Day 1: Auckland and Red Beach
Start your winter road trip of New Zealand’s North Island in Auckland, where you can immerse yourself in the city's rich history and culture. Marvel at iconic landmarks such as the Sky Tower, Auckland Harbour Bridge, and the Auckland Domain. Take advantage of a visit to the Auckland Museum, where you can explore the fascinating collection of artefacts and exhibitions that showcase New Zealand's heritage.
After a day of sightseeing, go to Red Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park, just a half-hour drive from Auckland along the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Nestled in a calm, coastal setting, the park offers a range of cosy north island cabins for a comfortable stay. On day two, wake up to dreamy ocean views and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before setting out to your next destination.
Day 2: Waitomo
Day two of your North Island road trip takes you south to Waitomo, where you can take a cave tour and learn about the fascinating life of the local glowworms. The Waitomo region boasts a series of limestone caves that are home to thousands of tiny glowworms, creating a surreal underground experience that you'll never forget.
After your cave tour, head to Waitomo TOP 10 Holiday Park, one of the nearest camping grounds on the North Island. This park offers a variety of accommodation options, including camping and self-contained units, and is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day spent exploring the caves.
Days 3-4: Rotorua
On day three of your winter road trip, make your way to Rotorua and explore the geothermal wonders of the region. Rotorua is renowned for its hot springs, mud pools, and geysers, all of which can be experienced in the many geothermal parks in the area, such as Wai-o-tapu. Take a dip in one of the hot pools or mud baths to soothe your muscles and unwind. Trust us, even in winter, these pools are a treat.
For a comfortable camping experience, Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park is where you can call home. This park offers a variety of accommodation options, from north island cabins and campsites to self-contained units and facilities like a hot tub and BBQ area.
On day four, take advantage of Rotorua's other attractions. Explore Redwoods Treewalk, a series of suspension bridges linked through the treetops of a redwood forest, and learn about the history and culture of the region at the Rotorua Museum.
Day 5: Taupo
When day five arrives, head south to Taupo, a scenic town located on the shores of Lake Taupo. Along the way, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Huka Falls, a beautiful waterfall on the Waikato River with crystal clear blue water. You can also take a scenic walk along the lakefront or get your adrenaline pumping with a jet boat ride on the Waikato River.
After a day of exploring, check into Taupo TOP 10 Holiday Park, a convenient and comfortable camping north island option with everything from campsites to self-contained units. Relax and unwind with a dip in the heated swimming pool, soak in the spa pool or enjoy some fun in the games room.
Days 6-7: Tongariro National Park
Start day six early and head to Tongariro National Park in central North Island. The park is known for its spectacular volcanic scenery, including the famous Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe (also known as Mount Doom from the Lord of the Rings movies), and the emerald lakes. Hiking is the best way to experience the park's natural beauty. Keep in mind that the park may experience snow and wild weather, so always check in at the information centre for current safety advice.
After a day hiking the national park, you’ll need a nearby place to stay. Ohakune TOP 10 Holiday Park is the perfect base, with comfortable camping grounds and convenient access to the ski resort and national park. This will be super convenient for day seven when you visit Whakapapa Ski Area for skiing and snowboarding - the best kind of winter fun.
Days 8-9: Napier
On day eight of your North Island winter road trip, drive to the beautiful city of Napier, known for its Art Deco architecture and gorgeous vineyards. Along the way, absorb the scenic drive through Hawke's Bay's countryside and rolling hills. Two days should be ample time to sample wine at some of the region's most renowned vineyards, such as Elephant Hill Estate and Craggy Range Winery. Because nothing makes the cold weather feel warmer than a glass of red wine in hand.
Hastings TOP 10 Holiday Park is just a short drive from Napier. This holiday park offers a range of campsites, cabins, and motels where you can wind down in comfort after sampling the wineries and other attractions in the Napier area.
Day 10: Wellington
On day 10, continue your journey south toward Wellington, a vibrant and cultural city that offers plenty to see and do. Stroll along the beautiful waterfront, visit the Te Papa Museum to learn about New Zealand's history and culture, and ride on the iconic Wellington Cable Car for epic city views.
For campsites Northland, Wellington TOP 10 Holiday Park is a great choice. Located just a short drive from the city centre, the holiday park offers north island cabins, campsites and motels. They’re the perfect place to rest your head after your winter road trip.