One of the absolute best ways to see New Zealand is by car. This will allow you the freedom to travel in the way that you want to, seeing all the hot spots that you wish to see, and possibly even stumbling across some unexpected surprises too. On top of that, the public transport system won’t take you everywhere that you need to be with ease, so cars really are the least stressful way to go.
There are guided tour options available to you, if you would like to travel down a specific route, or you can choose to go it alone – depending on what you want to see. Whatever choice you make, there are some do’s and don’ts to help get you started on your journey:
Pick the right vehicle
This will depend on your budget and where you want to go. For example, will you be staying in hotels during your travel or do you need a camper van? What sort of landscape to you intend to be driving on? Do you need something that works for rocky terrains as well as roads? Do your research before you go to ensure you don’t end up stuck with something unsuitable.
Research your trip in advance
You don’t want to miss out on something amazing because you didn’t look everything up in advance. Use fact finding websites, such as this one dedicated to Facts About Wellington, to make sure you know exactly what you want to get out of your trip – especially if it’s a once in a lifetime holiday.
Be careful on the roads
New Zealand roads are a little different to everywhere else, and to an inexperienced driver they can seem terrifying. The speed limit is 100kph because of the potential danger, so always be aware of this and drive safely. It’s also important not to just pull over to take a picture without checking that it’s safe first – however scenic the view is…
Always stick to your itinerary
While you’re in New Zealand, you will discover gems of places that you weren’t expecting. Don’t stress too much about this, just enjoy your time while you are there. You never know what you might end up discovering once you get there.
Ignore weather warnings
You can get some severe weather in New Zealand, and you will need to be careful of this. If you are worried about driving in any conditions, then don’t. Find something else to do where you are instead. It’s much better to be safe than sorry. The last thing you want is to have your journey wrecked by the snow.
Abuse the camping system
The New Zealand camping system can seem a little overwhelming at first, but it’s quite simple to explain. Unless your camper van has a toilet in it, you can’t freedom camp, you will need to go to a specific site. Be careful not to abuse this system because you can end up with a hefty fine.