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26 Aug 2010 How to Hire a Motorhomes in New Zealand

How To Hire a Motorhome in New Zealand

Tips On Planning Your Next Wonderful New Zealand Motorhome Trip

Hiring a Campervan/Motorhome (I’ll refer to them as vans from now on) is the best way to see the stunning scenery of New Zealand. You can travel independently, at your own pace, in whichever direction takes your fancy.

By following a few simple guidelines, the experience can be both rewarding and affordable.

Getting Started = Try to plan as far ahead as possible to get the best selection of van sizes, layouts and prices. This is especially important over the December/January period when everything is totally booked. Planning six months ahead is usually ideal.

When to go= Anytime is great, although winter weather is variable and temperatures can get to below Zero with snow and icy conditions. On the plus side, there are some spectacular snowy scenes on a crisp, sunny winter day. The vans are also half the price that they are in the summer and some excellent specials are usually offered. December/January is the busiest time of year, with the Kiwis on holiday as well. The roads, attractions and campsites are filled to breaking point. February/March is the best time to come, as the weather is settled, the vans are slightly cheaper and the Kiwi kids have gone back to school. Spring and Autumn can also be nice, with the changing foliage colours.

How long do you need? =Try and spend at least two weeks in the South Island and one week in the North. Everyone returns saying they wish they had booked for longer. You can either start your trip in Auckland and drop off in Christchurch or vice versa. Book the ferry to cross between Islands. If you’re on a limited time frame, just stick to one island.

Booking direct or using an agent= It depends whether you enjoy spending your spare time on the internet, sifting through mountains of info, or sending your details to an agent, who can do the shopping around to get the best deal for you.

Some other tips= Kiwis drive on the left and most vans come with manual transmission, so make sure you have some sort of travel insurance. You may need to leave a bond on your cedit card on pick up, so check this out before you get to the rental agency. You need a valid driver’s license. Check with your agency to determine whether your current dirver’s license will work or you need to get an international one.

There are a few areas where you can free camp if you have a toilet on board, but these are slowly disappearing as some travelers ruin it for others, leaving litter, etc. Motorcamps and Campgrounds are the safer alternative. They cost around NZD 30.00 per night for the van and two people, have great facilities and are very, very social. Happy Camping.

09 Aug 2010 Getting to Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, is a favourite travel destination for both nature lovers and shopping enthusiasts. It is also a popular family destination due to the wholesome local culture and abundance of family-friendly attractions, not to mention the famous tantalising Wellington cuisine and the fascinating practices of the local indigenous people. There are a number of ways you can reach Wellington – by air, boat, car and train.

By Air – Wellington has one main airport – Wellington International Airport. It is located southeast of central Wellington. Although it is a relatively small airport, it is quite busy as it is commonly used as a transit point to places such as Auckland and Christchurch. The two main airline services at Wellington International Airport would be Air New Zealand and Qantas. Most visitors reach Wellington from the Australian cities of Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane taking Qantas. You can also take Air New Zealand from the Australian city of Gold Coast. International flights arrive twice daily, and these are usually full, so be sure to book your flight in advance. Once you have reached the airport, you can take the regular airport bus, shuttle van or taxi to your eventual destination. These transport services are all available directly outside the terminal.

By Boat – If you are coming from Christchurch, you can take a bus or train to the New Zealand city of Picton where you can board a ferry to Wellington. These are regular ferries and are quite popular among tourists. There are also a substantial number of leisure cruise ships which stop at Wellington. Such cruises usually make a two or three day stop.

By Car – If you want to drive to Wellington, you can choose between two main highways: State Highway 1 or State Highway 2. While both roads are fairly easy to handle, the terrain can get quite tricky at times so be sure to watch your speed and drive carefully. You are highly recommended to avoid driving during winter as snowfall makes the journey dangerous and the road may be blocked at certain points.

By Train – Entering Wellington by train is also a viable option for if you are coming from Auckland, Palmerston North, Masterton, Johnsonville, Hutt Valley, Porirua or Paraparaumu. There are daily commuter services and occasionally, express services too. Train tickets are reasonably priced and taking the train also allows you to enjoy New Zealand’s beautiful terrain on the way to Wellington.

