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We are planning on visiting Australia and N. Z. 2014 (Nov.) from Canada. Would like to fly into Cairns Australia and take a bus tour down the Eastern coastline to Sydney (have friends there) stay a week and then fly into New Zealand and rent a car and do our own touring (month). Wondering if it is better to fly into Christchurch or Auckland and get a car? Is there one company that will allow you to take the car to both islands and have a different drop off point? Are accomodations easy to get that time of year? We are not booking ahead. All suggestions appreciated.

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1. Re: first time visit

You plan a month in NZ - or a month for your total trip?

With a month in NZ fly into Auckland, spend a week driving down through the North Island then 3 weeks to explore the larger South Island before flying back to Auckland and home.

Apex and Ace are both fine rental companies.

And yes, you won't need to prebook accommodation though be aware some tourist spots are tiny and so booking ahead is wise and Christchurch is currently short on accommodation.

Happy planning :)

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We plan a month in N.Z and THANKS for the adivse.

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Hi,

A bus tour from Cairns to Sydney classifies as "cruel and unusual punishment"! IMHO you should fly from Cairns to Brisbane and then hire a car or take a bus.

I can only echo WLnz's advice re the "Shakey Isles"

Cheers,

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Cairns to Sydney is a loooooong way. My advice for Australia would be to pick a few key sights you want to see (eg Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Sydney) and plan a trip that flies between them.

I agree if you have a month, one week will be plenty for the North Island. Especially coming from Australia, you'll have had time doing beach/boating type activities, so focus that week on Rotorua and the volcanic plateau for variety. Then get down to the South Island and the mountains.

If your trip runs over the New Year period, some places get booked out around that time. Depending on where you'll be then, it might be advisable to book ahead.

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November will be hot and the start of the rainy season in Queensland. You may want to reconsider going as far north as Cairns.

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Hi, Apex will allow you to take your car across on the ferry.We have done this twice.On certain crossings they will pay for the car,you just pay the passenger charge.For more comfort you can reserve seats in the club lounge.

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It would make more sense to fly into Christchurch, do a circle in the SI, for 2-3 weeks; then cross to the NI and spend 7-10 days to finsh in AKL & fly back to Canada.

BTW, it is really not very inconvenient to change cars at Cook Straight. They have it well organised - you just have to pack a little better!

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