Is this 2 week Oz/NZ trip doable?

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21. Posted by Barsaa (Budding Member 7 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Awesome. Love the Hobbit motel idea. And the Piha black sand beach sounds amazing. Since were only doing the north island, we’ll have more time to go up around coromandel, rotorua, matamata, Waitomo and then we’ll have to see what else we have time for.

We probably won’t make it down to Wellington I’m guessing, but I was curious what the city was all about.

Thanks everyone!! The big gaps we’ll have to fill now are where to stay (I heard serviced apartments, at least in Aus, are a great idea) and where to eat!

22. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1187 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I've been very pleased with serviced apartments. I've used Meriton Suites several times, mostly recently in Brisbane. I'll be staying in one in Sydney next month.

23. Posted by donaldsc4299 (Budding Member 2 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

We spent 2 1/2 months in Australia on one trip and 30 days doing the South Island in New Zealand and we felt rushed and missed as lot of places so you know my answer. Your trip is ridiculous. If you are committed to doing Australia and New Zealand and it was really silly to book your flights before doing at least some thinking about the itinerary, pick 2 or 3 spots in Australia and 2 or 3 spots New Zealand and forget the rest of your spots.

DON

24. Posted by Aniczek (Budding Member 2 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hi, fellow Americans here :) we spent three weeks in NZ and it was not nearly enough time. Drove from Auckland to South Island, made a circle and came back to Christchurch to return our rental Van. It was way too much driving. While the entire NZ is beautiful, if I had to do it all over again, I would skip North Island. Are you hard set on Australia? I second Sanders opinion, and suggest spending the entire time in NZ, South Island. I would be happy to share our itinerary, including mileage between locations. We used CampaSouth to rent a van, great people, vans in fantastic conditions and very reasonably priced. Also, download NZ Rankers App - a lifesaver while traveling in NZ. Hit me up if you have any questions!

25. Posted by Barsaa (Budding Member 7 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Lol thanks DON. If only we could all spend months and months in other countries and still feel like it isn’t enough! Sounds like a dream. As far as the flights, I did do some thinking about the itinerary since I posted one, but have plenty to learn :) clearly that is something I wish I could change, but cannot. So I will now focus on what I can change :)

Aniczek- my husband is pretty set on also seeing Australia, so I think we are going to do both. It does make some sad to skip South Island!!! But there’s a lot in north island I want to see too, and now we will definitely be committed to going back for South Island!!

How was the driving? I heard it’s windy and slow, but not too hard aside from that? Thanks for the tips!

26. Posted by donaldsc4299 (Budding Member 2 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I think that the South Island is prettier and more interesting but driving distances are longer and you will not be cruising at 70 MPH so the decision to do just the North Island is probably the best of a not great situation. Things are closer together there but you can still count on going only 70 - 80 km/hr and slower in towns. Most of the roads we drove on were 2 lane roads and sometimes winding but that is what made it fun to drive. We stopped often because things were pretty or because we drove through a town that was worth stopping at. Also, the locals do obey the speed limit and it can be hard to pass sometimes.

We do distance driving in the states where we average 75 MPH. You are not going to be doing that in either Australia or New Zealand.

One other thing - do not under any circumstances drink and drive. We got caught speeding in Australia once. They run an alcohol test on everyone that they stop even if you do not appear to be intoxicated. I would guess that the penalties are severe.

DON

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