Checklist for the Ultimate Road Trip in New Zealand

Checklist for the Ultimate Road Trip in New Zealand

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If you are planning a road trip in New Zealand,you should certainly begin with some research into the area you will be travelling in. Check out what the attractions you may be interested in visiting, then make a list, and create a realistic time frame for seeing them.

Time and planning

Try to give yourself extra time for anything unforeseen that may happen to pop up, as a long trip can be tiring, if you’re not used to it. Planning will require the use of either a map and/or a GPS, whichever you’re happier with, but remember to make sure the maps aren’t ancient and that GPS is updated! If you are looking at car rental, tell them where you are going, and they will give advice and provide maps, and maybe even extra tips on where to go during your trip.


If you’re travelling with children, think about what they will be doing as you’re driving. Usually, children get easily bored, so have some ready games or something for them to do. Children will need to stretch their legs, so having a break every couple of hours so they can wander around a bit is a good idea. A break will also be good for you too, especially if you are the driver, as having a change of scenery will enable you to refocus enough to continue driving safely.


Have enough funds for fuel, food, and accommodation along the way. For a smooth trip, try to book hotels, motels or campsites in advance. If not, have a back-up plan, in case of any glitches in reservations or if a camping area is fully booked. If looking for a reliable and trustworthy Queenstown car rental company, use only the best, with the experience to match.


Consider fuel prices, and try to work out roughly how much the journey will cost. Food and beverages, can cost a small amount of cash on a road trip, so create a daily allowance and make sure to put a little extra cash aside in case of unforeseen circumstances. It’s also a good idea to think about pocket money, i.e. money that may be spent on tourist items and other related expenses, such as admission to attractions, etc.

Think ahead

Check out if there is anything going on along your route, such as building work, toll gates, and keep an eye on the weather.  This will help to avoid driving irritations if you know what to expect. You may be able to use other routes to circumvent such problems. Some research in the week before your voyage will make sure that you can get around any problematic routes or hazardous areas that will slow you down. Be ready to change your route at any time, and make sure the alternative route won’t get you lost or too far off track!

Have a wonderful journey and please make sure to drive carefully! Bon voyage!


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