Whistle-stop road trip through New Zealand’s North Island
After declaring the South Island as one of my favourite places I have ever visited, the North Island had a lot to live up to. Most people tend to divide their time unequally between the two islands, choosing to spend more time in the South than in the North – this would also be my advice. If time is of the essence, which let’s be honest it always is, here’s a whistle-stop tour through the North Island, getting you to the South Island that bit quicker.
Drive: Auckland to Cathedral Cove | Distance: 149km | Driving time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Drive: Coromandel to Hobbiton via Hamilton Gardens | Distance: 209km | Driving time: 3 hours
Drive: Matamata to Rotorua via Tauranga | Distance: 114km | Driving time: 1 hour and 40 minutes
Drive: Rotorua to Rangipo via Taupo | Distance: 141km | Driving time: 1 hour and 50 minutes
Drive: Tongariro to Auckland via Waitomo | Distance: 371km | Driving time: 4 hours and 40 minutes