What better way to spend a week in New Zealand than to travel across the West Coast of the North Island on Roady’s sensational 7 day New Zealand road trip – “The Blindside”. Take in the sights, scenery and sensations of 5 epic destinations on this stunning self drive tour.
One of the major highlights of the Blindside 7 Day New Zealand road trip is venturing out to the stunning Taranaki region where the amazing Mt Egmont National Park and West Coast shoreline await! Lonely Planet even named Taranaki one of the world’s best regions to visit in 2017 highlighting the Len Lye Art Centre and Pouakai Crossing as the two unmissable experiences.
You’ll get to see the best of the Naki as you base yourself in the buzzing little West Coast town of New Plymouth for 2 nights. Other highlights of the trip include Raglan’s stunning beaches, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set, and the vibrant atmosphere of New Zealand’s two largest cities: Auckland and Wellington.
This short and sweet 7 day road trip is the perfect option for those who want to explore a totally unique part of New Zealand. To learn more about the destinations on the Blindside Roady read on below.
Auckland – 1 Night
Auckland is home to incredible beaches, awesome volcanic cones, and the stunning Hauraki Gulf! These waters are blessed with great fishing, perfect sailing conditions, and stunning emerald islands. To see the city in all it’s glory get up the Sky Tower for panoramic views.
Diversity is the word that epitomises the spirit of Auckland. In the CBD, you’ll see Polynesians, Māori, Asians, and Europeans all going about their day in one of the world’s most liveable cities. Locals here have a passion for food, wine, shopping and some of the finer things in life. If city-life is not your cup of tea, a short walk or ferry ride will get you back into New Zealand’s pristine nature!
Auckland Must Dos:
Raglan – 2 Nights
Raglan is both a surfing hotspot and a dramatically scenic region of New Zealand with a number of breathtaking black sand beaches that attract visitors all year round. Watching a famous West Coast sunset is reason enough to visit, where gorgeous colours of pink and orange light up the sky!
The town itself has a quaint and vibrant feel about it. You can share a few beers with the local surfing crowd down at The Yot Club, browse the stunning art galleries that showcase homegrown talent, and shop till you drop with a strong Raglan Roast coffee in hand. After a few days spent in this laid-back surf town your soul will feel enriched and your body totally relaxed.
Raglan Must Dos:
- Artisan Shopping
- Swimming/Surfing at Ngarunui Beach
- Ruapuke Beach Horse Riding
- Sunset Gazing
- Bridal Veil Falls
Waitomo – 1 Night
The Waitomo Glowworm 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 New Zealand’s most inspiring natural wonders. Many of the caves have amazing stalactites (pointy cones of layered rock) growing down from the ceiling and the cave walls are decorated with galaxies of native glowworms.
The easiest way to see the caves is with a walking or boat tour. But for the more adventurous types you can try the unique experience of Blackwater Rafting or abseiling through the darkness of the caves!
Waitomo Must Dos:
- Black Water Rafting – The Black Labyrinth
- Lost World Abseiling
- Marokopa Falls
- Hobbiton Movie Set
- Putaruru Blue Springs
New Plymouth – 2 Nights
New Plymouth is a buzzing little town nestled between the impressive Mt Egmont and the gorgeous black sand beaches of the West Coast. The “Naki” is one of the only regions in the world where you can ski and surf in the same day. Something that you will want to tick off your bucket-list for sure!
The locals here not only have a passion for the great outdoors, but also love to celebrate a rich artistic heritage. Down at the waterfront, you’ll find the centerpiece for New Plymouth’s art scene The Len Lye Centre – New Zealand’s first and only centre for contemporary art. You may also like to ride a bike along the Coastal Walkway or trek the Pouakai Crossing to get up close to the stunning Mt Taranaki.
New Plymouth Must Dos:
Wellington – 1 Night
“We’ve got the wind, the rain, and the Phoenix! Oh Wellington is wonderful!” So goes the famous football chant of the Wellington Phoenix faithful – The Yellow Fever. But there’s far more to Welly than blustery gale-force winds and sideways rain.
The coolest little capital in the world is famous for a vibrant creative culture fuelled by quirky residents, great food, craft beer, coffee and events. Wellington is a city bursting with energy and personality. So hold onto your hats, and umbrellas, ladies and gents, Wellington will show you a wonderful time!