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Travelling New Zealand Info

Q. Driving Distances >>

 

How Far to Travel in a Day

Remember that driver fatigue kills. Roads in NZ are often narrower and more windy than roads in other countries so taking a break from driving is even more important on these unfamiliar roads. If you are driving long distances it is recommended that you have more than one licensed driver and that you share the driving, giving each other a chance to rest.. If this is not possible, you should stop for a snack or a coffee every two hours.

The amount you would like to cover in a day obviously varies according to the nature of your holiday. Always remember that the landscape changes dramatically in New Zealand and distance does not always mean the same duration. Some drives involve mountains and winding roads which will slow your travelling time down, including stopping to be awed by the scenery.

Assume if you are on the open road in your campervan that you will be covering between 80 and 90 kilometres an hour, stops permitting. We would not recommend you travel no more than 4 or 5 hours in a day. Any further and the drive just becomes a tedious chore, and you fail to acknowledge or appreciate the scenery you are driving through. An ideal distance is between 200 and 400 kilometres, as that way you cover a fair distance but not enough to tire you out.

Remember, with the often stunning scenery it is not just about the destination, it is also about the journey. Play it safe with your driving, take the time to enjoy the passing landscape, and your holiday will be all the better for it!

 

 

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