We're in the process of planning our RTW trip for the end of 2010.
We hope to go to Aus, NZ and a few of the Pacific Islands.
We'll be arriving in Australia from Bali.
Before going to Cairns we would love to see some of central Australia and Ayers Rock. We are unsure of the best way to do this. One option is to fly from Bali to Perth, then from Perth to Ayers Rock and Ayers Rock to Cairns. Has anyone done a similar trip? Another option is to fly from Bali to Darwin, then from Darwin to Alice Springs and then a trip to Ayers Rock before flying to Cairns.... what do you guys advise??
We then hope to travel overland from Cairns to Melbourne and fly from Melbourne to Christchurch (NZ).
From Christchurch we intend to travel overland to Auckland.
From Auckland we want to head to LA via the Pacific Islands. Ideally fly into Fiji and then get a chance to see Tonga, the Cook Islands etc.
I've heard of a Pacific Flight Pass that might include 3 0r 4 flights, has anyone heard of this or recommend a way of doing it?
We hope to do the above in 3 months. (i.e land Australia 1st of Jan, land in LA 1st of April.)
Thanks in advance!
Hi, do you know what month you'll be arriving in Australia? It sounds like you'll be arriving in Summer (Dec-Feb) which means it'll be fairly hot and humid in Darwin, although if you're arriving from Bali it might seem mild
This also means it's the wet season up the northern end of Australia so many of the attractions around Darwin such as Litchfield National Park and Kakadu may be closed to vehicles. I'd fly in to Perth and have a look at some of the beaches in the area (check my travel pictures) then fly to Ayers Rock and then to Cairns. It will be VERY hot around Ayers Rock and the rock itself will probably be closed for climbing but it's still an amazing place. Don't forget to drink lots of water!
We are likely to be there around Christmas.
We might fly to Sydney/Melbourne from Bali and higher a car before driving up the coast to Cairns and flying from here to NZ. This would mean we skip out Perth and Ayers Rock.
An option in NZ is to higher a camper van for a month. Has anyone done this or have any advice regarding using camper vans in both Aus and NZ.
Briefly, car or camper van in Aus or NZ?
to hire a camper in both countries is a great idea there are some really good deals going on at the moment
We can probably only afford to hire a camper in one country and then a car in the other.
What would you recommend car in Australia/NZ or camper in Australia/NZ?
Tough choice. I think New Zealand will make the decision, with Australia getting the other option.
The time of the year you're going to New Zealand is high season (if I'm reading right; good to be explicit about such things; but basically late December - late February), with most hostels on the South Island being booked out several days in advance (and twins and doubles even weeks in advance). So if you wanted to go the hostel route that time of the year, you'd have to have a fairly rigid itinerary, with a campervan giving you the benefit of flexibility.
On the other hand, outside of that time of the year, a car makes much more sense in New Zealand, as a campervan will be struggling up the mountain passes, and you'll constantly have a stream of cars hoping to pass sitting behind you, which makes for fairly unpleasant driving. As Australia has far fewer mountain passes, the campervan is a better option there.
So, don't know what I'd recommend - I think it'll be up to you to weigh flexibility against unpleasant driving and decide based on that.