Itinerary 5 wks New Zealand

Dear users,

i will travel to New Zealand from 13 January 2015 until 16 February 2015. I've planned my trip, see below. Can you give me some tips and hints about my itinerary pls. Thx!

13/01/2015 - Day 1: Arrival Auckland
14/10/2015 - Day2: Auckland
15/01/2015 - Day 3: Auckland (Rangitoto)
16/01/2015 - Day 4: Auckland
17/01/2015 - Day 5: Auckland - Waipoua Forest - Paihia, Bay of Islands
Cape Reinga?
18/01/2015 - Day 6: Bay of Islands
19/01/2015 - Day 7: Bay of Islands - Whangarei - Rotorua


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self drive and camping in NZ


I'll travel to NZ from 22nd Dec to 4th Jan, so at the top peak season. I'm a experienced self driving traveller (by both public transport or hired car) but till now I've always slept at hostels, guesthouses and similar accomodations so even after looking for information I still have some (basic) doubts about campervan camping:

Where possible, I'll like to check first if I can spend the night in a free camping place (so, no reservation required), but if it is full and all the other…


Marriage Proposal in Queenstown - Glenorchy

Hi guys,

Am looking for the perfect, picturesque , most romantic spot imaginable to propose to my girlfiend this summer in teh Queenstown, Arrowtown or Glenorchy area!

We have an early morning horse ride organised in Glenorchy..... followed by winery lunch near queenstown then a spa/pampering in Queenstown followed by dinner near queenstown.

Where would you pop the question?? (Hopefully somewhere that is not too remote and doesnt require a long hike or drive to get to!)




Itinerary and general advice

Reposting as think I places in wrong forum
Hi guys,
my wife and I are on around the world trip and plan to visit NZ in Feb, Mar 2015. As we recently had a great experience in the US hiring a campervan and driving around the NP's of the west we think we would like to do something similar in NZ.
It looks as though we will have about 5 weeks from the start of Feb, will this be enough time to do both islands focusing on natural areas as opposed to towns/cultural experiences?
Could those of you who…


New Zealand (Rush trip)

Hi guys,

I haven't used forum for a while and as I see, it has changed a bit. I need your opinion on NZ,please.I am in love with New Year Eve Party and snow, but as I imagine this time NZ will be sunny. I am still thinking if arriving there before New Year Eve would be a good idea or does it get boring? Honestly, I am not fun of celebrating New Year Eve on the beach. I like to be at the restaurant all inclusive with other guests.

Ok,now my question are:

1) What are the important attractions…


Wild or freedom camping in NZ

Has anyone done this recently in NZ?

So the laws changed in 2011 to stop people wild camping unless in a self contained motorhome. This in itself discriminates against younger people who could no way afford a big motorhome!

Anyway I have done plenty in OZ in a station wagon, even staying in a hostel car park in Byron unnoticed which was cool!

I am worried about the councils hitting me with $200 fines if I get caught. Has anyone been caught out?

I read some areas tolerate free camping like…


How much time to allocate for domestic flights to be late before international flight?

Anyone have an idea about how much time to allocate for Air New Zealand to be late?

We are flying from Queenstown to Auckland before our international flight, and so we have to be at the airport 3 hours early. But we think we need to allocate some time for our internal to New Zealand flight to be late. Are we being overcautious? How much earlier would YOU arrive to airport on domestic flight ahead of the 3 hour requirement?

thanks all!


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I'm in new zealand now for 23 months but am not planning to stay in any one place for more than 2-3 months. I want to buy a car but for insurance, i need to give an address where the car is kept. How can i get round this given what my plans are?


two week itinerary

I know this is a very intense itinerary but I would like see what you all think! We are two young adults (21 and 24) and a mom. We love and are experienced hikers, plan on having just our backpacks, and are in good to great shape. We will be in NZ in January.

Day 1: arrive in auckland airport 10 am, get in rental car and drive to Waiheke Island for beach and over night there. See sunset on beach. Sleep on Waiheke.
Day 2: enjoy beach for morning and early afternoon. Head to Goat Island or…