airxliban
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A Trip To New Zealand

Tue Jan 11, 2005 5:32 pm

Hoping to plan a trip to New Zealand with a buddy in mid-March, 11-18 or something of that nature.

Need some advice. I think the trip would be likely be on NZ, just because they appear to have a lot of tour packages to New Zealand.

Anyway, here are some questions that I would like to ask. I have split them up into air travel related and tourism related questions:

Getting there:

1) Is it a good idea to plan a vacation with an NZ package?

2) Will I receive miles from NZ for that sort of thing, or will they not grant me the miles?

3) How many miles would I get for a roundtrip from LAX to CHC or AKL?

4) Could I credit the miles to my United account or Virgin Atlantic flying club account and how many miles would the credit be for?

5) Do the RB211 series 747-419s operate the LAX-CHC or LAX-AKL routes more frequently than the GE CF6 versions?

While there

1) What are the best things to do in New Zealand for say a week's trip?

2) If I could only ever go to New Zealand once...what would be the must-dos?

3) It would appear as though most of the trips go to Christchurch...is the south island where most of the important sights are?

4) Would it be a sin to go to New Zealand and not go to Auckland?

Any comments would be much appreciated.

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RE: A Trip To New Zealand

Tue Jan 11, 2005 5:57 pm

All that getting there stuff ... I don't know !

While there.

1- One week isn't really long enough unless you really like airports but if that's what you have then stick to the South Island only with the exception of perhaps a day trip to Wellington by ferry. I always suggest people rent cars in NZ as the alternatives are adequate but restrictive if you only have a week. Must have more info about you before answering but I could recommend NOT going to Queenstown (expensive and over-rated) or driving South from Christchurch along the east coast (straight and boring road).

2- Go on the mail boat for a day from Picton
Drive over 'the hill' from Riwaka to Takaka and dive in Puipui Springs
As in 1, take the ferry from Picton to Wellington for a day and take a
walk around
Eat lots of meat pies
Blow money on slow horses and drunk locals in a west coast pub on a
rainy day

3- Yes

4 - No sin at all, you will miss nothing.
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RE: A Trip To New Zealand

Tue Jan 11, 2005 6:02 pm

First, I must ask what kind of holiday are you looking for? Is it adventure tourism, or leasure, or senery watching....

Let me know and I would be happy to help.
 
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RE: A Trip To New Zealand

Tue Jan 11, 2005 8:18 pm

1) Is it a good idea to plan a vacation with an NZ package? Yes. Here is a link to the Air NZ holiday pages
http://www.airnewzealand.com/bookingsandoffers/awesomeaussiekiwigetaways/default.htm

2) Will I receive miles from NZ for that sort of thing, or will they not grant me the miles? You will receive miles

4) Could I credit the miles to my United account or Virgin Atlantic flying club account and how many miles would the credit be for? Yes

5) Do the RB211 series 747-419s operate the LAX-CHC or LAX-AKL routes more frequently than the GE CF6 versions? Good chance of getting both engine power

While there

1) What are the best things to do in New Zealand for say a week's trip? Here is the Tourism New Zealand web-site
http://www.tourism.net.nz

2) If I could only ever go to New Zealand once...what would be the must-dos? http://www.tourism.net.nz


3) It would appear as though most of the trips go to Christchurch...is the south island where most of the important sights are? Mostly all flights arrive in Auckland. Best places to visit is the South Island (Queenstown, Millford Sound), Wellington, Hawkes Bay (famous for its award winning wine industry) Rotorua and the Bay of Islands. All places have daily flights on Air NZ, some with more flights each day (except Millford Sound, which has flights operated by Sightseeing operators) and Intercity/Newmans Coaches group
http://www.intercitycoach.co.nz. travelling by bus would be the best way to see the real New Zealand.

4) Would it be a sin to go to New Zealand and not go to Auckland? No sin. Auckland is starting to get a reputation of being boring.
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airxliban
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RE: A Trip To New Zealand

Wed Jan 12, 2005 2:22 am

ZKSUJ, I am essentially looking to "discover" new zealand and suck up local colour. I'm not particularly concerned about relaxing, but a little R&R would not be bad.

Some good opportunities for photography would not be bad, either.
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RE: A Trip To New Zealand

Wed Jan 12, 2005 2:45 am

One week is not going to be even close enough to see much about NZ. I was on South Island for 4 weeks in Oct and still didn't see all I wanted to see and do what I wanted to do...

Anyhow, if you plan to fly around you will get around faster but not all airports are near the great sights.

If you're not about to relax, then I think staying in Queenstown for few days is really good. Though quite commercial, you get a lot of adrenaline rushing things to do. Also from there it's easy to go to the most breathtaking place of NZ, Milford Sound.

If you want the Maori culture, then the North Island will be your destination and I quess up north you also have a better opportunity to any kind of sea activities on the beautiful beaches up north!

... and missing Auckland and spending more time in the beautiful nature of NZ is not a sin.
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RE: A Trip To New Zealand

Wed Jan 12, 2005 5:46 pm

I suggest Queenstown and Rotorus. If you want photo opportunities then take a day coach tour from Queenstown to Milford Sound. That has some nice sceney etc...
I suggest if you are going to Queenstown that you fly there. The reason being that I hear the scenery on Approach is really nice.
These are good places for R & R but they are also places that have numerous activities hould you feel like it.

