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Best route driving Wellington to Auckland

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Best route driving Wellington to Auckland

We are looking for the most scenic route to take between Wellington and Auckland in late Nov. Any interesting stops along the way we should consider? We plan on taking 4-5 days to do this trip. Thanks in advance

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1. Re: Best route driving Wellington to Auckland

SH1 to Taupo is scenic, with views of the mountains in Tongariro NP on clear days. Once you get to Taupo, continue on SH5 into Rotorua, then go over to Mt Maunganui, and take SH2 through Katikati and Waihi up to Auckland.

Lots of places to stop and admire the passing scenery as well as enjoying some of the paid attractions within the thermal region (Taupo and Rotorua).

This route will give you land and coastal scenery as well as lakes and rivers. Numerous places to stop for 1/2 nights en route, according to your interests.

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2. Re: Best route driving Wellington to Auckland

Just to give you an alternative, although it misses Tongariro NP, taking SH2 via Napier gives you the Art Deco architecture plus wineries in Hawkes Bay.

Return to SH 1 at Taupo & continue through Rotorua as per Frangipani's itinerary, or continue north through the Waikato & Waitomo Caves.

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