The journeys listed here describe a number of the “iconic” self-drive routes in the country, as well as a few routes that are off the beaten track. The itineraries include activites and attractions along the way. Use these suggested journeys as a base to plan your own trips by using the "Customise this Journey" button and then editing the journey in the "My Journey" section to suit your plans. Finally, print it out for ease of reference during the trip.
Road trip. Just the mention of the word conjures up romantic images of the modern day explorer, or the great escape from a demanding job. At Nightjar, we are quite fond of our road trips. And, if asked how we plan for one, we like telling people that any road trip starts off by pointing the nose of the car out of the driveway and asking: “Left or right?”
The reality, of course, is a bit more mundane. In the first place, you aren’t really exploring, but taking leave, and usually have to be back at work the following Monday, or the Monday after that. So, it is normally best to plan in advance to make the best of the time available. More so when there is a chorus of “Are we there yet?” shouting out from the back of the car every ten seconds.
There are many jewels in the country, but unless you know an area really well, you will often drive right past them without even knowing they are there. This is even more the case when you are exploring an area for this first time. We think it is actually indispensible to have a basic idea of the lay of the land before you set out on any journey. It helps ensure that you “hit the good spots” first time around and don’t spend the week just figuring out where to go.
With this in mind, we have pre-assembled a number of routes for you to leaf through. We have also linked in a number activities and attractions along these routes. In most instances, these routes are too comprehensive for a typical break, and the list of activities and attractions too numerous. The idea is not to emulate them, but to use them as templates from which to design your own breaks. Happy travelling!