New Zealand Rental Car Trip – Rotorua to Palmerston North

Monday, December 7th, 2015

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The road from Rotorua to Palmerston North takes you through the very heart of the North Island, and along some amazing scenery. There are also lots of places to stop along the way to go for a walk, grab a bite, see a geological wonder or explore a small town. It’s well worth a visit, and you can deposit your USAVE rental car in Palmerston North when you’re done and fly on to your next destination.

Rotorua itself is a true geothermal wonderland, with tons of adventure activities to enjoy. Because of the natural hot springs and bubbling mud pools, it’s a busy spa and wellness destination. The facilities are held in international esteem for their mud baths, mineral water hot springs and massages. For those who like a bit more adrenaline, there are adventure activities such as cycling and mountain biking, Zorb runs, luge tracks, white water rafting and more. The city itself offers great places to eat and stay, making it the ideal holiday destination.

Head south to the town of Taupo, which is perched on the shore of New Zealand’s largest lake. The road along the way is a surreal and unique panorama of volcanic scenery, with mountains and craters that can be explored with walks. There are geothermal parks and centres where you can access natural splendours such as geysers and colourful silica terraces. Taupo itself is a culinary destination, with fresh caught trout being served at a range of fantastic restaurants – or you can catch your own. You can also go swimming, kayaking or boating on the lake, and there are lots of nearby walks to enjoy.

For the fishing aficionados, Turangi to the south is a destination that can’t be missed. Full of famous trout spots that are scenic as well as productive, it’s also surrounded by beautiful scenery such as the Tongariro National Park, which is full of lush native forests, strange volcanic landscapes and other geological wonders. The Desert Road south provides excellent views of these volcanoes until the scenery gradually changes to soft rolling farmland, signalling that you’ve almost reached the quaint provincial city of Palmerston North.

For anyone wanting to see a slice of the North Island unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere, this is an unmissable journey.

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