I'm travelling to New Zealand (Southern Island) at the beginning of December for just under 3 weeks then heading over to OZ.
I will be travelling alone and just wondered if there is anyone else going over at around the same time?
I'm doing the Southern Island Kiwi Experience and wondered if i could stretch it out for 2 half weeks?... even though it states Minimum time around is 10 days. Maybe spend quite a few days in Queens town as i hear there's loads to do etc.
Then I'm going over to Oz but i am still undecided whether to go straight to Melbourne or Sydney. Is there anything to see between the two cities??
I'm going to spend Christmas and New Years in Sydney then head up the East coast with Oz experience (Bruce).
Does anyone how much i should budget daily for hostels going up the East Coast from Sydney to Cairns?
If anyone is doing the same route etc send me a post back and maybe see you out there!!!!
Pretty much every single destination in New Zealand deserves at least two days spent there, for most it wouldn't be amiss to hang around for 3-5 days. The Kiwi Experience is enough of a rushed tour as it is; no need to give in to that and stay on the same bus throughout. I'd recommend just spending an extra night at each of their destinations (outside of their Mahinapua west coast night), which would give you a 19 day itinerary.
If you still can, I'd also recommend holding off on booking the oz experience until you've spent at least a few days on the kiwi experience; I personally found travelling with that type of backpacker bus (tour) not to my liking, and ended up just making my own way along. It sounds like you've already booked the kiwi experience, but at least with the oz experience you should know what you're getting yourself into first.
Thanks for your reply. I've not booked either tour yet but will see what Kiwi experience is like and decide for myself.