Six Family Road Trip Ideas For Families In New Zealand

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If you’re looking for some family road trip ideas in New Zealand, we’ve got you covered. Whether your crew is full of adrenaline-seekers or you need some serious R&R, there is plenty to see and do. But the key to any great road trip is the ride.

Fortunately, GWM can help you and the family easily get from point A to point B in the Haval H6. This hybrid SUV delivers a smooth drive, even under the most demanding terrain and an interior with unparalleled comfort for those up front and in the back.

Top-of-the-line comfort, safety and technology are standard in the Haval H6, so you can keep everyone happy and avoid the dreaded question – “Are we there yet?”

North Island road trips

The North Island offers something for everyone. Home to plenty of Māori culture, island sanctuaries and lively cities, you and the family can journey through landscapes that blend beautiful beaches, farmlands and geothermal wonders for a truly diverse road trip experience.

North Island New Zealand road trip

Auckland to Wellington via Taupo

If you want the perfect mix of outdoor adventures, arts, and food and wine, the road trip from Auckland to Wellington via Taupo should be at the top of your list. You and your family will start your journey in Auckland and drive through the centre of the North Island to the country’s capital city, Wellington. Along the way, you can visit the beautiful Waikato countryside, the spouting geysers of Rotorua, and the majestic alpine scenery of Tongariro National Park. This road trip is great over ten days if you want to stop at some of the boutique wineries of Martinborough.

Auckland to Napier

Along the Auckland to Napier road trip, the kids can experience some of New Zealand’s top attractions including waves in Mount Maunganui and the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, and not forgetting the adults with a truly unique culinary experience in the food and wine region of Hawke’s Bay. This road trip takes you from the big city through the rolling green hills of Waikato with various terrain that the Haval H6 is perfectly equipped to handle.

Auckland to New Plymouth via Forgotten Highway

If you’re keen to explore New Zealand’s backcountry, discover it along the Forgotten Highway from Auckland to New Plymouth. Top attractions that you and the kids will experience include the Waikato River, Waitomo Caves and the Taranaki region. Finally, as you’re heading into New Plymouth, make sure to take in the views as pass Egmont National Park and drive along the Surf Highway.

South Island road trips

Known as the world’s adventure capital, South Island family road trips are for those looking for one adventure after another. Whether you want to experience the jaw-dropping beauty at Lake Tekapo or experience the dark sky reserve, you won’t be disappointed.

South Island New Zealand road trip

Alpine lakes to glaciers

The alpine lake to glaciers road trip is a four-day South Island adventure that starts in Queenstown. This road trip is perfect for families who are looking to adventure over a long weekend. Top highlights from this road trip include the mirror reflection at Lake Matheson and epic skiing in Wānaka. However, Wānaka is also a great year-round outdoor adventure location with plenty of beautiful hikes for the summer months.

Christchurch to Nelson loop

The Christchurch to Nelson loop is one of the most popular family road trips in the South Island for its diverse range of experiences. As a family, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in a blend of history, adventure and wildlife. Best spent over 5-10 days, this road trip allows you to experience the tiny French-style coastal settlement of Akaroa and the Marlborough wine region. If you’d like to spend some time by the beach, then make sure to check out New Zealand’s smallest national park, Abel Tasman.

Christchurch to Queenstown via Dunedin

One of the most famous road trips in New Zealand is Christchurch to Queenstown. This particular route is via Dunedin, where you and the family can explore New Zealand’s only castle and swim in the heated outdoor saltwater pool at St Clair Beach. Make sure to also use this road trip as an opportunity to travel through Te Anau to the world-renowned Milford Sound and the wider Fiordland National Park, where you can experience glowworm caves, high-speed jet boating and some of the greatest hikes New Zealand has to offer.

The new Haval H6

GWM Haval H6

If you’re searching for a hybrid SUV that gives you complete peace of mind while you’re on your next family road trip, check out the Haval H6 at your nearest GWM Haval showroom today.

Article provided by GWM with editing by Kidspot NZ

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