21 Jul 2010 US manhunt for man after his wife was murdered and his child abandoned

Last Saturday morning at 8 am a little Asian girl was found wandering around alone at Southern Cross Railway Station in Melbourne. Video surveillance footage revealed that she had been left there by a man who had brought her into the station, wheeling a suitcase. The little girl, who was correctly assessed as being about 3 years of age, was calm but unwilling or unable to give any information about herself or who had left her there. Nicknamed “Pumpkin” because of the fact that she was wearing clothing with the New Zealand children’s fashion label, “Pumpkin Patch” on it, the tot was put into foster care while efforts were made to find her parents.

Eventually it was discovered that the person who had left her there was her own father, Nai Xin Xue, aged 54, a quite well-known Chinese magazine publisher from New Zealand. He had then taken a flight to Los Angeles. He is now being urgently sought in the United States by Interpol, who have a warrant for his arrest.

Not surprisingly, the welfare of the child’s mother – Anan Liu (aged 27) was immediately a matter of grave concern. It transpired that her body was found in the boot (trunk) of her car which had been parked out the front of the family’s Auckland home. In fact she had not been seen for nine days and would have been in the car boot for at least a week. Neighbours told of hearing a violent argument between the couple the day before she disappeared. Mr Xue was known for violence and, according to a friend, he had spoken on previous occasions of his intention to kill his wife, but his friends had talked him out of it.

New Zealand police have been severely criticized for taking what seems an inordinate amount of time to find the body in the boot of the car. For two days they were coming and going from the home – along with journalists – and no doubt there were plenty of other people hanging around out of morbid curiosity and genuine concern too. Who knows how many different people’s finger prints would be all over the car? This in itself will surely make forensic testing more difficult than it might have been. Even when they finally took the car away, it was another 16 hours before they opened the boot and found the body. Excuses have been made about legal protocol that was involved in getting the locked boot open. It certainly makes one wonder about the powers and efficiency of the law enforcement authorities when it takes so long to complete a routine investigative matter in such a

14 Jul 2010 Renting A Motor Home To Travel New Zealand

Whether you crave a holiday full of outdoor adventure or a relaxing vacation sampling gourmet cuisine and award winning wines, New Zealand has something for everyone. And, there is no better way to explore this highly diverse country than to rent a New Zealand motor home. With many tourist destinations within a few hours of each other and a well-maintained network of roads and highways, renting a motor home or camper van in New Zealand provides travelers the freedom and flexibility to experience all of the sites and attractions while enjoying all of the comforts of a home on wheels.

With many companies specialising in renting motor homes in New Zealand, it’s helpful to compare prices and availability on the internet. Rates tend to be higher during the summer months of December through February, and the best deals are to be had from May through September. Reputable rental companies will offer comprehensive insurance, roadside assistance, and 24-hour customer service. Other features that are also frequently offered when renting a camper van in New Zealand include itinerary planning, kitchen utensils, linens, unlimited mileage, ferry booking assistance, airport pickup, and luggage storage.

Camp ground facilities throughout New Zealand are generally very well maintained and in convenient, and often times, scenic locations. Along with BBQs, kitchen facilities, restrooms and showers, most campgrounds have laundry rooms and playgrounds. It’s always a good idea to reserve space at a campground prior to arrival, especially during the peak season of summer. Although most New Zealand motor homes and camper vans have a shower and toilet on board, it is illegal to discharge this waste into anything other than an approved dump station. Keep New Zealand clean and green. Should you dump the waste elsewhere it will end up in out pristine waterways. The main pick up and drop off cities for a New Zealand motor home or a New Zealand camper van are Auckland and Christchurch, although some companies have an office in Wellington, Picton or Queenstown. One way hires have a minimum hire period. It is also legal to park motor homes in New Zealand on national park land as long as there is not a “Parking Prohibited” sign posted.

Most first time visitors of New Zealand visit both the North and South islands to experience the vastly different landscapes. Camper vans and motor homes can be conveniently driven onto the Interislander ferry for the three hour journey between the islands. Most rental companies will gladly book reservations for the ferry and provide you with all of the information that you will need prior to setting sail.

When touring the stunning beauty of the South Island, it’s especially important to be aware of the weather. Snow frequently falls in the winter months, and chains are required on some roads. The speed limit on New Zealand open roads is 100 km or about 62 miles per hour. To have a safe motoring holiday, it’s essential to stay within the speed limit and to obey all of the traffic signs. Many of the roads, while well paved and signed, are somewhat narrow and often slick from rain or ice. Photo radar is used throughout the country to enforce the speed limits, and there are strict laws forbidding drinking and driving.

