New Zealand is the place to admire unspoiled natural wonders, explore adventure-filled cities and soak up the relaxed culture and slow pace of life. Travelling that far afield a trip to NZ is often part of a much larger trip. There is a lot to fit into 2-3 weeks so it can be over-whelming. Here’s a few of our top travel tips which we hope will add to an awesome adventure.
Allow plenty of time
Hiring a car to drive around New Zealand is a great way to fit in as much as possible to your itinerary, while taking it at your own pace. Bear in mind that you will want to pull over frequently as the scenery is outstanding. The roads are also extremely windy, narrow and cover hilly terrain so what seems like a short distance on a map will take a lot longer than you think. Allow extra time, sit back and enjoy those incredible views!
Use the local i-sites
Every single town and city have an i-site which is basically a visitor centre. You can find maps, brochures or ask questions about what to see/do. They can be useful if you’re looking for some local advice or a friendly face to point you in the right direction. If you are travelling by bus they’ll often stop right outside here, ideal place for buying your next ticket too.
Start early and watch the sunrise
It’s a great feeling to claim you’re the first to see the sun in the world that day. Gisbore and Wainui beach offer a great vantage point to soak up the first rays, but to be honest no matter where you are in New Zealand the sunrise will take your breath away.
Plan according to seasons
The summer months are perfect for exploring the coastlines such as Abel Tasman, and escaping the British winter. The winter months are great for skiing and exploring the glaciers and Autumn is wonderful for avoiding the crowds and capturing the best photographs. Check our blog to find out more about the seasons.
Book well in advance
New Zealand is a popular tourist destination, and accommodation during high season often books up 12 months in advance. Whether you’re planning on ticking off one of the great walks or relaxing by a beach lodge our advice is book up now!
Prepare for all weather
If you’ve hiked in Scotland, you’ll know exactly what we mean. It can go from blistering sunshine to hail downpours within minutes. Be especially prepared on trails such as Milford track where there is a lot of exposed terrain and alpine conditions. Pack for all types of weather, have plenty layers and make sure to bring a packed lunch and plenty water.
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