New Zealand is a magical place. A country known for dramatic and varying landscapes, prime lamb, gorgeous Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs, friendly people, and stunning vistas. Here in New Zealand you’ll find activities to thrill the adventure seeking backpacker, keen hiker or mountain biker, or wine sipping, luxury lodge loving five-star traveler. It’s a fantastic place to visit, and here are three excellent ways to get around the land of the long white cloud.
New Zealand is a great destination for those wanting to travel the country in their own vehicle. Car rentals are cheap, and many travelers to New Zealand choose to rent a campervan of some size. Ranging from small vans with fold out beds in back, to cross country motor homes, these are great options for traveling around New Zealand – so long as you stay on the left side of the road. You can determine your own schedule, stop where you want to stop, and you’ll undoubtedly see more of both islands if you have your own transportation.
Sure, renting a campervan will cost you more than a car, but you’ll end up saving heaps (as they say) on accommodation costs by staying in campervan parks or freedom camping along the beach where it’s allowed.
If spending the night in your van listening to the sound of the surf sounds appealing, then seeing New Zealand from behind the wheel of your campervan is the option for you.
Believe it or not, hitchhiking is a very realistic – and exciting – way to travel around New Zealand. It’s very common here for anyone from dedicated backpackers to the common guy just needing a lift to put out their thumb. Common sense should clearly be utilized – hitchhike with a friend and during the day if at all possible.
If you think it is the right option for you, it’s a cheap (free) way to get around New Zealand. You’ll have to be flexible and willing to to wait when getting to out of the way places, yet you stand a chance of meeting friendly Kiwis. Use these tips for hitchhiking around New Zealand:
- Stand on the same side of the road with traffic gong in the direction you want to go
- Stand on the outskirts of town so the traffic that passes is definitely going the direction you want to go
- Make sure there is room for your ride to pull over allowing you to get in safely
3) Train Travel
While traveling by train isn’t necessarily a common way to get around all of New Zealand, it’s an option you should definitely consider during your trip. Considering the breathtaking scenery New Zealand is known for, you can bet there are a couple epic train journeys you might want to fit into your vacation.
The Tranz Alpine journey takes you from the South Island’s rugged West Coast in Greymouth to Christchurch over the majestic Southern Alps. It’s ranked as being one of the world’s greatest train journeys and is worth the trip. From there, consider leaving Christchurch on the Tranz Coastal route which heads north along the Pacific Ocean. You’ll pass Kaikoura where you can go whale watching and spot some Sperm Whales.
New Zealand is a small country and is quite easy to get around. Consider all or some of the above options on you trip to New Zealand.