Are you planning the best places to visit in New Zealand this summer? You’re not alone. With so many great places to holiday in our beautiful country - the best way to see New Zealand is by car. Not only does this give you complete freedom to take more than just the essentials, but it also means you are all set for the most comfortable journey.

We tell you some of our top picks below to consider for your New Zealand road trip.

Noise cancelling headphones

Great for those summer festivals when you are trying to sleep - or for long car rides when you prefer your own personal soundtrack to the passing countryside. Many noise cancelling headphones are also wireless and come in a carry case so they won’t get all tangled up in your bag!

Choose which ones will best suit you with brands like Beats, Sennheiser, Bose, and Sony, all making high quality in-ear, over-ear, and on-ear noise cancelling headphones to choose from.

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Portable power bank

Don’t let your phone or camera go flat! A power bank will give your device that extra juice it needs so you can find your way or capture that picture. A portable powerbank is essential for long road trips so you can still use your phone without relying on a power connection.

Power banks cost as little as $10 so it could be the perfect Christmas gift for someone whose phone is always running flat! Some power banks have keychain attachments, two charging ports, and a range of power options.

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Cheap phone

$20 phones do still exist! A cheap phone is handy to have on your summer road trip for many reasons - use it for basic text and phone call communication, take it on your bushwalk or to a festival, it doesn’t matter if you lose it or it gets water damage because it’s so cheap!

Usually the cheaper phones will also hold their battery for much longer too because they aren’t required to run battery-intensive programmes. It will also help you switch off from social media and really connect with the road in front of you. Get connected today!

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HP Sprocket

Print memories instantly with the HP Sprocket. The HP Sprocket takes the photo off your smartphone and turns it into a keepsake using an app! Add frames and words, and then print the photo on a 2x3” printable sticker.

Stick the photos to the window of your car or put them in your travel journal! Instant photo memories to look back on for years to come.

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Lifeproof case

Live life how you want to! A lifeproof case keeps your phone safe from water, dust, and forms an extra protective layer around your device to protect against bumps and scratches. Take that phone snorkelling, kayaking, camping, and more, without worrying about whether it will survive the next adventure.

Lifeproof cases are submersible to 2 metres for 1 hour, and survives drops from 2 metres. It’s sealed from dirt and dust, yet every port, control, and feature remains available so you can use your device the way you want to.

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iXpand USB

If you’re visiting the best places in New Zealand you’re going to be taking a lot of photos… Cameras and smartphones can quickly fill up leaving you to pick and choose which memories you want to keep! Free up space on your iPhone or iPad quickly with the iXpand flashdrive.

Simply plug in the Lightning connector and you can easily move photos, videos and other files off your device and onto the drive. From there, you can transfer the files onto a Mac computer or PC or store them on the drive. Set the iXpand mobile app to automatically back up your iPhone or iPad camera roll anytime the drive is connected. No need to manually select which photos to back up. Every time you plug it in, it does the work for you.

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Portable Speaker

Get the party started with your favourite bluetooth or wireless portable speaker. Compatible with all bluetooth capable devices - anyone can be the DJ! Everyone knows a road trip isn’t a road trip without music.

Portable speakers come in all sizes and styles so you don’t have to stick with a big boombox if that’s not your style! Plus, the technology in speakers in today’s world means you can get massive sound from even the smallest speakers. Bring on the tunes!

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Don’t get lost this summer! And if you do get lost, don’t ask for directions. Find your way with a GPS, and get up to date traffic information on the go so you can get to your final destination faster*. “Are we there yet?” will also be a question of the past, as everyone will have visibility on how many minutes, kilometers, and toilet breaks there are to go before the holiday officially starts.
*On selected GPS

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Lightweight and portable, the book lover’s best friend. Weighing less than a standard paperback, you can pack hundreds and thousands of your favourite books into these devices - making them the obvious choice for taking on a road trip or summer holiday.

Not only do they weigh next to nothing, but the battery life is so good - you can go weeks without a charge! Passionate book readers will say the traditional book can never be replaced, but this is a great alternative when you’re trying to pack light.

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Rechargeable grooming kit

Stay looking fresh with a rechargeable grooming kit. Perfect for grooming on the go, a rechargeable grooming kit is perfect for camping or staying with family over the holidays.

Plus, many grooming kits come with attachments to tidy all the finer details wherever you are this summer. Trim, style, and shave with the single kit and keep yourself looking tidy at every family function!

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Tile Bluetooth Tracker

Stop losing your things! From lost to found, the Tile Bluetooth trackers make it easy to find everything that matters. Easily track the last known location of your things through the app and ring your things if they are close by!

From the versatile Mate to the wallet-ready Slim to the stylish and powerful Pro Series, there’s a tile for everyone.

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