New Zealand is an amazing country with plenty to offer every traveler, and motor homes and camper vans allow the convenience, comfort, and flexibility to make the most of your holiday. Without wasting time checking into hotels or unpacking and packing up cars and suitcases, you can spend your time enjoying the sites and relaxing in your home on wheels. Happy Motoring!

29 Jun 2010 Go Global In Your Search For The Best Refinance Mortgage Interest Rate Online

These days, shopping around for the best refinance mortgage interest rate online is essential for anyone who is looking to get the most out of their investment in real estate, whether it is for investment purposes, loss attributing qualified companies, or even just moving up the social ladder. It’s not only possible, but it’s also more convenient and less stressful to hunt around for the best refinance mortgage interest rate online.

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Any piece of property, whether you live in it or simply own it and lease it out, is a huge deal. You invest so much of yourself into it financially, emotionally, and personally, and you tend to tie your sense of self worth and integrity to your properties. It’s now more important than ever to make sure you are getting the best deal on something which is so important to yourself and your families. In the old days, you had to go down dressed in your best suit to visit the intimidating bank manager who would tell you how much a parcel of land would cost you. These days, however, you can search for the best refinance mortgage interest rate online without even setting foot outside the door!

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With residential real estate fast becoming the investment vehicle of choice amongst practically the entire population of the developed world, the hunt for the best refinance mortgage interest rate online has become faster and more furious. Not surprisingly, the competition amongst lenders has increased as a result. A major marketing strategy being employed by a large number of players in the market now is to provide their application services online. Competition amongst borrowers is good for you, the buyer. So is convenience as efficiencies further push down best refinance mortgage interest rate online.

Think Global, Go Global

One of the huge advantages that the Internet has brought to the mortgage brokerage game is the access it gives everyday people to the best refinance mortgage interest rate online, not just in their home countries but anywhere around the world where investment and borrowing conditions are favorable and where they make it possible to conduct transnational mortgage refinancing deals. In the last six years in Auckland, New Zealand for example, the average house price has skyrocketed up to 200 percent in places. In an attempt to cool the housing market, the reserve bank first raised interest rates three times in two months and then more lately has been selling off large amounts of New Zealand currency. Mortgage interest rates are now far too high for New Zealand to afford to refinance but overseas investors have the advantage of being able to access some of the best refinance mortgage interest rate online, such as the National Australian Bank operating out of Japan, offering 1.5% as opposed to The New Zealand bank’s 10.69% fixed rate. If you’re an internationally minded investor, it may be a good time to look around for the best refinance mortgage interest rates online and take advantage of vulnerable markets around the globe.

Finding the best refinance mortgage interest rate might seem a daunting task. It’s as simple as baking pie, however, if you do it online.

26 Jun 2010 The benefits of living in New Zealand

New Zealand is a country of outstanding beauty, where the pace of life is slower; a country that affords one a feeling of freedom. Spectacular scenery, adventure and a sense of having been put back in time, makes it a delightful experience and it’s easy to see why people would like to make it their home.

About a third of the population of New Zealand live in Auckland, a large multi-cultural city in the North Island; the other two-thirds being scattered sparsely over the two islands.

Driving through the country you can find yourself on clear roads, passing other cars infrequently. You’ll be winding up mountain roads, looking down into deep valleys with trickling streams and succulent vegetation.

Anyone deciding to start a new life in New Zealand should think carefully about what it has to offer and whether it would be right for them. Cities are few and far between, so if you crave shops and nightlife you would need to live in one of the big cities, perhaps Auckland or Wellington, but, if this is all you are looking for, maybe New Zealand isn’t for you.

If, on the other hand, you love nature, walking, sports, isolated beaches, snow capped mountains, blue seas and spectacular water falls, then you would definitely enjoy a new life in this wonderful country. The only problem you would have would be choosing where to live. Of course, this will ultimately depend on your type of work or business, where it is situated and how far you wish to travel to get there.

