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1. Posted by bananadude (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

I am heading to New Zealand in mid-November for 7-weeks, returning early January. I am just trying to work out an itinerary at the moment, and places that are a must, how long to spend where etc. It's proving a bit tricky though, given the HUGE amount of info out there! So much to see and do!

We are starting in Christchurch and leaving from Auckland, so we are doing the South Island first. We will be in a campervan for the whole 7-weeks.

Any info would be very much appreciated...:)

2. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 11y

hey,

i'm not sure how much help this will be as i've actually never been to new zealand. however, i once planned a trip there but unfortunently things changed and i couldn't go- don't you hate it when things like that happen.

When I looked at it I was only going to be there about a month so you can probably add some places in, but roughly:

Christchurch
Lake Tekapo
Queenstown
Milford Sound
Franz Josef Glacier
Greytown and then take the TranzAlpine train back to Christchurch
Kaikoura
Wellington
Martinborough
Rotorua
Waitomo Caves
Bay of Islands
Auckland

Just one thing to keep in mind if you are hiring a campervan is the cost of transporting it on the ferry. If I remember correctly I think it was being pricey and I remember some hire companies had a deal where you could pick up a new vehicle on the other island, rather than paying the transportation costs. For info on the ferry, I'm fairly sure the company is called InterIslander Ferries.

Hope that helps,
Cheers,

3. Posted by Scorpio421 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Hello Bananadude,

I wrote this last night and my computer froze up so lets see if I can get it right this time.

I've never been to NZ although I was in Australia a few years ago. I wanted so badly to go to New Zealand but for reasons I can't recall, it just didn't work out.

Several years ago I bought this book called "The Wonders of the World" or some such book. At any rate, I found this picture in the book and I was absolutely awestruck and I swore some day I would go to that place in the picture.

The picture was of this glacial lake sitting on top of a mountain with a waterfalll cascading down from it, several thousand feet. Turns out it is something like the 2nd or 3rd highest falls in the world.
The name of the lake is Quill Lake and the falls are called Sutherland Falls. I swear I have never seen anything so astonishingly breathtaking in all my life(at least not in a photograph).

I don't recall what part of New Zealand it was in but if it interests you at all, I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to find out about on the internet. Also, I'd be happy to scan the picture for you and email it to you if your interested.

If you were to end up going I would of course, want to hear all about it and see any pictures you might take of it. If I never go, at least I could live vicariously! LOL!

Just let me know.

Jayne aka Scorpio421
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4. Posted by kia-kaha (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Quoting bananadude

I am heading to New Zealand in mid-November for 7-weeks, returning early January. I am just trying to work out an itinerary at the moment, and places that are a must, how long to spend where etc. It's proving a bit tricky though, given the HUGE amount of info out there! So much to see and do!

We are starting in Christchurch and leaving from Auckland, so we are doing the South Island first. We will be in a campervan for the whole 7-weeks.

Any info would be very much appreciated...:)

renting a car is a great idea.do a road trip in the south,i know its tiring,but its definitely worth it.queenstown is a popular place,but its too,u know,tourish. u should go there have a look cos its beautiful,but shouldnt stay there for too long,then move on to wanaka,i go there snowboarding every season,if u r a party person,u will have a good time there,o n of cos its a lovely place as well,

5. Posted by kia-kaha (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Quoting Scorpio421

Hello Bananadude,

I wrote this last night and my computer froze up so lets see if I can get it right this time.

I've never been to NZ although I was in Australia a few years ago. I wanted so badly to go to New Zealand but for reasons I can't recall, it just didn't work out.

Several years ago I bought this book called "The Wonders of the World" or some such book. At any rate, I found this picture in the book and I was absolutely awestruck and I swore some day I would go to that place in the picture.

The picture was of this glacial lake sitting on top of a mountain with a waterfalll cascading down from it, several thousand feet. Turns out it is something like the 2nd or 3rd highest falls in the world.
The name of the lake is Quill Lake and the falls are called Sutherland Falls. I swear I have never seen anything so astonishingly breathtaking in all my life(at least not in a photograph).

