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Help! cant decide on how to travel NZ

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1. Posted by Gooner_Ali (Budding Member 59 posts) 2y

Hi all

I'm looking into travelling New Zealand for a month or so in November around 6th, but i am not sure what to do? i was looking into getting a car or camper, but as i am on my own it wont be cost affective. has anyone rented their car by themselves and travelled around?

my other option is to get a bus tour, a stray or a magic, seems practical, will get you to areas you wouldn't think of going, plus its relatively cheaper. Not sure if I would constantly like to be on bus for a month though.

Im favoring towards car, but will more likely want a travel companion or two, if anyone would be interested?

cheers

Aled

2. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member 860 posts) 2y

Check out the travel partner section of Gumtree By November NZ is getting pretty busy, so even if you just headed over without a firm plan, you could look at the notice boards of any of the many hostels and find others offering rides to all the usual places.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3606 posts) 2y

I've travelled with Stray and Magic and thought both were really good. One of my trips was a month and I didn't find that it was too long on the bus. The passes that both companies offer are really flexible so you can spend as much time in each place as you like, and they're sociable without making you feel like you have to participate in everything.

4. Posted by Gooner_Ali (Budding Member 59 posts) 2y

Cheers Dodger

I'll check them out when i arrive

Bex: Which bus company would u favour if you had to pick one? especially for the north island?

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3606 posts) 2y

Quoting Gooner_Ali

Bex: Which bus company would u favour if you had to pick one? especially for the north island?

Probably Magic as they seemed slightly more professional and their buses seemed to be in better condition. Stray claim to get more off the beaten track though - one of the reasons I chose them for my South Island trip is because they went to Stewart Island. That was a few years ago now though so both companies may offer different routes/passes than they did then.

6. Posted by CindyHelens (Budding Member 7 posts) 2y

Most foreign driver licenses are acceptable in New Zealand (check with your travel agent). New Zealanders drive on the left, give way to all traffic crossing or approaching from the right. Most rental car companies will provide a short list of the more important rules.