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David L 2:39 Sun Feb 4
New Zealand
Thinking of visiting there in November for about 10 days

Air NZ price into Auckland and return from Christchurch both via Singapore is £820 pp which seems bloody good. Any other airlines routes recommended?

Advice please on the must see places and best airports to fly in and out of to make best use of time, best way to get from north to South Island, etc.

We're in our 60's so no bungee and white water rafting shit please!

Any advice appreciated.

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wansteadman 10:24 Sun Feb 4
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We stayed in the homestays after a while as we got bored with hotels. They are like b&bs and far more interesting

gph 10:14 Sun Feb 4
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10 days probably isn't enough to see the good bits of England I haven't yet seen.

And I've lived here for 60 years.

claret50 10:08 Sun Feb 4
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What Chester rd said, 10 days is nowhere long enough to see and enjoy what this country has to offer, we moved to NZ 46 years ago and live in a place called Wanganui (sometimes spelled Whanganui) which is on the West coast of the North island, enjoy your trip mate.

Mr. Burns 9:54 Sun Feb 4
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Not sure if already mentioned but the TranzAlpine train between Christchurch and Greymouth is well worth getting on. One of the most scenic train journeys in the world.

eastend joker 9:51 Sun Feb 4
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i'm out there for the cricket in march/april ,flying up to Wellington from Christchurch after the second test and hired a car for a 4 day drive back up to Auckland ,hoping to do Taupo and Hawks bay for bit of Wine tasting .

East Auckland Hammer 9:46 Sun Feb 4
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ChesterRd 8:39 Sun Feb 4

How do you know that if you didn't go to Auckland?

ChesterRd 8:39 Sun Feb 4
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10 days is not long enough, 3 weeks minimum if you want to do both Islands IMO. I had a month there, hired a car and stayed in motels which were pretty reasonable. South Island I liked Milford Sound & Te Anau best, Around Blenheim/Nelson is quite nice too, Christchurch is a bit of a nothing place so wouldn't bother spending much time there. North Island I liked Napier / Hawkes Bay, Rotarua, Bay of Islands. I gave Auckland a miss, a lot more interesting places to go and spend time in.

claretandbluedagger 8:12 Sun Feb 4
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Just like to second NYC's shout for Milford Sound. Fair old drive to get to, but definitely worth it.

Lee S 8:10 Sun Feb 4
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I moved here 4 years ago. Live in a place called Cass Bay, which is near Christchurch.

What the others have said in terms of places. Hiring a motorhome or campervan is probably the best way to see the country. Motor home camp sites pretty much everywhere and means you can see a new place every day without the need to book.

November will still technically be our spring but weather should be in the late teens / early twenties. February is the best month by far to visit.

On the South island, Queenstown, Dunedin, Lake Wanaka, Akaroa (nr Christchurch) plus at the top of South Island, Nelson and Kaiteriteri are just a few places to look at.

Northern Sold 6:59 Sun Feb 4
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Its full of blokes with tattoo's who stick their tongues out who drink a bloody lot.... like turps

Hammer and Pickle 6:52 Sun Feb 4
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Everyone who’s had enough of you is going there, Dave.

It’s a SURGE of migration from the ANGLOSPHERE.

David L 6:48 Sun Feb 4
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Cheers guys - definitely got something to go on there.

boleynkid 5:15 Sun Feb 4
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Was there a year ago and drove around north (as far as Auckland) and south islands for 4 weeks (Interisland ferry links islands). Incredible place. All fantastic but a few highlights : Rotorua/Wai-O-Tapu/Waimangu, Huka Falls, Queen Charlotte Drive, Punakaiki, Hokatiki Gorge, Haast Pass, Franz Josef/Fox Glaciers, Wanaka, Queenstown, Milford Sound (via Te Anau, Mount Cook (Hooker Valley walk), Akaroa.

Let me know if you want anymore info and I can e-mail our route if you wish.

nychammer 4:01 Sun Feb 4
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Beautiful place, brother lives there so get to visit. Things I have done and would recommend.

North Island: Auckland (some really nice neighborhoods such as Devonport, Takepuna, Mount Eden and the North Shore Bays). Waiheke Island is a short boat ride away. Piha beach is a short drive and beautiful.
Longer drive will take you to other regions such as the coromandel peninsula, Napier, the Bay of Islands.
South Island: Queenstown area is beautiful. It’s s long drive but Milford sound is a must. We drove from Queenstown over to the coast and up past the fox glacier and back over Arthur’s pass to Christchurch to fly back.
Just some ideas but google it for more. It’s great there and good choice. I would maybe go in December or January to catch the best weather.

cygnet 3:54 Sun Feb 4
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Talk Ship sailing Blue Beach off Paradise Island.
Wellington Botanical Gardens
Wine tour of the Marlborough Air District

cygnet 3:44 Sun Feb 4
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Some friends ust had a great time over there. I'll have a quick look at their Facebook page and pick a few things out.

BubblesCyprus 3:39 Sun Feb 4
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Met Kiwi Hammer on here many years ago. Good bloke probably about 60 as well.

gph 2:41 Sun Feb 4
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What a slur on people in their sixties...

I'd give both a go, and for the first time

joe royal 2:41 Sun Feb 4
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