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Taupo to Kaikoura drive

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 Tongariro Alpine Crossing
driving   /   2 days

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Taupo to Kaikoura road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Taupo to Kaikoura. If you're planning a road trip to Kaikoura, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

9:00 am  start in Taupo
drive for about 2 hours

11:10 am  Tongariro Alpine Crossing
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:10 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

3:52 pm  Bulls
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:52 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

7:30 pm  Waikanae
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 8.5 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Waikanae
drive for about 2 hours

11:49 am  Wellington
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 1:19 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:28 pm  Picton
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:28 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:27 pm  arrive in Kaikoura

day 2 driving ≈ 6 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Tongariro Alpine Crossing  (12 mentions)



Wellington  (63 answers)
    Te Papa Tongarewa - Museum Of New Zealand  (10 mentions)
    Cuba Street  (10 mentions)
    Mount Victoria  (8 mentions)
    The Bucket Fountain  (4 mentions)
    Botanical Gardens  (4 mentions)
    questions about Wellington:
        what's a must do in Wellington?
        Best activities/local things to do in Wellington?
        Cozy hotels for single in Wellington?

Picton  (15 answers)

What are some things to do in Kaikoura?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Kaikoura to Taupo drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Taupo to Kaikoura. Or get a full Taupo to Kaikoura flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend.

And if you know Taupo well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Taupo!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 586 miles
driving time of 14 hours, 26 minutes
Kaikoura is the same time as Taupo
16 Taupo travel answers
1 Bulls travel answer
63 Wellington travel answers
15 Picton travel answers
18 Kaikoura travel answers


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