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Split Apple - Abel Tasman Nat Park - New Zealand

Split Apple - Abel Tasman Nat Park

Interesting Landmarks Native New Zealand Review

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.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 8, 2008
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18 Day Itinerary Native New Zealand Review

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.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 13, 2008
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Hmmm, which one next??? - New Zealand

Hmmm, which one next???

Beer Nation

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

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 12, 2008
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Wellington Waterfront

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.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 19, 2007
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Great Walks of New Zealand - New Zealand

Great Walks of New Zealand

Great Walks

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 greatwalksbookings@doc.govt.nz

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 12, 2006
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Te Anau side entrance. - New Zealand

Te Anau side entrance.

Homer Tunnel Milford Sound, Fiordland. Review

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.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 20, 2006
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