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1. Posted by bsong65 (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

Hey All.

I will be in NZ starting June 2nd for roughly a month. So I was wondering if this itinerary is going to work.
Also, I will be taking Magic Bus Tours. Is that okay?

Here is my itinerary.

aihia (dolphis)
Auckland
Rotorua (white water raft(
Taupo (bungy jump(
Wellington (general sight seeing)
Nelson
Greymouth
Franz Josef (glacier hikes)
Queenstown (loads to do here, I went to Milford Sounds - make sure it's a nice day!)
Lake Tekapo
Christchurch

2. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 7y

HI bsong65 , if you're travelling with Magic. then Dunedin is is a compulsory overnight stop. between Lake Tekapo and Queenstown. Which Magic pass did you buy? Magic also stop at Kawarau Bridge for bungee jumping just before getting into Lake Wanaka.

3. Posted by bsong65 (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y

I have the 14 day. Discovery NZ Bus.

Can you give me a brief describption how Magic Works? Should I get the accomodation pass as well?

Is it hard to book the buses?

4. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 7y

Just looked up your pass, no need to get the accommodation pass unless you want to. You just need to let the driver know when to pick you up. The 14 days is the minimum required time, but you can take as long as long as you like. I pre-booked all my accommodation before I left Australia - I'm a YHA member and stayed with them mostly.

When you first get on the bus to start your trip, the driver hands out copies of "The Bible" - the Magic handbook which is a guide about NZ, Magic, the stops, hostels, sights etc. Magic travellers receive discounts at certain places.

When you get on the bus, the driver sends around a list, and if you need accommodation select which hostel you'd prefer, how many nights etc, and at the first stop driver makes the bookings. They also send a list of activities if you choose to do any of all put your name down.

In Paihia I stayed at YHA Paihia- very clean, excellent staff and a great outdoor undercover garden. Good kitchen facilities too. Pipi Patch is more of a party hostel and just down the road. They have barbies and for around $7 or $10 you pick up a ticket from the YHA and you can attend. The first drink is free and is included in the price. I only had the one drink. Saves money that way.

You need at least two nights there. The Cape Brett Hole in the Rock cruise is great, but don't go with Kings which is the one Magic go with. I chose Fullers because their cruise is an hour longer and they do a one hour stopover at Urupukapuka Island, which is absolutely beautiful. the Maori carvings on the archways on the pier are wonderful. Good fish'n'chips there too.

In Rotorua I stayed at Cactus Jack's - it wasn't flash but the atmosphere was great and I really loved the place - warm and friendly and you can do your own thing.
Taupo left me unimpressed, I stayed only one night there. Wellington stay two nights at least.
Gotta go to work now.
Kia Ora.

5. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

Quoting bsong65

Hey All.

I will be in NZ starting June 2nd for roughly a month. So I was wondering if this itinerary is going to work.
Also, I will be taking Magic Bus Tours. Is that okay?

Here is my itinerary.

aihia (dolphis)
Auckland
Rotorua (white water raft(
Taupo (bungy jump(
Wellington (general sight seeing)
Nelson
Greymouth
Franz Josef (glacier hikes)
Queenstown (loads to do here, I went to Milford Sounds - make sure it's a nice day!)
Lake Tekapo
Christchurch

Just a few things:
• Look into Kaikoura if you want to swim with dolphins. Granted it may be a bit cold but a friend of mine did it and there were like 500 dolphins. it's north of christchurch.
• spend as little time in auckland as possible
• I don't know if rotorua has rafting. it's got good geothermal stuff though. river valley south of taupo has the rafting
• I'm not even sure you can bungy jump in taupo. you're gonna want to save that for queenstown and the nevis canyon- they got all sorts of bungy jumps and canyon swings
• I think all of the milford sound trips leave from Te Anau
• also there is not loads of stuff to do in Queenstown. There is HEAPS to do in Queenstown. HEAPS!

6. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

Quoting Whistler 2

In Rotorua I stayed at Cactus Jack's - it wasn't flash but the atmosphere was great and I really loved the place - warm and friendly and you can do your own thing.
Taupo left me unimpressed, I stayed only one night there. Wellington stay two nights at least.
Gotta go to work now.
Kia Ora.

Yeah cactus jacks is pretty good. you gotta watch it though. my girl at the time found that there was a peep hole in the shower. that was a bit dodgy. but other than that it was cozy.

I say spend two weeks in welly
it's so great there.

7. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3711 posts) 7y

Consider Doubtful Sound rather than Milford Sound - I have done both and Doubtful, in my opinion, is far better. It's is much less touristy, far less trafficked and much prettier. Tours have a much more personal feel especially if you go in winter. I was actually disappointed with Milford Sound.

You can organise trips to both the sounds leaving from Queenstown but Te Anau would be better as it's a long day going from Queenstown.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Mar-2009, at 16:28 by bex76 ]