New Zealand is a lovely country and getting around it is absolutely easy. Here are the five best ways to get around NZ.
1: Car Rentals
Although it’s not as magical as backpacking in a new country, car rental companies such as Epic Rentals – Whangarei airport, give tourists to New Zealand a safe and reliable way of getting around the company. The number of winding, scenic roads in New Zealand can make travel by car even more rewarding. Do take care however, the roads are a little slower than U.S. highways - the top speed is around 70 mph. Also, remember to drive on the left side of the road!
Now, I know you’ve probably heard that Motorhomes such as RVs are exorbitantly expensive, and they are. At least, they are if you own one. If you’re just renting one for a short amount of time to get about one of the most beautiful countries in the world, then it’s well worth the investment. You get a campsite, a home, and a car, all in one! What’s not to love?
3: Hop-on-Hop-off Buses
If you find yourself struggling to be spontaneous, grab a hop-on-hop-off bus and stop off at one of the recommended accommodation or activity locations (with your suitcase in tow, of course)! Hop-on-hop-off buses are a great way to really get in touch with your inner explorer, and allow yourself a little bit of freedom.
For some, the idea of using air-travel to get around a country which is ostensibly just two islands may be ludicrous. However, to that I would say this – there is a reason that New Zealand offers approximately 25 cheap, domestic flights around the island. If you’re trying to get anywhere that would take you more than four hours to drive to, a domestic flight is probably a cheaper option. Plus, you can avoid getting seasick when travelling between the main islands if you take a plane instead of a boat.
Travelling around New Zealand by train is my least-suggested method because it’s the least effective. However, it is one of the most scenic ways to travel between some of the more popular locations in the country – say, between Auckland and Wellington on the North Island. So, if you just want to sit back, relax, and take in the countryside, taking at least one trip by train may be well worth your time.