3 Things You Need to Know about the New Zealand Driving Times
- Check and double-check your GPS route! Some GPS’ will propose the fastest route to your destination but not necessarily the best route. For instance, a narrow and winding logging road might be the fastest route to your destination in kilometres, but the road might not be ideal for your rental car or campervan. Check with a paper map or on the satellite view of your GPS that you will be following a main road.
- Allow extra time onto your estimated travel time. The New Zealand roads are winding and are sometimes gravel roads, which means you’ll be driving slower. Always add a bit of contingency time to your estimated travel times.
- Use the rest stops! Along New Zealand roads, rest stops on the side of the highways are clearly signposted with a picnic table icon. These are a safe place to pull over, stretch your legs and have a break from the long drive.
For more driving tips and road safety in New Zealand, see 12 Safe Driving Tips for New Zealand.
North Island Driving Times
Auckland Central to:
Paihia – 240km, 149m, 3h35minGisborne – 480km, 298m, 6h30minWaitomo – 200km, 124m, 3h10minRotorua – 233km, 145m, 3h35minNapier – 422km, 262m, 5h05minTongariro National Park – 326km, 203m, 4hWellington – 658km, 409m, 9h15min
Paihia – 475km, 295m, 7h50minAuckland Central – 233km, 145m, 3h35minGisborne – 274km, 170m, 3h45minWaitomo – 166km, 103m, 1h55minNapier – 224km, 139m, 3h20minTongariro National Park – 141km, 88m, 1h45minWellington – 460km, 286m, 6h30min
Paihia – 661km, 411m, 9h50minAuckland Central – 422km, 262m, 6h35minGisborne – 214km, 133m, 3hWaitomo – 306km, 190m, 5hRotorua – 224km, 139m, 3h50minTongariro National Park – 194km, 121m, 2h30minWellington – 323km, 201m, 4h50min
Paihia – 898km, 558m, 13h30minAuckland Central – 658km, 409m, 9h15minGisborne – 532km, 330m, 7hRotorua – 460km, 286m, 6h30minWaitomo – 274km, 294m, 7h10minTongariro National Park – 287km, 178m, 3h35minDon’t forget to check out The North Island Scenic State Highways.
South Island driving Times
Christchurch – 336km, 209m, 5hFranz Josef – 522km, 324m, 6h40minMt Cook – 666km, 414m, 9h45minQueenstown – 822km, 511m, 13h20minMilford Sound – 1109km, 608m, 18h25minInvercargill – 895km, 556m, 11h50min
Picton – 336km, 209m, 5hFranz Josef – 383km, 387m, 5hMt Cook – 331km, 206m, 4h55minQueenstown – 486km, 302m, 7h15minMilford Sound – 772km, 480m, 10h40minInvercargill – 566km, 352m, 7h20min
Franz Josef to:
Picton – 522km, 324m, 6h40minChristchurch – 383km, 387m, 5hMt Cook – 480km, 298m, 5h55minQueenstown – 350km, 217m, 4h40minMilford Sound – 625km, 388m, 8h15minInvercargill – 525km, 326m, 7h
Picton – 822km, 511m, 13h20minChristchurch – 486km, 302m, 7h15minMt Cook – 262km, 163m, 3h50minFranz Josef – 350km, 217m, 4h40minMilford Sound – 219km, 181m, 5h05minInvercargill – 187km, 116m, 2h24minDon’t forget to check out The South Island Scenic Routes.