One pilgrimage that I’ve done for many years is to drive through Scenic Drive, Titirangi in West Auckland. You drive through the Waitakere Ranges, prime New Zealand bush. You are way above sea level and at times your ears pop because the height has changed as you drive.
You need to take care and pay attention to these roads as often after the rain there are slips in the road and a cliff on the side of the road. It pays to plant trees on hills as it prevents soil erosion and then the land becomes bare with rain fall.
I took these photos from the passenger side of the car.