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Heading for Australia and New Zealand(feb, where to go first

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1. Posted by Jesse87 (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

Im 23 recently graduated and I have 3 months till my first job (feb,march,april) so i figured i spend em well. I want to go New Zealand(1 month) and Australia(2months). On the way ill make a stopover in Singapore to visit family. But what would you recommend start in New Zealand or Australia (considering weather and cheapest fly ticket from Europe (Holland).

Im also looking for people who like to meet up or maybe hire a car or campervan and do some travelling. I have nothing set yet so im open for suggestions.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4929 posts) 6y

I'd do New Zealand first (in February), as the weather tends to be really good then. You'll have to deal with it being high season, which means booking accommodation well in advance on the South Island. Then in Australia start in the south in March, so you only reach the north by April, once the wet season (which runs from December to March) is well and truly over.

You should be able to book this trip as a return flight to New Zealand, with a stopover in Singapore on the way there, and a stopover in Australia on the way back (might need an actual travel agent to book it that way, but it would basically mean you'd get Australia for free, minus any internal flights that you'd want to take).
Alternatively, KLM sometimes has decent deals partnering with Air New Zealand, which might just use Singapore as a hub (you'd have to look that up), and tickets New Zealand - Australia aren't that expensive.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Jan-2011, at 03:10 by Sander ]

3. Posted by Jesse87 (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

Thanks for your response Sander,

Looks like a good plan, think ill just go ahead and book the flight since im running late on booking already.

4. Posted by elaineatoz (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

my daughter is planning a trip but needs a companian she is open to offers she is in australia and needs to leave the country for a few weeks or months till her visa is sorted she has to leave perth in oz on the 5th feb i havent booked a flight anywhere yet but time is running out and i havent got anywhere for her yet