Newzeland i am confused..
I am on a Round the World Tour, will be in New Zealand around april 1st week, i have 9 days in Auckland, upon doing more research as days pass by, i coming to know that South Island is a great place to see.. and there are many other places i am learning, i initially thought i would just stay in Auckland and explore around...i am confused now...
please help me plan my 9 days stay in New Zealand... Must see places and to get around... way to travel south??
Nine days is far too short. You would be better picking one place or small area and focussing on there. You could do an Auckland - Rotorua - Taupo loop like many tourists. You could hop on a flight down south, hire a car and see the lower south, or wander around the Nelson - Marlborough area. You could stay in the Auckland - Northland - Coromandel area. What do you want to see and do?
Thank you Karen and Collin, ideas are shaping now in my mind.. feeling bit confidant..
Hey Jo Link you directed me to did contain some useful info.. Thank you for that.
i guess most of us first time RTW travelers downplay New Zealand and don't give much importance.. and these booking agents to do not come up with suggestions and assistance on these important decisions ...ERRR
Hi Vishy, I am new here and never been in N.Z but my cousins live there they say in 9 days you can Experience the hub of New Zealand's geothermal activity, with bubbling mud pools, exploding geysers, and hot springs in Rotorua and Taupo. See gorgeous beaches, experience Maori culture, boutique wineries, art deco architecture, and Te Papa museum of New Zealand in Hawke's Bay, Whitianga and Tauranga. Visit spectacular travel destinations sights such as the beautiful Bay of Islands, Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto, Cape Brett 'Hole in the Wall' and experience the Realm of Tane in and around Auckland and Wellington. But if you have time you may travel other counties as well!
9 days is not enough time for all of what Jhune Phil suggested! Not unless you drive all the time and dont actually stop to experience anywhere.
We still say to just pick a small area and focus on that. When you have thought about where you want to focus, get back to us and we'll see what else we can add.
BTW, Te Papa is in Wellington.
I have spent yesterday looking at the places you mentioned.. i am noting them all.. thank you for all your suggestions...
Hello Karen and Colin...
i agree your suggestion.. i spoke to my travel agent good news is that there is still provision of extending or altering my Itinerary... what do you guys think, how many days in New Zealand should be must to see??
Which covers Best of Places to See in North and South Island...
I know i may never go back to New Zealand because of its Remoteness.. hence after seeing reply from all you guys i am in course of changing my mind..
how many days? try months! Take the longest you can, you wont regret it. Maybe fly into one city (Auckland maybe) and out of somewhere else (like Christchurch), this will mean you wont have to take the time to double back to the airport.
If you still only have a short amount of time and are flying into Auckland, focus on the upper north. Auckland - Northland (Bay of Islands, Waipoua Forest, Cape Reinga) - Coromandel - Rotorua - Taupo. Maybe Hawkes Bay too if you have time as it is lovely there.
Or fly into Christchurch and do a loop of the lower South Island, stunning scenery, hiking, a bit quieter.
Can you afford to hire a car? you will find it much easier to get around and see more of you are not waiting for buses. And public transport isnt the best here, so much is away from the bus routes.
I cant tell you what to see, that is up to you, all I can offer is some suggestions. Check out peoples blogs on this site and see what attracts you.
I spoke to my travel agent yesterday and got my stay extended in New Zealand from 9 to 16 days..
Thank you for all your suggestions, hope fully i may now cover highlights of both North and South Islands...
Kia ora Vishy
I haven't done too much of the South Island but I can recommend some places to see in the North
- Raglan a lovely small Kiwi town (the best surf beach in NZ, with the best left in the world apparently)
- Rotorua and Taupo if you like a bit of adventure and Maori culture
- Wellington (the capital, where the house of Parliament (called the Beehive) - this is a nice city
- I also like the Bay of Islands which is further up North, pretty beautiful place, Dolphin and Whale watching up there
Depends what kind of travel you are looking at doing, if you want to just sort of cruise around or if you really want to see NZ, you can allot in 16 days.
The North and South Island's are very different, almost like a different country down in the South Island, incredibly beautiful; you have to go down there Queenstown a must.
There are actually bus / tour operators that have passes, allowing you to visit allot of the country in 16 days.
16 days is a good length of time, and agree with others who are telling you to keep it simple. You could fly into Auckland and get out of there quick (real NZ is not our biggest mad city), Taupo and Rotorua would be excellent stops (check out Prawn Park and JetBoat rides there), through Wairarapa-Greytown into Wellington for maybe 2 days, great little city.
Ferry over to Picton, onto either Hamner Springs or kaikoura for 1 day, to Christchurch and highly recommend Akaroa (I am from there). And then a big decision as to whether to travel across the island to west coast, or down to TeAnau, Tekapo, Mt Cook area or Queenstown. You can;t go wrong scenery is superb.
Also check www.airnewzealand.co.nz for cheap one way flights if you end up having to get from Christchuch back to Auckland, if you book about now way ahead it will be very cheap.
For North Island, msg above never mention about Tongarilo Natianol Park, right place to go if you looking for adventure hiking crossing Mt Tongarilo.
For South Island, if you renting car, try drive thru Arthur Pass, a lot of attractive scene really shifted my focus on driving... Luckily no accident.. hehe...
I love New Zealand and i spent 3 months there, below with my sharing...
Been reading this thread with interest. When i land in Melbourne in March, i plan to fly to Christchurch the next day. 10-12 days on South Island, ferry to Wellington, then 10 days on North Island. Leave from Auckland back to Sydney. Hopefully lots of lovely memories.
Im sure u will have Koyli..its a reasonable period of time to see a good range of whats on offer in the two islands. They differ markedly. Im in Wellington. The ferry trip is great..can be a mission at times