If you have children, New Zealand is the perfect country for them to grow up in. Here they could choose from a multitude of sporting activities, kayaking, hiking, skiing, bungy jumping, white water rafting, swimming, surfing, fishing and camping, to name but a few. New Zealand is definitely a place for the young.

Walking is a great way of getting exercise and seeing some of the scenery that can’t be seen from the road. Walks can range from 20 minutes to a few days and are usually well signposted. Follow one of these trails and you can find yourself completely on your own, enjoying the solitude and freedom that is one of the great appeals of New Zealand.

Perhaps beaches are more your thing. If so, then you will not be disappointed. Blue water and soft sands can be found all around the country. Whether you want gently lapping waves or large surfing waves, you will find a beach to suit.

Fewer cities and fewer people add up to less crime, which is a big advantage to anyone considering moving to this country. The majority of towns are small, some just catering for basic needs, others with small shopping centres and you will find the New Zealand people friendly and welcoming.

If you are moving from the UK to New Zealand the low price of fuel will be a very welcome bonus. Some form of transport is obviously a necessity, apart from having to get to and from work, it is vital in a country that has so many leisure activities and such a vast array of national forests to explore.

The choice between islands would be another difficult decision. South Island offers, Picton and the Marlborough Sound, Christchurch, Haast Pass, Hanmer Springs, and unsurpassed views. The North Island offers, Auckland, The thermal area of Rotorua, the beautiful Bay of Islands, delightful beaches and a ruggedness that has a beauty all of it’s own.

New Zealand doesn’t just have National Parks, it is one big National Park just waiting to be explored.

29 May 2010 Mapping the Land of the Kiwi folk

New Zealand isn’t in the news very much because it is a very peaceful place with rarely any political, religious or social upheaval. People are often surprised to learn therefore that it comprises a large expanse of land almost one hundred and three thousand seven hundred and thirty eight square meters of area. It comprises of two main islands, The North Island and The South Island .The South Island is the largest body of land of New Zealand. In addition to these a number of smaller islands such as The Great Barrier Island, Chatham Islands and the Stewart Island or Rakiura Island as well as island nations that are in free association with it (the Cook island and Niue) They are located in the South Pacific Ocean and are completely independent and autonomous except for the fact that their residents are considered citizens of the country of New Zealand.

New Zealand’s’ territorial claim on the frozen continent Antarctica is known as The Ross Dependancy.

New Zealand is part of a mostly submerged continent called Zealandia (which is almost ninety five percent underwater).The Norfolk Rise, Challenger Plateau, Campbell Plateau is some of the regions of the continent of Zealandia.

Most of the initial geographical knowledge about New Zealand was acquired by Captain James Cook in his sea faring voyage to map New Zealand. It consists of fifty seven districts with sixteen cities and twelve non unitary areas. It is a little larger than The United Kingdom and a little smaller than Japan. It has recently been used as a location for filming many Hollywood (all three Lord of the Rinds movies and the Last Samurai) as well as Bollywood films.

It is located adjacent to Australia in the South Western Hemisphere of the earth and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and separated from Australia by the Tasman Sea. A sparsely populated country it has a population density of fifteen people per square kilometer of area which is less than the number of sheep per square kilometer of area!

The capital city of New Zealand is Wellington. It is the second largest urban area in Oceania, in the region of Wellington on the North Island and at the centre of the country.

Auckland is the largest metropolis of New Zealand. It is situated on the North Island of the nation and is the most populated urban area as it is the biggest. It is the city with the largest number of people of Polynesian descent. It is home to the busiest air port in the country The Auckland International Airport. Flights from all over the world make port at this air port.

New Zealand has a vast reserve of marine resources and under the law of the sea has is seventh in this respect.

New Zealand houses many natural wonders such as numerous hot springs, geysers, active and dormant volcanoes (A number of which are in Auckland), volcano cones, snowcapped mountains, fjords etc. The hill of Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu on the North Island has the largest recorded place name in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Record!

27 May 2010 In Search of Hobbits: A Small Adventure

We couldn’t very well visit New Zealand without seeing some of the Lord of the Rings locations and our first stop was the small town of Matamata on the North Island, which became famous as Hobbiton was filmed around there.

All either of us knew was that it was filmed somewhere on a sheep farm near there, but that was about it. My husband John was driving and I was navigating with a map we’d just bought a few days before in Auckland. The map had Lord of the Rings locations marked on it, but places still seemed to take a little bit of finding.

