1 week in NZ, what to do and stay?

Jun 7th, 2004, 11:45 AM
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1 week in NZ, what to do and stay?

Hi there
trying to finalize itinerary for NZ trip. Will be in NZ for 1 week after AUS in August.
Will be in Auckland for a couple of days and fly into Christchurch and hand in South Island for five days.
Like to know,
1 any recs for places to see and stay in Auckland?
2. in S. Island, what are must see, we are thinking about skiing but that might be too tight on schedule?
3. in S. Island, should we rent a camper? What are some accomodations that we could stay at?
4. How about Bed and Breakfast in NZ?
Any other advise would be appreciated.
Thank you.
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Jun 7th, 2004, 01:54 PM
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Hi Jeff,

We stayed at the New President in downtown Auckland. It's right next to Sky City, and an easy walk from the Ferry Building and other downtown attractions. It also has a gated parking garage behind the hotel.

We took the ferry to Devonport and spent a pleasant afternoon there walking. We had a tasty, inexpensive lunch at the Codpiece.

We enjoyed the Auckland Museum, but only had time to visit their extensive Maori collection.

Lee Ann
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Jun 7th, 2004, 02:09 PM
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Oops, message disappeared while I was checking it!
In Auckland I would say the Kelly Tarlton Aquarium is a must-see. Not sure about accom. there though.
Hope that will help.
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Jun 7th, 2004, 02:12 PM
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Date: 06/07/2004, 05:03 pm
Message: Hi, Jeff
Re Accommodation - try www.qualmark.co.nz - there is a wide range of accom. types. Also, most of the accom. places have "Places to see" section on their website.
South Island travel - I would recommend hiring a car and staying at a B & B / motel/ etc rather than a camper van as it can be very cold from now on until November.
Another suggestion - from Christchurch travel through Arthur's or Lewis Pass to Greymouth, and down the West Coast to Te Anau - you will need to break the journey along the way, probably overnight in Hokitika / Franz Joseph / Haast. You can have a guided walk on one of the glaciers (Franz Joesph or Fox). Should have mentioned while in Greymouth area it would be worth a trip along the coast towards Westport to see the Punakaiki Rocks, commonly called the Pancake Rocks.
Making Te Anau a base means you can go to Milford Sound, and have a short trip through the Sound, visit Queenstown and Wanaka, and probably ski fields there too. Not a sport I know a lot about I'm afraid.
Travel through to Christchurch via East Coast - if time detour to Moeraki to see the amazing boulders on the beach. In Christchurch there is plenty to see and do. If time, a trip to Kaikoura to go on a whale-watching trip is a must-see if you are interested in this type of activity. Kaikoura is about 2 hours north of Christchurch.


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Jun 8th, 2004, 04:16 PM
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Hi everyone:
Thanks, Dotty, thanks for the great info.
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Jun 9th, 2004, 09:13 PM
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We stayed at Rydges Hotel in Auckland, a block from Sky Tower and easy walk to ferry. We loved Dunedin and saw the yellow eyed penguins and Lanarch Castle. Good luck. Alana
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We had a fabulous time in Queenstown and stayed at a great B&B, "Old Ferry GUest House" - highly recommend it!!!
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