The best road trips around Australia and New Zealand

If you’re considering getting in your car and escaping the city, then we have some of the best road trips of anywhere in the world.

Both Australia and New Zealand are known for their natural beauty and there’s no better way to experience everything that we have to offer than by road.

Depending on what you want to see – and how long you want to take – opens you up to a world of opportunity.

Here are a few of our favourite road trips both in Australia and New Zealand.


The Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Arguably Australia’s most iconic road trip, The Great Ocean Road begins just our of Melbourne and winds its way along the coast over a 250km stretch before ending in Warrnambool.

You’ll experience amazing coastal towns, incredible scenery, waterfalls and plenty of animals and wildlife.

The highlight of the trip is the 12 Apostles – but don’t make the tourist mistake and drive straight there. This is a trip to be enjoyed and you can easily do it over a few days to get the full experience.

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The Nullarbor

Far too often, tourists (and locals) forget that there is more to see in Australia than just the East Coast.

For a true Aussie adventure, consider packing up your car and heading west, straight across the Nullabor.

The Nullarbor is a long stretch of the Eyre Highway, with about 4000km of road for you to work your way through. Vast areas are low-lying shrub, however, it’s the sheer size that will mesmerise you.

Along the way, don’t forget to play the 18 hole Nullarbor Links golf course which runs 1365km with a hole at each town from Ceduna to Kalgoorlie.

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Cairns to Cape Tribulation

While Australia might be known for its harsh and rugged outback, far northeast Queensland is a place where the amazing landscape and tropics merge into one.

The trip from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is stunning and along the way, you’ll experience one of Australia’s most famed landmarks, the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll also be able to take in the sheer beauty of the Daintree Rainforest.

Queensland gets incredibly hot and humid and if you’re looking to take this trip, then the best time to do it would be in the winter months.

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New Zealand

Queenstown to Greymouth

For travellers looking for the full Lord of the Rings experience, then this is the road trip for you.

Taking in many of the incredible sites the South Island has to offer, the 500km drive will take you through mountain ranges that are quite literally featured on postcards, past Lake Wanaka and Fox Glacier.

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Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula

When most people think of New Zealand, they think snow-covered mountain ranges.

However, the North Island is home to some of the most incredible beaches, natural rainforest and rugged coastline of anywhere in the world.

Coromandel is a peninsula, boasting a combination of amazing lookouts, bluffs and beaches.

The highlight being the famous hot water beach, where geothermic activity, causes the ocean temperature to get up to around 60 degrees Celsius. Make sure to take your time here and without a doubt, you have to build you own hot water bath out of the sand.

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Get out and drive

Don’t make the mistake of most tourist, who simply get on a tour bus and go and hard as fast as they can, in a bid to take a selfie at every famed tourist destination.

Hire a car or buy a cheap second hand one. Take your time and spend a few weeks or months enjoying the amazing natural wonders that both Australian and New Zealand have to offer.

Stay safe on the roads

For a lot of tourists and even city-siders – Australian and New Zealand roads can be quite dangerous. Slow down on gravel roads and take extra car when driving at night.

Make sure you take out car insurance to protect against damage or even accidents where you’re at fault.


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