Is having GPS worthwhile in New Zealand?

Feb 20th, 2011, 08:39 AM
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Is having GPS worthwhile in New Zealand?

My husband and I are wondering if we should buy GPS for our upcoming trip to NZ? I read another thread here where someone found some GPS maps for NZ on Ebay, which I see are still being sold. We don't currently have a GPS so we'd have to buy/borrow one, increasing the $$.

My husband said he found GPS for his iPhone, but we'd need a car charger for the iPhone... Is that something we can buy here? I assume the car chargers that work for US cars would work for NZ cars... Or, should we just depend on the "tried and true" paper map. DH is an excellent navigator...
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Feb 20th, 2011, 10:38 AM
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We've done 3 driving trips in New Zealand and never found the need for a GPS. A good map, especially with a good navigator, is all you should need. We found the roads well signposted and the driving very straightforward. (Besides, if you get lost for awhile, who knows what gem you'll run across?)
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Feb 20th, 2011, 01:03 PM
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No. If you get lost (which is highly unlikely), just stop and ask someone the way.

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Feb 20th, 2011, 01:51 PM
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Sounds good. My DH is pretty handy with a map, so as long as I don't lose HIM we should be okay
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Feb 20th, 2011, 02:50 PM
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Never needed a GPS in our 10 trips to NZ.
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Feb 20th, 2011, 04:42 PM
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We had a GPS with us, because my DH owns a portable one with a map for NZ. While we didn't need it to keep from getting lost, it came in quite handy when we wanted to find the nearest restaurants, grocery stores, hotels or petrol stations by hitting the points of interest button. That being said, if you don't already own one, you don't absolutely need it. BTW, he downloaded the NZ map for free online.
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Feb 20th, 2011, 06:53 PM
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Good to know, thanks susncrg. I think we will download the maps to his iPhone and just bring a charger that works in US cars.
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