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August/September New Zealand Travel - Ideas and advice!?

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August/September New Zealand Travel - Ideas and advice!?

I am planning on traveling both North and South Island from mid August to mid September (26 days). My boyfriend and I are both 19 and planning on hiring a car to travel around.

We are interested in outdoor pursuits (hoping to include a couple of days skiing) but also very happy just taking in the wonderful landscapes of New Zealand. We definitely would like to go whale watching, glacier walking and visit Milford Sound.

What are the absolute must do's on and off the beaten track? If anyone has any winter travel tips it would be greatly appreciated!

What is the best way to travel between each island and is it better to spend longer in certain places or keep moving most days?

Thank you!

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1. Re: August/September New Zealand Travel - Ideas and advice!?

Welcome to the forum Rachel :)

Best begin by reading some of the many itineraries posted here on the forum to get an idea of what is possible in your 26 days. You will find you need to be fairly ruthless in editing your plans.

Also read through some of the FAQ to help with planning - the South Island forum has a top question on winter driving.

best way to travel between islands is ferry or fly, best way to get around each island is by rental car - however many rental agencies have minimum age requirements so check this out carefully before booking.

Once you have an idea of where you hope to go, post here for our comments.

Happy planning :)

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2. Re: August/September New Zealand Travel - Ideas and advice!?

forgot to mention - with 26 days, most visitors would spend up to 8 days in the North Island, the remainder of their time in the larger South Island.

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3. Re: August/September New Zealand Travel - Ideas and advice!?

If you cannot find a rental car company that will lend to you without a huge insurance excess, consider using Kiwi Experience or Stay bus passes.

4. Re: August/September New Zealand Travel - Ideas and advice!?

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