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1. Posted by LucyLou29 (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

So, I've managed to convince my employer that it would be a good idea to let me have 2 months off to go travelling to NZ and Oz in October.....but I will be going on my own and not really sure where to start!

I have managed to narrow it down and know I want to travel around NZ and do the east coast of Oz (cairns to Sydney or the other way round) but not sure where to begin - I am a little scared about going on my own and not sure if it is best to start in Oz or NZ, and in which order to do things.

Is it easy to travel in a loop around NZ (ie starting in Auckland and finishing there) or better to start Auckland and finish Christchurch?? I have looked at the magic bus and similar in Oz and think this might be a good way to meet people, and get around. I am trying to figure out the easiest (&least scary) way and the cheapest flights I can get to make the most of my 2 months....

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks x

2. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

I guess it depends how you cope with the heat and strength of the sun (if you are fair-skinned). I would start with Oz in October and then head to NZ for November. You can do a loop as both Qantas and Air New Zealand operate several routes between the two countries, so if you are travelling north-south through NZ, there is no need to double-back upon yourself from Christchurch back to Auckland. Let's say you do Cairns down to Sydney, then Sydney to Auckland, travel overland to Wellington, get the boat across to Picton, then overland to Christchurch, then fly from Christchurch to wherever your final departure point in Oz will be.

3. Posted by LucyLou29 (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Thanks, I am a complete sun worshipper so the more sun the better! Have been reading up on the climate a bit and think Cairns should be the first stop so I don't get too much of the rain, I will be there late October.
Will have to investigate the flights as seems more expensive to do multi-stops in both countries? Time to start planning properly! Thanks.

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 7y

I agree with Buzzcock- it makes more sense to fly out of Christchurch instead of travelling all the way back to Auckland. Most of the long-haul agents in the UK will be used to booking this kind of route and will allow you to tailor-make your itinerary to a large extent.

Magic bus is a good way to do NZ, and Stray offer a similar service. You'll meet plenty of people on either of these buses.

You'll have a great time and I'm sure you'll be fine on your own! I did it alone and loved it :)

5. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

Quoting LucyLou29

Will have to investigate the flights as seems more expensive to do multi-stops in both countries? Time to start planning properly! Thanks.

It's worth trying both the Qantas and Air NZ websites for multi-stop routes; alternatively ring up their London-based sales offices for quotes of different itineraries. Given the cost of getting as far as Oz/NZ, the additional costs as a percentage may not work out a great deal more.

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7. Posted by LucyLou29 (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y

Thanks for your help - i have booked it!! Doing London - Cairns, Sydney - Christchurch and then Auckland to London via Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific and Air NZ.....only £850, which seems pretty cheap to me! The more i plan the more excited i am so can't wait for october now!! Thanks again! x

8. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 7y

Sounds like a very good deal. Have a great time!

9. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

It certainly does sound cheap, Heathrow - Hong Kong - Auckland return with Air NZ two and a half years ago cost me over a grand.

10. Posted by leahcrow (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y

Hi Lucy, I'm travelling up the East Coast on my own in Nov for six weeks, will you still be there around then do you think? Never done any travelling before so defo up for meeting up with people on their own too!
Leah :)