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  1. Jo
    December 17, 2013

    I grew up in NZ, then moved to Japan and then to the US. I don’t drive, and find NZ to be extremely difficult to get around, even though it is about the same size as Japan or Britain which are a dream for a non-driver. The population density (or lack thereof) means it’s really hard to get from one town to another, or from a town to the best attractions once you get there. I loved the trains in Japan and the UK, but going Auckland to Wellington on a train during one of my trips back was incredibly slow, expensive and frustrating (all assigned seating on a half empty train? why?!) – but then again it was amazingly scenic. I’m glad I did it once. I think most people conclude that renting a camper van is the best way to see the country.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2013

      The trains are so prohibitively expensive. It’s really unfortunate.

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  2. flipnomad
    August 15, 2013

    wow! gorgeous landscapes!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 16, 2013

      It’s a beautiful country for sure.

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  3. Patti
    August 15, 2013

    New Zealand was our introduction to driving on the “wrong” side of the road! Not only are you driving on the wrong side of the road, you’re also sitting on the wrong side of the car and everything on the dash is backward – blinkers and windshield wipers = mass confusion!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 16, 2013

      Yes, I had that fun in Australia. The first few days I kept turning on the wipers whenever I was trying to signal a turn.

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  4. Gran Canaria Local
    August 15, 2013

    We appreciate your honesty, Talon. This is a great guide for those planning on spending some time in NZ. It’s a shame about the prohibitive cost of travelling by train though. That’s one of the things we miss most about our past life in the UK: rail travel.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 16, 2013

      We much prefer trains to buses. It’s our favorite overland way to travel. And often I’ll choose train travel over air. And here it would be so nice because of the great scenery.

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