Everybody’s probably heard a thing or two about New Zealand. This place isn’t just rich in culture, but the people here are warm and friendly and the views are AMAZING. Those who dream to travel to New Zealand and do a road trip can’t wait to do a whole road trip with nothing but fun and adventure. But just like any other place in the world, road trips like this need thorough planning to help you thoroughly enjoy your journey!
Listed below are the 7 tips you need to know to have a great time in New Zealand.
1. Use the Right Car New Zealand has incredible views that change dramatically after a few hours of driving. One minute you’re driving through the mountains, then you’re suddenly at the shoreline the next minute. It’s surprising but definitely an awesome experience. With that being said, you need to choose on whether you want a campervan or a normal car. If you want to camp out in scenic places, you can opt for a camper van that’s also budget-friendly because it saves you from paying for hotels that might take a chunk out of your wallet. Or if you want to stay at local hotels or AirBnbs, you can just opt for a normal car. Either way, it’s not going to change the views you’ll see as you drive.
2. Ask the Locals While the internet can provide all the mainstream details of your trip, it’s also better to ask locals about their opinions and recommendations. Of all the people, these people know their own place and will definitely put their best foot forward to help them show the beauty of it. Locals will also give you tips and hacks that you can use along the way. Whether it’s shortcuts or cheap accommodations, these locals provide better information than Google. Moreover, you’ll get to experience everything just like how locals do. Just be polite and these friendly people will open up easily.
3. Do Some Walking It may sound weird but ditching your car for a few hours to walk or hike in New Zealand is actually a good choice. There are so many views that you can see if you hike because a lot of areas won’t be reached by cars. Asking the locals for suggestions leads you to less crowded places that offer different kinds of views.Grab your best walking or hiking shoes, look for natural parks or hiking sites, and explore everything New Zealand has to offer. This kind of experience will get you out of the confinement of your car and give you a stretch with a view. Hikes and walks will never be the same again if you do it in this wonderful country.
4. Be Aware of the Laws New Zealand has been gaining popularity over the years and tourists just flock in like migrating birds; thousands at a moment. With so many tourists, the government has strict laws to keep everything at bay. Though the country is generally lenient, there are still some important laws that you need to know.First one would be to camp only in designated freedom camping areas. There is a system for freedom camping and it should be followed. Too many tourists tend to break this law and end up paying for $200. Yikes! That’s a lot of money that could’ve gone to good food or good experiences. Another thing to be mindful of is to not have 4 or more cars lined up behind you because it’s illegal; yes, but it’s reasonable. Being a new country and driving on the wrong side of the road can be quite overwhelming which makes you drive slow just to be safe. Plus, most roads in this country only have one lane for each side, which makes it harder for drivers to overtake. When you’re driving too slow, it’s better to pull over and let everybody pass. Look for pull-off points that you can use to stop and let other cars pass. You’re doing everybody a favor by not blocking off the road and letting them speed up.
5. Take Your Time Planning is crucial to time management. New Zealand offers a lot of natural wonders and getting to each one needs a significant amount of time. Drives can take hours and if you just squeezed everything, you won’t enjoy it. After all, you’re not just there to take a look for a few seconds, you’re there to enjoy and really take in the scenery. Road trips can be enjoyable, especially if you’ve allotted enough time to soak in everything. Travelling from place to place can be very exhausting if you’re rushing to follow your schedule. So, just plan your trip and allot enough time.
6. Set a Budget for Gas Well, if you’re on a road trip, the budget for gas is as important as your food and accommodation. It’s expected that when you’re in New Zealand, prices can be quite higher. They’re not the same with countries that have cheaper commodities because everything is exported, especially oil. Expect that you’ll be paying a lot for gas. The price of gas in New Zealand can reach a whopping $2 per liter, which really hurts your wallet. Make sure that your budget for gas is enough to get you everywhere you want to be. Don’t make the mistake of underestimating the need for gas and not having enough when you’re already on the road trip.
7. Use OnRoute for Documentation OnRoute is a new travel app that tracks your entire journey. From start to finish, you can document everything on the app and share it to others who want to experience the same things you did. You can share your cherished memories and save them for others to see. Not only that, you can also see the journeys of other people through what they share. You can get tips and suggestions that you won’t get on Google or blogging sites which is pretty convenient. It’s a good way to see how far you’ve come and how much you’ve already experienced with just one app. Who knows, you might just help other people experience the time of their lives.
These 7 tips doesn’t just guarantee that you’ll have a great time in New Zealand, but these also makes sure that you get your money’s worth. New Zealand is a pretty amazing country and all you need is a car to explore everything it has to offer. And don’t forget to share it to the world using OnRoute and see others have the time of their lives, as well.