New Zealand Favorite Tips by fishandchips Top 5 Page for this destination
New Zealand Favorites: 374 reviews and 338 photos
Split Apple - Abel Tasman Nat Park
Favorite thing: New Zealand has some rather interesting natural landmarks as you will no doubt see as you travel around our fair land.
In the South Island you can see everything from the split apple to the moeraki bolders in the round shaped area and the Pancake rocks at Punakaiki for a different formation completly.
In the North there are some interesting places to see including the fabled rock wall of the Kaimanawa forest or the stone circles near Manganui bluff.
Favorite thing: The following itinerary is from the Destination NZ site and in response to the number of requests I get for travel ideas when coming to NZ. It is set up for travel by car with a ferry trip from North to South.
Day 1 , from Auckland travel north and explore the beaches and harbours of the Bay of Islands. Day 2 , visit the historic settlement of Kaitaia and take a day trip to Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga. Day 3 , head south and return to city life in Auckland. Day 4 , travel south through Waikato countryside to the magical Waitomo Caves. Day 5 , explore the lakeside adventure capital of Taupo. Day 6 , drive the remarkable Desert Road in the shadow of volcanoes and unwind in the pretty gardens of Palmerston North. Day 7 , head for Wellington and indulge in the rich culture of the capital city. Day 8 , cross to the South Island and go whale watching at Kaikoura. Day 9 , visit Christchurch city for a little retail therapy. Day 10 , head south to Dunedin and sample the rich heritage. Day 11 , drive through the wilderness of Southland and stop at New Zealand’s southern-most city, Invercargill. Day 12 , turn north, heading for Te Anau and its famous glow worm caves. Day 13 , take a round trip to majestic Milford Sound. Day 14 , head for Queenstown and dare yourself to sample the adventure activities. Day 15 , stop by beautiful Wanaka on the way to Franz Josef or Fox Glacier in West Coast glacier country. Day 16 , head up the coast until you reach Punakaiki and its stunning rock formations. Day 17 , make your way over the Lewis Pass and relax in the hot pools at Hanmer Springs. Day 18 , finish your journey in picturesque Christchurch.
Hmmm, which one next???
Favorite thing: Probably because of our English roots we are very much a beer drinking nation. With the opening hours of bars and cafes now rather extensive and the higher end market being explored by many upmarket places, the options when going for a beer or 3 are endless. Obviously there will be places that suit your style and mood better on some days than others. My suggestions (and I'm open to your if you'd like to share) for a good place for a beer are - Wellington: Malthouse, Christchurch: Torenhof, Auckland: Cock & Bull
Favorite thing: On a nice day this is one of the best places in NZ to spent a bit of time just sitting & watching the world go by. Wellington suffers from a bit of wind normally (their rugby team is the Hurricanes!!) so when a good day arrives some time on the waterfront is just fantastic.
Views from Oriental Bay (with especially shipped in sand) around to the Ferry terminal can be gained from many vantage points including near Te Papa Musuem. This location is close to Courtenay Place with its many food shops so a spur of the moment picnic could be a good option. There is also a supermarket close by if you prefer making your own filled rolls etc etc.
Great Walks of New Zealand
Favorite thing: New Zealand has some outstanding tracks for those who like to go tramping (hiking). Most have huts located along them for walker comfort however make sure you plan ahead if you want to get a bed. Many are first come first served however others use a booking system with bookings required peak season for the Abel Tasman Coast Track, Heaphy, Milford, Routeburn and Kepler tracks.
Be aware that fees are charged for many of the huts. The fees will depend on the season that you are walking. Peak season is from 1 October to 30 April (summer) but these dates may vary depending on the track. Off-peak season is generally from 1 May to 30 September (winter). Peak season opening dates may be delayed by snow or avalanche conditions.
The main tracks from South to North are;
- Rikiura Track
- Kepler Track
- Milford Track
- Routeburn Track
- Heaphy Track
- Abel Tasman Coast Track
- Whanganui River Journey
- Tongariro Nothern Circuit
- Waikaremoana Track
For more information google any of the above for info specific to what you are looking for. The general location of each track is in the picutre.
For more info about bookings you can send an email to email@example.com
Te Anau side entrance.
Favorite thing: A trip to Milford Sound is not possible (unless you fly or have your own boat!!) without going through the Homer Tunnel. It was built between 1935 & 1940 then slowly widened until 1953 when road traffic could also use it.
