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1. Posted by dogbrooke (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

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We are 2 Seniors with a rental car travelling the length of the country - how difficult is sightseeing with physical limitations?

2. Posted by hitesh_g (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

If you wish to drive along both islands without planning a hike, there are a lot of 'pull-over' areas where you can stop and take-in the scenic beauty and few pictures. So I'd say not too difficult, depending on what you plan to do.

3. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 10y

Driving a car through NZ is like sitting in a movie theatre watching a big wide screen: everything plays out majestically in front of you. You'll have little or no problems seeing the best that NZ has to offer from your car or from very near to where you park it. Even fully able-bodied travellers young and old rarely do too much demanding walking and hiking in NZ. There are boats on fjords and rivers; helicopters that take you to the top of glaciers and around alpine peaks; cable cars to restaurants on the sides of mountains. And if any of the roads are too inaccessible you can be there will be a local 4WD bus or car to get you to where you want to go. I must admit that one of my favourite things to do in this world is drive through NZ; the traffic is light and the roads are very good, and as previously mentioned the scenery is sublime.

4. Posted by jadeeagle (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

I really can't see a problem. Depending on how active you are/want to be. I took my 91 year old grandmother up to Arthurs Pass (in the Southern Alps) last summer! She is very shaky on her legs, but still managed to do what she needed to do in one of the more remote spots.

Also, distances between places is not that great, and as the other posts mentioned, plenty of rest areas along the way, with views to enjoy. Most public places legally have to have wheel chair ramps and rails, so even if your physical limitations are minor, you can still get to where you want to go... and perhaps check with your rental car company what you need to do to get a disabled parking card, and then you will have access to the best parks in the busier tourist areas, especially recommended if you plan to go somewhere like Queenstown, which was a parking nightmare a year ago when I was there.

On a financial note - most places have senior citizen discount rates - some start from age 60, others from age 65.

I'm sure you will find a way to do and see whatever you want to in my beautiful country. Enjoy yourselves!