I'll try look for some sites and I will post the links later
 
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RE: A Trip To New Zealand

Wed Jan 12, 2005 6:02 pm

Queenstown and Rotorua are the 2 most over-rated places in the country. Do you want to be a tourist or do you want a real NZ experience ?
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RE: A Trip To New Zealand

Wed Jan 12, 2005 6:09 pm

Queenstown is very picturesque. Rotorua is Rotorua and where else can you see boiling mud etc...  Big grin

I am sure there are many other places to visit but it really depends on one like to do.

If you are looking at not going to AKL, by all means do so. I am from AKL and it is nothing fantastic. However I presume your flights here will be through AKL, in which case I suggest going straight to the south island making AKL only a transit point. Then go and explore the south island.
 
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RE: A Trip To New Zealand

Wed Jan 12, 2005 8:18 pm

best places in NZ for overall kiwiness (as opposed to Middle Earth.
The Coromandel beaches
Ohakune/Mt Ruapehu
Haast/Okarito/Franz Josef & Fox Glacier
Auckland (hell we make up a third of population)

but try doing that in a week....lol and even if you can between rentalcars & flights it'd cost a heap
day 1 arrive Auckland
day 2 day trip to Coromandel
day 3
Fly AKL to HKK
NZ 501 Dep AKL 6:50 AM Arr CHC 8:10 AM Dur: 1h:20m
NZ 2872 Dep CHC 8:30 AM Arr HKK 9:05 AM Dur: 0h:35m
Day trip to the Glaciers, Continue to Queenstown
Day 4 Day trip to Milford Sound
Day 5
13 JAN 05 Fly ZQN to TUO
NZ 638 Dep ZQN 12:20PM Arr AKL 2:05 PM Dur: 1h:45m
NZ 2981 Dep AKL 5:15 PM Arr TUO 6:00 PM Dur: 0h:45m
Overnight Taupo
Day 6 Day on Ruapehu
Day 7 drive to Rotorua - quick visit
NZ 2356 Dep ROT 5:50 PM Arr AKL 6:30 PM Dur: 0h:40m

I was bored btw.

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RE: A Trip To New Zealand

Wed Jan 12, 2005 11:43 pm

I drove around in NZ for nearly 3 months and couldn't see everything. It has so much different stuff. It always reminds me to the song 4 seasons in one day by Crowded House.

My top spots in NZ are:
Marlborough Sounds
Coromandel Peninsula
Northland
The Alps
Dunedin
and of course Milford Sound (Just don't do a day trip there, the evenings are just great when all those tourist coaches have left)

It's impossible to include all of them in a 1 week trip. No chance to stay there a bit longer?

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RE: A Trip To New Zealand

Thu Jan 13, 2005 7:33 pm

I have people say to me that 3 months is not even enough. But I guess it depends on how leisurly you want to take your trip.
 
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RE: A Trip To New Zealand

Fri Jan 14, 2005 8:17 am

Interesting...thank you all for the replies.

Do you all think that it would not be worth it to try to see new zealand in one week?

I think I might have overestimated how big it is slash how many sights there are to see.
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RE: A Trip To New Zealand

Fri Jan 14, 2005 8:47 am

As I said it depends on what you want to see and how fast. Usually I have heard that a week is not enough, but you may take interest in only a few things here and if that is the case, a week will be OK. Once again it depends on your interests and how fast you want to move around.
 
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RE: A Trip To New Zealand

Fri Jan 14, 2005 8:59 am

The tourist brochures/website of the Tourism authority can give you sample itineries. The scenery is spectacular in NZ, some of the finest in the world, especially on the South Island. I was there in May-June 1994 for about 2 weeks on both the North and South island.
Car rental is expensive there as you must buy loss damage waiver insurance, you cannot use your gold AMEX to cover your LDW. There are 'backpacker' car rental/'rent-a-wreck' companies there where you get an older, well worn but safe car for a more moderate price. While the roads are almost always 2 lanes, they are of excellent quality. There are a lot of alternative, 'backpacker' accomidations and very good youth hostel facilities there too if trying to save money. Also, a youth hostel membership may save you money with discounts on internal flights, other items, check with the IYHA websites.
Another way to save money is to get some deli and beverages at the supermakets for lunch. You can eat along the way, pulling off the road at a scenic area.
One thing you MUST do is a bungee jump, especially in Queensland. Get the pictures and the videotape and you will amaze all of your friends and family , as well as give you a rush of the lifetime when 'you take the plunge'.
 
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RE: A Trip To New Zealand

Fri Jan 14, 2005 9:36 am

Ltbewr, that's bungee jumping in Queenstown not Queensland, which is a state of Australia
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RE: A Trip To New Zealand

Fri Jan 14, 2005 10:33 am

Another way to go around is by camper van, then you can be more mobile and escape paying for accomodation. Take a look at:

http://www.maui-rentals.com/
http://www.britz.com/

Also, here are some sites on touristy things in NZ

http://www.newzealand.com/travel/
http://www.tourism.net.nz/
http://www.queenstown-nz.co.nz/
http://www.realjourneys.co.nz/
http://www.milfordsoundselect.com/
http://www.rotoruanz.com/home.asp

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