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New Zealand holiday advice

Post by CraigB » Tue 15 Aug, 2017 11:26 am

Thinking of heading over with the family next school holidays - absolutely no idea what or how to but thought i would toss it up here. Kids are 10 and 12 and looks like drive yourself campers can accomodate us cheaply. Wife not so keen on that idea but I hate all that time on a holiday related to finding accomodation, loading/unloading family etc. Anyone had experience either way. Is accomodation cheap compared to Australia? Never thought about it that much but it is actually pretty big isn't it. 2 weeks might only be north or south island by the look of things. Natural features (being ecologists) probably the preference over cities and museums etc.

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Re: New Zealand holiday advice

Post by 420 SE » Tue 15 Aug, 2017 1:47 pm

Beautiful place, you could spend two weeks on either island or get a taste of the whole place over two weeks.

B&B is not so expensive, hotels tend to be up there however, a campervan would be a good idea.

Don't write off the cities/towns - lots to see there and some really amazing places like Napier, completly rebuilt in Art Deco style after being wiped out by eathquake in the 1920's.

Lots of mud pools, mountains, steam shooting up from the ground places. Lots of really interesting Maori places, beaches.

It's a great place for a visit (just ask Barnaby :dance: ).
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Re: New Zealand holiday advice

Post by cuisses » Tue 15 Aug, 2017 6:25 pm

NZ is wonderful. I have been many times, mainly cycle touring, either camping or staying in hotels/motels. Never had any trouble finding accomodation. One time I was cycling with my son (who was perhaps 12), and we cycled for only half the day as it was blowing a gale. At the motel where we stopped the owners said "Just take our car and drive around, there is a bit to see out of town". This isn't the kind of thing you get in most countries.

If you have a car I would rent a house/farmhouse in two or three different places. This is generally cheaper and more relaxing than staying in motels. Driving about like a madman is a PITA, particularly if you can't rent a W108. As you say, the country is not small.

There is so much to see. I once spent a wonderful week in the bit that sticks out north of Auckland. The locals are always friendly -
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Re: New Zealand holiday advice

Post by markb » Tue 15 Aug, 2017 7:36 pm

Great place Craig....as a 7 y.o did both islands back in 1970's in 2-3 weeks family camping, but life a bit quieter then...
I used to go to the South Island weekly for work, so would highly recommend Christchurch to Queenstown (exe $$$ in hotels..) areas which are spectacular. Lots to see, do, climb, ski, jet boat etc
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Re: New Zealand holiday advice

Post by CraigB » Wed 16 Aug, 2017 12:28 am

Thanks for all the responses guys - feel much better coming from trusted sources than just the internet!
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Re: New Zealand holiday advice

Post by chucke » Thu 17 Aug, 2017 10:20 pm

My 2 cents worth, having grown up there. Pick an island and take your time. South Island (I was born in chch) beautiful, especially if you like snow but chch still recovering from quakes so not a lot going on there right now. Further south spectacular too but my pick would be north island. Wellington is my favourite town and you can drive up the Kapati costal from there or go inland through the lush Wairarapa. Napier, as mentioned, is great. Art Deco town, wine growing region. Taupo, amazing scenery. Taranaki, lush Volcanic area. Auckland's a great town too with the west coast beaches where they filmed "The Piano" close by. But the topper for me is the Coromandel peninsula; heaven. Stop off at MercWorx in Tirau, about half way between Rotorua, which some people like, and Hamilton. Look it up on line.

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Re: New Zealand holiday advice

Post by CraigB » Thu 17 Aug, 2017 10:51 pm

Thanks Carl. We just got a response back from a relative in Auckland so definitely want to catch up with them now. Their suggestion was fly into Christchurch and spend a couple of weeks driving up to them. I quite like a 'roadie' and a few years back we drove with the family from Adelaide via the Tanamai to a conference in Kununurra, then over to Darwin and back down the Stuart and that went pretty well. Does that sound like a crazy thing to do? I am guessing there is a ferry or something to get between the islands?
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Re: New Zealand holiday advice

Post by Digger11 » Fri 18 Aug, 2017 10:03 pm

Love NZ.
For something different, if you go to Rotorura (spelling). take a spin in the Jetboat on the lake. He does the spin thing where the front digs in and the back spins out, the kids will love it. So will the older kids.......

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