Many people like to say that travelling to New Zealand feels like going to the end of the world because it is even farther away than Australia. However, despite the fact that it’s so far away and that it will take you 27 hours to get there if you’re travelling from Paris, for example, New Zealand is still worth visiting. If you’ve never been to New Zealand before, you’ll need a little bit of help to create a good travel itinerary and make sure you cover all the bases without missing out on anything worth visiting.
Browse through online accommodation options
First, you’ll want to look for accommodation options and see which one is best for you. Luckily, New Zealand has an array of available accommodation options. First, if you like to stay outdoors, camping is a great option. There are various camping sites in which you can pitch a tent or stay in your motorhome. You will have clean toilets, often hot showers too, and some of the sites even offer a kitchen. The prices are very affordable and go from $4 for children and up to $10 for adults per night. Make sure you book your campsite in advance. Hostels, hotels, apartments, and Couchsurfing are all also available, so browse through the Internet well before you opt for your accommodation.
Check transportation deals
New Zealand is composed of two islands – North Island and South Island, so if you want to visit both islands, you’ll need to switch between transportations. Starting from day one, if you chose to fly to Christchurch, a good idea would be to get a car rental from the Christchurch airport to your accommodation and continue touring the island by car. This is especially convenient if you're travelling as a couple or with a few friends. A car gives you plenty of flexibility and freedom to go where and whenever you want, without having to depend on a certain departure schedule. Internal flights are quite inexpensive, so you are free to check those out and do the New Zealand tour more quickly. To go from one island to another, you can also use a ferry instead of a plane.
Where to go in New Zealand
The highlights of the North Island are definitely the Bay of Islands for starters, where you can enjoy mesmerizing beaches and islands. Auckland is home to numerous volcanoes and real urban city life and it will certainly enchant you. If you want to learn more about the Maori culture, be sure to visit Rotorua. When you cross to the South Island, don't miss a chance to visit Abel Tasman National park and enjoy the lavishness of forests. The lovers of marine life will find Kaikoura fascinating, and if you've never seen a glacier in person, head to Franz Joseph and Fox Glacier. Queenstown will be a true delight for all adrenaline junkies, and if you’re craving water activities, be sure to pay a visit to Picton.
Best time to visit New Zealand
When you start planning your New Zealand trip, you should know what the best times to visit are. Being situated in the southern hemisphere, New Zealand’s spring is from September to November, summer is from December to February, autumn is from March to May, and winter from June and August. However, winter isn’t too cold and summer doesn’t get too warm, with temperatures ranging between 12 to 16°C in the winter and 20 to 25°C in the summer. Nevertheless, if you travel during winter, you should expect mountains on the South Island to be covered in snow. When it comes to rainfall, the north of the North Island gets more rain during the year, while on the South Island, rainfall is evenly spread throughout the year. During the summer months, prices will be much higher in New Zealand, because of the demand. If you plan to visit Queenstown, make sure you book early because it fills up.
If you're planning to visit New Zealand for the first time, the tips we've just mentioned will be of great help. However, you should also do a bit more research on your own, and don't forget to check the reviews online and know for sure if you're picking the right accommodation or the restaurant. Budget carefully, and if you want to save some money, avoid peak seasons when prices go up everywhere.