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1. Posted by tttom (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Hiya guys, I have planned my trip now for australia mid march for two months from Cairns to Sydney... I have found this website really useful and have made a note of the places to go recommended by other travelers. There seems like lots to do in Australia but Im flying Sydney to Christchurch end of May time and not sure where to start.

I have 7 weeks in New Zealand to eventually make my way up to Auckland but need help with:

Transport
What to do
Where to spend most time (North or South)

I want to go to Queenstown (sounds awesome) apart from that i'm a tad lost!

Some help would be great, Thanks, Tom

2. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 9y

Well it sounds like you are giving yourself plenty of time to travel which is a huge plus. As far as Australia the one place by far not to miss is Frasier Island. Spend at least 3 days here.

NZ- I would recommend spending most of the time in the South Island. Queenstown is a great place but beware of the activities, they can break your budget very quickly. I would definately go to Milford Sound to do some kayaking. Book early because there are not to many places to stay there. Another place not to miss is Abel Tasman national park. It is incredible and worth a visit. As far as the North Island go black water rafting in Waitomo Caves and the Bay of Islands are worth a visit.

Transportation: If it is more than you, renting a car is the best way. It gives you a lot of freedom of where to go and it reasonable. Otherwise the Kiwi Experience is a good option. You can use their buses to hop on and off for a particular route and length of time. Check them out http://www.kiwiexperience.com/backpacking-travel-passes.aspx Hope this helps.

3. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 9y

Queenstown is great, but it's definitely gonna eat into your budget. Definitely spend some time there though, there's so much to do and lots of great people to meet - LOTS of other travellers!! If you like the sound of Queenstown, you might also enjoy Rotorua in the North Island.

4. Posted by tttom (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Cheers guys yea i will definately make a stop at those places.I have decided to rent a car when i get to Christchurch as I am meeting two friends there so therefore the price will be split and also it will give us the freedom.

Thanks again

Tom

(does anyone no the best route to drive to Queenstown from Christchurch.. then eventually making our way up to Wellington (via lake taupo- Rotorua) to Auckland?!! thanks :) )

5. Posted by ArnaMarie (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

When you rent a car you will be given guides on how to get around. The roads are all well maintained and signaged so you shouldnt get lost! 7 weeks is plenty of time - my favourites spots is definitely the South Island or the Far north island. They are def the most beautiful I think. Dont be afraid of older rental cars also, I hear in the UK that rental cars are only a few years old max but here a car can be 10 years old and still be in great condition. They are much cheaper and all come with 24 roadside assistance just incase. Enjoy NZ! :)

6. Posted by agss241 (Budding Member 31 posts) 9y

If you're into tramping, the Milford & Routeburn Tracks near
Milford Sound, start at Te Anau, are among the world's finest.
In the Marlborough Sounds area, out of Picton, go on the Queen
Charlotte Track.
(You can see my Milford Track page at:
http://webpages.charter.net/agss241/milford.html)

From Christchurch try to get up to Hanmer Springs for a nice
soaky in a warm spa. Lovely scenery on the way, also.
A couple of hours out of Christchurch is Kaikoura, a prime spot
for whale, dolphin watching due to the Kaikoura Deep just
offshore, loverly little town, too, among the coastal mountains.

Out of Christchurch, ride the TranzAlpine across the Southern Alps
to Greymouth. It's a day trip over and back and is known as one
of the world's top 10 spectacular train journeys. I can't guarantee
satisfaction, of course, but I'd be very surprised if anyone is
disappointed.
Also from ChCh, go over to Akaroa and take the Black Cat harbor
cruise and catch a sight of one of the world's rarest dolphins,
the Hectors Dolphin, as well as, hopefully, a few Little Blue
Penguins, also a rare species.

Try to make arrangements for a lunch at the Sign of the Takahe.
It's pretty spectacular and the story about it is interesting.
http://www.whatson.org/dining/info/signofthetakahescript.htm
http://www.signofthetakahe.co.nz/

Oh, so MUCH to do and see! And the Kiwis are a purely delightful
lot!:)

7. Posted by TimOrum (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

spend 4-5 in south island , 2-3 in north.

cheap rental car will cost $15 per day. if you stay in backpackers then you will allways find someone who needs a ride ,so charge them $10 and everyone is happy!!

Dont spend to much time(if any ) in Auckland unless you like big citys, the time is much better spent somewhere on the coast.

Dont miss: Queenstown,milford sound,bay of islands,East coast of north island from Gisborn up,rotorua(tourist spot but good),kaikura.....
i could go on......

Have fun!!

8. Posted by BLINDUSAR (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

This is helped me also as Im doing the same... I hit Oz start of April so if you want to swap emails we may meet at somepoint if you fancy a cold beer.