast 85.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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19 Hawera - New Plymouth

Distance 65 km Driving time 0.9 h Pace: fast 19.6 kWh View map Itinerary
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20 New Plymouth - Hamilton

Distance 243 km Driving time 3.3 h Pace: fast 72.8 kWh View map Itinerary
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21 Hamilton - Whangarei

Distance 283 km Driving time 3.6 h Pace: fast 85.0 kWh View map Itinerary
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22 Whangarei - Te Kao Stream

Distance 231 km Driving time 3.1 h Pace: fast 69.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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23 Te Kao Stream - Dargaville

Distance 288 km Driving time 3.9 h Pace: fast 86.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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24 Dargaville - Auckland

Distance 201 km Driving time 2.7 h Pace: fast 60.3 kWh View map Itinerary
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New Zealand Road Trip Summary

We believe that our road trip idea gave you multiple inspirations for your future holiday excursions.
Our tour can be used as a foundation that can be recreated in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with original attractions.
If travelling by car is your plan when moving around New Zealand, there are a number of important traffic regulations to follow and a bunch of elements to bear in mind to turn your adventure into pure pleasure. These tips will also become useful for travellers who are interested in renting a car or camper hire.
Sightseeing around New Zealand in a vehicle requires you to pay attention to the local traffic regulations. In New Zealand, if you are planning to drive, try to stay away from alcohol at any price. Tourists ought to remember that the allowed consumption limit is extremely low and amounts to only 0‰. The maximum permissible speed in urban areas is 60km/h. If you are aiming for undeveloped areas, you should be mindful of the fact that the maximum speed is 100km/h. While on motorways, you can travel at the speed limit of 110km/h. In order to stay safe, we recommend driving with your headlights on at daytime and equipping your vehicle with a fire extinguisher and first aid kit.
The majority of travellers are also interested in the travel expenses of the whole road trip. The total cost of the whole adventure can vary depending on the budget option that you choose. A wide range of budget possibilities is showed below.
We estimate that the cheapest offer when it comes to gasoline to cover the planned 5,016km across New Zealand will cost roughly 563 EUR. You will have to spend about 1,716 EUR on economy accommodation options. When it comes to the travel expenses connected with food and restaurants in this offer, the average expenses are 1,404 EUR. Travellers will have to pay about 585 EUR if they opt for the budget rental car offer as well. Thus, the estimated travel expenses amount to around 3,683 EUR without vehicle hire and 4,268 EUR with vehicle hire.
Drivers who seek greater comfort and the standard option will pay roughly 750 EUR for the gasoline needed to cover the tour. If you are into standard accommodation options, you should keep in mind that the costs can amount up to roughly 2,288 EUR. For food and restaurants within the standard range of services, you will have to pay about 1,872 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a standard rental car can expect a cost of about 1,170 EUR. Summing up the standard offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total around 6,080 EUR for holidayers who would like to try car rental and 4,910 EUR for those who are not interested in rental.
Drivers who would like to take advantage of the highest level of comfort will be pleased with the premium option. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay about 9,713 EUR for the whole trip, whereas those who are not interested in vehicle hire will spend about 7,178 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a premium rental vehicle can expect a cost of around 2,535 EUR. In the top standard option of the adventure, you need to spend the maximum of 938 EUR on the gasoline needed to cover the itinerary. Drivers who would like to go for top services in all aspects of their trip should expect to pay about 2,808 EUR for restaurants and food and around 3,432 EUR for hotels.
New Zealand Road Trip is also an ideal opportunity for all camper fans. If you choose this travel mode, the expenses may amount to approximately 5,850 EUR. Travellers will spend more or less 1,125 EUR on fuel allowing to cover all stages of the itinerary. Travellers who would like to go for camper rental should expect to pay more or less 715 EUR for accommodation and about 1,404 EUR for expenses connected with food.
The Road Trip Costs section shows all the mentioned details in a straightforward manner.
The part of New Zealand showed in our itinerary idea is perfect to be explored between September and April. There are countless exciting road adventures that we offer on our website if New Zealand Road Trip has inspired you. We hope that the great diversity of road trips will definitely meet the expectations of the most demanding holidaymakers.

Facts for safer driving in New Zealand

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0
max speed urban max speed urban 60 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 100 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 110 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime on
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher yes
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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