You don't have to be 21 and fresh out of college to be an eligible road-tripper! In fact a little bit of time and wisdom on your side might work in your favour: with a bit extra cash and worldly knowledge to your name, it's time to stop repressing those travel dreams and get on the road!
Where better place to start than New Zealand? With the scenery, the adventure, the surfing, the skiing, the golf and the wine, there's really nobody that New Zealand doesn't cater to. And the beauty of travelling by motorhome? Well you don't have to confine yourself to one area and one activity. For solo travelers and pairs or groups alike, this is a chance to try new adventures, see new places and wake up to a different postcard-perfect view every morning – believe us, your friends- and kids -will be buzzing with jealousy!
For wine-lovers, I'm sure you don't need telling twice that New Zealand wines are amongst the best in the world. If you're in the North Island, why not take a look at our
North Island winery tour, which takes you through some of the island's most famous wineries including Mercury Bay Estate in Coromandel and Linden Estate in Hawkes Bay. As well as this, you'll stop at North Island's most famous spots including the Waitomo glow-worm caves, Pohutu Geyser and, for all you rugby fans out there, the New Zealand Rugby Museum.
Alternatively (or as well as!), try the five award-winning wine regions in New Zealand's
South Island: try smooth Pinot Noirs from Canterbury, rich Sauvignon Blanc in Blenheim and aromatic Pinot Gris in Central Otago, all the while stopping off at South Island's must-see destinations en route: Christchurch's Cardboard Cathedral, the hot springs at Lake Tekapo and the stunning surrounds of Queenstown to name but a few.
If you'd really like to soak up the atmosphere and indulge in a seriously delicious array of New Zealand wines without rushing, then why not take the opportunity to stay at a
maui Winery Haven? Wake up to glorious views of vineyards and spend a few days sampling the finest New Zealand wines whilst learning about the intricate production process involved in creating the country's award-winning wines.
Aside from being famous for its fabulous wines, did you know New Zealand has more golf courses per capita than anywhere else in the world? So for golf enthusiasts, a road trip following the best of New Zealand
golf across both the North and South Island could be the trip of a lifetime for you.
If it's just a brief stop you're looking for (or that's all your other half is willing to give you!) then South Island's The Hills course in Arrowtown is famous for being built especially to host the NZ Open: epic landscapes of mountain ranges are a reminder yet again of New Zealand's extravagant scenery. Meanwhile on the North Island, Cape Kidnappers in Hawkes Bay is legendary; for anyone in the travelling party who isn't into golf, there's plenty to keep you busy from the clubhouse spa (ahhh…bliss!), the weekly Sunday Farmers' Market and heaps of hikes to try out.
If the gorgeous golf courses across North and South Islands have whet your appetite for the magnificent New Zealand scenery then why not head to a few unbelievable spots that will take your breath away. Seasoned travelers Sarah Bennett and Lee Spencer (@BennettnSlater) have rounded up their
favourite scenic haunts in New Zealand – if you're interested in exploring some of New Zealand's 18,000 kms of coastline, then they'd recommend escaping the hustle and bustle and finding the deserted beaches such as New Chums beach which they describe as "absolute paradise". This beach is en route if you're travelling the popular Pacific Coast Highway from Auckland to Napier. If something a little more dramatic is your thing then the fantastic Marokopa Falls and Waitomo Caves are just half an hour apart on the North Island.
And if all you're really looking for on your travelling adventure is a chance to get away with your loved one and reconnect, then don't for once second think that hiring a motorhome around New Zealand doesn't have the potential to be romantic: cosy picnic suppers watching the sun go down in your own secluded spot, spending everyday going to sleep in a totally different city from the night before and making new memories together- a week-long resort in a familiar seaside destination doesn't have a patch on a
So: ready to take the plunge and indulge in your travelling dreams? Check out our
essential road trip tips to make sure you haven't missed anything and ENJOY YOURSELF. What's stopping you? It's never too late to have the holiday of a lifetime?