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Budget Conscious - Scoot is the best budget airline I have tried. You know that complementary cold water they give on flights is enough to me make want to flyscoot as often as I can. Scoot is headquartered in Singapore. So wherever you are from Asia, you really need to fly into Singapore. You may have a choice of Airline to Singapore - Air Asia, Cebu Pacific, Jetstar
Direct flight - the 2nd best rate and value you will get is with Jetstar. Mind you, Jetstar is not cheap. It just posits itself to be cheap. But try booking from Phils to New Zealand a one way flight Manila to Auckland at this time of the year and you'll have to pay $900 at least - note that's ONE WAY.
Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Air New Zealand - these are good airlines too.. but I would suggest using Air New Zealand from Australia to New Zealand.
There is no better airline in NZ than Air New Zealand. The service is very nice but then of course you do pay for the smiles ;)
New Zealand is a fully-blown tourism country. It has highly astute and professional hoteliers, tourism entrepreneurs who have thought about every type of accommodation plan per customer. There are budget conscious tourists, luxury tourists, families, honeymooners, adventure seekers - name it. They have all the types of accommodation you can possibly need. So when you get to Auckland, here are tips.
Auckland - Proximity Apartments - Never fails. Clean, decent, close to airport. Affordable.
Address: 17 Amersham Way, Manukau, Auckland 2104, New Zealand
Phone:+64 9-263 5450
Coromandel Peninsusla - Admiralty Lodge - you'd like a bit of luxury don't you? This one is affordable. Fantastic views, warm waters, swim with the dolphins! Everything you experience here is worth every penny spent. http://www.admiraltylodge.co.nz Free phone 0508 236 472 Address: 69 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty - Everyone HAS to go to Rotorua. It is the most affordable adventure, holiday destination in New Zealand. It's complete attractions - from nature to culture to arts - caters to all ages... at really affordable rates. Family accommodation also abound and the best one is MALFROY http://malfroymotorlodge.co.nz/ 51 Malfroy Road, Victoria, Rotorua 3010, Bay of Plenty Phone: +64 7 346 8053
Skip an overnight in Taupo - you can just drive through it and spend a bit of time a cafe near the Taupo Lake
Wanganui - Head straight to Wanganui! A lovely, picturesque old English town. There are about 35 (or more) cafes in Wanganui. The only city in NZ with free wifi! This town is nominated to be the smartest little city in the world. I kinda miss this town actually. A lot of lovely people. Stay with Tamara Backpackers. Spend a bit of time touring the countryside going up to New Plymouth, Holland gardens.
Wellington - Well end the north island tour with a bit of class. There are nice little boutique hotels in Wellington. It also has a lot of lovely little restaurants. This city is considered the coolest city in New Zealand. Stop over for at least a couple of hours and/or stay over night. This is actually the port where you have to go to on your way to the South Island.
Stay tuned for my next post on "Going around the South Island"
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