its cruel and sick, but I ONLY have 5 days in NZ, as i'm passing through Auckland from Fiji to Bangkok.
so in that time, what should i do.
I like nature and would LOVE to camp somewhere safe (i'm a solo female backpacker on a budget).
but i'm down for hostels. Any major scenic places i NEED to see?
- mutters* 5 days...ugh, 5 days...NZ needs SIX WEEKS at least....
help me out!
Hello there LadyCroft
Have you heard of the Kiwi Experience buses.. they show you the sights and take you direct to a good hostel.. I see for example there is a 2-day one Auckland to Paihia (north) and back. You can hop off these buses and back on when you are ready.
http://www.kiwiexperience.com/new-zealand-backpacking/awesome.aspx or add a day to Cape Reinga ( that's beautiful) on the next page.
Similarly there is a 3 day trip to Rotorua. You can check to see their timetables online.
Other backpacker travel outfits exist - one is Stray - www.straytravel.com also very good.
NZ hostels are extremely good on the whole and for a short stay probably a lot more fun than camping -
-- hope you have a great time and vow to come back for that six weeks or six months.
Cheers from Seafarmer
I would spend a day in Auckland and try and choose something out of the following:
- get the ferry to either Rangitoto Island or Devenport. Devenport is a nice place wonder around, and there are a couple of extinct volcanoes you can walk up
- go up the sky tower for a view over the city
- as you said you love nature, you could take a trip out to Waitakere ranges and go for a bush walk
after auckland I would recommend going up to the bay of islands and cape reinga for a couple of days - magic bus do a good trip up there and you can book this through the hostels. it's lovely up there and a very scenic drive en route.
you could then take a quick visit down to Rotorua for a day or 2. it's a thermal area and there are a few interesting things to do, including going to a Maori hangi (feast) and concert.
Another option would be to go to the Coromandel for a couple of days- it's about 2 hours out of Auckland.
I'd mostly echo what Becky said. Depending on the time of the year, you could also rent a car and head town to Tongariro National Park in a day and do hiking there. Gorgeous volcanic landscapes all around, and the drive down is quite nice, too (although it is a rather long day of driving, which you'd need to do twice - not certain if two days in the car is worth it with such a short time period).
Alternatively, what I'd do myself is - after the first day in Auckland - to fly down to Christchurch or Queenstown (you should be able to find a flight for not much more than $100), and make my way down from there to the other city in three days (to fly back to Auckland from there), stopping in either Lake Tekapo or Mt. Cook for a night (or two). You get to see some very varied scenery en route, passing the Kawarau Gorge, Lindis Pass, the McKenzie high country, and the Canterbury plains.
There's awesome hiking at Queenstown (find the start of the One Mile Creek tracks and follow the waterpipe up the mountain), and at Mt. Cook (Hooker Valley is highly recommended) and Lake Tekapo (the views over the Southern Alps from Mt. John are stupendous).
brilliant suggestions! sander, bex, seafarmer, THANK YOU SO MUCH!
this is just a wonderful place to start and exactly what I needed. I now have a good foundation; a place to start. this should keep me busy all day.
Waitomo Caves make for a great trip, too. Doable in a day from Auckland. The Blackwater rafting is a lot of fun!