It is deceptive when looking at a Northland map thinking a trip from Auckland (including Auckland Airport) to the top of Northland can be done in just a few hours. It can’t be done safely. Although travel distances might appear short, the roads & traffic flows are slower than many overseas visitors might be expecting. Please consider staying longer in Northland – a suggested itinerary can be found below.

Rest – Driver Reviver Stops Northland 

Our fatigue stops offer Northbound drivers and passengers the chance to take a break while enjoying free coffee and refreshments.

Fatigue Stop Schedule 2023/2024 – Location: Northbound SH1 Uretiti –

Friday 20 October 2023 (Labour Weekend)

Friday 15 December 2023 (Christmas lead up)

Friday 26 January 2024 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend)

Friday 2 February 2024 (Waitangi Weekend)

Thursday 28 March 2024 (Easter Weekend – with support from NZI)

Massive thanks to Fulton Hogan, our key partner helping make these Fatigue Stops possible.

The Extended 10-Day North Island Loop Itinerary

This itinerary adds a 2-night stay in Paihia, in the Bay of Islands, to the 7-day loop. This can be added at the beginning or end of the trip. An extra night should be added in Auckland as well to break up the drive from Paihia to the next destination.

Delays can also be caused by on-going road maintenance road works, occasional vehicle crashes, weather conditions & a large number of slower moving heavy vehicles etc. on our roads.

Long distance travel & fatigue are interlinked. When driving take regular rest stops, whether it be at local cafes where you can enjoy a world famous ‘flat white’ coffee or other refreshment and Kiwi hospitality. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery and friendly locals and you won’t regret it I’m sure. Northland has so much more to offer than just a quick ‘whistle stop’ – there is something for everyone. Drivers need to be refreshed and it is recommended that tourists flying into Auckland from overseas should ensure they are rested before renting a car or camper van and driving north.