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11. Posted by Angry_pillow (Budding Member 9 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Wonderful guys!
If you can think of anymore then please tell me, but hank you so much for the tips :)

12. Posted by Rogo (Budding Member 36 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I am also here on a budget, Im heading up to bay of islands then visiting friends at taupo af that im thinking of visiting Rotorua, Bay of islands and making my way to Wellington.
On the south im thinking.. nelson, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Queenstown Dunedin. Im hoping to do a glacier walk and some other stuff. Im on a major budget however and would appreciate any tips or whispers of work for accom....

13. Posted by RyanOdell27 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

New Zealand is a country of spectacular and diverse beauty. You can walk through rain forest, along golden-sand beaches, at the foot of mountains and up mountains. Go scuba diving and see the world of beauty and wildlife underwater. Go can bungy jumping and kayaking.


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14. Posted by lish17 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hi there, I live in NZ and pretty much what everyone else has written is on the money - but if you are going to spend time in one city I would recommend Wellington and Queenstown.

Wellington is small, has unpredictable weather but has a great culture - super friendly and welcoming of travellers - good pubs and general vibe.
Queenstown is just pure goodness from what I hear (haven't been there I'm sorry to say) - NZers and travellers alike absolutely rave about it, and the pictures that come out of the area are out of this world - Very postcard/Lord of the Rings/outdoor paradise-esque!

Let me know if you need further suggestions!

15. Posted by Angry_pillow (Budding Member 9 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

You've pretty much said everything, but If you're going to stay there for 6 weeks what route do you suggest i should take? I'm ariving in Auckland, stay there for 6 weeks and go back to Brisbane. I'll see which days I'm planning on staying to if you want.
otherwise, thanks a lot!

16. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1851 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I liked all the old fashioned towns. Not a McDonalds or chain store in sight.

As to scenery, NZ has got a lot but so has a number of other countries not so far away.

17. Posted by thefrankview (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!


New Zealand tourism has set up "i-site" which means each major city or region has an isite website and office.

Each i site has all the info you need about accom, tours etc and they are formatted consistently.

if you use say the ones in auckland, rotorua, taupo, wellington, nelson and queenstown you will see a huge amount of things to see and do as you go around the country,

note the names of the isites are actully the names the local council uses eg the queenstown isite website is actully called

the best way to find them is to google i-site (town name).

these do not help with travelling between regions much but if not renting a car and going to travel by bus a good place to start is nakedbus. even if you do not use them their bus map on their site is excellent for route planning. you need to do this in new zealand as we have few people so there are not lots of buses from point a to b every day. sometyimes just 1 so you need to plan ahead so you do not waste a day waiting for a connecting bus. ( though wherever you are should be fun)

happy travels.

finally pronunciation
Many place names are in Maori. it is a lovely language.
they can look daunting but are easy to say if you use sounds for the vowels more like spanish than english and see that they are often built up from smaller words

eg Rotorua is pronounced approximately in an english pigeon form as "row-toe-rue-ah" ........... it is built up from roto and rua
eg Paekakariki is pie-kock-ah-ree-kee

be bold. have a go. the locals will help you with any you struggle with

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