Adventure Adventure

Driving from Auckland

Stratford, Taranaki is located southwest of Auckland nestled under the legendary Mountain Taranaki. Just five hours from Auckland (360 km) your adventure awaits. West Coast Highway | 5 hours from Auckland Get ready for some spectacular scenery, the West Coast Highway keeps you at the edge of your seat with many great attractions along the way. The 360-kilometre journey can be driven over one or two days to maximise the sights. If you fancy some of New Zealand’s best beaches, big surf, check out this road trip along the North Islands west coast.

Along the way, check out the caves at Waitomo. Taking guided tours since the 1880s, this is the original, iconic New Zealand attraction. Filled with thousands of spectacular glowworms, you will be amazed. Curvy and spectacular, Mount Messenger is your last obstacle before arriving in Taranaki where the real fun begins. Stretch your legs The West Coast Highway is a journey on its own. Stop in for coffee and pastries at the Fat Pigeon Cafe. Drop in on beaches that will rock your world.