We spent 2 months in NZ in the mid 70s and have always wanted to go back.
Rough Idea is to fly air nz to Los Angeles and stay a few days with friend in order to lessen the jet lag. (we really suffered 2 years ago when we flew direct to Oz). Then fly into Auckland. There we would pick up a hire car and spend about three weeks traveling round both islands. Is three weeks a bit too rushed? I appreciate more time would be nicer. Return journey we would probably do in one hit, unless there is a particuarly nice place to stop over at you know of.
Weather.... We don't like excessive heat and we think Jan/Feb won't be as hot as OZ. Correct?
Accomodation..... On previous touring holidays I have carefully planed each stop and sussed out somewhere to stay in advance. However this time we want to be more flexible. Is NZ the sort of place where you can just turn up at a town and get a room on spec? We'd probably book the first few nights in Auckland.
Costs.... Is NZ as expensive as OZ.? We were quite surprised at the relativly high price of stuff compared to UK in Oz..
Itinerary........ We have a few preliminary ideas, but would someone be prepared to suggest a route taking in the major sights.
Car hire... Is it feasable to take a hire car on the ferry between N and S islands, or would it be better to leave the first car on N Island and pick up a second on S island and a third when back on North?
Thanks in advance