1. Be spontaneous!
Stop everywhere! You see an incredible view; stop and take a photo! You see a flock of sheep blocking your path; stop and take a photo! And so on.
2. Bond with friends…
On road trips, you get to spend a lot of time with your travel buddies, whether you have brought them from home or found them in your hostel.
3. … And share the costs
The more people you travel with, the more ways you can split the cost of fuel and food. For more ways to save money on the road, check out 11 Ways to Save Money and Stretch Those Dollars Further.
4. Go off the beaten track
Drive your car to places the tourist coaches don’t go.
5. Snack like a pig
For some reason, road trips warrant packing more snacks than you can eat.
Need to pop to the supermarket? Get there quickly and easily in your ride. (By the way, you can learn more about food shopping in New Zealand here).
7. Make your own timetable
You have pure flexibility with your own car. There’s no need to wake up at stupid o’clock to catch the earliest and cheapest bus or wait for public transport.
8. Everyone in the hostel will want to be your friend
Because you are awesome and have a car.
9. Pack as much as you want
No restrictions. No need to take everything out of the car every time you stay somewhere. No worries.
10. Choose your own music
Top travel tips to have the best New Zealand road trip!
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