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1. Posted by Potdefleur (Budding Member 2 posts) 34w

Hi everyone!

I planned to travel alone in new zealand for 3 month between february and april.
I really have no idea on what to do in NZL so if someone has some info for me or just want to meet, please tell me! :)

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 34w

What to do depends on your interests. Why are you going to New Zealand? The more we know about what you like to see and do, the more useful our advice can be.

Taking a stab in the dark, most people tend to go to New Zealand for its gorgeous scenery and amazing hiking. Three months is an excellent amount of time to experience a large chunk of that, and the time of the year you're going is also very good. February is still peak season, but as the weeks progress, things will get less busy, and from late March onways, you can experience gorgeous autumn colors in the south and east of the South Island.

Given the high season thing, I'd start off on the North Island. Explore Auckland for a few days, make your way up to Cape Reinga (independently if possible, so you can linger for sunset), visit the Kauri groves, go hiking at Whangarei Heads (also there's a great trail starting from Whangarei Falls, following the river up to a boardwalk through a small Kauri grove), definitely do the Hobbiton tour at Matamata (expensive, but the hills really are that green), see volcanism at Wai-o-tapu, do the Tongariro Crossing, maybe make a beeline for Mt. Taranaki and hike its slopes (some really gorgeous old forest there).
Then on the South Island, the Queen Charlotte track is a great multi-day hike for the convenience of pack-transport by watertaxi. Kaikoura has whale-watching, Lake Tekapo is a must to linger at for a couple of days, gazing out over the starting blueness of the lake, and for its utter tranquility at night when the tourists racing on to Queenstown have passed and you can gaze at the perfect nightsky (darkest place in the country, hence the big observatory being located here) - during the day, hike up to Mt. John for amazing views over the MacKenzie plain and the Southern Alps, while sipping a perfect cup of hot chocolate from the cafe at the aforementioned observatory.
Mt. Cook frequently has cloudy days and bad weather, but with three months you can afford lingering there for a couple of days till you get a perfect blue-skied day and spot Mt. Cook itself. Lots of trails to explore here, too.
Queenstown is not just thrill-seeker central, but also has a great hidden trail following the old waterpipe up via One Mile Creek Track, with the possibility to head onward to Ben Lomond. Milford Sound is a must, but stop off at Te Anau (utterly boring town) for hiking at least a short stretch of the Kepler track (or make a reservation a long time in advance to do the entire multi-day hike). Lots of amazing rainforest hikes around the glaciers, too, and Abel Tasman National Park should also feature in any itinerary lasting over six weeks.

I've skipped over countless worthwhile places there. New Zealand is really jam-packed with amazing sights. But hopefully it'll be somewhat useful as a starting point...

3. Posted by Potdefleur (Budding Member 2 posts) 34w

Thank you so much for this such detailed response Sander!
To be honest I didn't know where to start but you gave me some really good tips to do so.
Now that I have a Berger idea of what I can do, I'd like to know if some people are willing to join me for some parts of this trip ;) or if someone has some good hostels to recommend!