Australia & the Pacific Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

First trip to NZ (2 weeks in Dec/Jan)

Jump to last reply

Hi everyone-

I'm looking for suggestions for my first trip to NZ, Dec 2014/ Jan 2015. I'll be going during peak season, I wish I could go during a quieter time but schedules won't allow it.

My travel companion and I will be arriving in Aukland and leaving from Christchurch, so we plan to see both islands. I've read that most people have rented a car separately on each island and ferried across, but we're open to flights if this will save us time.

We are both looking for a nature-centered trip, ie neither of us is too keen on spending a lot of time in the cities, nor the wine country (sorry but we have plenty of that back home). Ideally we'd like to explore some quiet beaches on the north island and do some backpacking in the south.

Given time constraints and overall peak tourist levels, thoughts on the following?
I'm between the Milford Track and the Routeburn Track in the south... and is booking this doable given the time frame?
I'd really love to incorporate both a kayak trip in Whanganui and the Tongariro crossing in the north...
Any suggestions on quiet beaches?
What are the restrictions on bringing our own camping gear from home? I heard gear has to clear inspections upon arrival? Is that an iffy prospect? Would we be better off renting gear in NZ?

Thanks all for your help!
E

3 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Please Take Our Survey
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jan 20, 15 at 11:06 AM
View all Australia & the Pacific activity »
  1. 1 Booked flights to Brisbane mid-June
  2. 2 Port Douglas/ Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
  3. 3 Tim Tam
  4. 4 Tipping
  5. 5 Adelaide and Kangaroo Island
  6. 6 Hobart and Launceston- 4 days each sound ok?
  7. 7 Transit Time at SYD
  8. 8 Is French really spoken in Tahiti?
  9. 9 Trip Report Australia Vacation Sept 2014: Focus on WA
  10. 10 Happy Australia Day!
  11. 11 Where to visit outside Melbourne for several days?
  12. 12 Trip Report Our really quite big adventure, Act 3 - heaven and hell in Queensland
  13. 13 Where to stay near Melbourne
  14. 14 Car rentals south island
  15. 15 Trip Report Planning a trip to Melbourne
  16. 16 Brisbane, need short term accommodation
  17. 17 18 & 19 year old traveling for two weeks after 7 months in Brisbane
  18. 18 Pls help with NZ South Island 12 days with surfing itinerary!
  19. 19 New Zealand South Island in 8 days!
  20. 20 OZ and NZ with a 16month old baby
  21. 21 NZ North Island 17 days in March
  22. 22 New Zealand
  23. 23 Need Rotorua advice
  24. 24 My tips for NZ motorhome hire
  25. 25 Broome to Cape Leveque
View next 25 » Back to the top