Recommended Length: 11 Days
Distance: 2652 km (1658 miles)
This south to north route takes you from alpine scenery to coastal sands. The country towns on the road to Mt Cook are a peaceful contrast to the activity of Queenstown. Enjoy mountain walks before you move on to the many attractions of Christchurch. Go whale watching in Kaikoura, then enjoy the vineyards of Marlborough. A ferry trip takes you to Wellington for a drop of kiwi culture. Focus on wine and food between Martinborough and Gisborne, then follow the coast around East Cape and the Bay of Plenty for surf and sunshine. En route to Auckland, the Coromandel Pensinula keeps you fascinated with its old gold towns and beaches.