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new zealand for 2 weeks, Help!

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Meeting a friend in new zealand for 2 weeks during my rtw trip
11 years ago, September 25th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #49863  
N Posts: 28
Hello everyone 😊

Im on a rtw trip at the moment, currently in brazil but i expect to be in new zealand on the 1st of november (auchland). My best friend at home in ireland has decided to join me for his 2 weeks holidays in nov.

Now i really want to make the most of his 2 weeks so im looking to see what´s the best things you could do in nz if you only had 2 weeks

we´re well up for drinking,treking, extreme sports/activities etc etc so if anyone could advise on what they would do with 2 weeks please let me know! once i have a route planned i can look up flights etc

hope to hear back from someone 😊

ciao for now
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11 years ago, September 25th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #49870  
Hello Aodh 😊

I moved this to the Oceania forum.


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11 years ago, September 26th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #49937  
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Hi Aodh,

With only 2 weeks I'd suggest choosing either the North Island or South Island - there's plenty to see and do in both.

Here's some links to get you started;
National Parks

Bungy jumping sites - look for the links on the right

NZ beaches

Feel free to ask more specific questions :-) Reply to this

11 years ago, September 26th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #49987  
N Posts: 28
Hey Jo trouble thanks fo the reply,

ive been doing a bit of browsing and came across a few sites offering tours of new zealand, generally the tours were 6-10 days per island(http://www.scenicpacific.co.nz/), would that suggest that i could possible do the north island in a week and then part of the south island in the second week? Then i could finish the south island properly myself with the extra time i have. Im really trying to cater for my friend and not myself so if it means only seeing a few main attractions in the north island so that he can see the south island then so be it.

Most people i meet travelling seem to think the south island is a lot better than the north island????? Reply to this

11 years ago, September 26th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #49992  
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The North Island has some beautiful places too - I don't just say that because I'm from the North Island :-)

The reason a lot of people consider the South better for travel is it has more National Park areas, and more adventure options.

I personally wouldn't want to only spend a couple of weeks in either island, but if you think a 'taster' tour would suit you guys better this time, then it could be worth looking into seriously. It would probably save you most of the organising - and give you an idea of where to go next time you're in NZ :-) Reply to this

11 years ago, September 26th 2008 No: 6 Msg: #49993  
N Posts: 28
hmmm yeah im leaning towards 2 weeks on each island for myself while meeting my friend on the south island for his 2 weeks, i wont be paying a tour company or anything, im sure we could find our way around without paying some agency???

Thanks again jo, going to look up return flights to christchurch for him so Reply to this

11 years ago, September 26th 2008 No: 7 Msg: #49998  
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im sure we could find our way around without paying some agency???


Easily.

Would be worth looking at car hire, given you only have 2 weeks down there, and it'll be cheaper between the 2 of you.

There's a few intercity bus networks in both islands too. Reply to this

11 years ago, September 26th 2008 No: 8 Msg: #49999  
N Posts: 28
car hire is good, there could be 3 of us as well so even better

have you heard about the magic bus tour? a friend recommeded it, said it was cheap and fun way to get around

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11 years ago, September 26th 2008 No: 9 Msg: #50022  
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I've heard of it, but the only bus network I've used in NZ is BottomBus, which I found really good.

Others are Intercity Coachlines and Naked Bus. Reply to this

11 years ago, September 29th 2008 No: 10 Msg: #50215  
How about a walk on a live marine volcano??? It's an awesome experience - here's a link to the company that does the tours.

http://www.whiteisland.co.nz/

And while you're in the Bay of Plenty there are heaps of other touristy things to do, Rotorua has a lot of Maori cultural experiences, and of course there's zorbing, lugeing, amongst other things.
Whatever you decide I know you'll have a great time.
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