From one end of the North Island to the other, one of the most popular destinations from Wellington is in fact New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. We always say the best way to experience New Zealand is by embarking on an unforgettable roadie, and the Wellington to Auckland route is nothing short of spectacular!
With over a third of New Zealand’s entire population residing in Auckland, you’ll never run out of fun and exciting things to do in the bustling city.
Auckland’s most iconic building is the Sky Tower, the tallest structure in New Zealand at a whopping 328 metres tall. You can get the family together and head to the top for 360-degree panoramic views of Auckland city, spanning 80km in every direction - it’s definitely a unique and exhilarating way to take in views of the beautiful city.
One of the best things about Auckland is that there are countless numbers of beautiful destinations within 45 minutes’ drive of the city centre - if you’re a fan of surfing, then head out west to some of NZ’s best surf beaches like Piha or Muriwai.
The drive from Wellington to Auckland certainly isn’t a short one - taking close to 9 hours with lunch and bathroom breaks. Luckily, there are many beautiful cities and towns along the way where you can stop for a night to give yourself a rest if you need it.