Can anyone advise me regarding hostels for travelling in oz/nz
Planning to leave uk in October. Do I really need to book weeks ahead or is it normally ok to wait until arrival in oz and see where my nose takes me, so to speak.
whats it like high season/christmas etc.
Any help would be great..
In NZ i got the impression it was cool just turning up at a hostel grabbing a room, however not sure about peak season. I think i remember the bus driver saying that in peak season they have to book up a day or two before.
Hostels on the North Island were all really nice... ACB in Auckland, Hot Rocks Hostel in Rotorua, Kiwi Paka in Waitomo (where the black water rafting is - awesome!) was really nice log cabins, Central Backpackers in Taupo and the YHA in Wellington. Hot Rocks was my fave - huge outdoor thermally heated pool and indoor spas!
Accomodation in Sydney over Christmas and New Year was pretty scarce, but there would always be somewhere - maybe not your first choice but hey. Alot of hostels were actually just chucking mattresses down in their TV rooms and stuff to fit as many people in as possible - cosy! hehe Other than that though the rest of the years seems ok to just phone ahead and book the day before.
hope this helps
I was talking to some hostel workers during my travels up the north coast of Queensland in Aus, and they said that anyone travelling during peak season really have to book ahead as rooms can't be guaranteed. We went up there in the wet season (NOT recommended for future reference!!!) so we had lots of rooms available. During Summer tho (over Chrissy!) it's absolutely packed!!
There's no need to book weeks ahead, but booking a day ahead is always wise. I would recommend waiting until you get there though before making reservations (other than your first two nights perhaps, purely for convenience).
I was in NZ over the peak season and I would definitely recommend booking two or three days ahead for Queenstown and Christchurch, as both places get extremely busy. For the rest of NZ I had no trouble booking a day in advance, but if you specifically want to stay at a certain hostel then again I would ring up 2 or 3 days in advance.
As for Australia, there were a few places down the East Coast where you had to book a day or two in advance, but in many places you could just turn up and find somewhere without any problems. During the Grand Prix weekend however Melbourne is completely full, and I've heard that Sydney gets massively busy over Christmas as well.