New Zealand Rental Van Day Trip Ideas

If you’re heading to New Zealand on holiday, a rental van is a great way to get outside the main centres and explore without committing to a full rental car journey. Each of the main centres has a huge selection of nearby places to explore that can be reached within a day, and allow you to see a glimpse of the real New Zealand. No matter where in the country you’re headed, enjoy the change of scenery and pace. A rental van lets you bring as much as you want and split costs between family and friends – it’s definitely a case of the more the merrier!

Auckland Day Trip Ideas

Matakana – 45 minutes from the CBD and a natural playground. Contains a beach, forest as well as a small township offering shops and a farmer’s market.

Great Barrier Isalnd – Untouched native forests that hide hotsprings and clear white beaches. A winding road to get there, but truly worth it.

Duder Regional Park – Accessed via the Southern Motorway, a farm park that looks over the Hauraki Gulf and provides splendid scenic views of the entire city.

Christchurch Day Trip Ideas

Hanmer Springs – An alpine resort town just an hour and a half drive north from the city. Large pine forests with walking and biking tracks and the famous natural hot pools make it perfect for any season and weather.

Okain’s Bay – Located on the Bank’s Peninsula and offering a safe beach and shallow lagoon for kids to play in, as well as a sheltered pine forest for picnic lunches.

Lake Coleridge – A large lake nestled in a valley inland from Christchurch. Gentle beaches offer swimming and kayaking, and the journey there takes you through some of the beautiful Canterbury plains scenery.

Dunedin Day Trip Ideas

Larnach Castle – Located just outside the city, a fully preserved historic castle – and the only castle in New Zealand.

Taieri Gorge Railway – An historic railway line that can make return or one-way trips. Perfect for getting a glimpse of stunning southern mountain scenery.

Taiaroa Head – An albatross colony with nature walks and an information centre to learn more about these majestic sea birds.

New Zealand offers a huge range of day trip opportunities allowing you to see unique sides of the country without needing to pay and book extra overnight accommodation. Select a destination close to any of the major cities and enjoy your day out.