New Zealand Trip, 4-16 January 2012, anyone ?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Dec 27, 2011 9:36 PM Last Post By: deedeecaniago
Dec 22, 2011 5:59 PM
New Zealand Trip, 4-16 January 2012, anyone ?Hi all,
My name is Deedee from Indonesia and I would be coming to New Zealand 4-16 January 2012. The itinerary more or less would be : Christchurch, Wellington, Roturoa, Auckland, then I would be flying to Queenstown, Dunedin, and return to Christchurch.
I had searched some info about NZ but they’re more general information. Kindly advice, whether my itinerary is too much or just fine for 2 weeks travel, and where to go, what to do/see during those visit. I would love to try the sky dive, as well as meet up fellow CS-ers within area for a beer/coffee/party. At the time being, I will also be reading and collecting some info from the forum as well...
I would like to also try the hitch hiking concept, but would be depends on the situation. I would be traveling with 2 friends for the 1st week and would be traveling on my own on the 2nd week. Anyone would like to join the trip would be most welcomed :-)
All information would help and greatly appreciated :-)
Dec 22, 2011 6:35 PM
1How far are the other 2 going to be travelling with you? You'll need to consider buses as hitch hiking with 3 is a big ask to get rides. Plus you dont really have a lot of time but a lot of ground to cover. I personally dont have a problem with that as I've travelled extensively in Asia and had to do the same thing.
I'd leave out Dunedin if you got to Queenstown and ran short of time.
Dec 23, 2011 12:24 AM
2oh, I forgot to mention, when I'm with my friends, we will go by bus/train/car rent, but when I'm on my own, that's where I start to hitch hike...do you think it is safe enuff for a woman travel alone and do the hitch hike ?
yeah, I guess you're right, there are so much to see/do in the south, I'll probably concentrate and spend more time in the south instead and perhaps skip a few town in the north...
Dec 23, 2011 2:28 AM
That seems quite a lot to see in twelve days especially if you are travelling by car and bus.If you are planning on travelling that far by car you might find that your time in New Zealand is being eaten up by the travel time and you dont have a lot of time to spend in the actual cities seeing the sights.
To give you an idea, it is about five hours driving from Dunedin to Christchurch with no stops and that is only one leg of your trip. It would be about another four hours to Picton where you cross to Wellington in a ferry. Not sure on the distances for the North Island but probably at least as long as south island.
I would not recommend hitch hiking, especially on your own. People in New Zealand are pretty friendly but like any country there can be weirdos so not worth risking your safety if you dont know who you are getting into the car with. Try looking at bus trips through "the Naked Bus" (just a name, no actual nudity involved). They travel through most parts of New Zealand and have some really cheap deals if you book early enough.
Dec 24, 2011 4:51 AM
4You don't have enough time to do hitch-hiking and sight-see. Also, you'd have heard about the latest ChCh earthquakes a day after your post, so that city will be preoccupied with the clean-up and may not be tourist-friendly. Spend the most time in the Queenstown-Te Anau area.
We did a 3-week drive one year ago from the top to the bottom of NZ but we know the country and were filling in some gaps from our previous travels. See Cape Reinga to Bluff for some ideas.
Dec 27, 2011 9:36 PM
After a few discussion, my updated route would be :
1st week ; Christchurch-Queenstown-Milford Sound (skip Dunedin)-Franz Josef-Nelson-Kaikoura by land (rent car/bus),
2nd week : by ferry ke Wellington-Taupo-Rotorua and Auckland, by plane back to Christchurch before going back to Indonesia
and you're right, some friends advice also mentioning the same thing about hitch hike. I guess things would be different if I were a guy :-)
I don;t plan to spend lots of time in CHC as it would be a transit only, since my return ticket is to and from Christchurch. And they are indeed too many nice places to visit in the South Island, so I guess if I like the south a lot, I would be spending more time in the South. I just hope it is safe enuff to land in Christchurch by the time I'm there
I would be checking up your link soon, thank you
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