“What does the map say?” asked John.

“It just says ‘Matamata’ for ‘Hobbiton’,” I replied, which wasn’t much help to us as we both knew that the film location was not in the town but somewhere outside of it. We decided to go into Matamata and see if they had a tourist information centre who would know where the location was.

As we drove into town, there was an information centre sign three hundred metres ahead. Three hundred metres ahead of us was a car park and a small building that looked as if it was in the process of being built or being demolished. There was no information sign anywhere and we wondered if we’d taken a wrong turn somewhere.

We parked the car and decided to have a look around the town, which took about ten minutes. Coming back to the car from a slightly different direction, we finally came across the information centre, which was at the other side of the dilapidated building we saw. And in big golden letters plastered across the window was ‘Hobbiton Tours’.

At last! You could only go on a guided tour as the land was privately owned, we just made it in time for the second to last tour of the day. There were about 15-20 people in our tour, although the bus could probably seat about forty.

It was about a twenty minute drive outside of Matamata to get to the Alexander sheep farm, where the movie was filmed. Of course, most of it has returned to its natural state of rolling hills and lots of sheep, but there are a few Hobbit holes left, including Bag End, Frodo and Bilbo’s house in the Shire.

The day we went, it drizzled constantly, but it didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirit, everyone was smiling and excited that they actually got to see the Shire. John and I decided that yes, we could quite happily live there. There was just something so peaceful about the area, you could see why they decided to film the Shire there.

Our guide Theresa pointed out the various places where some of the structures had been which were no longer there. There weren’t meant to be any structures left at all, but before all of them could be taken down, there was a very bad rainstorm and it was deemed to dangerous to remove the rest, so there are about eighteen Hobbit holes left altogether.

You really do feel that you are walking through the village of Hobbiton, not a film set, despite the Hobbit holes just having a wooden facade now, not gardens and brightly painted doors like in the films. It’s just the sense of the place. I

Once we arrived at the steps to Bag End the guide mentioned that she had a tour once where a girl kissed the top step because Elijah Wood had once stood on there!

“I wouldn’t recommend it,” she said. “There’ve been a lot of sheep walking around here since then!”

Despite her warning, there were a few people who seemed to be considering it!

Of course as you may know, Hobbits are very shy of the Big Folk, so don’t expect to see any on your trip, but if you look closely and are very quiet, you might just get lucky.

For more information, you can visit the Hobbiton Tours website: http://www.hobbitontours.com/

About The Author

Annette Gisby is the author of the novels “Drowning Rapunzel” and “Silent Screams” as well as the short story collection “Shadows of the Rose.” She enjoys travelling and seeing new places, despite getting travel sick and hopes to visit New Zealand again in the future.

For more information on Annette and her books please visit her website at http://www.annettegisby.n3.net

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17 May 2010 New Zealand’s National Parks – North Island

New Zealand is a land of awe-inspiring beauty. Sea, sky and mountain come together in a visual collage that is both breathtaking and humbling – it makes you glad to be alive! Humans have been present in New Zealand for less than a thousand years. The amazing landscapes of this country are therefore relatively untouched by mankind, offering visitors the opportunity to commune with nature.

New Zealand’s natural heritage is preserved for all to see in 14 different national parks across the country. On the North Island there are four parks, with the remaining ten being present on the more mountainous South Island.

Te Urewera is the largest of the parks on the North Island, and is the country’s fourth largest park overall. At a height of 3000ft above sea level it straddles the Huiarau Range – a northeast-southwest alignment of mountains that runs through the heart of the North Island. The park protects a vast swath of ancient forest, which is dominated by native trees such as red beech, rata, tawa and rimu. It is a sanctuary for wildlife too, kiwi, blue duck and the great New Zealand Falcon (karearea) being resident in the mist-shrouded mountains.

In the south of the Te Urewera National Park is Lake Waikaremoana – a beautiful inland lake that resembles a Norwegian Fjord. It was formed more than 2000 years ago and is 800ft deep in places. The lake is now a centre for nature tourism as well as for inland watersports.

