Are you planning on beating the winter blues by travelling to Australia or New Zealand for their summer? If you are, check out some of our essential tips to help you get the most out of your trip.
Essential Tips for Your Time in Australia
1. Do It Yourself
Get your own set of wheels and make your own way around Australia at your own pace. Numerous car companies specialise in backpacker deals and their cars can be rented or bought outright. Many even come complete with tents, sleeping bags, and cooking utensils. All you need to do is organise insurance, fuel and your route around this amazing country.
2. Save Money When Using Phone Cards
When making international phone calls from a phone box using a phone card, put in 40c and call the 1300 number instead of using the freefone 1800 number. This way your phone card will last a lot longer. And don’t forget to check what times are cheapest as off-peak times will vary from state to state.
3. Catch Movies on Tuesdays
Cinema tickets on ‘Super Tuesdays’ are 50% cheaper than any other day of the week. This offer applies in all the main commercial movie theatres throughout Australia and in the smaller independent ones too.
4. Book Your Bus Seats in Advance
If you are travelling by bus, always book your seat at least one day in advance. There is nothing worse than having something planned at your next destination only to find out you can't get there because the bus is fully booked.
Essential Tips for Your Time in New Zealand
1. Fly into Christchurch…
…and fly out of Auckland. Most of what to see is there so if you plan on going on a shopping spree before you leave, do so in Auckland before you get to your next destination. This way you won’t have to haul around lots of extra luggage.
2. Get Your Outdoor Equipment When You’re There
Tramping (walking) and ski gear is much cheaper in New Zealand than it is anywhere else. Plus, if you buy it in the destinations where you are going to use it, you won’t have to bring it all around the world before you get there. And shop around as you may find that it is more economical to rent equipment.
3. Book your Milford Sound Trip in Advance
Milford Sound is a 22 kilometre fjord and is one of the highlights of the South Island. The best way to see the fjord is on an overnight trip and to ensure that you do get to experience this amazing natural attraction, book your overnight trip well in advance.
4. Take the Ferry from North to South Island
When travelling from the North to the South Island, book your ferry approximately a week in advance. Also, the night ferries are cheaper than the day ferries, while if you are driving you can travel across the Cook Strait on the freight ferries.