New Zealand road trips to do in spring

by Elisa Parry

Winter hibernation is officially over, which means it’s the perfect time to pack your bags and hit the road for a new adventure. From wine tours on Waiheke Island to diving in the Bay of Islands – explore a new place and tick an experience off your bucket list at the same time.  

New Zealand road trips to do in spring

Dive the Rainbow Warrior shipwreck in the Bay of Islands

Cruise north and treat yourself to a weekend in the Bay of Islands. While you’re there spend a day diving the Rainbow Warrior, one of the world's premier dive sites. This is a bucket list experience for advanced divers, with plenty to see and explore beneath the waves!

New Zealand road trips to do in spring

Bay of Islands ocean adventure

Keen to spend a day on the water, but not in the water? Cruise around the 114 islands and visit the iconic Hole in the Rock and Cathedral Cove. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can always try parasailing?

New Zealand road trips to do in spring

Learn to surf day tripper on the Tutukaka Coast

On your way back to Auckland, you’re going to want to stop at Tutukaka for a surf lesson. Hit the waves and ride like a pro in no time with this full day surf lesson.

New Zealand road trips to do in spring

Waiheke Island winery tour and lunch

Never actually headed out to Waiheke Island? You’re missing out. Enjoy a gorgeous day out and sample some of NZ’s finest wines on a tour of three wineries on the Island before tucking into a delicious platter style lunch.

New Zealand road trips to do in spring

Hot air ballooning over Waikato

You may want to head to Hamilton the day before as hot air ballooning is an early start, but there’s simply no better way to take in the views of this region than from the air. Got a special occasion coming up? This would be a great way to celebrate!

New Zealand road trips to do in spring

Full day cycle and sailing combo adventure

For those on the South Island, we suggest you sign up for a full day cycle and sailing combo adventure. You get the best of both worlds as you ride along the Great Taste Trail, grab some lunch before sailing back to Nelson in the afternoon.

New Zealand road trips to do in spring

Full day Marlborough wine tour

Road tripping can be hard work, which is why sometimes it’s worth spending a day relaxing and simply sampling some of the best wines of the region. On this tour, you’ll visit six or seven Marlborough wineries and learn the secrets of fine wine appreciation. 

New Zealand road trips to do in spring

Scenic Christchurch gondola ride  

Planning to spend a day exploring Christchurch? Out tip? It looks pretty good from up high. Enjoy breath-taking views of the city and Canterbury Plains, out to the majestic Southern Alps and over the hills of Banks Peninsula.

New Zealand road trips to do in spring

Taieri Gorge railway return trip Dunedin to Middlemarch

Sick of spending time in the car? Let someone else do the driving for a while as you take in the sights on this iconic rail journey through Otago.

New Zealand road trips to do in spring

Private guided day walk on the Milford Track

After all that travel time you'll be more than ready to stretch the legs - and what better way to do so than on a guided tour of the Milford Track. This is a great way to make the most of a day in the region and a great option for those short on time! 

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