Wellington to Auckland Road Trip Itinerary


Sean and I lived in Wellington, New Zealand for the past 6 months. After finding out we were expecting our first child, we decided it would be best for me to have the baby in my home country of Canada. I would have the company of my family and of course, free health care. We booked our flights and packed our bags. 

Instead of flying out of Wellington, we thought it would be more fun to drive the 9.5h journey to Auckland and catch our flights from there. 

We woke up at 5:30 am; giving us enough time to shower, get dressed and pack the last minute essentials. With our luggage bags in tow, we walked to Thrifty Car Rental with a pit stop at McDonalds along the way for some coffee and a quickie breakfast.

We chose Thrifty Car Rentals as they have a FREE relocation deal from city to city in New Zealand. It was SO convenient for us and we saved some major cash!
The only expense we incurred was a $20 fee for a 2 day GPS rental and our fuel.

We picked up our car as soon as the shop opened at 7am. 

We saw some gorgeous views as the sun was coming out.

This pregnant lady had plenty of pee stops and snacks all around.  Imagine squatting on the side of the road with this beautiful view! 

We had one place that we wanted to stop at along the way - Mount Ngauruhoe. Mount Ngauruhoe is also known as Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings series. I've personally never watched any of the movies or read the books, but Sean was dying to see. Mount Doom is located in Tongariro National Park which is also home to Knoll Ridge Cafe - the highest cafe in New Zealand at 2020 meters above!

We arrived at the national park around 1pm. 

It took 2 long ski lifts to get to the cafe. It was Sean's first time on a ski lift and his first time seeing so much snow!

Unfortunately it was low visibility so I was unable to get cool mountain pictures - I bet the view would of been fantastic otherwise! 

We had some french fries & chicken nuggets inside the cafe then ordered hot chocolates to go.  It was quite busy and our drinks took a long time but the atmosphere was nice. 

We shared quite a few mountain top kisses! 

We made our way back down the mountain and prepared for another long drive. 

Our next stop was Hamilton, where we would spend a night at the Ibis Hotel. 

We arrived at our hotel around 6pm. We wanted to have a memorable night in Hamilton so we freshened up and hit the town.  We decided on eating at Keystone as we could hear really nice live music playing from the sidewalk.  We had garlic bread to start, I had a chicken fettuccini and Sean had a slow cooked prime rump steak. It was lovely!

Next,  we hit up the casino and lost $60. Neither one of us are big gamblers so we toasted our loss and hung out for a bit near the bar. 

By this time it was getting late and he had another big drive in the morning. We headed back to our hotel room and hit the hay. 

Around 9am, we enjoyed the free hotel buffet breakfast. There was plenty of options and TONS of fresh fruit. 

I didn't drink my hotel coffee as we made plans to drop by the Starbucks down the street before hitting the highway. 

We drove around in circles trying to find a parking spot. At one point, Sean accidentally drove on a cobblestone footpath thinking it was a road to drive on. It was hilarious! I was glad he finally did something stupid while driving too LOL.  We left Hamilton by 10:30 am.

We were still laughing about the cobblestone incident as we approached Auckland 2 hours later.  

We dropped off our rental and ordered a taxi to the airport. 
We made it in perfect time!

We checked our bags and received our boarding passes. 

All up, our trip to Auckland cost $140 in fuel, $200 for the hotel, around $100 for food/ snacks along the way, $60 for the taxi and $60 at the casino for a total of $560. 

Unfortunately, we flew in opposite directions. Sean went back to Australia for work and I to Canada as my Australian visa has not yet been finalised. It was a teary goodbye at the airport and our hearts were breaking. 

Gladly though it's only until Christmas and I've already started counting down the days until our next family adventure! 

if you're reading this,
Remi and I cannot wait to meet you at the airport this December!
We love you and miss you lots.


No comments:

Post a Comment