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Hotel reservations in advance for Nov trip?

Pacifica, California
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Hotel reservations in advance for Nov trip?

Planning on renting a car and driving around NZ in November 2012. Should we make hotel/motel reservations before we leave or can we make them while in NZ? We don't demand 5-star accommodations.

Happy New Year!

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1. Re: Hotel reservations in advance for Nov trip?

Welcome to TA.

I think you will be ok.

If there is a particular place you want to stay at, or say a particular room at a resort. Then book ahead (phone) as soon as you have an idea of when you are going to be there. But traveling with no fixed route or schedule has huge advantages. That is the only way we travel , with very few exception.

You just might get 5 star accommodation next year for 4 star prices?

Check out the things you definitely want to see, and plan the trip around the weather, Nov can be really nice and it can be variable.

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2. Re: Hotel reservations in advance for Nov trip?

Hi

I always recommend booking your first one or two nights to enable you to get over the journey and "settle in". For the rest, between now and November identify possible places to stay so that you can phone a day or two ahead.

November is well ahead of our busy domestic holiday season so you will have no problems.

Happy New Year to you too.

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3. Re: Hotel reservations in advance for Nov trip?

Thanks to everyone who responded. The consensus is don't book ahead. That's what I was hoping for so we could keep as much flexibility as possible in our itinerary.

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