Top 20 Songs for Roadtripping Across New Zealand

A quality musical line-up can be a key player in a road trip across an entire (well, almost entire) country. This playlist kept three ladies sane during an insane drive from Dunedin to Wellington (1,152 miles completed in 20 hours with a total of only 4 actual stops and numerous coffees). These are songs that can inspire you, energize you, encourage your driver to stay awake at the wheel, provide the perfect background music, and fall into categories according to the feeling of the moment – whether the wind is blowing through your hair in uncontained mirth or whether you’re sitting in a moment of quiet contemplation (because, oh yes, you can easily go between the exhilarating freedom of head-banging jams and the thoughtful silence of acoustic rhythms in the span of ten hours).

Setting out on a Journey (roll down those windows, sing loudly)

In The Beginning – K’naan

Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root

Run Around – Blues Traveler

Highway To Hell – AC/DC

The Honeymoon Period (when it still hasn’t hit you that you’ll be sitting still for long past your sit-still limit)

Good Day – Nappy Roots

Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Eli Young Band

Rock Me On The Water – Jackson Browne

New York City – Among Savages

Get the Blood Pumping (aka: no sleeping at the wheel)

The Riddle Anthem – Jack Holiday and Mike Candys

Up On The Ridge – Dierks Bentley (for some reason, listening to this song always make me feel like a badass. I expect to find myself wearing a bandana, carrying a gun slung across my back, and riding a wild stallion)

Keep Your Eyes Open – NeedToBreathe

Pompeii – Bastille

Contemplative (energy levels low… must take break… gaze out at that view and think about the meaning of life)

Take A Minute – K’naan

Running For Cover – Ivan & Alyosha

Sweet And Low – Augustana

Skinny Love – Birdy

The Arrival (Are we there yet? ALMOST!)

Welcome Home – Radical Face

Carolina – Eric Church

Country Roads – John Denver (yeah, he and my aunt were good buddies. Just throwing that out there)

Home – Phillip Phillips (the longer I look at his name, the weirder it looks) (alternately, some heroic Disney music works really good as a sort of triumphant arrival/return finale…)

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One Response to Top 20 Songs for Roadtripping Across New Zealand

  1. Carol Brown says:

    We can relate. One summer we drove this same distance in a day. SanFran to Billings, MT. Never again.

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