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What is the best location to stay in New Zealand, Cook Islands & the Pacific?

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What is there to do nearby?

Find out where to stay so that you can easily get around attractions and things to do. LOCATION is critical to the success of your holiday. Getting around easily and transport is a key factor as precious holiday time can easily be wasted trying to get to a bucket list attraction.



New Zealand attractions are spread out and the public transport network is not great in many parts of the country.

Cook Islands is small geographically yet the outer islands are places less visited with a chance to get away from it all.


Where are the best location to stay by region

Where are the camping grounds in New Zealand and what to do nearby?

Type of accommodation from heritage hotels, private spa baths, romantic places to go or vineyard retreats or perhaps the resort has private massage and therapeutic sessions.

Getting around New Zealand while on holiday

Getting around New Zealand is effortless.


Making sure you arrive on time … and where you want to be is the priority. It is your holiday and to miss a bucket list attraction because you were late… is ouch. Consider arriving the day before you absolutely have to be there. You can have a delayed flight which causes you to miss your connection with a cruise, a train or pre-booked tour group.

New Zealand road conditions

New Zealand roadie, blasts of fresh air and where you pick the schedule. Choose when to stop and linger or simply motor through. New Zealand is a country built for a road trip where the itinerary is designed around your interests. Road conditions vary with narrow winding roads to major motorways around metropolitan areas such as Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.

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Road sign warning of kiwis near Arthurs Pass, South Island, New Zealand
Yellow roadsigns warning for penguins crossing road, New Zealand

Holiday budgets

Let’s get you started on how to prepare a holiday budget for lifetime holiday memories in New Zealand. Here are guidelines on how to translate your travel dreams into a holiday budget.

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Landscape in Taieri River Gorge, New Zealand
Lake Pukaki, motorhome, New Zealand
Helensville heritage visitor centre, Auckland, New Zealand

Ideas for a budget holiday

Avoid extra cost with the cardinal rule of location, location, location … You do not want to spend your time travelling to and from places and activities. That creates extra cost. Location versus the cost of the accommodation is the tricky balancing act.

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Auckland Trainstation, Auckland, New Zealand
Classic breakfast, Whitianga, New Zealand


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