The 5 Most Scenic Roads in New Zealand

Get a free quote today

to find out costs and procedures involved in shipping your car from Australia to New Zealand.

Posted on 21st December 2021

Enjoy the best of New Zealand, right from your vehicle window! Here are five of New Zealand’s most scenic roads.

1. The Milford Road

Starting in Te Anau, this 118-kilometre journey to the unofficial eighth wonder of the world,  Milford Sound, is absolutely breathtaking. As you drive through the heart of Fiordland National Park, you will be spoilt for picturesque points of interest; Mirror Lakes, Pop’s View, Lake Marian, Eglinton Valley, Key Summit hiking trail and the Chasm are all sure to delight even the most seasoned tourist.

2. Twin Coast Discovery Highway

The Twin Coast Discovery highway provides an ideal route for getting the best out of Northland. The loop journey starts and ends in Auckland, and ventures up the Kauri Coast, through the stunning Waipoua Kauri Forest and meanders around the sleepy Hokianga Harbour before heading towards the iconic Bay of Islands. Explore towering Kauri forests, pristine beaches and some of the most important cultural sites in New Zealand, all without so much as a detour.

3. Queenstown to Glenorchy

Escape the hustle and bustle of famous tourist hub Queenstown, and drive along the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu as you pass rolling hills and impressive icy mountain peaks. At the end of the road, Glenorchy is a charming settlement, perfect for a relaxing coffee before heading back to the city, or head out to the tiny settlement of Paradise (!!) via gravel road.

4. The Desert Road

The mountains meet the desert on the Tongariro Volcanic Plateau, which is accessible via State Highway 1. From Waiouru to Turangi, try not to be distracted by the trio of volcanoes rising from the tussocky plains, boulders and snow-melt streams. This landscape is truly unique, and major highlight of any trip up the main highway of New Zealand.

5. Arthur’s Pass

Arthur’s Pass is the most famous mountain pass road in New Zealand, for good reason. This journey across the impressive Southern Alps links the remote West Coast to the East and takes you through Arthur’s Pass Village (one of NZ’s highest settlements), the Devil’s Punchbowl Falls, and past hundreds of picture-perfect viewpoints.


Wherever you are based in the world, you can bring your vehicle to New Zealand to explore these roads for yourself. The McCulloughs team ships cars, caravans, and motorbikes among a wide range of vehicles from all over the world, to help both tourists and residents enjoy all the scenery the roads of NZ have to offer. Contact us to learn more

Our easy - 3 step shipping process

Advise pick-up location
Documents & shipping
Delivered to your door

Tell us the pick up location and we'll arrange a date & time

We handle all customs & shipping including insurance

Enjoy your toy, after it's delivered to your door anywhere in NZ.

Get Started

Related articles

Importing a Caravan to NZ – What You Need to Know
Posted on 15th May 2023
Ready to hit the road in New Zealand? Learn the ins and outs of importing a caravan to NZ with our guide. From costs to regulations, we've got you covered.
Read more

Mistakes to Avoid When Importing Vehicles to NZ
Posted on 28th April 2023
It is easy to make mistakes when importing vehicles due to the length and complex processes involved. Discover how to avoid any issues when importing to NZ.
Read more

Biosecurity MPI Inspections – What to Expect and How to Prepare
Posted on 29th March 2023
Every vehicle imported into New Zealand must go through an MPI inspection. Discover what these inspections entail and how to prepare your car for one.
Read more

How to Register an Imported Vehicle
Posted on 3rd March 2023
Looking to register an imported vehicle? Learn the rules & regulations around importing a car to NZ and Australia, so you can register your imported vehicle.
Read more

Increased measures - Takata airbag recall.. Read more.