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.
Day 5 to 9: South Island Part One
We went to the Picton, Kaikoura, Christchuch, Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook
Day 10 to 14: South Island Part Two
We went to Lake Wanaka, Milford Sound and Queenstown