Recommended Length: 5 Days
Distance: 987 km (617 miles)
Volcanic action and vineyards are major features of this route to Wellington. Visit the wine growing regions of Auckland, Kumeu in the north and Clevedon in the south, then head for Hamilton past the acclaimed wineries of Te Kauwhata. Enjoy a riverboat cruise before you move on to the boiling mud, geysers and steaming craters of Rotorua. Taupo has more geothermals to see, while Turangi is the place to try your hand at trout fishing. The twin cities of Napier and Hastings are rich with Art Deco architecture and surrounded by vineyards. The tranquil drive through the Wairarapa prepares you for the fun of Wellington.