1. If you’re looking to backpack or camp while in New Zealand, consider hiring a campervan instead.
2. Stock up on guidebooks, maps and leaflets at the airport before heading out in your rental car. Rent a GPS navigation system if possible. Some of New Zealand’s more remote areas can have shoddy phone service (or no service at all), so it’s best not to rely entirely on your mobile phone for navigation.
3. The 14 November 2016 earthquake caused serious damage to some roads between Christchurch and Picton. As some roads may be inaccessible, check your route with the New Zealand Transport Agency prior to your travel.