Travelling on westwards past Lake Taupo we find arguably the most exhilarating of all the National Parks on the North Island – Tongariro National Park. Located roughly in the centre of the island, Tongariro consists of a series of active volcanoes – Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. Snow covered for most of the winter, the volcanoes provide a unique skiing and snowboarding experience during the winter months, enthusiasts having to pick their way around steaming vents and geysers. During the summer the snow recedes to reveal a delightful network of paths offering hikers some exquisite views of the park.

Close by to Tongariro is the Whanganui National Park. It encompasses one of New Zealand’s longest navigable rivers – the Whanganui River – and offers spectacular countryside views that take in forest, snow capped mountains and razor-edged ridges. You can book a cruise down the river in a paddleboat, or for the more adventurous there is the opportunity to navigate the waters by canoe.

Further west again we arrive at the magnificent Egmont National Park, the last of our park quartet. Egmont is undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s finest gems, its centrepiece being the 8250ft high volcano – Mt Taranaki. With its perfectly formed cone shape Mt Taranaki is one of the most impressive sights on the North Island. Often snow-capped the mountain is a huge draw for hikers and mountaineers alike. The lowland forest that surround the mountain’s lower slopes and the enchanting ‘Goblin Forest’ on the volcano’s mid-slope area are also not to be missed.

To enjoy the splendour of the National Parks on New Zealand’s North Island it is recommended that visitors hire a vehicle, preferably a 4×4. Car hire can be booked in advance to pick up from Auckland International Airport, or from the regional airports at Taupo and New Plymouth. Hire car details can be found at http://www.your-carhire.com

About the Author

Seb Jay is a professional copywriter specializing in the origination of web content for http://www.your-carhire.com

28 Apr 2010 How are people in your part of the world coping with the increasing cost of oil?

As oil and petrol hit all time highs seemingly weekly, many New Zealanders are turning to alternative forms of transport to curb their fuel bill.

New Zealand is an island nation with limited refining capabilities, meaning we must import much of our fuel, which leaves the country at the mercy of international price fluctuations. Combine that with high government taxes and levies, and it’s recipe for financial pain.

However, once fuel topped the $2 per litre barrier, many New Zealanders began to re-evaluate their fuel usage. No longer do people drive the car down the road to the shops, choosing to walk, or plan the most efficient route to do all their errands in one trip. Some who live in outer suburbs of cities have even begun to car pool.

Travelling from Auckland’s city centre to the airport, a journey which would normally take a couple of hours on a gridlocked motorway, can now be done in 40 minutes as high petrol prices have eased congestion.

Others have taken more radical actions, leaving their car at home and braving the cold New Zealand winter on bicycles. While evidence for the number of people doing this is still anecdotal, many are noticing far more cyclists on the road. Many of the cyclists note that, in addition to saving money on fuel, they are also saving money on gym subscriptions as their daily commute doubles as a workout.

With a population of just 4 million, smaller than many cities, New Zealand does not have a well developed public transport system, relying largely on buses rather than rail or ferries. Despite these shortcomings, the number of people riding the bus to work has spiked to levels not seen before, requiring some cities to add additional capacity.

But it’s not just the cost of private transportation that is causing concern for New Zealanders, as we almost import a great deal of food and goods, these prices have also been pushed up by rising oil prices. This has lead to a rise in the use of farmers’ markets, as well as an increasing trade in goods which have been produced within 100km of where they are sold.

As an island nation, holidays usually involve air travel, generally to Australia, but with the airlines putting their prices up as their fuel costs sky rocket, many are now forgoing an international holiday and choosing to spend their vacation time at one of the many attractions in their own country.

The New Zealand Government has also come under fire as citizens and businesses feel the pinch, but so far they are refusing to lower fuel taxes. New Zealand has a Goods and Services Tax (GST) which is 12.5 percent, and this applies to petrol. But as the price of petrol has gone up, the Government’s GST take has also increased and lobbyists are attempting the make petrol and diesel exempt from GST.

Unfortunately for many New Zealanders, the only thing that they can do about rising oil prices is grin and bear it. Being sparsely populated means that the distances some travel make it impractical for them to car pool or ride a bike, and public transport is somewhat limited. For this group of people the only relief can be a drop in the price of oil, something which could be some way off.

While larger nations may believe they are struggling with the soaring price of oil, it is the smaller and more remote nations which feel the pinch first. While New Zealand’s price for petrol is a lower than some European nations, it is the additional cost of transportation which drives inflation up and causes the New Zealand economy to slow.