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Rental Cars in New Zealand – Why You Should Choose an Independent Holiday

Travelling to New Zealand from abroad can be both exciting and daunting; how do you know where to go, what to see and how to get around? Isn’t it best to take a guided tour so that you don’t miss anything? Whilst guided tours are a great option for those restricted by time, with a little bit of planning and a great rental car company, you can have an independent self drive tour that is just as good – if not better!

If you are one of the many tourists arriving from Australia, you will be pleased to know that here in New Zealand we drive on the same side of the road as drivers do in Australia. Our roads and weather can be somewhat different though – but don’t let that be a factor to deter you from booking a rental car. A quality rental car company will provide you with details either on their website or when you pick up your vehicle on the basic New Zealand road rules, which will help to put your mind at ease if still aren’t sure on driving the country yourself.

Independent self drive tours of New Zealand allow you to choose where you will stop, what you want to see and who you travel with. Many of the guided tours often have set destinations which are unable to be customised to suit. Imagine driving along the road in your rental car of choice only to see a quaint little cafe on the side of the road in small township such as Temuka, you decide to pull over and enjoy a bite to eat and a drink only to find that the cafe also sells some great little souvenirs – you may not have found that out if you were on a guided tour!

Your options really are endless, many tourists you talk to will often tell you of all the famous New Zealand places to stop on your holiday; Waitomo Caves, Tongariro National Park, Kaikoura, Queenstown, Akaroa, the list goes on – and whilst these places are great, there are so many more small townships along your travels that are definitely worth a stop, even if it is just for some lunch or to stretch your legs. Below we give you some ideas:
- Cheviot – there is a great little community market on the weekends where you can find all sorts of knick knacks.
- Bannockburn – if you are staying in the Otago region (Cromwell, Queenstown) Bannockburn is a small township not far, that offers some great wineries.
- Greytown – in the North Island, this small town is like stepping into a different world with it’s historical buildings and great arts and crafts on offer, it’s worth the visit.
- Turangi – if fishing, mountain biking, bush walks and more sounds like something you are interested in, then Turangi is your place to stop.

Travelling by rental car around New Zealand allows you to enjoy these towns and many more, depending on your itinerary – something which many tourists miss out on.

Choosing The Right Vacation Rentals Site To Book From – Why You Should Be Picky

With the vacation rentals market today, you want to be picky about who you rent through and why.  There are too many sites out there that will take your information – yes, your financial info too – and use it to their advantage, not just to help you really rent a nice vacation home rental for your family vacation.  And, with more and more people booking vacation rentals instead of hotel rooms, it can sometimes be hard to find the perfect vacation home rentals when you really want one.  So how do you pick a site that will allow you the best possible choices, keep your information safe, and really hook you up with the vacation rentals of your dreams?  Well, you simply need to know where to look first.

Believe it or not, there are thousands of different vacation home rentals sites out there.  Some are much better than others, such as Vacation Rentals by Owner (or VRBO) and ReserveMy Home.  These sites offer you thousands of wonderful vacation rentals at your fingertips without the worry of them taking your information and selling it or using it in the wrong way.  They have been accredited by several different top travel sources all around the web to ensure that your privacy is the top priority and that what you book is what you get.

When you start looking at a site that you can rent vacation homes from, you want to immediately check to see if they have red flags that pop up.  These can be things like bad reviews on other sites, odd looking or broken English on their site, or links that always pass you off to “unverified” sites.  These warning signs should mean that you pass on this site and head to another asap before you do any damage to your computer.

When you find a site that doesn’t fly the red flag of death at you, you want to make sure that they are really offering you what they say they are.  They should have different guarantees that help ensure your money and information are safe, that they verify their rentals, and that they truly are there to help you find the perfect vacation rentals – instead of just taking your vacation cash.

You will easily see the differences in the sites that aren’t that great to work with, and those that are.  The ones that are good vacation rental sites will offer you thousands of different vacation home rentals all over the US and areas of the world, they will offer to provide specialized information on that area of the US or globe to help you in planning your travel, and they will go out of their way to ensure that you only get the very best in quality service when you book through them.

So before you sit down with your credit card and book any vacation home rental, make sure that you know the site you’re going to use and know that they are a good site to use by researching them online and getting a good overview of what they can offer you in the area where you want to vacation.  Don’t get caught when it’s too late with a vacation home rental that is less than what it was touted to be.