North or South Island ?

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1. Posted by whitelight (Budding Member 36 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

Another travel option for me this year is New Zealand. I've heard lots of really beautiful things about such country so I feel excited if such trip will happen.

I have a few inquiries though (hope you can help me please) :

1. I'm planning to travel in early June (2 weeks). Is it better to spend it in the Northern or Southern island? What's the mininum # of days I can spend in either?

2. I found going around in Sydney quite easy (cabs, trains). Is it the same for New Zealand?

Look forward to hearing from you soon.


2. Posted by RP (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


The South Island will be cold in June but great scenery. If you love the outdoors then this is the choice for you. The West Coast is incredible and so is the far South. If you are more of a city person then stick with the North Island which is more populated. You could do a week in each but in the SI there is a lot of distance between places and if you are going to do this you would be best to catch some flights. I would suggest Christchurch and Queenstown in the SI, Auckland, Wellington, the Bay of Islands (far North) in the North

Getting around will be very easy (though our public transport is not quite as good as Sydneys). If you book them in advance flights can be cheaper than the train

Hope you enjoy my country


3. Posted by katesnape (Full Member 28 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

hey i'd do the north island if you only have 2 weeks as ive heard the south takes a bit longer as there is much more to do - but i guess it depends how cram packed you want your days? south islands is everyones favourite seemingly.
i had so much fun on the north island - what ever decision you will love it. there is loads to do to fill two weeks onthe north island. the hostels are fab and well facilitated.
good luck

4. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Respected Member 550 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

A tie. They're both excellent. So take your pick.

But I'd definitely just stick to one island if I was you. I've met people who have tried to see too much in a short period of time and have felt like they've been stuck on a bus for the best part of two weeks.

5. Posted by Kristo (Full Member 58 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I'd definately stick to one or the other. Don't try to fit both Islands in in two weeks. The time of year you are going will provide amazing scenery in the South. And the South is well known as the 'adventure' capital. It depends what you want to see and do, but I myself would definately go to the South.
Not sure what your budget is like, but you could check out and see if there is a Southern tour which suits you and your budget. I travelled with Magic for a month, and I found it was the best way to get around independantly and see all the sights and meet people.
Any more q's don't hesitate to ask :)

6. Posted by fdonk (Inactive 3 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

If you have 2 weeks, you actually can do both.
if you'd like some ideas here's a quite good sight to give you some info

surely depends in what you wanna do..
but if you love scenery and outdoors, none of city in new zealand you should miss.
auckland, rotorua, christchurch and never skip Queenstown

hope that helps.

7. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


I asked a very similar question a few days ago and recived a fab response . . .look under "what can I do in two weeks" . . .gives you some great ideas.

I am planning on seeing both Islands but am being quite strict with myself about how much I do. I did look at Magic Bus but decided I wanted to spend some more time in a couple of places, so will probably get a NZ pass.

I am there for the last two weeks of May, so drop me a line when you arrive (will be in Chritschurch until 6th June) and will let you know how it worked out for me.