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1. Posted by bootygirl (Budding Member, 3 posts) 18 Mar '07 10:47

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First of all I'd like to say hi, this is my first post I'm 23 and have lived in the UK all my life. Apart from a week in Spain last year, I have yet to travel anywhere out of my home country. The boyfriend and I have decided that now is the time to do a bit of travelling, so... here I am.

We have 3 months, the first of which will be July in Thailand and the third will be September in Canada. It's August we're having difficulty deciding on- we both want to go to New Zealand, but it bothers me that it will be winter, especially when will have just been in a very hot Thailand and about to go to a hot month in Canada. Do you think I'm worrying over nothing on this matter? There also the question of trying to pack for the changes in temperature. If we do go to New Zealand (the other option we're looking at is northern South America) will we need to pack warm clothes and carry them around Thailand or could we buy warm gear cheaply in New Zealand? We'll be hostelling and bussing it around everywhere.

Thanks for any advice :)

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4394 posts) 18 Mar '07 11:06

New Zealand in August is awesome. The temperature on the north island will be quite warm still (~15 degrees during the day; might be as much as 20 degrees in the Bay of Islands), but it's the South Island that really shines in the winter, with the Southern Alps all glorious covered in fresh snow.
You can buy warm clothes in New Zealand, and it'll be slightly cheaper than in the UK, probably - but I wouldn't call it "cheap".
Of course, you can get a long way to being warm with layering clothes (recommended anyway), so the amount of actual warm clothes to pack should be something that can be kept to a minimum.

3. Posted by KristenS (Budding Member, 56 posts) 18 Mar '07 12:39

I question is why Thailand > Canada > New Zealand? It seems while east in Thailand go to NZ unless you just like ping ponging around. I would go Thailand > New Zealand > Canada> Home to the UK but that is just me.

4. Posted by kiwisteve (Budding Member, 24 posts) 18 Mar '07 12:58

Hi . Yes you can buy clothing , good quality is expensive , but there is heaps of ( cheap ) Asian made stuff too . Just depends on what you want and how much you prepared to pay . but rem a UK Pound will get you close to NZ $ 3
Check out Kathmundu stores and Great Outdoor type stores .
( The Warehouse ) is a big chain store in NZ , big red barns , lots cheaper stuff . Have Fun !!

Steve

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4394 posts) 18 Mar '07 13:43

Quoting KristenS

I question is why Thailand > Canada > New Zealand?

That's not what they're thinking about. Look at the months. Thailand for July, Canada for September, and then something in between for August.

6. Posted by Ardy (Full Member, 62 posts) 18 Mar '07 13:50

Totally agree with the guy above, the warehouse is bargin's-ville, you have the pound as said, cripes, you will be fine. The lower south is the more extreme part of NZ, crisp cold winters, hot dry summers (absolutely beautiful) - especially down toward the Mackenzie basin, Mt. Cook, Queenstown. The top of the south is getting toward being a match in temperature of the north, its more tropical... wetter, not as cold, and humid in summer. You will probably find it freezing after Thailand, but it won't take more than a week to climatise. I sincerely recommend the deep south during August, good memories of living on the farm down there, crisp frosty mornings, having to go out and smash the ice away from the sheep-troughs... if you are in the North Isalnd's Napiar (The art deco city - worth a visit. Flattened in 1939 due to an earthquake, so the city was entirely re-built with art-deco design) look up the hostel 'Stables Lodge' I use to work there, its cheap, fun and really close to town. Anyway NZ is a fantastic country anytime of year. You can't but not have an awsome time!

Ardy

7. Posted by bootygirl (Budding Member, 3 posts) 18 Mar '07 14:43

Quoting KristenS

I question is why Thailand > Canada > New Zealand? It seems while east in Thailand go to NZ unless you just like ping ponging around. I would go Thailand > New Zealand > Canada> Home to the UK but that is just me.

Don't worry, we will be going in the sensible order, I think you just mis-read my post :)

Thanks for all the reassurances, I'm sure New Zealand is indeed beautiful even in the fullness of winter. I do love a nice crisp but sunny day, I guess I'm just a little reluctant coming from the UK with our brief summers (all of which we'll be missing on this trip!) to spend a month in the cold again. I've always pictured New Zealand in summer with rolling green grass and amazing views, maybe I need to shift my seasonal prejudices. Does visibility still tend to be pretty good at this time of year? I don't know when I'll next make it to the country, if ever, so I don't want to miss out on the views. Also I suppose I'm comparing the New Zealand climate to here in the UK. I've read that in August the Max temp in NZ is 11-14 degrees C. But often that sort of temperature can feel colder over here due to chilly winds.

Also I take it from your replies that the pound is quite strong at the moment against the NZ dollar? I guess I'd better add that to the list of things to research!

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 18, 2007, at 1:44 PM by bootygirl ]

8. Posted by Ardy (Full Member, 62 posts) 18 Mar '07 15:52

The east coast of the south island has poor visability, simply due to the pacific cloud that banks up against the southern alps, also why it rains so much there. But the west of the deep South in winter is crisp yet dry, sunny days a lot of the time. But a lot colder! The father north you go the longer cloud lingers in winter. The more rolling the land the more cloud is likly to stay. I would far perffer the south in winter than summer, (which can be very dry and hot) its just so beautiful.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 18, 2007, at 2:54 PM by NZ-Ardy ]