(Closed) Going to NZ baby! (NWR)

posted 7 years ago in New Zealand
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

we were in NZ a few months ago and loved it – love it so much we’re going back again for this christmas

we did 4 days in the north island (around Rotorua) and then 4 nights in the south island at Dunedin and Christchurch

next time we’re doing 9 nights in Dunedin, Milford Sound and Queenstown

beautiful country

oh, if you are in Dunedin check out Speights brewery and their pub/restuarant – great beer, great food.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We had a lot of fun in Rotoura and the Bay of Islands.  Those are both on the Northern Island.  I’m not sure how the weather is on the Southern Island this time of year but when we went in May a few years ago, there was a huge snow storm on the Southern Island right after we left.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Wanaka, Queenstown, Moeraki Boulders, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, the Marlborough Sounds… Lots of awesome stuff to see and do in the South Island.

Check out http://www.aatravel.co.nz/101/ for a whole list of good stuff to see in NZ!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

You MUST visit Akaroa in the South Island…its about an hour from Christchurch and the most beautiful little town you’ve ever seen in your life.  And I second Lake Tekapo.  have such a great time!!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Gardens of the World

Yay! How fun 🙂 Um, I live in Palmerston North which is like the armpit of NZ so I wouldnt really suggest it, but it is on the way to Wellington which has lots of fun art galleries and our national museum 😀 I think the South Island is the prettiest island by far though: Abel Tasman National Park, Fiordland, etc. Christchurch is still very much in recovery mode from the Feb earthquake so sadly most of the heritage sites there will be unavailable for viewing. On the North Island- definitely Rotorua, the glow worm caves, and so on. You will love Taupo! It’s beautiful up there.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m so jealous! NZ is one of my absolute dream trips!! I want to wait until I have a block of 2 weeks so I can have enough time.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

NZ is awesome! Wellington has some sweet museums if you’re into that.

You should definitely do the shotover jet at Huka falls. It’s not far out of Taupo

Christchurch (if you’re not worried about earthquakes) has a nice botanical garden.

Auckland (if you’re not worried about tornadoes) I’ve heard has pretty good night life?

If you go to Queenstown definitely go on the gondola. Also I think the original bungy jump is there too? Correct me if i’m wrong.

Fox and Franz Josef glaciers were my favourite part of my South Island trip!

Defo Rotorua, with the mud pools. Also, if you’re interested in Maori culture (haka, poi, marares etc) there’s some cool shows and stuff in Rotorua.

PS: I LOL’d at your palmy north comment, @earrings.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you go to Queenstown definitely go on the gondola

we’ve booked to do the dinner/gondala one night – looking forward to seeing the skyline

 

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@earrings: Now, now I’m in Feilding so what does that make me?!  And hey it could be worse, you could be living in Halcombe…

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

How exciting!  I live in Wellington – the capital which is at the bottom of the North Island – you should def visit here if you can.  It’s also the art and cultural capital of NZ if you are into that.

If you are into adventure, in Taupo you should go on the Huka Jet and in Rotorua the luge is fun to do – you catch a gondola up the hill to get to it.

It is just starting to get cold in NZ at the moment – the South Island is colder than the North Island but its only early autumn so not too bad!  But as others have said, the South Island is more scenic – less people living there etc.

If you have time or are near there I would suggest Kaikoura in the South Island – you can go whale watching there and there are seal colonies you can visit by walking and you can get quite close to the animals.

@earrings: Haha I also laughed at your Palmy comment!  I am in Wellington – but Lower Hutt!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Gardens of the World

@Kemma: Feilding is the armpit hair of New Zealand’s armpit 😀 But true, I’m sure it could be worse, lol.

Everyone has great suggestions- basically if you come to NZ, I dont think you will get bored!

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