Nov 012010
Wellington “Best Little Capital in the World” : Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2011

Tweet Lonely Planet has named Wellington 4th in the top ten cities of the world to visit in 2011.  According to Lonely Planet : With its quaint wooden houses tumbling down a ring of hills to the city centre, clustered on reclaimed land around the glittering harbour, in ‘100% Pure New Zealand’, the country’s most [read more…]

Oct 132010
Guide to buying a used backpacking car or campervan in New Zealand

Tweet Although it may seem crazy for a lot of countries, many long term budget travellers and backpackers in New Zealand buy used cars or campervans (motorhomes or smaller) to get around. There’s a huge choice of vehicles imported from Japan, auto and manual, diesel and petrol, and cars and vans. Optional (but recommended) insurance [read more…]

Oct 042010
Backpacker Bus Tours of New Zealand

Tweet Bus tours are one of the most popular methods of travelling around New Zealand for backpackers, longer term and budget travellers.  The most popular options are Kiwi Experience, Magic Bus, Stray Travel, and the public transport network, but which is most suitable for you? Travel Passes Most of the transport options below will offer [read more…]

Sep 292010
Everyday shopping – Where to Shop in New Zealand

Tweet I always find shopping in a new country is interesting.  In New Zealand there’s a whole load of interesting foods from feijoa fruits to kumara, and there can be different names used than what you may use back home.  For everyday shopping in New Zealand there are only a few large chains around, but [read more…]

Sep 292010
Entertainment Book – dining and entertainment offers throughout New Zealand

Tweet The Entertainment book is a bit of a institution in New Zealand and can be used to get 2 for 1 budget deals, discounts and other offers for dining, activities, hotels and entertainment.  Offers are available throughout the country, particularly in the well populated locations such as Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown, Waikato and [read more…]

Sep 292010
Sim Cards and Mobile Phones – Which one for New Zealand?

Tweet If you want to buy a contact or prepaid SIM card for your mobile in New Zealand you have a limited selection of only three operators : Telecom, Vodafone, and 2Degrees.  This guide will give you an overview of which company to select during your visit. Telecom mobiles never used to have SIM cards [read more…]