New Zealand time, Travel By Car One Time in New Zealand


New Zealand time, Travel By Car Time in New Zealand

New Zealand time, Travel By Car One Time in New Zealand

New Zealand time

One Time in New Zealand

New Zealand time. How do you buy a car in New Zealand is that going to work with your budget how do you plan the best itinerary to travel around New Zealand time by car all of that and much more will be answered right now in this ultimate guide to traveling by car in New Zealand time hey guys we’re Robin and Laura the team behind backpackerguidenz helping you plan an epic backpacking trip in new zealand time in this guide we are going to be talking about travelling new zealand by car we are going to be covering everything you need to know from buying a car budgeting for your trip planning the best itinerary and much much more this video is gonna be solely focused on buying a car if you’re doing longer-term travel in new zealand but if you’re doing a shorter trip and thinking about renting a vehicle then head on over to our renting a vehicle video and we’ll put a link in the description below so we’ve got out of the way let’s get started with our ultimate guide to travelling new zealand by car step one of our guide is very simple make sure that you can legally drive in new zealand to legally drive in new zealand you need to have a full valid driving licence written in english and if your licence isn’t in english that it needs to be accompanied by an international driving permit or an approved translation from the New Zealand Transport Agency and after twelve months of being in New Zealand you’ll then need to convert your driving licence to a New Zealand driving license for all the information and details on that will be on links in the description below step to make sure that buying a car is the right choice for you when buying a car in New Zealand you need to consider your budget and how much time you have a New Zealand first step on your budget list is fuel this is gonna be your biggest expense so expect to pay above two dollars a litre for petrol and above $1 35 litre for diesel car however there is an extra tax to be paid on diesel car making them more expensive than petrol car to run also and we are talking litres in New Zealand not gallons there’s also the cost of taking the ferry between the north island and the South Island and this is usually about two hundred and thirty New Zealand dollars for one car and two passengers going both ways from the north island to the south and vice-versa this gets more expensive if you’re taking a campervan and if you’re booking closer to your travel date the good news though is that there is only three toll roads in New Zealand they’re very inexpensive and easy to avoid so we don’t really consider that as an extra things to budget for when traveling by car in New Zealand we have included a link in the description below that will give you more detail on each of the item mentioned above another way to know whether buying a car is the right choice for you is seeing how much time you have in New Zealand if you’re in New Zealand for less than two months then you probably don’t want to waste time trying to buy and sell your own car you probably should go for renting in this case otherwise if you are in New Zealand for more than two months then buying your own car is actually a lot more cost-effective than renting but buying your own car also means maintenance costs such as buying new tires changing oil and all that sorts of things there is also the risk of having an accident or a car breakdown that can set you back five hundred or several thousand dollars for this reason we advise you to set aside about two thousand dollars just so in case that happens you’re not stranded step 3 decide car or campervan when making this decision you need to consider your budget and where you want to sleep when buying a car people usually use that for transport and stay in hostels or other forms of budget accommodation while the obvious reasons buy a camper van is so that you can actually sleep in that camper van however buying a campervan is more expensive if your vehicle is not self contained ie a car or very small camper you will not be able to freedom camp and have to stay in Holiday Park or campsite and that can cost up to fifty bucks a night which brings us to the second point of this step which is if buying a camper van make sure you get a self contained camper van to freedom camp in New Zealand time which is parking up and camping anywhere for free you will need to have a self containment sticker this notifies wardens or police that you have toilet facility on board you have fresh water and waste water storage that meet a certain standard but be aware that freedom camping doesn’t mean you can park anywhere and sleep anywhere but more on that in this video all in all if you decide on the campervan we strongly recommend that you go for a self-contained one because anything less and you still have to pay for hostel campsite or holiday park step four where to buy a car or camper van in New Zealand here are five tips tip number one look for car or camper van in Auckland or Christchurch this is where most backpackers start and finish their trip and therefore there is much more car for sale tip number two you wanna join Facebook group there are heaps of dedicated Facebook group that will allow you to buy and sell cars and campervans with no fees it’s definitely worth joining we link in the description below to a few of them tip number three look for cars and caravans in a hostel either through their binders are on the pin board there’s heaps of cars advertised by other backpackers around Auckland and Christchurch in the hostels feel free to also go in hostels are you not stayin at because they may have different cars to offer tip number three go to backpackers car fair in Auckland and Christchurch they usually run on the Saturdays prices are likely to be slightly bit more expensive but you’ll still be able to get a good deal and if all of that doesn’t work tip number five is to use TradeMe it’s the New Zealand equivalent of eBay the process is likely to be slightly bit longer and the price slightly be higher but you are sure to find a vehicle for you to start travelling New Zealand step 5 once you have some cars to look at it’s now time to go through the car buying process yeah there is quite a lot of old rusty cars running around New Zealand so it’s really important that you go through a thorough checklist so you don’t buy a bad car and first up is the visual inspection have a look around the outside of the vehicle if there are any dents or if it’s been in an accident this could hide some other issues you might not be aware of it’s also worth looking for any chips in the windscreen and any rust also look at the bottom of the car see if there are any leaks and also check the tread of your tires the legal requirement is 1

