I have finally decided to leave for NZ mid Feb 2012, I will be flying to Auckland around the 14th so that I can attend the music and arts festival, Splore. After that I intend on exploring the north island until mid March before heading to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Being the fact that I will be travelling alone, I was wondering if there is anyone else that will be travelling around the North Island at that time? I will be staying in hostels and also perhaps couchsurf for a few nights.
I am planning on going to Rotorua, Optito, Taupo, Whangarei, Wellington, Auckland-over to Waiheke Island too. Obviously, not in this particular order but would love if any one has any ideas of extra places, places to avoid or perhaps spend longer.
My final query is whether you reckon renting a car would be completely necessary? I've been told public transport is pretty far and inbetween but not sure whether I'd be completely confident driving in another country!
Any information would be much appreciated!
There's daily busses going everywhere you'd want to go; and on the north Island, quite a few routes with multiple busses a day. So no, renting a car is certainly not necessary. (Check Intercity and nakedbus, though there's also various regional alternatives.)
On the other hand, the roads are generally very high quality, very well signposted, and quiet, which makes driving through New Zealand rather pleasant. I can recommend it just for the added flexibility of stopping by the side of the road whenever the view totally takes your breath away (a common occurence).
Also, with a month to spend in New Zealand, I'd strongly recommend spending at least two weeks of that time on the South Island. It's even more gorgeous.
[ Edit: Edited on 13-Jan-2012, at 11:46 by Sander ]
Brilliant, thank you for your advice!
How much would you reckon I should budget for 3 weeks? Including, accommodation/food/etc...I will be doing it on the cheap using hostels and couchsurfing also..
Thank you in advance.
If there's any interest, I am looking for 3 people to share costs of a rental car to travel around NZ from late Feb till mid-March. More details upon request,
Have fun and safe travels...