I have booked flights to new zealand flying in and out of Auckland ( i have friends there). I would like to see as much of NZ as possible. I am travelling with my girlfriend in August. I have read so many things that I am now getting totally confused. I would love for people to suggest itineries for us to follow as well as answering the following:
1. Should we use public transport or hire a car?
2. Should we take the ferry or fly to the south Island and back?
Bearing in mind that the budget is not extensive!!
3. Should we prebook hotels/hostels and any tours that we want to go on?