New Zealand travel resources
These are links to web sites for some of the resources - accomodation, etc. - we used on our trip around Otago, Southland, and Fiordland.
- Department of Conservation
- administers national parks and maintains tracks
- New Zealand Escape
- is a directory of travel resources
- Backpack New Zealand
- is nicely organised - they also provided the map for this travelogue
- is a directory of New Zealand sites
- Lonely Planet New Zealand
- was an invaluable guidebook
- Apex car rentals
- I spent a while hunting around the Net: these guys had a functional web site that gave quotes without too much dickering around, and offered a decent price ($45/day) with insurance, etc. Our car had done 130 000 kilometres, but served us well for another 2500.
- City Central YHA (Christchurch)
- we spent the first night here ($53)
- Oamaru Blue Penguin colony
- we were too early for the penguins, but there was plenty to see
- Elm Wildlife Tours (Dunedin)
- we spent two nights in Elm Lodge ($40/night) and went on their wildlife tour ($49/person)
- Otago Museum and Dunedin Art Museum
- are worth a visit - and the excellent University Bookshop is just over the road from the museum
- Ulva Island
- Rakiura Track (Stewart Island)
- DOC brochure
- Heritage Court Motel (Invercargill)
- we stayed here twice, on our way to and from Stewart Island. It's a small (10 unit), friendly, family-run motel, with huge two bedroom units ($75/night).
- The Kepler Track
- DOC information
- Milford Sound Lodge
- we spent one night in a dorm here ($22/person). It's pretty much the only accomodation option in Milford Sound.
- Real Journeys and Mitre Peak offer Milford Sound cruises
- I doubt the choice of operator makes much of a difference - the choices are whether you go on a longer cruise that goes outside the Sound (we did), and whether you visit the "underwater observatory" (we didn't)
- WWOOF - Willing Workers on Organic Farms
- Lake Marian, Gertrude Saddle, Key Summit
- Key Summit is very popular (100+ people were there the day we did it), Lake Marian fairly so (10+ people), and Gertrude Saddle much less so (1 other person). They're not essential, but I found topo map D40 and Moirs Guide South useful.
See also my reviews of New Zealand books.