One of the many differences between the US and NZ is the road system. In the US, you can take several roads to get out of just about any town, no matter how small. Here, every place has basically two ways to go if you are trying to get to the next city. The inland cities of Hamilton and Palmerston North have more than two ways out, but that's not much to brag about.
Here's a map to show you what I mean:
Hubby sometimes takes me on some minor detours when we go out, but it's nothing at all like 'getting there another way'. The downside of the road system here that you have to see the same things over and over if you are going in a direction you've already been.
Being that we live in Taranaki (the lump on the left side of the island), we travel Highway 3 a lot. There is a point where you can see:
Mt. Taranaki/Mt Egmont on one side of the road
And Ruapehu on the other side.