Have you ever starred at a postcard that has this amazing picturesque landscape and wondered if it’s real? Well, you will get the answer in this blog! Keep reading!!!
The idea of a road trip is always exciting isn’t it? A car of your own, music of your choice, breeze hitting your hair Lush greenery on either side of the road, cattle’s grazing to their hearts content and iced mountain peaks. Doesn’t it sound like a picturesque landscape? Well, it’s a reality in New-Zealand. They say NZ has more cattle’s than people!! What!!
When we wanted an epic road trip experience we couldn’t think of any other place than NZ. They say a road trip in New Zealand shouldn’t be the first one you go on because it spoils you rotten. It offers so much that any other road trips you might take in the future just leave you hankering for more. But still we decided to take this risk! ;)
We ventured into this journey from Australia. More on our Australia travel please visit my blog on tripoto. We decided to cover 2 major cities, Auckland and Queenstown in NZ. We flew into Auckland from Melbourne through Air New- Zealand, which is around 4.5 hrs and since NZ is 2 hrs ahead of Australia you kinda lose time on hand literally. Being an Indian we need visa to enter NZ which is an easy process to apply for.
The flight entertainment has useful videos on driving tips in NZ which is worth looking into as it provides lots of information on driving in NZ roads. PS: you drive on the left side of the road just like in India.
Few imp tips:
-Do buy a sim-card as it helps to venture on your own.
-Try to exchange currency in the city than at the airport as city exchange centers offer better rates.
- Buy travel insurance beforehand that will cover you for the entire trip. We opted for 1 cover travel insurance.
We landed in Auckland late evening. There is lot of options to reach the city like Sky-Bus that costs around 18$ PP, taxis and discounted taxis that really works out cheaper (cost us round 35$).
We had booked 2 days stay in IBIS Budget. Though the rooms are very small, its budget friendly and centrally located. Being Indian food lovers we found many Indian restaurants to opt for. Saving tip: They provide a free bowl of rice with every curry you order making it cost effective. The lunch combos are also money’s worth.
DAY1: We decided to conquer Auckland by foot as that’s the best way to know the city. Known for its Polynesian population and Maori language, Auckland is situated in the north side of Nz. Home to beautiful harbor, volcanic hills, beautiful views, hilly roads, food streets it brings out the vibrant side of life.
The iconic Sky Tower standing tall in the city center is an exciting hub to many adrenaline activities. We decided to do the Sky-walk which was a life-time experience for us. To walk on a 2mtr walkway (on a full body harness) with spectacular Auckland view at a dizzying 600 ft high is all money’s worth. The guide was really sweet who made us do few challenges that really got my blood rushing to all my body!
We rented a car from thrifty Auckland for the rest of our journey. We had booked it online prior our travel