The following useful links will help you make the most of your stay in New Zealand.
DRIVING IN NEW ZEALAND
For your safety and the safety of other drivers in New Zealand, please take a moment to visit the websites below. The sites aim to communicate important information to make your driving in New Zealand a safer experience.
Use these resources and links to help you plan and enjoy your New Zealand driving holidays.
Free Online Driving Test
This site allows you to study our road rules to take a free theory test online. This site is highly recommended by Wendekreisen.
NZ Road Rules
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) provides New Zealand road rules and highlights differences in traffic rules to international visitors.
Safe Driving in NZ video
This video clearly explains important NZ road rules, as well as useful tips for driving in New Zealand.
GENERAL INFO ABOUT NEW ZEALAND
Our Travel Blogs
This site offers first hand experiences and holiday recommendations specific to New Zealand. The site is a 'must visit' if you are traveling to Aotearoa.
This site lists some very good travel tips around New Zealand
Nationwide Fuel Prices In New Zealand
This site provides up to date fuel prices in New Zealand.
NZ I-site Visitor centres
Provides good local information relating to camping, activities and tourist attractions. Wendekreisen recommends to consult i-site centres when travelling New Zealand (Note: I-site centres are specially marked in all Wendekreisen GPS Systems).
Maps of New Zealand
New Zealand maps and driving directions.
Translates most major currencies to NZ$
The New Zealand Metservice
Providing you with accurate weather forecasts.
Self Drive Itineraries in Aotearoa
A selection of self-drive itineraries of varying lengths and destinations that have been designed to cover some of the most scenic areas of New Zealand but at a manageable pace for utmost enjoyment.
CAMPING IN NEW ZEALAND
Camping Our Way - Where Can I Camp In NZ?
This site explains the rules and guidelines of camping in New Zealand.
Certified Self Containment - What is a self-contained motor caravan?
Most campervans and motorhomes of Wendekreisen are certified self contained in accordance with NZ Standard NZS 5465:2001. This link explains the certificate and its benefits.
New Zealand Camping Map - Includes All Free And Commercial Campgrounds
This site offer a customised google map showing all campgrounds in New Zealand. The map provides accurate and updated locations of commercial, DOC, and free camping sites throughout both islands of Aotearoa.
NZ Camper Dump Stations
Offer an environmentally friendly place to empty your toilet and waste water throughout New Zealand. The link provides a directory and information regarding public dump stations and other amenities.
A Good Site Documenting Camping Experiences In New Zealand
This site provides first hand accounts of camping experiences in New Zealand
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED CAMPGROUNDS
Glendhu Bay Lakeside Holiday Park
Just a 10 minute drive from Wanaka and situated in a picturesque bay on the shore of Lake Wanaka, close to various bush walks and rock climbing and, gateway to the world heritage Mt Aspiring National Park. Wendekreisen highly recommends this campground in the Wanaka area.
Kaikoura Peketa Beach Holiday Park
Our spacious camp offers a ribbon of sites along the beachfront with well established trees and native birds. We have 28 hard stand, power sites with your own picnic table and breathtaking ocean and mountain views available. You can pitch your tent by the Pacific Ocean and wake up to magnificent sunrises, watching the dolphins play right from your campsite.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ATTRACTIONS
Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi - Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi provides water taxi trips, sea shuttle services, scenic cruises and pack/luggage transport in the Abel Tasman National Park. Wendekreisen highly recommends the transport of Abel Tasman Aqua Taxis when visiting the park.
Gungha Sailing - Bay Of Islands Sailing
GUNGHA II is a modern, New Zealand built, go-fast ocean sailing yacht. She is fast, stable and fully equipped with a wide range of modern sailing and navigational gear. Heaps of space and shelter mean GUNGHA II can deliver awesome sailing in all conditions. If you're keen to sail the boat, just ask us! Our friendly ocean-trained crew will help you... or you can simply relax and enjoy!
Tamaki Maori Village
Enroute to Tamaki Maori Village, nestled in the thick of an ancient Tawa forest, your guide will instruct you on the rules of entering a Marae and the protocol you must observe. The visiting tribe must appoint a Chief to accept the peace offering and to represent those on your coach. Representation of your group is considered an honourable task in Maoridom. As you make your way to the village, you’ll learn about the great Maori migration - when Maori journeyed across the vast ocean in massive Waka (canoes) to New Zealand. You’ll also enjoy some fascinating Maori legends and stories from our history.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley - Rotorua
A protected scenic reserve and wildlife refuge, Waimangu Volcanic Valley geothermal park encompasses beautiful Lake Rotomahana and is set in pristine New Zealand bush. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is just 20 minutes South of Rotorua and 40 minutes North of Taupo.
