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Air, road or rail in New Zealand?

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Whether you plan to visit for just a couple of weeks, or whether you have a month or two to explore the fantastic country of New Zealand, you will need to think about how you plan to get around once you’re there. If you have limited time to spare, then using domestic flights in New Zealand can be a great way to focus on the areas you particularly want to include, but be careful – you don’t want to spend more time in airports than experiencing the destinations!

Our favourite method of exploring is by road, and more specifically with a hire car. Not only does this enable you to have the flexibility to spend the right amount of time in each place, but it allows you to stop for lunch, or to take photos as and when you’d like to – on your schedule, not someone else’s. Driving is easy in New Zealand – it is on the left, and with very little traffic on the roads once you’re outside of Auckland. In fact, you’re more likely to get caught in a traffic jam waiting for sheep to be herded across a road than for other vehicles! Motor homes offer a more flexible option for the completely independent traveller, and there is a vast bus network for those not keen to drive abroad.

There are two very scenic rail journeys in the South Island, which can easily be included in a tailor made itinerary. The Coastal Pacific route runs from Picton at the northern end of the South Island, down the east coast to Christchurch. The schedule is timed to work with the arrival of the Interislander Ferry from the North Island, and travels through wine growing regions and close to the stunning coastline. You might choose to stop in Kaikoura en route – renowned for whale watching.

The Tranz Alpine train runs between Christchurch on the east coast of the South Island, to Greymouth on the west coast, crossing the farmland of the Canterbury plains, and through the spectacular scenery of the Southern Alps. You might opt to stop at Arthur’s Pass – a stunning location high up in the mountains.

Of course, you could also opt to explore New Zealand on two wheels, or by foot on one of the long distance walking tracks.

However you’d prefer to travel around New Zealand, we can work with you to put together a bespoke itinerary to suit your requirements – give us a call on 01323 446550, email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk, or have a look at our website for more information – www.experienceholidays.co.uk.


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