General Information The Southern Half
The Ultimate Guide For Independent Travellers
Welcome to New Zealand . . . where nature set the colour and the contrast and man hasn't fiddled with the dials.
This travel guide is the kind of information everyone needs to make the best of their holiday - where to stay, where to eat, what to see. Yes, all that. But more, much more. It is aimed primarily at self-drive travellers and they need to know much more.
If you are running low on fuel it's real handy to be able to check out how far you are from the nearest gas station. And what about if you have problems? Many people today are travelling in vehicles of their own and may not have a breakdown service as a back-up. So here's information on repair shops and vehicle recovery services.
Rest areas, photo opportunities, historical background. Oh, heaps and heaps of stuff.
The problem is how to deliver this information in a logical way - and I have decided to serve it up as the road rolls under you. That is, the information is given kilometre by kilometre for each of the state highways.
It is a work in progress and it always will be. Barely a day goes by without it being updated, expanded, improved. Unlike paper and ink books which are six months out of date the day they are printed.
So, dear subscriber, thank you for purchasing the work. I trust you will find it useful.
And please, if you find inaccuracies and changes - they happen all the time - please let me know straight away. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Everything You Need To Know About New Zealand
For ease of navigation I have divided the country into four regions. Click on them for all the travel information you could wish for.
Background information on power, water, petrol, medical assistance etc. Plus stuff about visas, immigration etc. - and what to do on arrival. Customs, duty free and let me warn you about our customs people - they have bright eyes, and sharp fangs. Also stuff about driving in NZ, surviving the outdoors, transport options, accommodation options.
Where to get the best deals on rental cars, campervans, bus passes, shuttles, internal flights . . . even stuff about hitch-hiking. .
New Zealand's largest city . . . a cosmopolitan mix of peoples from around the world, set astride two stunning harbours.
With the Bay of Islands, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves it has some of the iconic New Zealand tourist attractions in its compass.
A region of huge contrasts - from the dramatic mountains of Tongariro, the gentle beauty of the rolling hill country farmland to the bustling capital, Wellington.
The Main Event. The Big Show. Beautiful and all as the North Island is, the South Island is stunning, dramatic, awe-inspiring . . . and just plain drop-dead gorgeous
Kposts. What are they, how do they work?
To help you locate points of interest along the way, these road notes use the kilometre posts kindly provided by Transit New Zealand, the government entity that builds and manages our roads.
All the main State Highways in New Zealand are measured out with posts at kilometre intervals.
Like mile-posts, but they are, in fact, kilometre posts.
Or kposts for short.
They look like this.