Motor homes (or caravans) are great for driving on the roads, parking in nature, in UNOFFICIAL parking lots all over NZ They are come completely loaded with everything from kitchenettes, toilets and sleeping compartments with bedding and yet still compact.
driving in Otago is pleasant, the roads are good and well looked after. State Highways are just that, not to be compare with what you know from Europe or America, or Japan.
but the people drive reasonable, polite and helpful.
in the summer month you can come across floading, passages of roads are swept away, so take care, get a weather update...have a look at the pic and you see what I mean.
a small creek, in the Balclutha area, had become a torrend river, we where cut off
when you have any suspision that an area you might travel to has a floading problem, stay away. the AA can give you good advice
but it is not always like that, more often then not..Otago's sunsets are georgeous.
Unfortunaely the best way to explore this green area is by car.
We picked ours up at Christchurch and dropped it off at Picton for the ferry.
One way hire saves a lot of back tracking and does not usually cost any extra.
The TSS Earnslaw is the most famous and oldest steamship in New Zealand and is a must try when you are in Queenstown. You can take a ride across Lake Wakatipu to the Walter Peak Farm to spend an afternoon feeding animals, watch sheep sheering, have afternoon tea etc.
The quickest way to get to Otago is to fly. The province can actually boast two international airports now (very unusual in this part of the country). There are direct flights to Dunedin from Coolangatta in Australia and also direct flights to Queenstown from Melbourne. On top of that, you can fly in from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
I flew to Dunedin (return) from Auckland for NZ$189 on Air New Zealand with their new 'express class' fares one can book on the internet. Book early though.
This tour is a very unique way of experiencing Queenstown on board an amphibian vehicle, which can explore the town & its surroundings, as well as going to Lake Wakatipu for a ride!
There is a red double decker bus which offers very good half day trip to Arrowtown, Lake Hayes, Gibbston Valley, Kawarau River bungee jump etc. One round trip costs about NZ$30.
The best way to move around Queenstown is drive a car. By doing so, you have the flexibility to go where you want and the roads are relatively safe.
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