Oct 21, 2017

Off the Beaten Track - North Island, NZ

Off the Beaten Track - North Island, NZ

With summer on it’s way, now is the time to book your rental/ hire car and get planning your epic summer roadies.

The North Island of New Zealand has so many incredible places to visit and spend time, so we thought we’d tell you about some of the coolest spots, off the beaten track.


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Posted by: Rite Price Rentals


1. WHITE ISLAND (Whakaari)

New Zealand’s active marine volcano lies 49 km off the coast Whakatane. On a beautiful clear day, you’ll be able to see the smoke from White Island’s constant volcanic activity from the mainland. You can visit the island from any city in the Bay of Plenty by taking a boat tour, which will also allow you to walk among it all and feel like you’re in a different world.


Looking for something to explore within the area of White Island? Make sure to check out Volkner Rocks, they are so far off “the beaten track” that you’ll have to go scuba diving to see the best parts of them. Volkner Rocks are the 3 stacked rocks next to White Island. “The Volkner Rocks rise from a depth of 200-400 m. These near-vertical rock faces are covered in colourful encrusting organisms including some recorded only at Volkner Rocks. They lie in the path of the warm east Auckland current, that sweeps subtropical water down the northeast coast of the North Island. This current brings many spectacular visitors to mingle with the locals.” Department of Conservation, NZ.


Ruakuri Bushwalk track is a highlight of the Waitomo area and it has a fascinating walk which will only take you around 45 minutes to complete. Easy to do with kids and it’ll take you past limestone outcrops, small caves, tunnels, stunning waterfalls and you’ll be able to spot a number of native birds flying through the scenic reserve.


West Auckland has 16,000 hectares of native rainforest, beautiful waterfalls and sweeping beaches known as the Waitakere Ranges. You’ll be able to discover many beautiful walks, waterfalls and beaches. A popular spot is Piha Beach, where you’ll spot “Lion Rock” and take a gentle climb up to check out the stunning views. Kitekite falls is another gorgeous spot to check out. Take a short walk through native bush and spend the afternoon lazing about and swimming in the fresh New Zealand water.


You’ll probably hear everyone talking non stop about the national parks of Tongariro, Fiordland, Aoraki Mt Cook and the like, but there are some amazing hidden gems in lesser known national parks, such as Te Urewera. This is where you will find impressive lakes, forest and stunning waterfalls which makes up the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk. Lake Waikaremoana is a place you don’t want to miss. Especially in the summer time. It offers long or short walks and even the short walks will help you discover places you only thought belonged on tropical islands.


If you’re looking  for safe and uncrowded swimming beaches in Northland, then Doubtless Bay is where you want to go. Discover the soft, sandy white beach stretching across 60km of untouched coastline! You can go snorkelling, walk along the beautiful pohutukawa-fringed beaches, and watch the dolphins and orca's out in the bay. Finish off the day by eating freshly caught fish and chips served on the wharf as you watch the ocean lapping up below.

New Zealand has so many gorgeous hidden gems which are always waiting to be discovered. Don’t forget to ask the locals for their tips and favourite spots. They’re bound to have some secrets up their sleeves.

If you’re looking for a rental or hire car for your travels and road trips this summer, make sure you give us a call on 0800 250 251 at Rite Price Rentals or simply book right here on our website. We can’t wait to help you discover New Zealand!