13 days in new Zealand
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Dec 3, 2012 9:18 PM Last Post By: sneaker_fish
Dec 1, 2012 7:31 PM
13 days in new ZealandHello,
I will be traveling to NZ, both islands, in March 2013 for 13 days. My dilemna is the means of transportation. I've read endless posts, guidebooks and websites. I arrive in Auckland. I depart to Australia from Christchurch. I'd like to spend 4-5 days on the North island. The Bay of islands and Auckland being top priorities. On the South Island, Abel Tasman, Kaikoura, Mount Cook, Queensland, Milford and Doubtful Sounds and possibly Otago peninsula being the top priorities.
I'm at a quandary between driving or taking the intercity system. I love driving, but the prospect of driving on the "wrong" side of the road bothers me a bit. I drove in the Cayman Islands but I had passengers screaming to let me know I was on the wrong side of the road.
the bus would be nice, but i can imagine that I'd be missing many sights.
If anyone can give insight on the best way to go, I'd much appreciate it.
Edited by: buffalohockey15
Dec 1, 2012 10:54 PM
1You could have a look at something like this. They have a pass for both islands but it may miss out some of your must does. There are other bus passes, Intercity and Naked Bus both have them. But on some routes there are only limited services making travel fairly slow.
As an Aucklander, I'd advise not sticking around here too long given you have a really limited time and are reluctant to drive.
Dec 2, 2012 2:26 AM
2the bus uses the same road as a car would, plus you can admire the scenery and won't endanger anyone - sounds like you are not suited to driving on the other side.
however your itinerary is too over-packed even if you have a car. Assuming you mean QueensTOWN, fly there, then bus to Te Anau, base yourself there for Milford and Doubtful Sounds and then pick ONE of your other destinations.
Dec 2, 2012 5:18 AM
3As others have said I feel you are trying to cram in a bit much. Also on the south island especially there aren't that many roads full stop outside of the cities so you won't be missing very much at all if you get the bus as opposed to driving. You loose a bit of flexibility taking the bus as lots of the south island routes only have one service a day. At the same time though you actually get to see the view as opposed to concentrating on the roads, and they need concentrating on.
Whichever way you choose to travel I think you will have to take some places off the list, I know it is a tough thing to do from experience but you will enjoy the things you do see a lot more than if you turn it in to some National Lampoons Vacation.If it was me and I had your time limitation I would concentrate on the south island. That is purely a personal thing though and in no way implies that the north island isn't worth seeing, it is also stunning.
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Dec 2, 2012 2:28 PM
6Thank you everyone for your insightful feedback. I have been dreading that I have tried to see too much. I'm thinking of taking the Bay of Islands off my agenda and stay in Auckland for a couple days and take in the Hobbiton tour, then fly to Nelson and get one of the bus passes from there. Thanks again
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