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11. Posted by jazzbrit (Full Member 98 posts) 9y

loving the sound of the cabury bit.. but all of it sounds wonderful.. now the most difficult question.. Australia over NZ or vice versa?
But thank you soo much for all your answers guys

12. Posted by thepeoples (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hi. I spent a month in NZ late august.

TBH the south island is the place to go to really experience NZ. I am not saying the north is bad, far from it, but if you want to see stunning scenery that changes all the time and experience the adventure activities and extreme sports that NZ is reknowned for the the south is the place to go.

We went in a camper van from Christchurch across to the west coast via Arthurs Pass (spectacular!!!) then down the west coast past beaches then through the Southern Alps to the glaciers (take a glacier hike!) then we made our way to Wanaka and Queenstown (if you want an adrenaline fix this is the place and is also packed with like minded backpackers). We then made our way back up to Christchurch then up to Picton to take the ferry to Nrth Island.

You really notice the difference between nrth and sth in terms of the fact that the south feels sparsly inhabited and retro 1950's style compared to the north.

If you really want to get the NZ experience I recommend the South but don't miss the bay of islands in the north if you have time!

Hope this helps

13. Posted by Gareth88 (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

All the places mentioned so far are must see's. I'm from Auckland and can understand what they are all saying, the S. Island is stunning, quite exceptional, its a place you'd travel to see from a long way out. But the north Island is amazing too. The coromandel peninsula: Hahei, cathedral cove, hot water beach ect. are all work class. Auckland,as far as major cities goes, is right up there! rotorua and taupo have their attractions, and definately up the far north is a must too. I gues it depends on time, you cant fit it all in.. so start your travels with the South island and if you have spare time (which could work well as it gets closer to summer, the beaches on coromandel are a must in summer) work up north.

enjoy your trip!

14. Posted by Gareth88 (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

ps. a friend of mine recently got back from stewart island off invercargill and loved it, something else to think about.

15. Posted by sandradh (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y


Another thing you may think about is that at the moment there is a lot of seasonal work with fruit picking, both in the North and South Island (around Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and Nelson areas), these are nice areas to visit, and you can make money at the same time.

Also, plenty of backpackers type hostels around.

16. Posted by jazzbrit (Full Member 98 posts) 9y

Thanks for all your info, tips et al.. so much to think and plan out..
I will hopefully be there for 2 years..
So will hopefully see all of it.. but just wanted to say thanks..


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