If you are in Auckland, and are looking for a quick road trip nearby, we have a list of places you might want to consider while you are vacationing here:
Bay of Islands
Located 243 km away from Auckland, the Bay of Islands is approximately a 3-hour long drive. Boasting of 144 islands, the Bay offers numerous opportunities for adventure-lovers. Activities, such as scuba diving, parasailing, and swimming with dolphins, make this place one of the most popular tourist spots in New Zealand. The Bay is decorated with various towns and villages, with their unique & rich cultures and historically-significant sites, for you to explore here.
Drive for a little more than 3 hours, to cover 274 km and reach Taupo. You will find some of the greatest attractions that New Zealand has to offer amidst various stunning, natural wonders here. Quench your thirst for adventure at most of these attractions with activities like hukafalls jet and kayaking.
The liveliest field of geothermal activity is located in Rotorua. It will take you about 2 hours 40 minutes to cover the distance of 227 km from Auckland. Owing to the geothermal activity in this region, there are many mud pools and hot springs, which are just perfect to recreational activities. After pampering yourself at wellness spas, partake in some cultural activities by taking tours of pre-European Maori villages. You could also watch Maori performing arts or taste a hangi, or maybe even indulge in some adventure activities, such as rafting and mountain biking.
From Auckland, it takes about 2 hours 15 minutes to cover a distance of 167 KM and reach Coromandel. Famous for its native forests and stunning white-sand beaches, Coromandel hosts hot water beaches, where you can make your own spa-pool by digging up the sand. Hidden coves, gold-mining towns, and manifold natural hideaways are a special attraction of this place. The local seafood cuisine here is blissful, and cannot be passed.
Hamilton – Waikato
Barely 125 KM from Auckland, you should be able to reach Hamilton in under 90 minutes. One of the fastest-growing urban towns in the country, Hamilton offers an array of things to do. Visit the Waitomo Caves, the Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, and the iconic Hobbitob, or hit Raglan’s surf coast to satisfy your cravings for some aquatic adventure. This place is heaven, especially for those who enjoyed the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and could opt for tours of the movie sets and locations.
To make sure your convenience is ensured throughout your vacation, book yourself a car rental in Auckland and drive across to any of these stunning destinations.