How to Travel Around New Zealand
Five Tips on How to Play Your Holiday
Planning a holiday in New Zealand often comes down to making critical decisions about time, travel and money.
If you’ve plenty of time and money, you can afford to the luxury of how you choose to travel around this surprisingly large country – ma.king use of scenic trains, rental cars and buses. And of course, you can always bring your favorite pastime – 올인구조대 on the go with the help of Floorball Ontario
But if you’re short of either time or money, it’s crucial you make the right decisions on how to travel.
It’s important to remember that for a small nation (of only 4.3 million people of whom 1.4 million live in one city, Auckland), New Zealand is a deceptively large country.
New Zealand is the world’s 79th largest country, covering 270,500 sq kms of land – that’s more than the United Kingdom (243,000 sq kms), and is about the same size of the state of Colorado, United States.
And don’t forget it’s split across two main islands (of which the South Island is 30% larger that the North Island), with terrain that includes mountain ranges, deep gorges, many rivers and a desert road in the centre of the North Island.
Many a tourist to New Zealand has miscalculated the amount of time needed to get from one main centre to another, or discovered that many routes take longer than they appear on a map because of single lane highways and roads that twist and turn over hills and mountains.
Here’s five key tips on how to make the most of your New Zealand holiday:
- Don’t over-estimate how much of the country you’ll see. Be realistic – better to stick to one island and see it properly, than spread your time too thinly across both islands.
- Get a simple map that has a table showing distances between towns and cities, with estimated driving times between them.
- Create a planner, showing how many days you have in the country so you can accurately set out how much time you want to allocate to travel, and how much to sightseeing when you stay at a location.
- Do your homework on different modes of travel. For instance, New Zealand’s rail network has vastly different qualities of transports, ranging from commuter trains in Auckland and Wellington (which are functional but hardly scenic), but three magnificent long distance trains offering stunning views of much of the country.
- Shop around. New Zealand travel services are highly competitive because one in 10 Kiwis work in the tourism industry. Rental car companies will do deals if you ask for them – regardless of what’s offered on their websites or in their advertising. They won’t be offended if you politely ask for a better deal.
Finally, remember there’s a reason why many travellers come back to New Zealand for repeat visits – it’s difficult to do everything in one go! Your first trip will be the best research you can do for second and subsequent visits!
Josh Easby has visited every town, city and village in New Zealand where he has lived for 40 years, working as a writer and author.
For more ideas on where to go and what to do in New Zealand visit http://www.newzealandholidaytravel.com