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11. Posted by jeffp (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Hello MJ75,

We used Maui Rentals (http://www.maui-rentals.com/), it was a brand new van, in fact the other vans in the fleet also looked very new.

Mind you also get quotes for waiver insurance before you book. As to what it cost, I really can't remember exactly, but I think it was around £300-£350 a week. We decided that a car and hotels would cost more, and it gave us great freedom. Plus, although it's not actually legal, you can free camp in many places and they turn a blind eye. There's nothing quite like waking up at the side of a stunning lake with the mountains in the background. You don't get that with most campsites!

Fuel prices (compared to the UK) are laughably low. They do however charge foreigners a tax on diesel that you have to pay when you leave. But it still makes NZ diesel very cheap.

Have a great trip.

Jeff
http://web.ukonline.co.uk/jeff.jane

12. Posted by jeffp (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Hello MJ75,

We used Maui Rentals (http://www.maui-rentals.com/), it was a brand new van, in fact the other vans in the fleet also looked very new.

Mind you also get quotes for waiver insurance before you book. As to what it cost, I really can't remember exactly, but I think it was around £300-£350 a week. We decided that a car and hotels would cost more, and it gave us great freedom. Plus, although it's not actually legal, you can free camp in many places and they turn a blind eye. There's nothing quite like waking up at the side of a stunning lake with the mountains in the background. You don't get that with most campsites!

Fuel prices (compared to the UK) are laughably low. They do however charge foreigners a tax on diesel that you have to pay when you leave. But it still makes NZ diesel very cheap.

Have a great trip.

Jeff
http://web.ukonline.co.uk/jeff.jane

13. Posted by mikescott (Budding Member 23 posts) 11y

Hi,
New Zealand is a fantastic place to visit on a limited timetable. However, trains are useless around the entire country. Most people who visit, particularly if they go to the South Island first, tend to make their way to Queenstown and hook up with a bus tour which will take you to places of interest.

There are also adventure tours which will take you hiking/tramping around glaciers and places like the Milford Track (well worth doing), but it depends on your budget...

North East coast is great if you like beaches, but the North West is the place to go. The Hawkes Bay (Middle East North Island) is fantastic around this time of year if you're looking to see some real NZ - miss out anywhere further south of the North Island: it's not very interesting (except Wellington, maybe).

You'll need a good two days to see Auckland (take a ferry out to the islands around the Harbour on one of the days).

Hope this helps,

Michael

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