im currently travelling in oz, which i have been doing for the last 3 months. Im planning to get over to new zealand, in the middle of june.
I was wondering what is climate like at that time of year???
What's the best way to travel around the two island (cost wise !!), would it be feasible for me to hire a car on my own?? and anybody know of any good car companies, that allow you to pick up from one city and drop off on the other island.
Thanks for any help or pointer....
North Island, especially Auckland and up: nice and "warm". That is, during the day it's 15-20 degrees celcius most days. Maybe rain one day in the week, cloudy two days in the week, and sunshine the rest of the time. At night and when it's raining it might drop down to 5-10 degrees or so.
A lot "worse" in places like Tongariro National Park of course.
South Island: take off five degrees from the above. But this is the absolute best time to be traveling the South Island. Places will be relatively quiet, and the Southern Alps will be absolutely gloriously covered in snow. Places high up - like Mt. Cook Village and Lake Tekapo have a decent chance of snow. It cuts down on the amount of walking you can do there, but it's absolutely glorious to sit inside and see the landscape once visibility has returned, and I've never seen more beautiful light than an august sunset in Lake Tekapo the day after it had snowed (so I assume a June sunset will be similar). Make sure to have some warm clothes, and don't even think about camping, and you'll be fine.
Depending on how long you'll be in New Zealand for, I'd recommend getting a travelpass (for less days travelling longer distances) or a flexipass (for more days travelling shorter distances) and thus doing it all by bus. The network takes you anywhere you'd want to go, busses go every day, and I doubt that you could get much cheaper transport when travelling by yourself.
Alternatively for a rental car company, I can recommend [http://www.ezirentcarhire.co.nz/]Ezi-rent[/url]. Rented with them twice - one time for a two week trip from Auckland to Christchurch, the other for a week long loop from and to Christchurch. They let you drop off a car in Picton/Wellington and then pick up a new one at the other side of the ferry, saving you the ~$100 that taking a car over would otherwise cost you. They also do airport and ho(s)tel pickups and deliveries; very convenient. Plus some of the lower prices I've seen. Their cars are older models (taken over from Nationwide, the other "brand" by the same company), and so there'll be scratches and little dents and all that on all sides of the car. When you rent it someone meticulously goes over all that together with you, marking it all down - and then when you drop off the car again, they'll give it a very cursory glance to see that you haven't been in any major accidents, and that's it.
Of course, you'll have to be comfortable driving in the snow at this time of year to even think about renting a car. Chances are you won't have to, but if you go anywhere near he passes (Haast Pass, Arthur's Pass ea: can't avoid them), or just the Queenstown/Mt. Cook/Lake Tekapo area (aka, the most beautiful stretch of New Zealand), there's definitely the 'risk' of snow.
Drat, that link should be: Ezi-rent.
Thanks for the info, Sander.
I'll look into that !!!
Is there any major cricket or rugby on in new zealand, during june or july?
yip sure is, the lions tour starts in june and is being played pretty much everywhere in NZ.
Check out the link
hope it helps
Do you think it will be a problem accomdation and travelling wish?
Has anyone used the flexipass in new zealand?? is it easy to book and fairly cheap?? or are there better options of travel i could use??
Thanks for all your help....
depending on how much travel you want to get done ie both north and south island, it maybe an option to drive. new Zealand is gorgeous to drive through and relatively speaking it wouldnt take u all that long to get from place to place, and this way ud get to see the lil townships along the way...
accomodation i cant see being a problem especially in the major cities ie auckland, wellington etc, dunno about the others sorry..
The big Lions rugby tour is not coming north of Auckland, so don't leave out the Far North, which is one of the best parts of the North Island. Hokianga is known for it's low population base and friendly people, you can relax in some of teh most remote places to be found in New Zealand
hey its a great time to be here most of the tourists ahve gone and the weather here on the west coast is way more stable crisp but stable and there will be plenty of opportunity to get a few turns in on the ski fields,
but it think those bristish lions supporters soon arrive and they will be sure to run a muck
at least untill the all blacks dominate them
anyways wrap up and have fun