In Response to Re: 12 Days in New Zealand.:[QUOTE]
You don't say what month? It has been my experience that in shoulder or low season you don't need reservations, motels are aplenty and if you keep an eye out in smaller towns and villages you'll soon see a vacancy sign. That gives you the freedom to stop where you like and not be bound by a rigid schedule.
Motel service is good across the board, amazingly so, the New Zealanders seem to have a concept of "low end" that is way better than the "low end" in the US. Just about all places have kitchen facilities in regular rooms. The standard question on checking in is "what kind of milk?" because they'll put your kind of milk in the fridge in your room... That tells you something!
Most car rental companies are not allowing to cross - but some have been mentioned as being ok with it, so check your car rental company's individual website for their specific rules.
For travel distances use the usual mapping websites. Roads are good although mostly one way each direction, except for the occasional slow lane/passing lane on hills; speed limit is generally 100 km/h on the open road.
Posted by KringenWally[/QUOTE]
We are leaving Melbourne on October 9th and touring around bu hire care the next 12 days. Thanks for comments.