Wellington Road Trips
Start your Kiwi Road Trip in Wellington and take a self-drive tour of New Zealand. From Wellington, you could drive to many key areas like Mt Cook, Queenstown, Greymouth, Nelson, Napier and Taupo.
Each Wellington road trip is made up of several days and each day offers something new and exciting to experience. By clicking on the name of each Kiwi Road Trip, you can read a detailed description of the trip, along with links to accommodation, attractions, activities, tours and transport in the area.
One-Way Road Trips From Wellington
Wellington - Mt Cook - Queenstown (4 Days)
This four day Kiwi Road Trip includes some of the South Island's most impressive landscapes and wildlife experiences. With Wellington as your starting point, you can travel down the coast of the South Island to destinations such as Picton, Kaikoura and Christchurch.
Highlights of this Wellington road trip include Te Papa Museum in Wellington, the Picton ferry crossing and the Marlborough Sounds, the seaside town of Kaikoura, the gardens of Christchurch, the peaks of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and the adventure town of Queenstown.
Wellington - Greymouth - Queenstown (5 Days)
An alternative road trip from Wellington to Queenstown is to take the west coast route where you'll discover glaciers, gold towns, rainforest and wild beaches.
After enjoying the culture of Wellington, cross the Cook Strait on a ferry journey through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. You can spend some time in Nelson before heading along the Buller River to the West Coast. As you travel down the coast you can see the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and the waterfalls of Haast Pass before heading to the restaurants, shopping and adventurous outdoor fun of Wanaka and Queenstown.
Return Road Trips From Wellington
Wellington - Nelson - Wellington (3 Days)
If you only have a short time in which to do a road trip, you might like to try this one. This Kiwi Road Trip will give you a taste of wine, art and alpine adventure.
Wellington will keep you entertained with museums, theatre and historical places, then the Interislander will ferry you across Cook Strait and through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Your next stop is Nelson and then it's onwards to the alpine village of St Arnaud for a bit of outdoor adventure. Then travel to the vineyards of Blenheim before completing the loop by heading to Picton to catch the return ferry to Wellington.
Wellington - Napier - Wellington (5 Days)
Beginning in Wellington, this lower North Island road trip delivers a cross-section of attractions – from vineyards to boiling mud pools and more.
Highlights include the the wine and food of Martinborough, the vineyards and Art Deco architecture of Napier, the geothermal parks and trout fishing of Taupo, Palmerston North and the bird sanctuaries and museums of the Kapiti Coast.
Wellington - Taupo - Wellington (7 Days)
Take a road trip around the loop from Wellington to Taupo and back to discover some of the lower North Island's most interesting cultural and historical places.
Heritage and culture are likely to be your focus in Wellington, but over the Rimutaka Range in Martinborough thoughts will move to fine wine and food. You can visit beautiful gardens in Palmerston North and New Plymouth before heading to the underground caverns of Waitomo. Taupo and Turangi will keep you occupied with geothermal walks, hot springs and trout fishing, before you return to Wellington via a procession of small, interesting towns.
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