During late April and May, a friend and I are planning a trip to Newzealand, to catch a couple of the super 14 matches. First in Christchurch and then in Wellington. As well as enjoying the country itself. Is there anyone who has done this? How easy was it getting hold of tickets etc?
Also where would you recommend we stayed a hotel (which we have seen one we really like the look of), or a hostle? Also while spending time in each city is there anywhere we must visit? our plan is at the moment to spend a week in each place?
In Wellington check out Te Papa, the national museum. Its a pretty good one and has all sorts of info and exhibits plus cultural performances. Wellington on the whole is a good place for art and culture If your budget allows you to stay in something a bit nicer than a hostel, then why not?! I mean there's good hostels in both cities, but if you can afford a bit more luxury then go for it I say!!
Plenty to do in Christchurch! In the city itself there's culture (Art Gallery, Museum, Court Theatre), shopping, Arts Centre for craft etc, beautiful Botanic Gardens to walk in. You can also hire bikes, roller blades and canoes there. Go punting on the Avon if you want someone else to do the work. Drifting along is fun. Catch the Tram - an historic tram ride complete with excellent commentary. Plenty of sidewalk cafes and nightlife too.
For a good view of Chch go up the Gondola on the Port Hills. From Lyttelton (you can bus there from the city) you can sail the harbour or go on a cruise. If you travel to Akaroa on Banks Peninsula (1.5 hrs drive - regular shuttle buses) you can enjoy the picturesque French settlement including harbour cruises. On some you can swim with the dolphins!
Plenty of walks in and near the city. If you're into mountain biking (easy to hire), the Port Hills and Bottle Lake are the places to go.
The Antarctic centre is worth a visit. Good if the weather packs up. It can be absolutely gorgeous in April/May. It can also be bitterly cold!
Plenty of action and adventure options too.