• Highway 1, New Zealand.
State Highway 1, also known as State Highway 1 (SH1) is the primary arterial route in New Zealand, and it covers approximately 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) from Cape Reinga (map) at the northern tip of the North Island to Bluff (map) at the southern tip of the South Island. The highway passes through diverse landscapes, including cities, coastal areas, farmlands, forests, and mountainous regions. It provides access to numerous natural attractions, cultural sites, and scenic viewpoints, making it a popular choice for road trips and travel across the country.
Useful Tips for Travelers: Plan your journey carefully, considering the distances between major cities and towns, as well as available accommodations and services along the route. Take into account the changing weather conditions, especially when traveling through mountainous areas or regions prone to adverse weather. Be aware of New Zealand’s unique road rules, including driving on the left-hand side of the road and using metric measurements for speed and distance. Take breaks and enjoy the various attractions and activities available along Highway 1, such as visiting hot springs, exploring Maori culture, and experiencing the country’s diverse natural beauty. Keep up to date with road conditions and closures, especially during adverse weather or natural events.
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