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1. Posted by mico82 (Full Member 54 posts) 9y

similar to Darren7's recent post ...

if you had the option of Thailand or New Zealand (Auckland) for xmas & new year where would you choose ??

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

I think I'd choose New Zealand out of those two mainly because I love the nature. The weather in New Zealand on the North Island averages 21C in December with 99mm of rain for the month on average. In January it is much drier and a bit hotter averaging 23C with on average 44mm of rain for the month which is equal warmest and is by far the driest month (by a whole 41mm of rain a month).
On the South Island during that time of year the weather is 19C for december with 81mm of rain and in January it is also 19C and 81mm of rain. That is the wettest month for average rainfall for the whole year but is also the warmest on average.

In Thailand at that time of year the weather varies depending on where you go, because in the north in December it only averages 1mm of rain and in January it averages just 7mm of rain. The temperature averages 31 in December and 33 in January. In the Central part of Thailand, in December the rainfall averages 9mm and January 11mm and the temperature averages 31 and 32. In the Southern region it averages 52mm of rain in December and 35mm in January and the temperature averages 31 and 32C. Monthly average temperature is about the same all year round but in my view New Zealand is a nicer although much more expensive country.

I suppose being from Scotland you would probably never experience 31 or 32C so you'd consider 19 go to the swimming pool weather.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 24, 2007, at 4:39 PM by aharrold45 ]

3. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

I'd also choose New Zealand because of its beautiful nature and also Thailand will be crowded at Christmas/New Year time. Most of the expats I know in Sri Lanka tend to go off to the Thai beaches during this time and I am assuming it will be the case from other countries as well.

4. Posted by mico82 (Full Member 54 posts) 9y

yup, swimming weather indeed !!

thanks for your comments... i suppose it's something i can decide when there but good to get ppls opinions.

it would be great to hear from people who think thailand ? if any ?

5. Posted by koalabear (Full Member 121 posts) 9y

I spend xmas & new years in thailand in 06, the weather was not that good. We had alot of rain, actually we spent a mth there and for most of the time it rained. We did get some sunshine and time on the beach but not as much as we would have liked. On saying that we did have a good time there so it was't all bad, plus the locals were abit confused by all the rain that they were getting so maybe we just had some bad luck.

6. Posted by Petra M (Budding Member 65 posts) 9y

My vote is for New Zealand as well. It would be summer time for them so I would love to visit their beaches and wineries.

Cheers,

Petra

7. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 9y

I'd vote NZ.
Bay of Plenty, Coromandel Peninsula, etc, and the celebrations would most closely match the UK although the weather should be better!!

Anthony

8. Posted by mico82 (Full Member 54 posts) 9y

new zealand appears to be the fave then.

i'm not fussed whether it's like home or not... i wouldn't mind something a bit different actually. wherever i end up it'll certainly top last years... staying in, watching telly, surfing the net... saving for this world trip !!

thanks guys
mico82

9. Posted by luvmorocco (Inactive 5 posts) 9y

Yes, I'd pick New Zealand as well. The place has a nice climate and an amazing scenery that will make a trip more memorable. Lord of the Rings was shot there, so you can only imagine at how wonderful New Zealand could be!

10. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

i have absolutely no experience whatsoever, but i would choose thailand!! i'm actually thinking of going there for winter break. but mainly cause i heard about their new years celebration being quite the fun - and cause to my family, new years IS christmas. so i celebrate it a wee bit more. plus theres less rain..from what that post somewhere up above says. i live in vancouver...and i'm tired of too much rain!!