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5 millimeters so anything below that and you’ll definitely need to get those tires changed as soon as possible then open the hood and check for the fluid levels check if there’s any sign of rust and any sign of repair that could be a brand new part or just simply some duct tape then get inside the car and check that all the controls work lift up the carpet and check for any signs of rust and if it’s a campervan check every single amenity to make sure that they all work properly if you really don’t know what you’re doing that is definitely worth having a pre-purchase inspection with a professional mechanic this costs around 80 to 120 New Zealand dollars to have done next on our list is to take the car for a test drive during the test drive you want to make sure that the car is steering properly that the gears are switching smoothly but there is no weird noise in the engine and that the brakes are not too loose we go through a really in-depth checklist on what to look for during a car inspection and a test drive on backpackerguidenz so we’ll be sure to link those up in the description below next you want to make sure that the car has a warrant of fitness or wof this is mandatory when selling or buying car New Zealand it needs to have a warrant of fitness which is less than one month old it does not mean that the car is roadworthy so you still have to do a thorough inspection but it’s the law and you need to have one you also need to fill out some papers to actually get ownership on the vehicle so you’ll need to fill out the MR13B form which you can pick up from a New Zealand Post shop or fill up directly online at the NZTA website we’ll link that up in the description as well and lastly you want to consider backpackers car insurance it’s not mandatory in New Zealand you have a car insurance but for some people it’s actually something which gives you a lot of peace of mind so we have a lot of content relating to backpacker car insurance on backpackerguidenz you may want to browse through it and see if it’s something that you want to pay for the next step on the ultimate guide to traveling in New Zealand by car is what to expect for the New Zealand roads here’s a bunch of tips number one be aware of the New Zealand Road rules obviously in New Zealand we drive on the left-hand side of the road but also there’s probably a bunch of rules that you’re unaware of or just not used to for example there are loads of one-way bridges in New Zealand and you need to know who has priority when crossing the bridge also most the state highways in New Zealand are just one lane so you need to be comfortable in letter other people pass you knowing when it’s safe to pass someone else and using the passing lanes we have an article on backpackerguideNZ titled the twelve golden rules in driving in New Zealand we put the link in the description below number two on our list is allowing a long travel time unlike the massive motorway in the US or long autobahn in Germany the New Zealand roads are narrow and winding making it for longer travel time that you may be used to and number three don’t always rely on your GPS sometimes in New Zealand GPS directions are wrong but not only that they sometimes try and take you on the fastest route not necessarily the safest so the next thing you know you could be on a dirt road on the side of a mountain fearing for your life true story moving on to step 7 here’s how to plan an awesome travel itinerary when traveling by car tip number one make an itinerary based on your bucket list watch New Zealand’s Biggest Gap Year it’s our video series where we challenge ourself to do 365 activities in only 365 days and mark down the thing that you want to do the most then make some crosses along the map and add some fillers if you have more than two hours driving tip number two if you’re in New Zealand for just a short time don’t waste time trying to buy and sell a car look at the rental vehicles instead tip number three only take your car to the two main island that’s north island and south island there is no point taking your car to Stewart Island or Waiheke island it just takes too much time and too much money it’s just not worth it and tip number four make sure that you book in advance in the more popular destinations in New Zealand time like milford sound on lake tekapo these are hugely popular destinations with very limited accommodation so you will want to book early for those places step 8 once you’re on the road in New Zealand you’ll want to know how to maintain your car where you can stay in your car and how to save money during your road trip so tip number one how to maintain your car well a lot of backpackers have the mindset of their leaving New Zealand in a few months time so they don’t really care about maintaining their car but you really should if you want to increase the chances of selling the car at the end of your trip and also decrease the chances of your car breaking down during your trip so we have a whole in-depth article on backpackerguidenz outlining all the simple steps of maintaining your car so make sure to have a look in the description below tip number two is Know where to sleep if you are travelling by car it’s pretty simple you cannot sleep in your car on public land if you’re traveling with the camper van which is self contained you can do freedom camping it doesn’t mean that you can sleep anywhere anytime every council has different rules which are outlined on their website so you need to check that out because the fine is $200 and is given very often you cannot sleep anywhere when freedom camping tip number three is save money on fuel you want to collect fuel vouchers from supermarket which help you say between 6 and 12 cents per litre of fuel and you may also want to find some people travel with you ask around your hostel on facebook groups if someone is going to the same place than you are and is willing to pitch in petrol and that final tip is stick to the speed limit in urban areas the speed limit is usually around 50 km/h and in rural areas this is 100 kilometers per hour but the roads are quite winding in New Zealand so you’ll want to take it easy and the last step of a ultimate guide to traveling in New Zealand by car is selling your car this is probably the saddest time of your trip when you have to split up with your baby car but here is a few tips before selling you can make sure there are no outstanding fees or fines also make sure that your road user charges of up to date and that you have a valid warrant of fitness of less than a month to sell your car use Facebook groups hostel pin boards and binders trade me and you can even go to a car dealer before that you get much less money for your car and to complete the sale of your car you will need to fill out the sellers form which is the MR13a and after that you can move on with your life so this wraps up our ultimate guide to travelling in New Zealand by car we hope it was super helpful and if you do have any follow-up questions make sure you put it in the comments below so we can answer them for everybody to see consider subscribing to our channel we bringing out tips like this all the time and there is also New Zealand’s biggest gap here where we challengers have to tackle 365 activities in New Zealand in only 365 days this is absolutely epic and this will help you make the best bucket list in New Zealand ever until next time thanks for watching

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