IS BUYING A CAR THE BEST OPTION FOR YOU?
New Zealand is a country that is full of hidden gems that are a little off the beaten track and our bus and train network mostly sticks to the main roads. This means if you want to get out and explore those hidden gems then owning a car, campervan or motorcycle is the ultimate way to get around, but is car ownership for you? Consider these pros and cons.
Drive to the Tongariro National Park in the Central North Island.
FOR INSTANT ONLINE COVERAGE
There is no time spent at bus stops and train stations waiting for your transport to come. You travel where you want when you want.
You will be able to explore National & Regional parks endlessly & access many of New Zealand’s rivers, lakes, thermal areas & beaches.
SLEEP IN IT
Owning a larger car like a station wagon or campervan could provide you with accommodation as well as transport.
You could offer rides to other travellers and split the cost of fuel for the journey.
CASH BACK WHEN YOU SELL
You can sell your vehicle when you leave New Zealand and recoup some or all of your initial buying costs.
PARKING & MAP READING
You will need to navigate yourself around the country as well as find and pay for parking in certain cities (Auckland is by far the hardest).
There is always the possibility that your car could be broken into & your belongings stolen. However, basic precautions can prevent this.
Your vehicle could require repairs and maintenance during the year. You may encounter unexpected costs associated with them.
If travelling alone by car it could be quite an isolating way to experience New Zealand.
DRIVING ON NEW ROADS
Roads here could be more difficult to drive than you are used to. You might find it more relaxing sitting in a bus and being driven around the country.
A TRAVELLERS EXPERIENCEREAD ABOUT JULIA & BENJAMIN'S JOURNEY TO BUYING A CAR IN NEW ZEALAND
At the start of 2014...
I travelled to New Zealand from Germany with my boyfriend. We decided to rent a car for 8 weeks but as we were travelling at the peak time of year (the summer season) we thought we would compare the cost of renting to the cost of buying a car.
Once we had...
written up a budget that included all the costs and expenses of buying versus renting, we thought we would give ourselves 2 days in Auckland to ‘car hunt’ and if we couldn’t find a vehicle then we would see what we could rent.
We ended up...
arriving on a Friday night, which was perfect because the large car fairs are on in Auckland on a Saturday and Sunday. We got to the Ellerslie Car Fair early on Sunday and immediately found a 1998 Mitsubishi Galant for sale.
We were not...
that familiar with this car and had it looked at by a mechanic on site at the car fair. The car check went well and no major problems were identified. We also paid to get a car history check on site at the Car Fair. No problems here, we were on our way.
We paid $2,800 for it..,
we decided to get third party insurance with fire and theft coverage. We got it online on a Sunday night from Travellers Car Insurance which was super handy so we could hit the road when we were ready on Monday.
We made payment...
for the car first thing on Monday morning and by lunchtime we headed out on our travels, firstly north to the Bay of Islands. Over the next 8 weeks we ventured through what felt like most of the country.