It's a bit of an extreme journey, especially if you are in a campervan and have a bus coming the other way as the tunnel is a bit tight. The tunnel is very steep and has water dripping from the roof. You'd almost think that the tunnel is partially natural as it is probably the smooth type of tunnel that you're used to in your own country!!
The drive from Te Anau takes just over an hour to get here and it takes you through some fantastic scenery including lakeside, forest and bush. The things that are so special about this part of New Zealand.
More Reviews (75)
- See All NZ Airports
- See All An oldie but a goodie
- See All Marmite or Vegemite
- See All Shopping in Wellington
- See All Ozone Hole
- See All Fishing NZ
fishandchips' Related Pages
New Zealand Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "Kia Ora - Aotearoa"
- "A Proud Local Shows You Around New Zealand!!!"
- "Antipodean Paradise"
- "Living and Travelling in New Zealand"
- "The most beautiful country in the world"
- "North & South Islands."
- "God's Country!"
- See All...
- Things to Do in New Zealand
- Hotels in New Zealand
- Transportation in New Zealand
- Nightlife in New Zealand
- Restaurants in New Zealand
- Shopping in New Zealand
- Warnings and Dangers in New Zealand
- See All...
Explore the World
- Myrtle Beach Hotels
- Las Vegas Hotels
- Makati Hotels
- Bacolod City Hotels
- Davao City Hotels
- Niagara Falls Hotels
- Baclaran Hotels
- Puerto Princesa Hotels
- Southern Province Hotels
- Ipoh Hotels
- Ottawa Hotels
- Pulau Mamutik Hotels
- Atlantic City Hotels
- Broad Ripple Hotels
- La Sal Junction Hotels
- St. John's Hotels
- Addis Ababa Hotels
- Kuching Hotels
- Abu Dhabi Hotels
Badges & Stats in New Zealand
- 405 Reviews
- 556 Photos
- 4 Forum posts
- 18 Cities
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (20)
Have you been to New Zealand?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in New Zealand
Top 10 Pages
- Top 5 Page for this destination Christchurch Intro, 107 reviews, 135 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination New Zealand Intro, 81 reviews, 96 photos, 5 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Wellington Intro, 55 reviews, 81 photos
- London Intro, 50 reviews, 52 photos
- Paris Intro, 40 reviews, 57 photos, 3 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Kilimanjaro National Park Intro, 27 reviews, 67 photos, 3 travelogues
- Venice Intro, 44 reviews, 46 photos
- Auckland Intro, 27 reviews, 45 photos
- Melbourne Intro, 34 reviews, 37 photos
- Rome Intro, 31 reviews, 34 photos
Top New Zealand hotels
- Auckland Hotels
- 1042 Reviews - 2303 Photos
- Wellington Hotels
- 593 Reviews - 1272 Photos
- Queenstown Hotels
- 641 Reviews - 1706 Photos
- Rotorua Hotels
- 480 Reviews - 1216 Photos
- Christchurch Hotels
- 1245 Reviews - 2615 Photos
- Tauranga Hotels
- 18 Reviews - 49 Photos
- Palmerston North Hotels
- 32 Reviews - 92 Photos
- Kaikoura Hotels
- 206 Reviews - 681 Photos
- Paihia Hotels
- 118 Reviews - 263 Photos
- Napier Hotels
- 200 Reviews - 520 Photos
- Dunedin Hotels
- 340 Reviews - 803 Photos
- Taupo (town) Hotels
- 32 Reviews - 101 Photos
- New Plymouth Hotels
- 18 Reviews - 42 Photos
- Matamata Hotels
- 27 Reviews - 147 Photos
- Oamaru Hotels
- 50 Reviews - 98 Photos
- Rotorua- 42 Reviews, 69 Photos
- Auckland- 53 Reviews, 99 Photos
- Queenstown- 30 Reviews, 52 Photos
- Adventure Activities- 37 Reviews, 62 Photos
- Northland- 32 Reviews, 53 Photos
- West Coast, South Island.- 21 Reviews, 38 Photos
- Christchurch- 19 Reviews, 44 Photos
- Fiordland National Park- 23 Reviews, 38 Photos
- Canterbury- 35 Reviews, 56 Photos
- Kaikoura- 18 Reviews, 37 Photos
See All New Zealand Things to Do