7 days
Duration
Auckland ⇄ Wellington
Location
2 – 5
Groupsize

“The Blindside” sees you travel across the West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island on a sensational 7 day Roady. Experience the freedom of the Kiwi road trip in a comfortable and spacious car as you take in some of New Zealand’s hidden gems.

The West Coast of the North Island is one of New Zealand’s most captivating regions. Here you’ll stay in unique Kiwi towns such as Raglan, Waitomo and New Plymouth. These destinations have something for everyone whether it’s surfing in Raglan, abseiling into the Waitomo Caves, or trekking through the beautiful Egmont National Park.

The beauty of the West Coast is that there’s so much to see and do for free. When you book the “Blindside” Roady you’ll receive our E-Book Travel Guide which shows you some of the regions best-kept secrets as well as discounts for your journey. Highlights of the trip include:

Top 5 Free Activities

  • Waiheke Island
  • Raglan Beachlife
  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Pouakai Crossing
  • Wellington Nightlife

Top 5 Paid Activities

  • Auckland Bridge Bungy
  • Raglan Surf Lessons
  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Weta Workshop

Grab some mates and book your dream North Island road trip today!

1

Auckland

 

 

“The Blindside” starts with a bang in New Zealand’s premier city. You’ll enjoy a full day in Auckland to spend as you please. Roady recommends catching the Ferry to Waiheke to explore the stunning beaches and vineyards of New Zealand’s most celebrated island. Other day options include: Auckland Bridge Bungy, exploring the sea life at Kelly Tarlton’s, relaxing on the beach at Mission Bay, or taking a stroll up Mt Eden for amazing views of the City.

Car pick up: Day 2, 8.30am (shuttle pick-up at Hostel to Go-Rentals depot)
Driving time Auckland to Raglan: 2 hours

2, 3

Raglan

 

 

Raglan is a charming and naturally stunning surf town on the West coast of the North Island. You’ll enjoy two full days in Raglan to spend how you please. Roady recommends booking in a surf lesson with Raglan Surfing School at Karioi Lodge or Solscape Surf School, swimming at Ngarunui Beach, checking out the world-famous surf break at Manu Bay, having a beer at the YOT Club, and shopping through Raglans crafty retailers.

Driving time to Waitomo: 1 hr 20 minutes
On the road to Waitomo: Check out Bridal Veil Falls and Book a tour at Hobbiton Movie Set

4

Waitomo

 

 

The Waitomo Caves are 30 million years in the making when the creation of limestone began at the bottom of the ocean. Now, these limestone formations stand as one of NZ’s most inspiring natural wonders. Roady recommends seeing the Glowworm Caves in some form. Whether it be a tour, such as the Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Ruakuri Cave Tours, or free access by taking the Ruakuri Bush Walk where you’ll see many shining glowworms through arches, tunnels, and limestone cliffs.

Driving time to New Plymouth: 2 hours 30 mins

5, 6

New Plymouth

 

 

As soon as you catch a glimpse of the impressive Mt Taranaki you know you’re approaching the sunny Kiwi city of New Plymouth. Relax into your stay by enjoying the quaint arts scene and some great cafes. Following a good nights sleep, you’ll enjoy a full day to spend how you please. Roady recommends traversing the Pouakai Crossing and hiking up Fanthams Peak for incredible views and a good stretch of the legs.

Driving time to Wellington: 4 hours 30 mins

7

Wellington

 

 

“The Blindside” ends in the capital city of New Zealand. Explore the vibrant streets and take in the creative atmosphere of Wellington as you stay right in the heart of the city. Roady recommends Te Papa National Museum, Weta Workshop for all the Lord of the Rings fans, Oriental Bay and Beach, Botanical Gardens, Cuba Street shopping and coffee, and a stroll up Mt Vic for epic views of the windy city!

Car drop off: Day 6, by 5pm

1

Wellington

 

 

“The Blindside” starts with a bang in New Zealand’s capital city. Explore the vibrant streets and take in the creative atmosphere of Wellington as you stay right in the heart of the city. Roady recommends Te Papa National Museum, Weta Workshop for all the Lord of the Rings fans, Oriental Bay and Beach, Botanical Gardens, Cuba Street shopping and coffee, and a stroll up Mt Vic for epic views of the windy city!

Car pick up: Day 2, 8.30am (shuttle pick-up at Hostel to Go-Rentals depot)
Driving time to New Plymouth: 4 hours 30 mins

2, 3

New Plymouth

 

 

As soon as you catch a glimpse of the impressive Mt Taranaki you know you’re approaching the sunny Kiwi city of New Plymouth. Relax into your stay by enjoying the quaint arts scene and some great cafes. Following a good nights sleep, you’ll enjoy a full day to spend how you please. Roady recommends traversing the Pouakai Crossing and hiking up Fanthams Peak for incredible views and a good stretch of the legs.

Driving time to Waitomo: 2 hours 30 mins

4

Waitomo

 

 

The Waitomo Caves are 30 million years in the making when the creation of limestone began at the bottom of the ocean. Now these limestone formations stand as one of NZ’s most inspiring natural wonders. Roady recommends seeing the Glowworm Caves in some form. Whether it be a tour, such as the Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Ruakuri Cave Tours, or free access by taking the Ruakuri Bush Walk where you’ll see many shining glowworms through arches, tunnels, and limestone cliffs.

