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#1 Velvetta

Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:38 AM

Do we need one? do you think, DH has a tom-tom and we thought about adding NZ to it but it's about $100, so don't want to get it if it's unnecessary. We aren't navigating any cities except into and out of CC

Alternatively does anyone  know of any free downloads for tom tom?

#2 Elippo

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:05 AM

You really won't need it. I had one (hired) when we went to the Sth Island on our honeymoon and we didn't get it out of the box once.

#3 Kay1

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:19 AM

We didn't use one and it was fine, very easy to get around as there is generally just one road in and out of each town.

#4 Velvetta

Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:22 AM

Thanks, I've read that on some travel forums too. I just thought for finding specific places within towns - like Olveston House in Dunedin - it might be useful.

#5 sammyv

Posted 29 November 2012 - 01:59 PM

My GPS has NZ loaded with Australia - so you might already have it on the Tom tom

#6 PrincessPeach

Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:04 PM

We toured the North Island without a GPS - the company we hired the car through gave us the old school paper maps & they were fine for getting around, even in auckland.

Although we didn't have to refer to them very much, the signage over there is a lot better than here.

#7 countrychic29

Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:09 PM

We have driven all over the North Island a couple of times and only ever had paper maps ... they were fine, it is quite easy to get around original.gif

#8 sir_mix-a-lot

Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:16 PM

You'll be fine. There are loads of signs and paper maps abound for places. If you're really worried, then you could buy a street directory from a servo, but the free maps from tourist info centres (they're everywhere) should do the trick.
Around Christchurch it might have been useful, but I imagine there would be many changes to the roads since the earthquake damage, and I'm not sure how well the GPS would keep pace TBH.




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