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1. Posted by pmitty (Full Member 15 posts) 10y

I have two weeks in new Zealand and I want to make the most of it...can anyone give me advice? Should i stick on the south island, is there lots to do..? Any recommendations of places to stay?? I wil be going first two weeks in Aug. how cold will it be??

Any info would be helpful, thanks all

Penny

2. Posted by Lesken (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

If you are into adventure type activities , Queenstown on the South Island would be a perfect spot for a week. Stacks of adventure activities and plenty of snow in August if you want to have a ski.

From Queenstown travel over to the West Side and follow up Milford Sound and the Glaciers - beautiful places.

Christchurch is the gourmet capital of the South Island and a pretty spot to visit.

3. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 10y

Hi, I was in NZ for the first time in May and like you only had a couple of weeks.

I managed to explore both islands, and I am so glad I did. South Island certainly has the scenery, but the north island also has lots to offer. If you do not think you will be returning for some time then my recommendation is to explore both islands. Build in a few days in one place though, since you will want to chill out for at least 3 days if you do decide to travel across both islands.

So a few recommendations for accommodation
1 - City garden Lodge (hostel) was excellent in Auckland. Great restaurants nearby as well

2 - Central Backpackers, Rotoura has lovely warm rooms and baths and showers which is really unsual, did not like location of TV lounge or setup of kitchen but it is realy clean and the owners incredibly helpful. It also has its own hot spa! The thermals are great fun to visit, and recommend going for a swim at the Polynesian Spa.

3 - Centrion Backpackers, Napier - under new ownership and he is really friendly once you start chatting. Rooms are a good size, fab communal lounge and the kitchen he is expanding. Really clean and good location. If you are into architecture, then this a must see.

4 - Women's Only Hostel in Christchurch. Some rooms are not in the mainhouse which does mean a small walk outside to bathroom but the advantage is a kitchen which you will have almost to yourself. They also provide towels and staff very friendly, as is the cat!

5 - Avoid both hostels in Fox Glacier!

6 - Did not stay in a hostel in wanaka, but found an excellent apartment/motel called Brookvale Manor Hotel . .each apartment has its own kitchen, plus there is hot spa! Laundry facilities also available, if you want a little bit of luxury for a few days but still want to self cater, this is a really good place to stay. Make sure you go to the cinema if you are in wanaka.

Hope this is helpful did stay in a few other places so do drop me a line if you want any more info on where else I stayed or what I did.

Have fun.

B