Australia & the Pacific Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Australia & the Pacific activity »
  1. 1 AUSTRALIA
  2. 2 Help me choose among these Sydney hotels, please
  3. 3 Help us extend our Dec. Heron Island Tip
  4. 4 Trip Report Fantastic South Island Trip May-June 2016
  5. 5 a month in Australia help please
  6. 6 New Zealand and/or Australia - Nature sites, day bus tours?
  7. 7 Choosing Tasmania or Perth/ Margaret River
  8. 8 6 Days South Island Help
  9. 9 Trip Report Zipping through New Zealand with a Fiji Finish
  10. 10 3 1/2 weeks in New Zealand
  11. 11 2 days in Auckland. what to do
  12. 12 NEW ZEALAND 18 DAYS ITINERARY
  13. 13 Visiting New Zealand/Australia in April
  14. 14 Connection Time at Sydney Airport
  15. 15 Choose a destiation - Oceania Island(s) for 10 day trip
  16. 16 Cairns/Port Douglas from Sydney
  17. 17 Snorkeling in Whitsundays
  18. 18 New Zealand Itinerary
  19. 19 Dining
  20. 20 Where to tay in Apt in Melbourne
  21. 21 Car Hire Insurance Excess in Melbourne
  22. 22 Flights from Ottawa to Sydney to Auckland
  23. 23 Kia Ora Sauvage and/or Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort
  24. 24 Finalizing OZ Itinerary
  25. 25 quick 5 day trip to New Zealand, North Island. Sugestions for our trip?
View next 25 » Back to the top

2- and 3-day visits in NZ in January - really, that's all

Jump to last reply

I (50-yr-old female traveling solo) will make my third trip to New Zealand in January and could use some help in choosing wisely. Previous trips I was able to take 7-10 days vacation, but this trip I will have only 2 full days of tourist time before my meeting and 2-3 full days after my meeting (not counting travel days). The cost of someone else paying the airfare. So I will just be choosing two spots to visit for 2-3 days each.

My preferences are nature, native culture, architecture, and anything unique to a place. I prefer mountains and trees over beaches unless they have huge sand dunes or large, crashing surf. I do not care to go on a glacier or visit vineyards this trip.

Previous visits, I REALLY enjoyed:
Kapiti Island kiwi
Rotorua Maori shows, thermal features
Otago Peninsula penguins and albatross
Mt Cook Park view and hike
Te Anau caves glowworms and night/star boat trip

I enjoyed less:
Milford Sound cruise
Akaroa, dolphin cruise, Pohatu penquins
Towns: Auckland/Devonport, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin

I had some items highlighted in my travel book that I didn't get to on previous visits, but I also realized some pages are missing about both islands, so I could use some help on determining if some of the destinations listed below are my best options to choose from or if I am missing something.

kauri trees - Waipoua Forest Park or somewhere else?
sand dunes - Te Paki Reserve? Farewell Spit? impressive?
art deco architecture - Napier
glow worms - Waitomo caves? Dell north of Hokitika? As good as Te Anau?
mountain views/day hike - Arthur's Pass? somewhere around Queenstown? or somewhere on the west coast (besides walk/fly on glacier)?
penguins - Oamaru Blue Penguin colony? Compared to Penguin Place experience?
various wildlife - Steward Island? Not enough days?
I have to do some more research to find the west coast of SI info--I seem to remember rain forest?

I find this choosing two short stops more difficult than planning a long trip with flexibility with number of days and places to visit. Thanks for your thoughts.

7 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement