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New Zealand Touring & Road Trip Planning

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We have been creating great New Zealand holidays since 2004 and with our experience and your appetite for adventure we can create a truly memorable kiwi experience.

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Do I need to tip in New Zealand?

Tipping is not customary or expected in New Zealand however if the service or experience you encountered was exceptional and you wish to reward someone for a job well done a small gratuity would be welcomed.There are no set amounts or percentages, its usually a case of 'have a couple of beers on us' calculation. Many bars, cafes and restaurants have a tip jar at the counter  and it is common to put any loose change from your transaction in here when you order at a counter. Any kind of recognition is very much appreciated.

 

 

Which side of the road do you drive on in New Zealand?

In New Zealand we drive on the left hand side of the road - the opposite to Europe, USA, Canada etc. If you have not driven on the left hand side before there are a variety of helpful videos to prepare you and your consultant can advise. The best advice though is to take it easy at first and have your passenger as a co-driver to remind and help you become accustomed to driving this way.

What are road conditions like in New Zealand?

New Zealand roads are generally very well maintained and very well signposted. Finding your way outside of large cities is very straightforward and our directions and maps assist you everywhere.

There are very few motorways or large carriageways in New Zealand with most roads being just 2 lane highways. This does mean that getting from A to B takes a little longer than you might be used to (work on an average of 80kph/50mph) but of course the fantastic scenery makes it worthwhile.

What sort of clothing should I pack for my tour?

New Zealand is a fairly informal country and very few places insist on strict dress codes. If you’re spending time in one of the big cities then it pays to bring a tidier outfit for an evening out, otherwise comfort and practicality is key when choosing clothing for your visit. Layers are essential - as the weather can change rapidly. Natural fibres that draw moisture away from the skin like cotton and wool are the best for our climate.  

Ensure you pack a rain jacket
A wind and rain proof jacket is important to have when travelling here. As mentioned the weather in New Zealand is changeable, even in the height of summer. If you're heading to Fiordland National Park or the West Coast be prepared for a high chance of rain. These are among some of the wettest places on earth, but that in itself is part of what makes it so special.

Come prepared for water based activities.
Many activities in New Zealand are based around water. On activities such as hikes or glacier walks you will usually be provided with suitable equipment  - but if you're planning on going jet-boating, kayaking or swimming, don't forget to pack the appropriate gear.

Bring sturdy shoes for walking
All of the walking tracks and paths are well marked and well maintained so comfortable walking shoes or sneakers. However, if you're planning to venture into the wilderness or tackle any of New Zealand’s Great Walks, Hiking boots are a good idea.  

Protect yourself from the sun
The UV levels are particularly strong in New Zealand so be sure to bring a hat and at least 50 SPF Sunscreen.
 

What is included with my rental car?

Our tour packages include:

  • the rental costs for your car for the duration of your tour,
  • airport and ferry terminal fees where applicable,
  • additional driver fees (any number of additional drivers at no extra charge),
  • insurance & GST (New Zealand sales tax).

Tour costs quoted on our site automatically include full collision and damage waiver fees limiting your maximum liability. But we can arrange your tour with the level of insurance cover your prefer.

Note: you may be offered additional insurance to cover windscreens and tyre and other additional costs on collection of your vehicle.

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