But what if you don’t have a year? What if you’ve got a more normal holiday period set aside for your trip, and you want to see as much of this phenomenally beautiful country as possible? Say… a month?
Well, fear not. New Zealand, unlike its vast neighbour, is a country which is eminently explorable in a month. Let’s get started with some pre-trip planning, and then look at a detailed itinerary for a month.
For this trip, I’m going to recommend that you have your own transport. Whilst New Zealand has a number of tour buses, and a limited rail service, the best way to experience the country at your own pace is with your own vehicle.
For a month, the easiest option is to rent, and my advice would be to rent a car and pay for hotels / hostels rather than rent a campervan. Those babies can be expensive, and for the most part you have to pay for campsites anyway, whilst you can likely hire a cheap car for around €100 / $125 a week, saving you bundles of cash in campervan rental. We usually recommend and use Priceline's car rental price comparison tool, which works worldwide to find the best price on a rental car – it checks all the major car hire companies and we find it usually comes up with the best deal.