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1. Posted by KerplunkNL (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

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Hi everyone,

Somewhere in June we (the three of us) are going to New Zealand. We arrive in Auckland and we would like to travel to the south to Christchurch (where our plane takes off) in a about a month.

We don't yet know how we're going to do that. We heard that renting a car is quite expensive. We also thought going with public transport and buy a PB-card or something for one month, is this available in NZ? Does anyone has any experience with the PB in NZ? Or has anyone (good) experience with other means of travel (like hitchhiking)?

Thanks in advance.

greetings from Holland,
Jelle

2. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 10y

Hi Jelle,
The best suggestion is to log in on Travellers Point Travel Help at the top right of the home page, and then select Oceania, then you can select the country,(NZ) this will take you to (New Zealand Travel Help,Travel Help > Australia, NZ and the Pacific > New Zealand) and a list of the travel helpers for New Zealand, and the first three on the list, Barry, Christine and Callum can all cover the questions you raise and give more local advice as well.
Good luck with that.:)
If you want more advice or help my son lives in Auckland and I can put you in touch with him.
Bob

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5535 posts) 10y

Quoting bob flinn

Hi Jelle,
The best suggestion is to log in on Travellers Point Travel Help at the top right of the home page, and then select Oceania, then you can select the country,(NZ) this will take you to (New Zealand Travel Help,Travel Help > Australia, NZ and the Pacific > New Zealand) and a list of the travel helpers for New Zealand, and the first three on the list, Barry, Christine and Callum can all cover the questions you raise and give more local advice as well.
Good luck with that.:)
If you want more advice or help my son lives in Auckland and I can put you in touch with him.
Bob

Hmm, well actually, posting in the forum with New Zealand specified as a country would have already notified ALL the travel helpers :) This seems the better option to me, as the answers are publically available. Still, if you want more personalised information, feel free to get in touch with them.

Re: the transport. Have you looked into the Kiwi Experience option? It's a hop-on, hop-off bus network. Not quite as flexible as having your own car, but still not a bad idea for a way to get around the country.

Hopefully some of those Travel Helpers will reply with more ;)

Cheers,
Peter

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

Thanks for the advice.

Good idea, I think I will ask some of the specialists about travelling through NZ. :)

5. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 10y

If I were you, I'd spend a few days in Auckland and then head for the south island via the Interislander ferry. There's so much to see and do down there, you will be desperate to see it.
The best way to see NZ in my opinion is by motorhome. This isn't too cheap, but remember that it's both accommodation and transport, so cheaper than it seems. You are also going in low season, so it's as cheap as it gets.
Head for Kaikoura in the NE of the south island, then cross over to the Franz Josef glacier and Milford sound etc and head for Queenstown, where you'll have a ball.

6. Posted by moniqueG (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Hi Jelle!
Hitch hiking is a very good option if your willing to take the risk. its not that dangerous but you have to be careful. but another option is also buy an old crappy car. you can get some for around $500, they tend to be pieces of crap but they will get you to where you want to go. and between 3 people its not really a bad investment. and you can also take it on the interislander ferry. Another option is also campervans. they are expensive but some businesses need vehicles returned to a certain locations so they let you take them for free if you deliver them. but there is usually a time limit to how long you can take. eg a couple of days.
If you wanna know anymore i'm happy to help!
Monique

7. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 10y

That's a good point Monique, I'd forgotten about that.
I used Pacific Horizon for motorhome hire and they have an office in Auckland and one in Picton, on the south Island. If you got lucky enought to do a run like that, it could get you over the water very cheaply.
You'd need to enquire a few weeks in advance though, and keep ringing just in case!

8. Posted by KerplunkNL (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Thanks for all the advice. What I noticed that no-one mentions public transport, like busses or trains. I looked at some websites for a monthly pass, but that's quite expensive. How is the public transport organised in NZ exactly?

Hitchhiking doesn't appeal to us very much. It would be fun to hike sometimes, but I don't think we would like it as our major transport.

To tour the island by motorhome sounds very nice, although it's quite expensive. I'm not sure I understand that part about businesses where you can hire motorhomes cheaper or even for free. How do you get in contact we such companies?

9. Posted by peeps (Full Member 114 posts) 10y

heres a few links:
http://www.newzealand.com/travel/sights-activities/activities/backpacking-new-zealand/flexible-transport-listings.cfm
http://www.travellersnz.com/
http://www.newzealand.com/travel/transport/transport-home.cfm
http://www.intercitycoach.co.nz/
http://www.magicbus.co.nz/
http://www.straytravel.co.nz/
;)

10. Posted by KerplunkNL (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Thanks, peeps! :)