I'm getting cold feet on travelling to New Zealand in may/june time next year..
I will be travelling to Tokyo, down to Perth, across Australia and then over to New Zealand, from Feb/March until June...and as a typical Brit the weather there has just begun to play on my mind a little...
Obviously it will be winter in New Zealand..so a little chilly!
So who has travelled to New Zealand in the winter months? What's it like there? How many layers am I going to have to take? I'm not a big sports fan so I'm not going there for the skiing, more to take in the views. Any stories/advice/tips/ANYTHING will be greatly appreciated,
Which part of NZ are you planning on spending most of your time, North or South Island? Check out the far North if you're wanting to stay warm, but don't forget there's some awesome scenery down in the South - well worth rugging up for!
Kia Ora From one who grew up there - bloody cold ! Views down in the snow country will be spectacular so, warmly wrapped. you will love the scenery. Windproof and waterproof is the essence with good warm shoes.
Super people - friendly and kind; good food and wine; expensive but not by UK standards and wonderful scenery Have a great time
I better get out the thermal underwear then! Thanks for the comments. I am looking at touring both islands, I have heard so many great things about the south island so it's going to be a case of wrapping up warm isn't it! Very exciting though, just thinking about going gives me goosebumps!
Hey Hollie, I'll be touring NZ for 6 weeks during May and June too! Brrrr hope you have a wicked time too!
Anyone got any tips on the best bus tours to take round the Islands? Alternatively is car hire expensive over there?
Is it worth booking bus passes in advance or just going with the flow on arrival?
Hi Jo, it's going to be chilly I think but amazing! As it turns out I will be in NZ mid July to mid August now (even colder!).
How is the planning going? I have looked at buses too and there are quite a lot around, all quite reasonably priced, some are more party buses than others, it depends on what you want I suppose! Quite a few hop on hop off too.
Hiring a car does actually seem like the best way to see NZ though, unfortunately I can't drive! But if you can I think that's what I would go for. Good luck planning your trip!
Hey guys. The car rental market seems to be very competitive here and I guess during the winter the prices will be even cheaper - I've seen quite a few places renting cars in the region of NZ$15 a day inclusive of insurance, breakdown cover and maps. No doubt there is a dodgy high excess or something as a downside... not that I'm a sceptic! There are also quite a lot of backpackers who have bought cars and are looking for people to share the petrol costs and stick notices up in hostels. Happy travels, Vikki