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Apr 19, 2002: Attention all Kiwis

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Well, first I should thank everyone who provided advice on traveling in Australia. But Mary Jean and I have wrangled our flights so that we can spend most of our time (about two weeks) in New Zealand. So... any suggestions on how to spend our "official" honeymoon in New Zealand in late June/early July? Hiking, snorkeling, general sight seeing, maybe a little skiing, cafe hopping and meeting locals are all on the wish list. Thanks for the help!

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Comment: Paul (Apr 22, 2002)

First I have to admit I haven't been to NZ in 10 years but if you want a romantic place while in Auckland, take the ferry on into the Gulf to Waiheke island and rent a cottage, there's plenty of cool ones. Some friends just came back and recommend the Palm Beach Bungalows. I've been to Hekerua Lodge a few times, which is still there but is more of a budget travellers place. Lots of fun.

Since its winter you'll do some skiing, if your only on the North Island, go to Whakapapa, so you can tell people you skied on an active volcano.

Comment: Jim Cuene (Apr 23, 2002)

Hi,

I've been to NZ three times. As much as I love the North Island, i'd highly, highly recommend spending as much time as you can on the South Island. I think Blenheim (sp?) is a great stop to enjoy the fantastic wines of the Marlborough region. When there, check out the Cloudy Bay winery, take a hike through the hills. (we stayed at a great B&B; drop me a line and I'll tell you all about it). Then, I'd fly down to the Queensland area. There's plenty to do there, but definitely make a day trip down to Milford sound. Man, lou, there's so much to enjoy on the south island. Skip Christchurch and Dunedin if you're crunched for time. You can't go wrong.

Comment: Bryan Skelton (Apr 24, 2002)

Since you are going on your honeymoon, you might consider a stop over in Tahiti/French Polynesia on your way to NZ. It is supposed to be a honeymooner's paradise. We hope to find out for ourselves when we go there on our honeymoon late June/early July.

Comment: John (May 1, 2002)

Hi I live on Waiheke Island and if anyone is thinking of comming to stay during summer it is very advisable to pre book holiday houses and cottages, in fact most forms of accommodation from backpackers to lodges are quite busy.

Comment: Paul (May 3, 2002)

I am a kiwi, an you without a doubt must spend most of your time in the south island, although be prepared for some cold weather. But that has it's up sides, as you will see snow, and mountains and clean crisp days.

Try this route as you'll probably fly into Auckland.

Auckland - Bay of Islands, warm and sunny beaches
Bay of Islands to the Coromandel, Rainforest & Beaches
Coromandel to Napier, wine country
Napier to Taupo, massive lake and Volcanoe
Taupo to Martinborough, Pinot Noir country

Welligton to Picton, Ferry very nice trip through the sounds
Picton to Nelson, beautiful beaches
Nelson to Hamner, hot springs in the mountains
Hamner to CHCH, very english town
CHCH to Hokitika, through the mountain, spectacular
Hokitika to Fox Glacier, only temperate glaciers in the world
Fox to Queenstown, Heart of mountains and adventure tourism, go for an original bungy jump, try the local wines!!! stay at edgewater or somewhere equally flash.
Queenstown to Milford, Deep glacial valleys into the sea, awesome.
Queenstown to Dunedin, Edinburgh of the south
Dunedin to Mt Cook, our highest mountain
Mt Cook to chch and fly out to oh what was that place again, australia?

Have fun, but I am working the design department at Otago University that you will be in town.

Cheers

Paul

Comment: Hayden Vink (May 6, 2002)

Hi Louis,
It is with great interest that I read about your intentions to visit New Zealand . . I was wondering whether you'd "take the leap across the ditch" and visit this amazing country. I'm a proud Kiwi, and I like to think of New Zealand as a "country of many countries" - Paul's comments above reflect this. No where in NZ is more than 2 hours from the ocean, and the landscape and climate is very diverse for such a small country. Have you been to www.purenz.com? It's the official site for "destination New Zealand". Definitely worth a look. I live in Wellington (the capital city) which is sadly bypassed by most tourists - they only come to get on the ferry to the South Island. But it is a great little city (one of my favourite cities in the world). If you're in town and want one of the locals to show you a good place for a coffee or whatever, I'd be more than happy to oblige. Just drop me a line. Happy travels, and I hope to see you in Sydney in July (if not NZ too!)

Comment: Hayden Vink (May 7, 2002)

Oops - I meant June for the NN Group conference!

Comment: paul (May 7, 2002)

The other Paul's itinerary is very close to a two week trip I took around the South Island, staying in very cheap, fun, backpacker inns. They have a very cool bus coach system to get you around. The road to Milford is one of the most beautiful in the world.

Comment: John (May 10, 2002)

Hi
I have been to New Zealand. You will have a good time. Australia would be better. On your honeymoon? I guess it doesn't matter where you go really.

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