Driving time to Raglan: 1 hour
On the road to Raglan: Book a tour at Hobbiton Movie Set and Check out Bridal Veil Falls

5, 6

Raglan

 

 

Raglan is a charming and naturally stunning surf town on the West coast of the North Island. You’ll enjoy two full days in Raglan to spend how you please. Roady recommends booking in a surf lesson with Raglan Surfing School at Karioi Lodge or Solscape Surf School, swimming at Ngarunui Beach, checking out the world-famous surf break at Manu Bay, having a beer at the YOT Club, and shopping through Raglans crafty retailers.

Driving time to Auckland: 2 hours

7

Auckland

 

 

“The Blindside” ends in New Zealand’s premier city. You’ll enjoy a full day in Auckland to spend as you please. Roady recommends catching the Ferry to Waiheke to explore the stunning beaches and vineyards of New Zealand’s most celebrated island. Other day options include: Auckland Bridge Bungy, exploring the sea life at Kelly Tarlton’s, relaxing on the beach at Mission Bay, or taking a stroll up Mt Eden for amazing views of the City.

Car drop off: Day 6, by 5pm

We partner with only the best car rental company in New Zealand – GO Rentals – so you can GO Anywhere on your Roady. We provide 4 car options depending on the size of your group:

SUV 4X4 – Hyundai Sante Fe or Similar – bold and beautiful just like your group of 5

GROUP SIZE: 5
MODEL: 0 – 1 year old
TRANS: Automatic
ENGINE: 2200cc
FUEL ECONOMY RATING: 4.5/6

 

SUV – Hyundai Tucson or Similar – sleek and spacious to get your crew of 4 where you need to go

GROUP SIZE: 4
MODEL: 0 – 1 year old
TRANS:
 Automatic
ENGINE: 2000cc
FUEL ECONOMY RATING: 4/6

 

SEDAN – Toyota Touring Corolla or Similar – smooth and spacious choice for a group of 3

GROUP SIZE: 3
MODEL: 0 – 2 year old
TRANS: Automatic
ENGINE: 1800cc
FUEL ECONOMY RATING: 4.5/6

 

HATCHBACK – Toyota Corolla or Similar – the perfect touring car for a couple or 2 mates

GROUP SIZE: 2
MODEL: 0 – 2 year old
TRANS:
Automatic
ENGINE: 1800cc
FUEL ECONOMY RATING: 4.5/6

 

Notes:

  • All drivers must be 21 years of age or over and have a Full Drivers Licence printed in English

Our hostel accommodation is carefully selected on the criteria of: great location, friendly and helpful staff, social and fun atmosphere, cleanliness of rooms and facilities, the comfort of beds and dorm rooms, and unique character. Our policy is to book your group into the smallest dorm room possible at all destinations. Check out our hostel suppliers below.

AKL

Auckland

 

  • Nomads
  • YHA Auckland
  • Verandah’s Backpackers
RGL

Raglan

 

  • Solscape Eco Retreat
  • Karioi Lodge
WTM

Waitomo

 

  • YHA
  • Top 10 Holiday Park
NPL

New Plymouth

 

  • Ariki Backpackers
  • Ducks & Drakes
WLG

Wellington

 

  • Base Backpackers
  • YHA
  • Nomads

The beauty of the North Island is that there’s so much to see and do for free. When you book the “Blindside” Roady you’ll receive our E-Book Travel Guide which shows you some of the regions best-kept secrets as well as discounts for your journey. Paid activities include:

Auckland 

  • Americas Cup Sailing
  • Sky Tower SkyJump
  • Kelly Tarlton’s – Sea Life Aquarium
  • Auckland Bridge Bungy
  • Megabites Fishing Charter
  • Auckland Sea Kayak Tours
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding

Raglan

  • Raglan Surfing School
  • Raglan Rock – Climbing & Caving
  • Yoga at Solscape
  • Kiteboarding
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • WildCoast Ruapuke – Horse Riding

Waitomo 

  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Legendary Black Water Rafting – Black Labyrinth
  • Lost World – Abseiling
  • Waitomo Glowworms – Boat Tour
  • Otorohanga Kiwi House
  • Ruakuri Cave
  • Aranui Cave
  • Roselands Clay Bird Shooting

New Plymouth

  • Sugar Loaf Island Kayak Tour
  • Egmont Quad Bikes
  • Adventure Horse Trekking
  • Manganui Ski Field
  • Pouakai Zoo
  • Tarawave Surf School

Wellington

  • Weta Workshop Studio Tour
  • Wellington Zoo
  • Rover Rings Lord of the Rings Tours
  • Embassy Theatre
  • Zealandia
  • The Enormous Crocodile Company
  • Wellington Cable Car
The Blindside - 7 Day North Island Road Trip
Auckland Viaduct
Sunset at Ngaranui Beach
Waitomo Caves - Stalactites
Mount Taranaki
Pouakai Circuit
Dawson Falls
Oriental Bay Boat Sheds
Red Rocks Wellington