The Great Kiwi Roadie List


So you’ve booked the leave, cracked open the piggy bank and are ready to go – but where?


New Zealand offers a plethora of fun activities and sights to see, and what better way to explore than a classic kiwi roadie. From Invercargill to Rotorua, we’ve put together a list of just a few of our favourite spots and activities – from locations with a Coupland’s store of course! 



Tauranga, Rotorua & Hamilton

  • You can’t visit Tauranga without heading up Mt Maunganui! After a approximate 40 minute walk you’ll be rewarded with stunning views at the 232 metre-high summit.
  • Rotorua is home to geothermal wonders, where you can relax and rejuvenate. Alternatively, get your adrenaline pumping on an eco-friendly zip line.
  • Head to Hamilton for some flora and fauna – they’re known for their beautiful gardens. It’s free entry, however there are guided tours should you want to explore a little more.


  • Blenheim is the gateway to vineyards in Marlborough, so why not explore one of their many wineries on offer? Alternatively, head to the Omaka Aviation Museum, which houses Peter Jackson’s collection of aircraft.
  • Nelson/Richmond is the place to be for car enthusiasts! Home to the Classic Car Museum, it hosts over 150 classic cars. While you’re there, make sure to check out their stunning beaches, and the Abel Tasman National Park.


  • Canterbury is the perfect base for exploring all the local townships in the region. A few stand out road trips include Akaroa, a small town on banks peninsula, home to the rare Hector’s Dolphins. To the west of Christchurch is Tekapo and Mt Cook National Park, which hosts the highest mountain and the Tasman Glacier. In Christchurch, the Botanical Gardens are a must visit.

Otago & Southland

  • Timaru is known for it’s beautiful historic architecture. While you’re there, make sure to check out Caroline Bay beach and see the Little Blue Penguins. It’s also where Coupland’s originated – Ray Coupland started selling his pies at the back of his dairy in Timaru back in 1971.
  • Oamaru is infamous for being the Steampunk Headquarters of NZ – make sure to check out their musesum of quirky exhibits. Just down the road are the Moeraki Boulders, large spherical boulders that make for great exploring.
  • If you’re in Dunedin make sure to take a trip to Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle! You can even stay in their accommodation should you wish. Dunedin is also home to the Royal Albatross Center.
  • Another city for petrol-heads is Invercargill, home to Bill Richardson Transport World and the Classic Motorcycle Mecca. Invercargill is also the gateway to exploring Stewart Island, which boasts beautiful walking tracks and local wildlife.


We hope you enjoyed our Great Kiwi Roadie List! Do you have any local tips, tricks or recommendations? Make sure to leave a comment below!


With 25 stores all over NZ, we’re with you nearly every where you go – make sure to stop in and see the team on your travels.


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