Travel: New Zealand

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Travel: New Zealand

Postby Angelight » Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:52 am

Anyone recently holidayed in New Zealand? Understand that Christchurch is now undergoing reconstruction after the earthquakes, is it still safe to go there?

What abt North Islands like Auckland and Rotorua etc? are they affected by the earthquakes? Heard that there is nothing much to see in North Islands...

Never been to New Zealand, have done some reading on it but would like to hear some real-life holiday experiences there. Thanks!

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Re: Travel to New Zealand

Postby jtoh » Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:49 am

I enjoyed Queenstown a lot and Mount Cook.

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Re: Travel to New Zealand

Postby verykiasu2010 » Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:52 pm

I think only Christchurch is badly damaged.

Flights are operating normally

But all other parts of the South Island are still beautiful. Southern summer with long day light is really great !

Just need to be aware and conscious of earth quake evacuation procedures of still 'afraid'. Last went there in Dec 2009.
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Re: Travel: New Zealand

Postby Angelight » Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:02 pm

Thanks, jtoh, verykiasu for your sharings. What abt North Island? Have you been there? Is it nice too? Is there farm stay on North Island?

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Re: Travel: New Zealand

Postby Happy Mama » Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:17 pm

Of all places in NZ, I love Queenstown best. But North Island isn't too bad either. Make a trip to Lake Taupo and Huka Falls. It's lovely and picturesque. I love their fresh water beach at Taupo too. You can try Bungy jumping there if you're game enough.

Rotorua is nice too. Sheep shearing, Maori Village, Geysers, funballs etc. You can also catch a day trip or overnight trip to Bay Island. It's awesome and you can catch the dolphins.

If you are staying for a long period, you may want to go to Wellington for the museums. You can either take a shuttle flight or drive there, but do make more stops for rest as the drive there takes 9 hours.

In Auckland city itself, do visit the Sky Tower and if you're game enough too, try the Sky Tower jump. For the less adventurous, then do the walk.

Enjoy your trip! :smile:

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Re: Travel: New Zealand

Postby verykiasu2010 » Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:59 am

Happy Mama wrote:Of all places in NZ, I love Queenstown best. But North Island isn't too bad either. Make a trip to Lake Taupo and Huka Falls. It's lovely and picturesque. I love their fresh water beach at Taupo too. You can try Bungy jumping there if you're game enough.

Rotorua is nice too. Sheep shearing, Maori Village, Geysers, funballs etc. You can also catch a day trip or overnight trip to Bay Island. It's awesome and you can catch the dolphins.

If you are staying for a long period, you may want to go to Wellington for the museums. You can either take a shuttle flight or drive there, but do make more stops for rest as the drive there takes 9 hours.

In Auckland city itself, do visit the Sky Tower and if you're game enough too, try the Sky Tower jump. For the less adventurous, then do the walk.

Enjoy your trip! :smile:


You have said it all.....

also read in a travel megazine, some places in the far north of north island hasnice resort too
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Re: Travel: New Zealand

Postby jtoh » Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:11 am

Happy Mama's listed most of the fun places. :)

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Re: Travel: New Zealand

Postby Happy Mama » Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:33 am

Forgot to respond with regards to the quakes. Auckland and Rotorua should be safe from the quakes, but you may experience quakes in Wellington. To those staying there, it's very normal to experience slight shakes now and then.

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Re: Travel: New Zealand

Postby Happy Mama » Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:40 am

Yes there're lovely resorts there, both Ski Resorts and Beach Resorts. Try skiing at Mount Ruapehu in the North Island. It's really fun. :smile:

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Re: Travel: New Zealand

Postby Angelight » Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:03 am

Thanks Happy Mama for the sharing! I may give South Island a skip now becos of the quakes. Is 6-7 days enough for North Island if we are just going to Auckland, Rotorua and Lake Taupo, Huka Falls and maybe Bay Island?

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