Hire a Car?
There are lots of options for car hire, and it means you are independent, you can get to out of the way spots easily. This is important, as part of the magic of New Zealand is those out of the way spots.
I was driving one day North of Kaitaia and saw a dilapidated sign off to the right indicating there was a lake there. I found this magic spot, where I was the only person there. I pulled up, shared my lunch with the birds, and spent a glorious hour there.
New Zealand is full of spots like this, and hiring a car makes these spots accessible – on the spur of the moment you can turn off and find a spot that others only dream about.
What About a Campervan
One English friend, Barbara, arrived recently at Auckland airport and collected a tiny campervan built for one. She spent her entire year in New Zealand driving from host to host, and sometimes stopping for a few days at holiday parks and camping grounds. Barbara had included several months volunteering and wwooffing in her year, as well as sight seeing. She loved the flexibility and independence of her tiny campervan, but also appreciated being able to stay with people in a real house with a bedroom she could stand up in.
You can see platoons of campervans – small, medium and extremely large- making their way around the Coromandel Peninsula, and other tourist destinations.
My friend Ceridwyn Parr has written a great article about getting around New Zealand – and suggests some other options – Trains, buses, cycling and walking….
More New Zealand info for Women Travelers