Going to New Zealand
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- Edgewater54 Sargood Drive, Wanaka 9192, New Zealandrecommended EdgewaterRecommended for:
- Larnach LodgeCamp Road, Otago Penninsula | PO Box 1350, Dunedin, New Zealandrecommended Larnach LodgeLarnach Castle is New Zealand's only castle. It has a chequered history which has bee often tragic. However, it is heritage listed and offers guided tours with stunning gardens for the interested ... read moretraveller. Larnach Castle attracts both young and old to its most intriguing history and offers both day trips and accommodation. Bookings are essential though and the delightful staff will accommodate you very well.Recommended for:History Buffs
- Royal Albatross Colony, Dunedin, New Zealand1260 Harington Point Rd, Harington Point 9077, New Zealandrecommended Royal Albatross Colony, Dunedin, New ZealandThe Royal Albatross colony on the Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsular, Dunedin, is a most unique place to visit. Visitors can see the only mainland nesting site in the world of this magnificent bird. ... read morehttp://www.albatross.org.nz/ There are many tours and visitors will be able to get up close enough to see the birds and their nesting sites without disturbing the birds as it is very well set up. http://www.albatross.org.nz/our-tours This is an excellent and extremely rare opportunity as there is no other mainland site in the world to see these magnificent birds.Recommended for:
recommended Franz Josef GlacierWalking on Franz Josef glacier is a well established activity in the South Island. You can choose from the different cources, and choose between halfday and fullday. Helicopter ride might be necessary ... read more(the condition of glacier changes quickly, so the requirement changes as well).
recommended BluffThe Stirling Point is the reason to go Bluff. It is one of the earliest European settlement in New Zealand. Short trip from Invercargill, nearby big city. A trip to southernmost island of New Zealand, ... read moreStewart Island, is available from here.
- Lake TekapoLake Tekapo 7999, New Zealandrecommended Lake TekapoLake Tekapo, my favourite place in the world. If you adore night sky, this is the place to go. The whole time is committed to keep the night sky clear. The lake is gorgeous during the day. Don't ... read moreforget to visit the famous church in town! It is a small town, but it's a good getaway place for a few days if you enjoy quiet atmosphere.
recommended Milford SoundThey say it's the most beautiful place on the planet. Mysterious, mystical, and stunningly gorgeous without even trying to be, the misnamed Milford Sound (technically, it's a fjord) is one of Earth's ... read morenatural wonders. Rugged cliffs rise dramatically out of dark, cold waters, while a cast of marine life including dolphins, seals, and penguins call it home. Rain creates frequent waterfalls that wash sediment off the cliff sides down into the seawater, creating a thick layer of fresh water and organic matter that sits atop the salt water. Despite frequent tours and throngs of awestruck visitors, the presence of humanity is dwarfed by the majesty of the cliffs - including the starring lead, Mitre Peak, which juts 1,692 meters (5,550 feet) into the sky. Take a boat cruise out onto the deep, dark water and ponder the mysteries of this untouched paradise. It's sure to be a place you'll remember the rest of your life.Recommended for:
recommended WellingtonFunky, eclectic, and just plain cool. Wellington has a Bohemian vibe that jives with it's beachside ambience, making it seem like the offspring of San Francisco and San Diego. Definitely worthy of the ... read moreCoolest Little Capital in the World title.
- Tongariro CrossingTongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealandrecommended Tongariro CrossingAn incredible day trek through New Zealand's oldest national park (and the site of Mordor in Lord of the Rings.) The volcanic landscape is craggy, breathtaking, and unlike anything many people have ... read moreever seen: you'll pass through black rock-littered wastelands, intense hills and cliffs that look like they belong on another planet, ridgelines with stunning sweeping views, and three different active volcanoes. The weather out there can change on a dime, so be prepared for all elements and climates just in case. At this time, you can only do half of the crossing because of lingering eruption hazards on the north side of the park (Mt. Tongariro erupted late last year.) My advice: take advantage of the shorter route to tackle Mt. Nguarahoe (Mount Doom.)
recommended Tongariro National ParkThe filming site for Mordor and Mount Doom in The Lord of the Rings: The park’s environment practically screamed Middle Earth, and I found myself wondering if Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, or Viggo ... read moreMortensen had walked the same ground I was. I could just see the dwarves and hobbits scrambling along, preparing for battle or wearily approaching the mountain to destroy Gollum’s beloved precious. Black, oddly shaped volcanic rocks littered the valley floor, marking eruption landing zones. At the foothills of rugged, craggy cliffs ran a creek stained red from active minerals. Odd plants sprouted from spongy soil, lining the crooked and uneven path that, on occasion, ran only a foot wide along a cliffside. Dizzying steps up a steep mountainside led to yet another plateau, where the brave of heart can choose to tackle Mount Doom. Loose gravel, slip and silt, tumbling volcanic rocks, and a steep incline has you going up two feet and down one (and that's just the climb up - coming down is worse.) Climb it if you can: it's one of the most difficult, nerve-wracking, and rewarding things I've ever done.Recommended for:Outdoor Enthusiasts
- Adventure Queenstown Hostel36 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealandrecommended Adventure Queenstown HostelIn my six weeks throughout New Zealand and Australia, Adventure Queenstown was hands down my favorite hostel of all. They have the friendliest staff, large private showers, fully stocked kitchen, ... read morestrong a/c in the rooms (which was heaven in summer, believe me), comfortable and QUIET bunk beds, plus giant locker storage room with power outlets in the lockers! Everything is constantly cleaned, they have event nights which make it easy to make friends, and can book any tour you want with their fully-functional booking desk. They loan bikes for free, and there is free wifi throughout the room floors. And the location is unbeatable. I stayed a week and didn't want to leave!Recommended for:BackpackersBecky Mahan
Stay here when you go to Queenstown! And tell them I say hi! :)
- