New Zealand in Late November/December
Replies: 21 - Last Post: Jan 30, 2012 6:41 PM Last Post By: hellz55
Jan 15, 2012 6:36 PM
15I think you should really check out the Bay of Islands and the Northland region. Cape Reinga is really amazing and has a stunning view. The road to get there is also really nice, through the Ninety Mile beach. You won't be disappointed. If I were you, I would spend as less time possible in Auckland. I didn't like it very much, I think New Zealand has much more to offer from nature than from its big cities. There's not really much to do there. Wellington is nicer than Auckland, but doesn't have such a good weather. I would just spend a couple of days there. Then you should definitely go to Taupo, the Coromandel Peninsula, some East Coast cities like Tauranga or Napier. If you go to the South Island, I would tell you to go to Kaikoura, Dunedin, Queenstown and Milford Sound. I had to stop over in Christchurch and didn't really appreciate it, due to its situation. Much of the city is closed down, and you could tell there's not much people in the city. I've heard the Abel Tasman Park is quite awesome. You could also stop on Lake Tekapo on your way to Queenstown. It's pretty nice. But if you're looking for nice summer beaches, then I guess your best bet is the Northland or the Coromanel regions. Good Luck.
Jan 15, 2012 7:01 PM
16With two weeks, the OP doesn't have the time to waste in places like Tauranga, northland AND coromandel, Kaikoura, or Dunedin. ATNP has amazing marine life so if you're keen on that, go kayaking there. Queen Charlotte Sound is better for walking.
There are soooo many beach options that I wouldn't go to northland or coromandel (don't do both) just for beaches, if you're otherwise going to spend time in the south island.
Jan 16, 2012 12:37 AM
Jan 16, 2012 3:07 AM
Jan 19, 2012 12:35 AM
19NZ has very varied geography. Several parts of the South Island have been in drought this spring/summer while other parts have had more rain than usual. You can usually expect the east coast of the SI to be drier than the west - but you go to the West Coast to see rainforests & to Fiordland to see waterfalls; for these you need rain!!
Jan 20, 2012 9:37 AM
Jan 30, 2012 6:41 PM
21Just to throw in my 2 cents. Will be hard to do a lot in 2 weeks. I would, as other people have said, focus on the South Island with Auckland and Wellington thrown in, maybe Rotorua and Taupo if you can spare it, or Northland if you like beaches. South Island is where all the scenery is really, all the typical NZ stuff.
Plus yeah, February is definitely the best month for sun. It has been exceptionally wet this year, but December is normally crap...
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