Generally, the south island is consider to be more impressive and more dramatic.
However, this is a matter of opinion.
The north island has it's beauties (Tongariro crossing, Rotorua, Hobitton, Cape reinga, Coromandel, and many more...) and
should not be skipped so easily.
If the northern island had been located somewhere else in the world (and not near his "southern brother"),
for sure, it would have been one of the most beautiful countries in the world!
Driving in New Zealand is on the left side (just as in Australia, UK,...etc). This can be very perplexing in the beginning and many tourists
drive on the opposite side, as they are used to at home. Many accidents in NZ are caused as a result.
Note, when you rent a car your insurance does not cover accidents that are resulted if you drive on the opposite side of the road.
Yes. The weather can be sometimes very extreme and changeable. It is said that you can experience "4 seasons in one day" in New Zealand.
The weather can be very different in several parts of the country. It can also be very different within the same day in the same region.
We strongly advice to check MetService frequently.
There is no "correct answer" for this question. It mainly depends on you and how much do you want to see. Some travelers might want to spend several
weeks whereas others might want to stay for 6-8 months or even more.
As a rule of thumb, 1/3 of the time for the north island and 2/3. However, for travelers that have not a lot of time (1 month or less) it might be
more common to spend more time in the southern island.
Visitors from more than 50 countries get an automatic visa if they spend less than 3 months in New Zealand.
Before arriving to New Zealand, you should find out if your country is listed as one of them.
For more information please refer to New Zealand immigration website.
DOC stands for Department of Conservation. It is the main government organisation charged with conserving the natural and historic heritage of New Zealand.
For example, you will use DOC website when booking tracks or great walks.
DOC offices are located all over the country. The workers are very friendly and
very professional. They can give you a lot of useful information about hikes, nature, national parks, hazards, current weather dangers and more.
Additional option is the visitor information centers (i-sites) which are located all over the country. The friendly workers will be glad to give you information
and book various activities/accomodation for you.
First option is to catch a flight.
Second option is to take a ferry from Wellington (north island) to Piction (south island) or vice versa. When traveling by ferry, it is possible
(for an additional fee) to ship your vehicle on the ferry as well.