You can very easily save some big money by starting your trip in the South Island and finishing it Auckland. By planing smartly you can benefit from others. About 90% of tourists to New Zealand start in Auckland and end up in Christchurch or Queenstown. So if you do the opposite you can reap the rewards.
Often you will also get upgrades and special deals to drive north.
Don’t think you will miss out on anything either, you are simply driving against the mob, so you get cheaper car rental, cheaper ferry deals and you still get to see everything.
Scotties have a great deal now on where the $250 one way fee has been waived for all one way rentals starting in Christchurch or Queenstown and ending in Auckland.
Discount is valid for travel before November 1 2016.