The 23 Most Scenic Roads in New Zealand

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Cardrona arrowtown to wanaka
Cardrona arrowtown to wanaka

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The best way to get to know a country is on a road trip, New Zealand is no exception.

If you like to take your time, you have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the scenery, stop and take it all in. New Zealand has no shortage of incredible places to spend the night immersed in the beautiful landscape. If you can’t afford a camper van, you can always rent a car, giving you the flexibility of staying in hostels, hotels or even a tent.

We have put together 23 of our favorite scenic drives of New Zealand.
Did we miss your favorite drive? Let us know below.

Kawarau River, Central Otago, South Island

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Between Taupo & Rotorua, North Island

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Glentanner, Mt Cook, South Island

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Cardrona – Wanaka, South Island

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Mt Ruapehu, National Park, North Island

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Oamaru, South Island

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Mt Taranaki, North Island

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Tongariro National Park, North Island

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Mt Edmond National Park, North Island

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Cape Reinga, North Island

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Crown Range, Arrowtown, South Island

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Milford Sound, South Island

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Lake Tekapo, South Island

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Tasman Valley Road, Mt Cook

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Great Barrier Island

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Arthurs Pass, South Island

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Cromwell, Central Otago, South Island

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Stone Mountain, Castle Hill, South Island

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Monkey Creek, Southland, South Island

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Hooker Valley, Mt Cook, South Island

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Lake Wanaka, South Island

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Lindis Pass, Otago, South Island

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Aoraki, Mt Cook, South Island

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Did we miss something? Tell us in the comments below 🙂

10 COMMENTS

  1. I agree with all of these however…. “Cardona, Edmoond, Omaru, Vlley, Renga”? 5/23 mistakes is impressive!

  2. Ah ha…thankfully my favourite road is not on there…that will only encourage tourists (from NZ or overseas) to mess it up. Okay…okay…a small hint: It is not sealed and has some amazing views of the rugged west coast, North Island…

  3. Been to 21 of these scenic highways!! My husband and I love to travel via road and railways from North to South. Also in the South is the Banks Peninsula highway to Akaroa, the Haast Pass of SH 6, Great Coast Road to Punakaiki and Orewa, north of Auckland.

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