What are the "Not-Be-Missed" Sights in ...

Old May 8th, 2008, 07:01 AM
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What are the "Not-Be-Missed" Sights in ...

I leave in nine days -- and have finally locked down all the logistics of my month-long business & pleasure trip to NZ and Aus.

Now that I've stopped obsessing about hotels, rental cars, and flights, it's time to obsess about what to see when I get there!

Also -- any favorite restaurants? We're not gourmet "foodies" and don't drink wine, but we enjoy unique, local dining experiences.

We'll have (1) day off in Wellington (staying @ Comfort Hotel in CBD -- no car);

(2) free days in Rotorua (staying at Sudima Hotel -- with a car)

(3) full days (and a morning) free in Queenstown (staying at Oaks Shores; might have a car)

(1) full day in Christchurch (Grand Chancellor Hotel in CBD -- no car)

Our preferences are scenic views, beautiful walks (but not challenging hikes); spas; and relaxing -- as I have to be fresh for my high pressure business responsibilities.

No interest in wines, "adventure" activities, or museums.

I'll post a similar question re: Sydney.

Thanks for your help.

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Do you like Indian food? If so, be sure to check out Little India in Queenstown and Christchurch.
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While in Queenstown, a must see/do is rent a car and drive the road to Milford Sound. Absolutely amazing!!!
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I know you're not interested in museums, but the section on Maori/Pakeha relations at Te Papa in Wellington is really interesting.

There are all kinds of walking paths along Mt. Victoria, and a very nice view of Wellington from the summit.

We had a great breakfast at the Fat Dog in Rotorua. Dinner was at the hangi/concert at Whakarewarewa - it was fun and a nice way to try kumara and some other NZ foods.

Mr. Pickle got up early the morning we were in Rotorua and walked along the lake and through Kuirau Park - nothing like seeing ash and steam spouting up from the ground! We both walked through the Government Gardens and watched the petanque players, which was nice.

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We spent a very enjoyable afternoon at the Polynesian Spa in Rotorua.

There are several hot mineral pools and spa treatments are also available.
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