I don't recall what part of New Zealand it was in but if it interests you at all, I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to find out about on the internet. Also, I'd be happy to scan the picture for you and email it to you if your interested.

If you were to end up going I would of course, want to hear all about it and see any pictures you might take of it. If I never go, at least I could live vicariously! LOL!

Just let me know.

Jayne aka Scorpio421

tansporting a vihecle across da ferry is very very expensive(as far as i can remember,it cost around 200 nzd)

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6. Posted by Dougie (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

Here is a good list of things to see and do in New Zealand.

Christchurch. Maybe worth a day to look around

See the famous round Moeraki Boulders (East Coast of South Island)
Dunedin (& Otago Peninsula) Dunedin is a great old city and good for wildlife, the Albatrosses and Penguins
Te Anau. Maybe spend more time in the Fiordland National Park
Doubtful Sound. Try swimming with dolpins
Milford sound. Just the sound, not the town
Queenstown. Great tourist adventure town
Wanaka. a bit more relaxing than Queenstown
Franz Josef. Everyone needs to see a glacier
Mt Cook. A must see
Punakaiki Pancake Rocks (West coast of South Island)
Christchurch (akaroa) A day tip to Akaroa is interesting.
Kaikoura. Everyone takes a look at the whales.
Marlborough. Good for great wineries
Wellington. Have a look at Te Papa, but Wellington is an interesting city
Tongario National Park. Great National Park
Rotorua. Great for Maori culture
Waitomo Caves. Very interesting
Auckland. A big city I would have a quick look around then head to the Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands. Just beautiful
Tutukaka - Poor Knights Island. More popular tourist stops
Cape Reinga. Must visit, but if you do you must also visit Bluff the bottom of the South Island
Waipoua Kauri Forest. Worth a look
Auckland.

Thats my opinion. You will enjoy whatever you do
Cheers, Glenn
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7. Posted by Lissyrl (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

Hey there,

I spent 18 days between both islands last June and wish I had more time--although I was there in their winter so I missed out on a lot of the water sports stuff so its good you are going now- on the south island make sure to go to Milford Sound- spend a day or 2 there depending if you like hiking and boat rides, and Queenstown--you can easily spend a week here- its a fun town with cool pubs and lots of outdoor sports--and I think there is a glacier north near there that you can do.
Christchurch was kinda boring--like any small city--there are some fun scenic places outside of it-like Lake Tekapo, but no need to spend too long there.
At the northern part of the island is Marlborough Sounds--really beautiful. I think you can kayak there and there is tons of hiking and boating stuff. You can take a ferry there from a town called Picton, and it will take you to the Wellington-cool city- 2-3 days I would say.
Head either up north to Rotura or west to the Waicoma Caves. In between is Tongoria National Park. If you like Lord of the Rings- check hobbiton town out on your way up to Auckland.

Hope this helps! Happy travels.
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8. Posted by ST (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Wellingtons a great city, I'm originally from there. Alot of great art and culture (and the most cafes per capita in the world I think). The other great thing about it is that everything is within walking distance.

I'd spend maybe 3 to 4 days there. Places to check out would be (all in the central city, and everyone knows where they are):

Cuba St
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The mecca of cool cafes, interesting shops and unusual people. Make sure you grab an Indian curry from Tulsi.

Courtney Place
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All the bars are along this area and off the side streets

Lambton Quay
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The big shopping area, although your less likely to find interesting clothing down the lower end, the cooler shops are more towards the Cuba St end.

Feel free to drop me an email or ask me a few more questions if you want help.

--
Samuel Richardson
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10. Posted by bananadude (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Quoting nickyms

Did you think about a place to stay?
Have you ever try serviced apartment? It's a good one option.

Try www.moveandstay.com/newzealand/

A lot of lists of sevriced apartment is provided at cheap rate with a very good staff to take care of.;)

Mmmm...no, oddly enough I NEVER thought of staying anywhere. I thought I could just sleep on the street.

Did you read my post? Evidently not. We are staying in a campervan for the whole 7-weeks. So there is no need to spam my thread.