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leonard

12 Days in New Zealand.

by leonard »

Arriving Auckland then heading north to Paihia then down the West Coast  to Coromandel Peninsulia etc, etc. Hire car booked. Neeed info. on moderate accommodation along the way (motels). Also planning six days in the South Island driving around and leaving from Christchurch back to Melbourne. Also need info on accommodation travel distances. Can we take the hire car from one island to the other. After leaving Auckland what is a good destination to reach on the first day.

 

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Leonard

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leonard

RE: 12 Days in New Zealand.

by leonard »

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.


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We are leaving Melbourne on October 9th and touring around bu hire care the next 12 days. Thanks for comments.

Leonard

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kringenwally

RE: 12 Days in New Zealand.

by kringenwally »

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 lane in each direction, except for the occasional slow lane/passing lane on hills; speed limit is generally 100 km/h on the open road.

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RE: 12 Days in New Zealand.

by /bio/passarinho9 »

You should ask the rental car company you booked with about the Interislander ferry crossing. I know APEX incudes a free vehicle ferry ticket with their rentals of 7 days or more:

http://www.apexrentals.co.nz/RentalCarHotDeals/new-zealand-car-hire-ferry-deals.aspx

Read the Interislander website on car hires and ferry crossings:

https://www.interislander.co.nz/faq.aspx#faq_18

In the past, we dropped one car off in Wellington at the ferry terminal and picked up another in Picton (from the same rental car company). It wasn't a big deal.

It takes 3.5 hours to drive from Auckland Airport to Paihia. Then did you say you are going from Paihia to the West Coast to Coromandel (which is on the East Coast)? The forecast is not great for Paihia/Kerikeri next week. Wet.

http://www.metservice.com/towns-cities/kerikeri

What else do you plan on doing in the Bay of Islands? Where else will you be going after Coromandel? And what is your route from Picton to Christchurch? 

Here is a distance calculator:

http://www.newzealand.com/travel/getting-to-around-nz/travel-times-and-distances/travel-times-and-distances-home.cfm

Here's another:

http://www.accommodationz.co.nz/distancesnorth2.html

Here is a link to driving itineraries on that same 100% Pure New Zealand website:

http://www.newzealand.com/travel/getting-to-around-nz/driving-routes/all-driving-routes.cfm

For accommodation, I generally check Wotif.com or http://www.holidayhouses.co.nz/ 
I'll also just book directly with an accommodation that I find good reviews for on Trip Advisor.
Even in the off-season, I try to book at least a day ahead. 

 

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esheeley

RE: 12 Days in New Zealand.

by esheeley »

Its very difficult to saty in Newzealand because too much expensive things in Newzealand specially hotels and food is very hig price when i was go for the visit of Newzealand i was just stay 6 days and huge amount of budget is spend on this tour....

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kasi222

RE: 12 Days in New Zealand.

by kasi222 »

Good route are you select betwwen the cities in New Zealand i have also experience of New Zealand and if you move one Island to another then you have chance to take car on rent and move where you want...

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RE: 12 Days in New Zealand.

by /bio/pauline-frommer »

Posting again so this discussion can be seen. Our apologies!

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