NZ Rookies Part 2
Photos: Jonas, Anders
This is the second part of the NZ Rookies story, if you haven’t read part one, you will find it here.
You will need a fishing license and you get it in any fishing store in Christchurch. It will cost you about 600SEK (CHEAP!). It covers almost every water. Except some regions on the north island. To be able to reach the waters you will need a car. I have tried both hiring and buying one. If you are going to stay for less than 6 weeks I would say hiring a car is smoother. If you want to buy one it will take you about 4-5 days to get one and 4-5 days to sell it before you go home. Buying and selling used cars is a quite big market in Christchurch, because it is a pretty common way for traveling people to get around.
If you buy one, you can of course go bananas and do whatever you like with it. But you also take the risk of unexpected and expensive errors that might occur on the road. If you choose to buy a car the paperwork is normally not a problem. An owner’s exchange is done the same day.
If you are leaving New Zealand in March or later, have in mind that it might be hard to sell the car. This is the end of the summer season and the winter tourists doesn’t arrive for another two or three months. To rent a car doesn’t cost too much. A middle sized Toyota with insurance for five weeks, will be about 7000 SEK.
In most towns and villages you will find some kind of budget accommodation. Guesthouse or Motel. But the cheapest way is of course to stay in your own tent.
There are organized nature camping sites all over the country. You can find where these are located in almost any road atlas. If you use these camping sites you pay a small amount in a box and then you can put up your tent and use the facilities. If there are any. Some places have toilets others don’t.