New Zealand is home to some of the best family road trips in the world. Whether you plan on travelling through the North Island or the South Island, there is something for the whole family that will make you wish you had booked this trip sooner.

But before you dive into the best New Zealand road trips for families, we’re sharing with you an all-new reliable ride from GWM Haval to get you across the country in comfort and style.

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The Best New Zealand Road Trips for Families

Best North Island Road Trips for Families

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The North Island features island sanctuaries, lively cities and a large helping of Māori culture for a truly diverse road trip experience.

From the far north where New Zealand’s history began, you and the family can journey through landscapes that blend beautiful coasts and beaches, rolling farmlands and geothermal wonders.

Auckland to New Plymouth via Forgotten Highway

Discover New Zealand’s backcountry via the Forgotten Highway as you and the family travel from Auckland to New Plymouth. Along the way, you’ll get the chance to discover the Waikato River, the Waitomo Caves and the Taranaki region. As you’re heading into New Plymouth, make sure to take in the coast views on the Surf Highway and the gateway to Egmont National Park.

Auckland to Napier

Next up is Auckland to Napier. Along this journey, you’ll be able to experience some of New Zealand’s top attractions that take you from the big city through the rolling green hills of Waikato. From catching some waves in Mount Maunganui to marvelling at the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, you’ll finish in the heart of Hawkes Bay food and wine country at Napier.

This road trip is action-packed, so make sure you’ve got a comfortable ride to get you from point A to point B.

Auckland to Wellington via Taupo

If you want the perfect mix of outdoor adventures, geothermal landmarks, arts, culture, food and wine, this road trip is for you. Best spent over ten days, start your journey in Auckland and drive through the centre of the North Island to the country’s capital city of Wellington. You and the family can visit Waikato, the bubbling mud and spouting geysers of Rotorua, and the majestic alpine scenery of Tongariro National Park. Don’t forget to make a quick pit stop at some of the boutique wineries of Martinborough before arriving in Wellington.

Best South Island Road Trips for Families

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South Island New Zealand is packed with adventure and is one of the best places to take a family road trip. Whether skiing at Wanaka or enjoying the wonder of Milford Sound, prepare to make many stops just to take in its jaw dropping beauty.

Christchurch to Queenstown via Dunedin

One of the most famous road trips in New Zealand is Christchurch to Queenstown via Dunedin on the South Island. Some sights you can expect to see during your travels include the rugged Catlins, exciting wildlife in Dunedin and tuatara in Invercargill. You’ll also have the chance to discover Christchurch, step back in time in Oamaru and experience the wonder of Milford Sound. There is truly something for the whole family on this New Zealand road trip.

Alpine Lakes to Glaciers

Start your journey in Queenstown and spend four days exploring the alpine lakes and glittering mountains on this South Island road trip. Kicking off in the adrenaline capital of New Zealand, this road trip is perfect for families who are looking for adventure over just a few short days. Some highlights you can expect during your journey are the mirror reflection at Lake Matheson and epic skiing and wine in Wanaka.

Christchurch to Nelson Loop

Experience a blend of history, adventure, wildlife and the spectacular outdoors on this Christchurch to Nelson loop. Some sights you can expect to see on your journey include the Garden City and Akaroa, Kaikōura for whale watching and the world-famous Marlborough wine region. If you’re up for some adventure, stop in Nelson, the Abel Tasman National Park and relax in the thermal waters of Hanmer Springs.

If you’re searching for an SUV that gives you complete peace of mind while you’re on the road with the family, check out the Haval H6 GT at your nearest GWM Haval showroom today.

And for more great family travel advice, check out our Family travel: Travel tips section.

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This information was compiled by the Kiwi Families team.

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