Renting a car
- Rent a car, and get one with 4W drive. Although you will be prohibited from rough terrain roads, many roads you will want to take (especially in the South Island) will be gravel.
- Getting around take a lot longer than one would think based on the distances. The only roaches wider than two lanes are in Wellington and Auckland.
- Do not rent from one of the major western brands such as Hertz or Europe Car unless you plan on staying only on one island. The western brands don’t let you take it on the ferry between the islands (which is fantastic). You will have to turn it in and get a new car on the other island which is a pain with a lot of bags or camping gear. Rent through one of the NZ brands like Apex.