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    THIS WAS MY FIRST PROPER ROAD TRIP. You might scoff at me, because I’m raving about a 3000km drive as if it was a major feat. My idea of a long drive is the 45 min drive from my sister’s home to mine, so bugger off. 

    SOME TRIP SPECIFICS

    We flew into Auckland in the North Island via Qantas (~S$1100), and drove southward to Queenstown in the South Island.

    We rented a Nissan Tiida (equivalent to a Nissan Latio) from Apex Car Rentals for NZ$1,056 for 14 days. This is inclusive of full waiver insurance, ferry tickets for the car + 2 adults to cross from North to South Island, and a discounted tank of petrol. It wasn’t a powerful car, but it did just fine for our leisurely trip.

    In total, we spent about S$4,400 per person inclusive of all transport, accommodation, activities and food for 2 weeks in September.   

    Even though the GPS system was easy to use, I still recommend getting a travel sim for your mobile from Vodafone, available at the Auckland airport. Free wifi is not a widely available. For NZ$50, you get 2GB + 120 min talk time which you can use to call select international countries including Singapore. Great for calling mom after a skydive, you know, just to report that you’re safe and whole. 

    LINKS FOR THE WHOLE TRIP (coming up)

    Day 1 to 5: North Island 

    We went to Auckland, Hamilton, Waitomo, Rotorua and Lake Taupo.

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    Day 5 to 9: South Island Part One

    We went to the Picton, Kaikoura, Christchuch, Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook

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    Day 10 to 14: South Island Part Two 

    We went to Lake Wanaka, Milford Sound and Queenstown 

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