Whakarewarewa - The Living Thermal Village - Rotorua
The Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao people have a proud heritage which they have shared with visitors from all around the world for over two hundred years. Since the early 1800’s they have been hosting and welcoming visitors into their homes and backyards, demonstrating the utilization of the natural geothermal wonders for cooking and bathing and sharing their geothermal existence continues to fascinate tourists visiting Whakarewarewa today.
RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION IN AUCKLAND
Recommended accommodation near the airport and close to our depot:
Gateway Hotel Auckland Airport
Offers clean and comfortable rooms, an outdoor swimming pool & spa, kids play area, and a family restaurant. A double room costs from NZ$99/night, a family unit NZ$160 (sleeps up to 5):
206 Kirkbride Road, Auckland Airport, Mangere, New Zealand
PH: 0064 9 275 4079, Fax: 0064 9 275 3232
Freephone 0800 65 111 0 (NZ only)
Airport Skyway Lodge
Offers budget accommodation and self-contained motel units with rates from NZ$59/double, NZ$31/dormitory and NZ$89/motel unit
30 Kirkbride Rd, Mangere, Auckland
Freephone (NZ Only) work 0800 726 880
Oakwood Manor Motor Inn
Offers a free airport shuttle service and Double rooms from NZ$98 as well as Family units
610 Massey Road, Mangere, 5 minutes from Auckland Airport.
PH: 0064 9 275 0539, Fax: 0064 9 275 0534
Recommended accommodation in Auckland City:
In Auckland City, centrally located and overlooking the Viaduct Harbour with indoor swimming pool, gym, family pool, spa & sauna offers Hot Deals from NZ$139 for a bedroom suite and one bedroom apartments from NZ$199.
1 Hobson Street, Auckland
PH : 0064 9 356 1000, Fax: 0064 9 356 1001
Email : email@example.com
Bavaria Bed & Breakfast
Close to city centre in the suburb of Mount Eden. A double room with ensuite and a great continental breakfast costs from NZ$139/night, a single room with ensuite and breakfast costs from NZ$95.--/night.
Phone: 0064-9-638 9641, Fax: 0064-9-638 9665
Base Auckland Central Backpackers
A double room with shared facilities costs NZ$72/night, dorms from NZ$20/night/person; it is situated in the city centre at 229 Queenstreet within 5 min. walk to everywhere:
PH: 0064 9 358 4877
Exclusive accommodation away from the 'big smoke'
Bush Sand and Sea
Bush Sand and Sea is a one-bed roomed, fully self-contained bungalow, nestled in native New Zealand bush and sleeping up to 4 adults. We offer a full Bed and Breakfast service, airport pick-up (if required) and can advise on tours of the local area.
RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION IN CHRISTCHURCH
Recommended accommodation near the airport and close to our depot:
Airport Delta Motel
Quality accommodation at a good price and in close vicinity to our Christchurch branch; rates from NZ$165/night. 61 Roydvale Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
Ph: +64 3 358 0969, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport
2 min. from the airport/ courtesy shuttle; rates from NZ$190/night. 550 Memorial Ave, Christchurch, New Zealand
Ph: +64 3 358 3139, email email@example.com
Airport Lodge Motel
2 min. from our depot; airport shuttle; rates from NZ$135/night.
105 Roydvale Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
Ph: +64 3 358 5119, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Copthorne Hotel Commodore Christchurch Airport
3min. from the airport; rates from NZ$225/ night; Tennis court, heated indoor pool, sauna, spa, fitness centre.
449 Memorial Ave, Christchurch, New Zealand
Ph: +64 3 3588129, email email@example.com
Apollo Motel Christchurch
8 min. from the airport; rates from NZ$150/ night.
288 Riccarton Road, Christchurch, New Zealand
Ph: +64 3 348 8786, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
2 min. from the airport;airport shuttle; rates from NZ$135/ night.
45 Roydvale Ave, Christchurch, New Zealand
Ph: +64 3 358 7093, email email@example.com
Recommended accommodation in Christchurch City:
Hotel Ibis Christchurch
Rates from NZ$189/night.
107 Hereford Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
Ph: +64 3 3678666
Rates from NZ$130/night.
12 Cranford Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
Ph: +64 3 366 8733, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Colombo in the city
Rates from NZ$170/ night.
863 Colombo Street, Christchurch, New Zealand
Ph: +64 3 366 8775
Addington Court Motel
Rates from NZ$150/ night.
197 Lincoln Road, Christchurch, New Zealand
Ph: +64 3 339 4211, email email@example.com