We are traveling in mid-July and would like to take the most scenic routes when traveling from one place to the next. I was given a couple of suggestions to some of the places....which you can see below. Does anyone else want to add to those suggestions or have any other suggestions on which roads we should take when traveling to these locations?
1. AUCKLAND to WAITOMO
From Auckland take State Highway 1 south towards Hamilton BUT turn off at the BP service station just past Ngaruawahia onto SH39, signposted Otorohanga (the coffee is good at the Wild Bean Cafe). Follow this all the way to the junction with SH3, opposite McDonalds, in Otorohanga. This route avoids driving through Hamilton, is shorter, about 30 minutes quicker and a nicer drive anyway.
2. WAITOMO to TAUPO
If you are driving into Taupo using SH30 (Whakamaru) and then SH1, you could visit Orakei Korako thermal area (includes short jet boat ride) located off SH1 towards Taupo.
3. TAUPO to WELLINGTON
4. CHRISTCHURCH to LAKE TEKAPO
5. LAKE TEKAPO to MT. COOK to LAKE WANAKA
6. LAKE WANAKA to TE ANAU
7. TE ANAU to QUEENSTOWN