10 Days in November: Must-see??

Old Sep 22nd, 2004, 10:52 AM
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10 Days in November: Must-see??

My husband and I are hoping to travel to New Zealand and/or Australia - Arriving November 14 and departing on the 24th. We are looking for an adventurous trip - we're both active and ready to make the most of the short time that we will be there. Any suggestions for sights/cities/activities that we just shouldn't miss?
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Old Sep 22nd, 2004, 11:29 AM
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I forgot to add - we are traveling from Washington, DC and this will most likely be our only trip to this area - at least for many years! The possibilities and options are a bit overwhelming given the amount of time we will have to visit. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!
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If you only have 10 days, your best bet is to choose one island and stick to it. If you choose New Zealand, choose either the North or South Island; you won't have time to do them both justice.

We spent 10 days on the North Island in April and had a wonderful time. We went dolphin swimming in Whakatane, enjoyed a Maori concert and hangi in Rotorua, hiked in Tongariro National Park, spent a couple of days in Wellington, hiked in Egmont National Park, and went cave tubing in Waitomo. I posted a trip report which should still available somewhere down the line of posts here.

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Ten days is an impossibly short time to consider both both Aus and NZ. I concur with Lee Ann ...pick one island or area and stick with that. Most people will recommend the South Island of NZ over the North Island. I recently spent a week on the South Island, and believe me, not only is it incredibly beautiful, but one week was not nearly enough time.

In Aus you could consider a few days in Sydney and the rest in Northern Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. A beautiful area - not the high snow capped mountains of NZ but instead rugged rainforested mountains with waterfalls, lots of wildlife, beautiful beaches, islands and of course the GBR.
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hi!

can you be more specific: adventurous could mean you want to walk alone at night in a scary neighborhood...or it could mean you'd like to bungee jump.

do you like outdoor activities? hiking?

in ten fast days, you could either "do" new zealand with a lot of internal flights, or, since you are quite sure you will not be returning any time soon, you may want to stay a few nights in sydney, fly to the great barrier reef, spend a day on the reef and one driving up to the daintree/cape trib area, then finish up with a weekend in uluru (lots of hiking at the rock or at Kjata-tjuta (30 minutes away).

what always helps me plan is to ask myself "why am i going here?" generally the answer to that question is usually to see ____, or to hike ____. think about what is motivating your trip and get back to us on what you're hoping to find "down under" and you will find endless suggestions....


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