I'm travelling to Auckland for a month this July, and was supposed to meeting someone over there, but they have let me down at the last minute. I was spending the whole time with them, so i have nowhere to stay and no plans arghhhhhh
Just want some advice on where to stay/go etc, the person i was meeting was supposed to be taking me everywhere by car, but now i don't have that luxury
If anyone is gonna be there around the same time, would be great to meet up so i'm not a total loner!!
I'm so scared
Hope to hear from you all soon,
oh no, i hate when travel plans are interrupted by someone else!! But no fear, maybe you could join a tour or something to fill in some of your time, see a lot of the North Island. Rotorua is great, touristy yes, but some cool stuff to see and do, and a good place to get a taste of the Maori culture. I've stayed in the Nomads hostel in Auckland and it was sufficient, check out hostelz.com for recommendations on other hostels. Maybe if the weather is on track (unlikely the way its been going lately lol, but you never know!!), you could catch the start of the ski season at Mt Ruhepehu if you'd be into that. Or keep warm by going north of Auckland, theres some great little spots up there that so many people miss. These are just a few ideas anyway, if you'd like more get in touch you'll have fun even if you are on your own!
Theres lots to do in New Zealand its relatively easy to get around. Decide what you would like to see - car hire is quite cheap compared the UK so maybe you could hire a car? I drove over there - and its the same side of the road as in the UK and quite easy - just remember follow the speed signs and you will be grand!
There is lots to do and see - are you going to stay in the North Island or venture over to the South Island? Just remember it is July you are visiting in so it will be the NZ winter (maybe you could go skiing).
North Island sites - Rotarua Geothermal area - awesome l really enjoyed it - quite tourist but plenty to see and worth staying at least a night or two, Waitamo - Gloworm caves - which are quite spectacular and if you fancy it you can go black water rafting too.
Hawkesbay region - wine area - you could take in a winery or 2?
Wellington - the capital city - its a nice laid back city not lots too do but you could use it as a base and go and take in a few LOTR sights which are scattered around the area? Or take a cable car up to the Botanical Gardens (if the weather holds up) take a walk around and then wander back down into Wellington City! Te Papau Musuem - this is good and worth and afternoon - and its free!
- this is only suggestions in the North Island and there are hundreds more l havent mentioned and more on the South Island. I suggest you maybe give some thought to what you would like to do pull together a rough itinerary and ask questions here on TP to help you on your way!
Time is of the essense for you though - July is really not that far away!
There are tours like Kiwi Experience and such that you could join which would mean you will meet other travellers and not be alone!
Youth hostels are EVERYWHERE - and very reasonable in price, with all amenties that you could wish for! Just use the TP accomodation link and you will get lists of hostels! If you are not sure about a certain one just post another thread and someone here will undoubtedly be able to help you out!
Good luck and have fun - New Zealand is a BEAUTIFUL STUNNING country!