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New Zealand and Japan December/January 2015/16

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1. Posted by Yogibear (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y


I am currently working in NSW but will be leaving at the end of November. I am planning on travelling to New Zealand and Japan but I'm not sure what I should put on my list of things to see! I am up for any adventure and I want to explore the culture and countryside of everywhere possible. I'm not much of a city person but I do like them if there is plenty to see around each corner (the older the city the better!). I personally like anything that involves animals, horse riding and national parks are pure bliss to me.

I am travelling alone at the moment and would love to know if anyone else is planning similar trips around the same time. I'm up for anything so please get in touch!


2. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 672 posts) 1y

For the outdoors and national parks, I'd say spending some time based in Wanaka, Queenstown, and Te Anau would be the most rewarding.

After that, if you still want more take a look at Fox Glacier (the heli hikes are for your to-do list if you have plenty of budget) and Mount Cook village.

That covers NZ's real wow mountains and glaciers in the south island, though if you want more then there is more! Nelson Lakes NP maybe. The Marlborough Sounds. The Catlins are nice, as is Abel Tasman NP though it's more about beautiful coastline.

The North Island's big hits are more volcanic. Tongariro NP is spectacular. A boat trip to White Island volcano is highly recommended. Personally I'd also take in some of the geothermal features and hot springs - Waikite Valley (between Taupo and Rotorua) is a less commercial one.

Specific ideas for your to-do list: (go google them) Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Mount Aspiring Rob roy glacier walk, lake ohau, lake tekapo, Larnach Castle, International Antarctic Centre, Pancake Rocks, Moeraki boulders, Kaikoura whale watching, Rotorua geothermal area, huka falls, Taranaki hikes, Tongariro alpine crossing, Mount Ruapehu chairlift, Driving Creek Railway, Queenstown gondola, Wanaka cinema, Hot and cold geothermal rivers, Rangitoto island boat trips from Auckland, Hobbiton film set tour Matamata, Waitangi treaty house Bay of Islands, Napier art deco, Wellington cable car museum.

3. Posted by Yogibear (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

Wow, a lot to put on my list then! They all sound amazing, might have to extend my trip.

Thank you very much Andy:)

4. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 672 posts) 1y

You're welcome - although some of it may not be to your taste.

How long are you thinking for NZ? For me a month is rushed to cover the highlights; I've had ten weeks there in total and that has meant some tough choices - I have the makings of trip 3 in the back of my mind.

5. Posted by Yogibear (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

I'm thinking a month or so in New Zealand then a month in Japan so i can come back to Oz and work. However if I get a second year visa I will most definitely go again :)

6. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 672 posts) 1y

Then maybe look at spending almost all of that month in the south island, with maybe a look at Tongariro, Taupo, Rotorua for a few days in the North Island.

I gather Japan is seriously expensive. I went to Taiwan instead, as it was cheaper and still interesting to me.

7. Posted by Yogibear (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y

Great, thank you!

My family have been to Japan and they didn't say it was too expensive. However luckily money isn't an issue.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Sep-2015, at 17:55 by Yogibear ]