I plan on visiting New Zealand in July of this year for a month. I was looking to obtain information as to the best way of getting around. I have looked into hiring a campervan, booking a bus tour and going from place to place on public transport. The problem I have is that they all seem to have pro's and con's mainly in relation to price. I wondered if anyone could give me and tips or advice on how to do this on a relatively small budget!
We look to travel around both the North and South Islands!
My wife and I are traveling with another couple so will spit the cost of a rental car...about US$500 each for two weeks. We will cover about 2000 miles so our share of the gas is about US$400 at 18 mpg since we are getting a larger car. Without the other couple figure twice as much for the rental car for two weeks and about that much for gas if you get 36 mpg.. Then there is about US$90 for the ferry. They don''t allow rental cars on ther ferry; you exchange cars at each end.
I tried to get more information at New Zealand has a hole in the ozone and we have a hole in our POCKETS...but it sure is beautiful!
who were taking a camper around NZ, so you can see what they wrote in reply (also see their following blog). If you have any further questions, you can comment on their blog.
We decided against a campervan since we were only going to be there two weeks, and there is a lack of privacy with two couples in a van. Our time is cut short in New Zealand becasue we are spending 18 days on a cruise from Honolulu to Sydney, visiting five South Pacific islands, and 3 days in Sydney.
You should be able to find the prices for each option you listed on the internet, but hopefully a fellow blogger will provide some information.
Just noticed that you plan to visit in July, which is the middle of winter. That should rule out a camper van. You may want to consider visiting at another time.
I agree with Bob that you may not want to rent a camper van in the winter... although that may be the cheapest.
NZ has a good public transit system. You can get around fairly easily on buses and stay in hostels.
Many of the roads are narrow and have plenty of twist and turns.
John-- where are you starting out? what country?
Asia, India and South America will be the cheapest areas you travel to on your trip. Our time in NZ and Australia were more expensive than we expected and we did a fair amount of research.
Hi thanks guys, I'll take this all on board!
I'm starting out in south america, moving around for three motnhs before hitting nz and oz! from there im moving on to south east asia and india before returnign home!
thansks for taking the time to reply!
Just a quick one on getting around and about, if your on a budget then I recommend doing some of the long trips you may have planned via intercity coaches. If you book in advance they can be really really cheap for the time spent on the road. Also you get to see the surroundings as someone else drives you :-) same as the greyhound service in America really, they were on time and yes sure its not the most space your going to get on a trip but it gets you there with friendly people to talk to. Based on my experience anyways :-)
Thanks, something I will look into for sure! Any particular company or will this be apparent as soon as I'm in New Zealand?
Yea when you get here they'll be loads advertised in the airport but if you do go with a coach company just to travel from here and there use intercity or naked bus :-)