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New to New Zealand -- help

Never been to NZ. Need guidance. 14-21 days.
13 years ago, January 3rd 2011 No: 1 Msg: #125823  
Could use the expertise of the forum on our planning to NZ. We are very flexible on departure/return. Thought 14-21 days would be good? Tours? Car? B&B vs hotels? Sent a similar request note to the NZ govt website,but, seems like they are on vacation. We are experienced in travel but, South Pacific is new to us. Any tips, thoughts,and connections would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Have a Great 2011 !

From cold and snow piled Minnesota,,,,

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13 years ago, January 5th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #125935  
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Hi Jack,

Welcome to TravelBlog.

The choice of tours v independent travel is a very subjective one - do you generally prefer to travel at your own pace, or prefer to sacrifice this in return for having all the organising done by someone else?

You could easily spend 14-21 days in either the North Island or South Island alone :-) Approximately what month are you thinking of coming? There can be a big difference in driving conditions etc between the seasons.

Just as a starter, here's a link to the National Parks. If you give us more of an idea of what you're interested in, we'll be able to make more suggestions. eg, beaches, cultural attractions, adventure sports etc

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13 years ago, January 7th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #126128  
Hi jack, Ive spent many months traveling through all of NZ, and will be there again late jan 11, I concur with Jo Trouble, what are you looking to see, beaches, mountains, small towns and farmlife? fiords,?and when? the season/weather makes a difference as to where to go. Id give yourself as much time in NZ as posible, it is a much much bigger country than it seems from a travel perspective, especialy if youre from the US as I am. A lot of variation between the South and North islands! either way you cant go wrong, its a spectacular country! if you have want to see both islands, you may want to fly between major cities, and then drive or bus into the countryside -the domestic air routes can be very reasonable, i/e/ Jetstar airlines, , and can save many hours of just hiway driving, for example Auckland to Christchurch on the south island roughly an hour by air, and spectacular scenery out the window on a clear day. Reply to this

13 years ago, January 7th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #126131  
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A word of warning regarding domestic airlines and baggage limits. Air NZ (the national carrier) allows one bag of 23(?) kg, and then charges per item of extra checked in luggage - $15 for the first, $50 for the second.

Jetstar works on the total weight. Reply to this

13 years ago, January 8th 2011 No: 5 Msg: #126230  

I just found these links on another persons frofile that may help you decided if you wish to hire a car or van since they can cost onyl $1 per day 😊 They are available for for a variety of dates but all seem to cost between $1 and $5 per day.. They are car rental companies who wish to have their car inanother location.. Some let you have it for up to three weeks!


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