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1. Posted by jazzbrit (Full Member, 98 posts) 14 Apr '07 01:13

I'm heading to new zealand after living in Australia backpacking for a year.. sad as I am to leave I am looking forward to seeing NZ but have not really heard much about it..
I'm starting in Wellington.. with a budget of $NZ2,200ish and plan to get a job asap.. so any advice, guidance would be lovely.. Best hostels to stay et al..

Thank you awesome people..

Jazz

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru, 2026 posts) 14 Apr '07 02:50

Hi Jazz

How long are you planning on stretching the money out? Also, where you flying out from? Do you like adventure-sporty things (they will make your money run out much quicker...)

I reckon you should do a little tour of the North island - go to Napier - Taupo - Rotorua - Auckland - Paihia/Cape Reinga - back to Wellington, or something like that.

Then spend a good long time exploring the South Island which is just spectacular.

3. Posted by jazzbrit (Full Member, 98 posts) 14 Apr '07 22:30

Thanks.. I am flying from perth in australia.. to wellington.. I initially am going to stay in wellington and hope to find work asap for 2/3 months..

Thanks for your reply..

Jazz

4. Posted by Ardy (Full Member, 62 posts) 15 Apr '07 13:45

you can always contact a local woofers - willing workers on organic farms. Where for roughly four hours work you will get a nights acc and food. There is a large network throughout New Zealand, they have a yearly book and resources on the net. Camping would be your best bet to save money, but it would probably get old after 2 months... a few hostels I know exchange acc for hostel chores... the stables lodge in Napier (NI) is one. You will find NZ cheaper than Oz, and the further south you go in NZ as well.

5. Posted by Ardy (Full Member, 62 posts) 15 Apr '07 14:03

Oh here are some places I recommend

Oh make sure you get to the east coast... absolutely breath taking. Its very wet, rain which comes over from the pacific gets banked up against the southern alps, so the east coast of the south island is very green and lush.

The Marlbrough sounds (which is where the family is) is stunning... from Picton (which you catch a bus to from Blenhiem) you can take a small boat into the bays, ten minute ride to the Te Mahia Bay Resort (they have backpacking capabilities - and sea kayaks, which I recommend for the surrounding bays) I use to work there, it is stunning, you can hike the Queen Charlotte track .... gorgeous.

Banks peninsula (where we grew up) is lovley, Akaroa is a small fishing town that was settled by the French... which is obvious by the streets and buildings.

The MacKenzie Basin and Mt Cook area are probably another of my favourite places, you will be driving down a straight road with tussock on either side, and come up over a small bank and all of a sudden Mt. Cook is staring you down.

Lake Tekapo is well included.

Hope you have a good time.

http://www.bootsnall.com/hostels/australia-and-nz/new-zealand/

hostel resource

I am not being all NZ proud (ok I am), but I prefer NZ to Oz, I lived and travlled Oz for three months... I was glad to get home. I love the size of NZ, how in just a few hours you can go from lush wet forest to dry open plans, coast to mountains.

6. Posted by Ardy (Full Member, 62 posts) 15 Apr '07 14:04

Quoting magykal1

Hi Jazz

How long are you planning on stretching the money out? Also, where you flying out from? Do you like adventure-sporty things (they will make your money run out much quicker...)

I reckon you should do a little tour of the North island - go to Napier - Taupo - Rotorua - Auckland - Paihia/Cape Reinga - back to Wellington, or something like that.

Then spend a good long time exploring the South Island which is just spectacular.

Agree.

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru, 2026 posts) 16 Apr '07 01:13

Also, you should see one of the glaciers, Fox or Franz Josef.

I really liked the countryside around Glenorchy which is just up the road from Queenstown - you can do kayaking etc on the river there which is very nice, and a few great tracks start from nearby as well as day walks.

And I know its another obvious tourist trap but Milford Sound is pretty stunning.

8. Posted by jazzbrit (Full Member, 98 posts) 16 Apr '07 20:40

Thank you so much guys!!
What do you make of the northern islands?

9. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru, 2026 posts) 17 Apr '07 11:49

The North Island is very nice but the South Island is spectacular.

The Tongariro crossing in the North Island is spectacular too - it's a mountainous landscape around some live volcanoes. I like cape reinga 'cause its really wild and bleak. Also, there's some interesting volcanic stuff around Rotorua.

If by the 'Northern Islands' you mean the islands in the bay of Auckland, Rangitoto is nice for a day's walk (extinct volcano with a big cone you can walk into) and Waiheke is a pretty, chilled out alternative hangout with good food and wine.

10. Posted by kir19 (Inactive, 55 posts) 17 Apr '07 12:32

New Zealand is a wonderful country and you will enjoy your time there. Overall, I prefer the South Island - there is tons to do there! However, Wellington is a great city. I believe I stayed at Base backpackers there - great hostel, clean, nice bar downstairs with live bands. You can't go wrong.

Things not to miss on the South Island:
1. Milford Sound - go kayaking, preferably in the late afternoon after all the tour boats have docked.
2. Hike one of the glacies - Fox or Franz Josef - spectacular!!
3. Visit the vineyards in the Marlborough region
4. Kaiteriteri and other beaches in Abel Tasman park. Tons of trekking to be done here as well.
5. Cadbury world, a personal favorite :)

Enjoy it is a great country!