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5 weeks in NZ, then onto Sydney

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1. Posted by WebGuy (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Afternoon Folks,
I was reading through a few threads on here and it seems that a lot of people recommend doing the NZ trip in 3 weeks, but I want to really spend some time checking stuff out, trying to find some of the more rural cool spots to check out. I'm not sure if I want to Trek, bus, bike, or rent a scooter to do the trip South from Auckland to Christchurch. So if anyone has any recommendations, I'd love to hear em. I do plan on doing some camping instead of staying in a hotel or hostel, I still need to see if that's allowed.

I know there is a lot scenery from LOTR that I'd love to see first hand, so those are def some of my hot spots. Anyone else have any good recs on some nice hard to find spots, or just some really amazing things to see. Is 5 weeks to long, not enough to really appreciate NZ? Time isn't a problem, this is my first stop of about a 18month trip.

Plan to head to Sydney after that and then will need to figure out my battle plan there. I plan to get a Working / Holiday Visa so I can also maybe find some temp work while there as a web designer or developer, anything digital media related and I'm good. I've got a good friend of mine that I am still waiting to hear where exactly he lives, but atm he is in Afghanistan, so I will def spend at least a month partying with him since we showed that 'poofta' (he made the mistake of telling us Yanks what that meant... so it became his nickname in Santa Barbara for the 6 months he was there :) kekeke) how to part California style... let alone the UCSB way. Damn kid didn't want to leave. So def gonna stop and hang with that guy.

Alrighty, I think that does it for this bit. Thanks for the time info. TIA!

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

I suggest renting a car for NZ. Drive the the western part of the coromandel. for a couple days, it's like having the entire area to yourself! just get out there and explore the country for yourself, you got plenty of time. you can't really plan anything in advance. you will meet people and make plans with them as you go.

I would say if you are going to be in OZ for a long time, do something you would normally not do. Go into the Outback and work on a farm or pick fruit. you'll get some good stories out of it and it will change your view on life.

I'm normally a graphic designer / web designer but I started preventive bush fires in the outback, sold strawberries in the streets of brisbane, worked on an eel farm in valdora, disassembled a rodeo in gympie, built a cottage in meandarra..... I got to see the country as I worked as opposed to sitting in an office. I mean, I have the rest of my life to sit in an office.

I used to take simple things for granted like taking a long hot shower, or even just a hot shower, or using a machine to wash my clothes, sleeping in an insulated room with heat, being able to run down the street for some quick food, being able to go out at night...but now I realize that all of those things are luxuries.

If you want to work in an office in sydney, you may as well just work in an office in LA.

3. Posted by WebGuy (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Excellent point Paul, I will do that, sounds a lot more exciting!
Thanks for all the info, it was great, I will most def rent a car... what do you think about a scooter or motorbike?