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Spectacular road trips. New Zealand

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New Zealand is your passport to the road trip of a lifetime. Be wowed by beautiful beaches and gorgeous scenery, visit Middle Earth, learn about Maori culture and discover all that’s best about this rugged country. From Scott Point to Wellington, we have all the tips you need to make the most of your holiday.

From the highlands of Malaysia to the beaches of Australia, the intrepid travel team at Budget Direct Insurance has been celebrating the magnificence of the road trip in a series of posts. Here is our all-in-one trip planner to New Zealand.

Easy ocean drive

No part of New Zealand is more than 128 km (79 miles) from the sea and the beaches are extensive and stunning! One beach is actually 90 miles long. It’s called (no prizes here) Ninety-Mile Beach and stretches from Ahipara to Scott Point, five kilometres south of Cape Maria van Diemen.

Local tip: Ninety-Mile Beach is officially a highway which means you can drive it – but don’t try with the rental as it is only suitable for 4WD vehicles and only safe to drive at specific times of the tides. (It is actually 88 kilometres long, but don’t mention it when you are there!)

4 more reasons you should fly drive NZ 

1. Baldwin Street (Dunedin), is the world’s steepest residential street. The road has a gradient of 1 in 2.86 at its steepest section, a 38 per cent slope. Try driving up that one! Check out these photos.

2. Wellington is the southernmost capital city in the world. It is also the most windy with

an average wind speed of 17.3 mph! Despite those bracing breezes, it is well worth a few days sightseeing before you hit the road again.

3. Only 5% of NZ’s population is human – leaving plenty of room for the wildlife. Coming from the Little Red Dot you will be blown away by the space and tranquility.

4. New Zealand is the backdrop for blockbuster movies like The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. These filming locations are among the most stunning on the planet. Interested to visit? There are good organised tours of filming locations and location guides.

Driving in New Zealand

The roads are relatively free of traffic, parking is easy and Kiwis drive on the left like we do in Singapore. Perfect!

Up Next?

More on New Zealand in our next post, read on for the road trip of a lifetime.

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