The Ace New Zealand Travel Guide

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New Zealand Road Trips

A compact Ace road trip: Tauranga to Taupo

If you want a shorter road trip itinerary in New Zealand, travel from Tauranga to Taupo and experience the fun of this compact journey. Find out more 

An Ace Road trip: Te Anau to Dunedin, via the Southern Scenic Route

If you want to explore some of the best sights Southland and its neighbours have to offer, this self-drive adventure plan will keep you on track. Find out more 

An Ace road trip: Wellington to Napier, extended edition

On your trip from Wellington to the beautiful art deco town of Napier, take the long way and pack a multi-day road trip with these exciting stops. Find out more

An Ace road trip: Hamilton to Opunake

For a road trip plan that blends green farming pastures with spectacular underground caves, towering volcanoes and exceptional beaches, try this route. Find out more

An Ace road trip: Picton to Golden Bay

The upper South Island is a haven for beach and wildlife lovers, and offers some of the best examples of coastline scenery in the country. Find out more

An Ace road trip: Wanaka to Te Anau

How do you choose between sparkling Wanaka and adventure mecca Te Anau on a Kiwi road trip holiday? Simple: Don’t choose – do both! Find out more 

An Ace road trip: From Auckland to Paihia, the scenic route

From ancient forests to stunning beaches and historic sites, Northland is swathed in things to do. Get cracking on this road trip itinerary to see it all! Find out more

An Ace road trip: Cruising the Coromandel

For sparkling shores, luscious flora, a vivid arts scene and even a hot water beach, plan your NZ road trip for the Coromandel Peninsula. Find out more 

An Ace road trip: Dunedin to Kurow, via Oamaru

A big part of NZ’s magic is the laid-back charm of its small towns and their many tourist attractions. Kurow is one of our favourite examples. Find out more

Off the beaten path: Christchurch to Queenstown

NZ’s cities are beautiful, but we encourage you to hire a rental car and explore the countryside as well, where near-endless fun is waiting for you. Find out more

What are the best driving routes in New Zealand?

There are many great road trips in New Zealand, so it’s hard to pick out the best. However, this list contains most of our favourites. Find out more

 

10 awesome things to do in New Zealand’s cities

Things to do in Auckland
When you find your Kiwi road trip takes you to Auckland, try out these 10 awesome things to do, many of which are totally free! Find out more

Things To Do in Greymouth
Planning a road trip to Greymouth? Here are 10 things to do in this West Coast town, sure to get you exploring the local, stunning region. Find out more

Things to do in Picton
Picton might be small, but it acts as the gateway to the entire Marlborough region. Here are 10 exciting things to do on your next South Island road trip. Find out more

Things to do in Queenstown
Looking for the ultimate road trip location? We recommend exploring Queenstown by trying out these fantastic 10 things to do. Find out more

Things to do in Wellington
Wondering what to do on your Wellington road trip holiday? Wonder no more! Here are 10 great ideas to get you started.

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A quick guide to New Zealand’s cities

A traveller’s guide to New Zealand cities
Though New Zealand’s cities are relatively small, they are packed with awesome things to do. Here, we prove it by outlining a few of them. Find out more

A quick guide to: Wellington
Thinking of taking a road trip holiday to or through Wellington? You’re making the right decision! Here is a quick guide to the famous city. Find out more

A quick guide to: Christchurch
From action sports to calm sightseeing, there is potential for a road trip of any shape and size here in Christchurch, ‘The Garden City’. Find out more

A quick guide to: Queenstown
Looking for the ultimate Kiwi escape? Queenstown is where adventure awaits, and we couldn’t recommend it more as your next road trip holiday destination. Find out more

A quick guide to: Auckland
New Zealand’s largest city is a fantastic playground for all tastes. Here is a quick guide to Auckland, and what attractions to do. Find out more

Things to do in New Zealand

50 things not to be missed in New Zealand
Wondering what to do on your New Zealand holiday? Here is our ultimate list of the 50 things you simply must put on your itinerary. 
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Things to do in Wellington, New Zealand
We all know Wellington is packed full of fun day trip activities and unique attractions, read on to find out some of the most popular

