Managed to get 8 weeks off work in june to travel (pity it wasn't more). Anyway first of all going over to thailand for
3 weeks and the rest of my time is to be split 4 weeks Oz/NZ and 1 week fiji/usa.
Originally i was plannig on going to sydney and melboune for a few days and spend most of my time in NZ but
i have friends who live out there and say its very cold in june. Seeing as im on my holiday i definately prefer some sun so thinking of spending more time in oz.
Has anyone got any ideas of how i can best split my time realistically so i can get the most out of my trip. My friends live north NZ so reckon they will advise me there but other than that i have very limted knowledge!
"very cold" is relative. Expected daytime temperatures in June would be 10-15 degrees celsius in Auckland and further north (5 degrees at night), 5-10 degrees in Wellington (around 0 at night), and 0-5 degrees for Christchurch. On sunny days it will feel much warmer though, while the Southern Alps will be all gorgeous, covered with freshly fallen snow. I personally always think winter is the best time to be on the South Island; there's fewer really nice days than in summer, but the nice days you do get are stunningly magical in their beauty.
Personally, if I had four weeks to divide between Australia and New Zealand, I'd spend three in New Zealand (one on the North Island and two on the South Island) and one in Australia.
If you do long for sun, then June is the perfect time to visit north Australia; it's the middle of the dry season, not too sweltering hot, and so about the nicest time you could be over in Cairns or thereabouts.
We have definately decided to spend some more time in NZ................. Do you have any particular places which are really worth visiting??
Heh, you could say that, yes. My absolute favorite place to spend time at on the South Island is Lake Tekapo, set high on the MacKenzie plain, with the Southern Alps as the backdrop. There's not a whole lot to do here, but the views are stupendous, and it's the perfect place to relax and unwind with a cup of tea and a book, gazing out over the ever-changing colors of the lake. (You can also do some hikes; the obvious one is to the top of Mt. John (1-1.5 hours to the top), from which you have 360 degree views of eternity, and where you can then sip a cup of wonderful hot chocolate at the observatory cafe.)
Nearby Mt. Cook is also worth a visit (maybe hike the Hooker valley, or just have lunch on the balcony of the Hermitage), but since that valley seems to attract clouds with way above average regularity, it's better to base yourself at Lake Tekapo and just drive over for a day.
I'd also make certain not to miss the glaciers (when at Franz Josef glacier, be certain to visit the perfect mirror of Peter's pool (a bit before the carpark), and maybe do the Roberts Point track for wondrously green rainforest scenery.
If you want to splurge on anything, I can recommend doing a helicopter flight with glacier landing from either Lake Tekapo, Mt. Cook or the glaciers.
In the "still-stunning but not as much as must as the above" category, there's Milford Sound, the blowholes at Punakaiki (be there at high tide), Arthur's Pass, etc, etc.