1. Posted by lozk1985 (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hey all, i am going to New Zealand for 4 weeks, flying into Auckland and out of Christchurch. can anyone suggest a budget route or places i must see/ things i must do but on a backpacker price range. Any suggestions would eb awesome. thanks xxxx

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3932 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I would suggest spending maximum 10 days on the north island and the rest on the south island. Spend a day or 2 in Auckland and then head to the bay of islands and cape reinga right at the top of the north island. you could then head back down to rotorua for a couple of days and then down to Wellington. from here you get the ferry across to picton in the north of the south island. A typical route from here would be to head down the West coast - nelson (try to visit abel tasman national park if you have time), greymouth, fox glacier and franz josef glacier, te anau, Milford sound and doubtful sound (doubtful is prettier in my opinion, better value for money and less touristy). After here you could visit the Catlins, the Otago peninsula and Dunedin and from here head to Christchurch. There are a number of options from Christchurch - hanmer springs, kaikoura. mt cook and the banks peninsula are all worth visiting if you have time.
stray bus and magic bus are backpacker buses which cover all the places above and will drop you off at hostels and book onward accommodation and activities for you. They are good value and a good way to meet people.
send me a personal message if you need any more info about NZ.

3. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 438 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Actually I'd disagree - the South Island is gorgeous no dobt about it but is much more touristy and crowded and in prime times you can forget about getting any form of accomodation without a reservation several days in advance. A membership in one of the backpacker's clubs notably BBH will save you a fortune in NZ.

Off the top of my head (so forgive typos and mispellings - I think I have the place names mroe or less right)

In the North island head up to Goat Island, visit a couple of wineries, go to the Bay of Islands, out to the Kerikeri Peninsula, Mangonui, up 80 mile beach and the giant dunes (which might be some of the biggest in the world) for sand surfing, and up to Cape Reina for pure beauty.
Then head down see Rotoarua and the thermal world with the boiling mud, gysers, and steaming lakes. Then head out to see the Cormandel Peninsula and over to Waimea Caves to see the glow worms (which are really pretty cool) and do a little cave exploring. I also highly recommend doing the Tongararo Crossing hike.

The South Island is amazing too - but much more crowded with tourists but you could easily write a book on all the highlights. I opted to essentially do a big circle around the coastal areas. Chistchurch in my opinion is the dullest place in the whole south island so I wouldn't spend much time there. There are some great places including some real highlights like Abel Tasman National Park, the wineries of Nelson, the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, Surat Bay and the Caitlins.

Hope that helps a little.

4. Posted by lozk1985 (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks so much for your replies! It sounds amazing and i will really look into doing a lot of what you have recommended. xxxx

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