Road tripping through the North Island of New Zealand was more fun than we could have imagined. Taking in all of the beauty with the endless hills, wildlife on the farms, and scenic landscapes was a treat as we stopped for photos several times. Auckland offers a ton of great restaurants and nightlife for the city lovers while the rest of the trip was mostly town-sized communities surrounded by nature with jaw-dropping beauty.
We visited Rotorua, Lake Taupo, and Wellington as we headed south with a few stops along the way. No matter how you decide to discover the North Island, you will have a blast driving in the gorgeous landscapes of New Zealand where every angle is a screen saver. Listen to the episode of Passport Joy Travel Talk as we give a few tips on how we made our road trip memorable.
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We really enjoyed staying in the Ponsonby district of Auckland for a wide variety of restaurants.
Steven Adams is a famous NBA basketball player from Rotorua, New Zealand.
The Redwoods in Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest are a must-visit location with several walks offered.
Aorangi Peak Restaurant overlooks the city of Rotorua with a great view. Grab a coffee or dinner.
Huka Falls and Craters of the Moon are a couple of great places to visit just outside of Lake Taupo.
On the drive to Wellington, we stopped at the Southward Car Museum and checked out the many rare vehicles on display.
There are many walks and trails in and near Wellington including seeing the Red Rocks, going to the top of Mt Victoria for the view, or hugging the coastline in Oriental Bay.
You can’t go wrong when visiting Cuba Street in Wellington and we found a favorite in the Hanging Ditch Pub.
If you love tapas as we do, you will love Havana Bar in Wellington just off of Cuba Street.
We had a blast hanging out with our host, Peter, and many of the people that attend the regular Tuesday Night Dinners in Wellington.
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