Myself and the gf are taking a month off work in april to see as much as we can in newzealand!
Will probably spend approx 3 weeks (21/22 days) there as will probably stop off in thailand on way to break up the journey (coming from ireland :-)).
Now ive been on various websites and saw a couple of tours that bring ye around in the 3weeks (tour company based in ireland) but they seem mad expensive!!
So any help, advise and recommendations would be appreciated - especially considering we've only a few weeks there - want to see as much as we can as this could be a once in a lifetime visit!!
Thanks in advance!!
hi - i'm in a similar situation to you. heading to NZ next april as part of my rtw trip but only going to have about 22/23 days there.
I'm planning on flying into auckland and out of Christchuch and travelling between the two on the Kiwi Experience hop on hop off bus. The route costs about £250 (its called the "sheepdog" and needs a minimum of 18 days so i;m going to be cramming it in a little bit but i reckon that thats the best way for me to see as much as i can in a short period of time.
Must see's - Rotorua in the North Island and Queenstown in the South. You're coming at a good time of year There's plenty of small towns dotted all round NZ that you'll be able to stop in to catch your breath. Organised tours are expensive, so if you can rent a car and go it of your own accord, I think you'll be able to get more for your $$. If you're interested in hiking the South Island has lots of great, world class tracks, although with your limited time frame you might want to stick to the more well-travelled routes. Look up the NZ AA (automobile association) site for a list of Kiwi-voted favourite activites and attractions to start your planning with
Stray bus and magic bus are also cheap and good ways of getting around the country. they'll take you to all the main places and they can book activities and accommodation for you.
- the glaciers on the west coast of the south island
- doubtful sound day trip (much less touristy than milford sound)
- bay of islands and cape reinga
- abel tasman national park
- stewart island if you want to do some tramping off the beaten track
(to name but a few).
Send me a personal message if you need any more info as I spent 15 months in NZ.
I've travelled pretty much all over NZ by car before and find it really easy and more flexible than using a tour. First stop is to go to the nearest Information Centre of whichever town you're in (most are very well posted with "i") and then look through all the brochures of the various activities there. You can get free maps etc and many of the staff are also very helpful in booking you to any of the activities, accomodation etc. My advice is to just do South Island alone for 2 weeks (although I live in the North Island myself) and not try to be too ambitious and do both the islands plus Thailand. NZ is not a place to try and cramp everything in - too tiring. Let me know what kind of things you'd like to do and I'll give you more specific info.