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Things to Do in Queenstown, New Zealand
The number one tourist and back packer location in New Zealand. Here are just some of the many amazing things you can do in Queenstown Find out more

Things to do in New Zealand’s autumn
Worried about visiting New Zealand during an off-peak season such as autumn? No need! It’s still an exciting place to visit, and here’s why. Find out more

Where to see New Zealand’s Wildlife and Natural attractions

A guide to NZ’s best hot springs and thermal pools
New Zealand is simply covered in unique thermal experiences. Bring your togs and add some of these fantastic activities to your road trip itinerary. Find out more

Have you tackled any of these Kiwi Great Walks?
If your boots were made for walking, and that’s what you want them to do, ensure that some of NZ’s Great Walks are on your holiday planner. Find out more

The ski fields in New Zealand you’ll love to visit
Explore New Zealand next winter by road tripping to these ski fields and seeing why the sport is so popular here each and every year. Find out more

Bring your walking shoes, these are NZ’s top national parks
Planning a road trip through New Zealand? Here is a list of the country’s 14 national parks, and a bit about each of them. They are well worth a visit! Find out more

What are New Zealand’s best volcanoes for tourists?
Want to see some of New Zealand’s famous geological features? Use this list as a starting point for your next self-drive holiday of the country. Find out more

Where to see kiwi birds in New Zealand
Kiwi birds might be rare, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see them. Make sure you visit these great locations for New Zealand road trip ideas. Find out more

Must do activities while travelling around NZ

The top places in New Zealand to have a snowball fight
Hoping to get amongst the snow in New Zealand and throw it at your travel buddies? Add these locations to your road trip holiday planner. Find out more

Where to see 6 ‘big things’ of New Zealand
Small country, big things. Here is a quick list of iconic Kiwi statues to add to your New Zealand road trip itinerary! Will you get to them all? Find out more

Which New Zealand food and wine festivals should you visit?
There are few holidays quite like a food and wine road trip through New Zealand, especially when you add a few of these world-class festivals into the mix. Find out more

Where can I get the best Maori cultural experience in New Zealand?
During your New Zealand road trip, make sure to see a variety of Maori cultural experiences to learn more about the native people. Find out more

And the awards for New Zealand’s best beaches goes to…
If you are looking for New Zealand road trip ideas, make sure you add plenty of its great, unique beaches to your list. These are our favourites. Find out more

New Zealand’s Big Things Road Trip Checklist
If you’re one for unique and memorable photos, visit the Big Things of New Zealand and come home with a golden album. Find out more

Lord of the Rings / Hobbit Filming Locations Road Trip
Experience the red fury of Mount Doom or the beautiful rivers of Rivendell right here in New Zealand, all a few hours drive away! Find out more

Where can I tour and taste wine in New Zealand?
If you’re looking for New Zealand wine tour ideas for your next kiwi road trip, make sure you stop by some of these fantastic regions. Find out more

Extra Information about Road tripping through NZ

What to bring on your winter road trip holiday to New Zealand
There are few landscapes as beautiful as New Zealand in winter. Explore it on your next holiday, and pack these helpful items. Find out more

What is the weather like in New Zealand?
Planning your trip to New Zealand? This brief little guide will give you an insight into local weather, and what you can expect. Find out more

Which Ace Rental Cars NZ car suits your personality?
We have many great vehicle hire options available at Ace Car Rentals, but which is right for you? Your personality can help you decide. Find out more

Why should you choose a NZ rental car over a tour bus?
When planning a road trip around New Zealand, you have two options: Tour bus or rental car. These are two reasons we love the latter. Find out more

What you need to know about: State Highway 1, New Zealand
For an all-in-one New Zealand road trip experience, make sure you travel up (or down) State Highway 1. Read on for more info Find out more

How to save on car rental on your New Zealand road trip
Exploring New Zealand on your Kiwi road trip holiday is a fantastic experience, but you don’t want the car hire to cost a fortune. Here’s how to save some of that money. Find out more

Your New Zealand road trip checklist
Before you leave for your next New Zealand road trip holiday, ensure you’ve taken a look at our list of packing essentials – so you’re totally prepared. Find out more