I’ve wanted to explore New Zealand for some time now. After living in Australia for nearly two years, its neighbouring country has appealed to me in that time. After meeting fellow travelers and New Zealanders speaking about the country, the beauty of the natural landscape, endless activities and kind people, I finally made the trip. My mom and I spent roughly three weeks road tripping the North and South Islands in a campervan, seeing as much as we could see on the open road. From my personal experiences, here are my tips and recommendations for the highlights of the North Island and everything in between.
Campervan Rental And Freedom Camping
Auckland – Things To Do:
Even though Auckland was great to see for a couple of days, I was excited to get out of the city and on the road to see the true countryside of New Zealand. As we drove along the Coromandel Peninsula along highway 25 on route to the town Coromandel, I was blown away by the picturesque views and combination of seaside cliffs with lush rolling hills. The roads are extremely windy so if you get car sick easily make sure to take this into consideration beforehand. Every bend and corner we took seemed more stunning than the last, pulling over for pictures and appreciation of the naturally beautiful countryside every chance we got. The Coromandel Peninsula is extremely underrated and was one of, if not my favourite part of the trip. Please see below for must do’s attached with web links about each destination.
Coromandel Highlights And Must Do’s!!
Roughly 20 minutes outside Matamata you’ll find Hobbiton. The price for a standard tour of Hobbiton is $79 per adult. Coming from someone who hasn’t finished reading the books or watched the movies I would highly recommend experiencing Hobbiton. Even though my lack of knowledge of the films wasn’t ideal, I was still able to appreciate the film set for what it was; truly magical. The details in which how Hobbiton came to be are extremely fascinating and its a undeniably remarkable film set. At the end of the tour a complimentary drink is even included at The Green Dragon!