The compilation sheds light into New Zealand history and culture.

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The compilation sheds light into New Zealand history and culture.

The best road trip soundtracks feature songs about the places you're visiting - which is easy enough to sort if you're cruising around the US or the UK. In New Zealand, not so much. 

You could spend hours compiling your own playlist of Kiwi classics perfect for a roadie from, say, Tongariro to Tikitiki. Or you could check out Radio New Zealand's interactive "song map" highlighting more than 50 tunes about destinations up and down the country. Each mapped song links to a corresponding YouTube video. 

"There are heaps of songs about New Zealand that express or unique sense of place," RNZ says on its website. "We rounded up as many as we could think of and plotted them on a map so you can explore the places behind the songs."