I will be going to New Zealand in July and have plenty of time to travel around. As an Australian I can drive there. I have about 2 weeks before I start work from when I land. Is renting a car affordable? Or are there better options? I will have money by then (I hope) so guided tours aren't out of the question.
When you arrive whether in Auckland or Christchurch there will be cheap backpacker cars and vans waiting for you. Way cheaper then Oz, I'm talking $300 upwards depending on what quality you want. If you have 1 or 2 grand your sorted for a pimp ride. NZ is definitely DYI, skip the tours and meet the girls on the road! about 8 years agoAnswered by whoissteveanyway via Travellr.com
I've been to both the North and South Island, and while they are both amazing I think the South Island is better for traveling and more scenic. Nelson (the north of the south island) is spectacular, and you can drive there from Christchurch.
As an Australian prepare yourself to be humble as you'll get a lot of friendly tongue in cheek about the Austrlian cricket and rugby team! It's all part of the fun though! about 8 years ago
I have found that one of the cheapest ways to find accommodation in New Zealand is by booking holiday houses using sites like bookabach (www.bookabach.co.nz). For the unitiated, a bach is a holiday home in kiwi terminology.
Driving is a good way to go and I agree with Ian that the South Island is most certainly the most scenic of the two. Beware of the roads - they are full of bends and what may take you a few hours in Australia can take you double the amount of time in New Zealand! One of the highlights of my visits to the South Island was kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park in the north of the south island (although it might be a bit too chilly in winter!). Other highlights for me are a trip to the Milford and Doubtful Sounds down south - simply awe inspiring scenery! You also can't go down south without hitting the ski slopes in either Queenstown or Wanaka (or why not make it both!) about 8 years ago