Home/Roadtrip #3: Auckland to Milford Sound
June 16, 2021

Paul’s favourite Kiwi roadtrip


From CarbonClick’s outset, Paul has been the driving force behind CarbonClick’s technology.
A trailblazer in Air New Zealand’s digital transformation, Paul built the foundations of Air New Zealand’s API development standards and practices.
He now uses his 20 years of software development experience to lead the team creating CarbonClick’s platform – making carbon offsetting possible for thousands of people and organisations around the world.
Paul was a finalist for the 2020 Chief Information Officer Awards for his work on CarbonClick.

This ambitious route ticks off quite a few classic Kiwi destinations and helps you see the length and breadth of the country.

“This was a few years back, me and some friends drove from Auckland to Milford Sound and back over Christmas. It took about 10 days and we passed through Tongariro on the way to Wellington, down via Christchurch and Queenstown, through Milford and then back up the west coast. We even did the Whanganui river on the way back up!

All in all, it was a pretty epic road trip. It wasn’t too long after I’d first moved over here, so was the first time I had really got out and experienced the majesty of the country and the real diversity of scenery and terrain as you go from North to South.”

This route takes 10 days; Total distance: 3,785 km; 895 kg of CO2, Total AA Smartfuel discounts to offset: $2.11


  • Do the Tongariro crossing on your way down
  • Stop off at Ōtaki forks for a swim before you head into Wellington
  • Have lunch at Lake Tekapo
  • Stop over in Queenstown
  • Make north via the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers
  • On your way back to Auckland, take a day or two to canoe down the Whanganui river


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