Best way to travel in NZ

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1. Posted by dvdedsky (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

With only about a week to spend in NZ I was wondering if anyone could give advice on the best way to get around the South Island. Renting a car? Buses, trains? Would appreciate any info you could supply. thanks.

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'd rent a car, no discussion. It's extremely cheap in NZ and you are your own boss which is always nice. Plus, the driving is nice and there is a lot to see along the way and a lot of different roads to take so you can go 'off the beaten path' somewhat if you like. There are so many backpackers renting cars that the whole car rental business is set up to accommodate drop offs in different cities if that's something you might need too.

The South Island offers some spectacular nature and amazing sights, as well as great adventure style tours as well if you're into that. For the latter, Queenstown is the place to be. Enjoy

3. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Rent a car/camper for sure. The Island's small, roads are good and the scenery always spectacular.

Just watch out for the lethal locals (some of the worst drivers on the planet) sorry kiwis but it's true.;)

4. Posted by lukegar (Full Member 23 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

If you didn't want to go for the car idea, as you are on your own and maybe want to meet other people, I would recommend the Kiwi Experience, Magic or Stray, I went around NZ with the Kiwi and had a good time, and you get to see alot of places and they stop inbetween places as well allowing you to see alot more of the countryside!


5. Posted by ernie (Full Member 33 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

if you only have a week, rent a car. if you bus it you'll look back and be upset at hou much time you wasted. It'll cost a bit more, but well worth every cent. sooo much to see, use your time wisly.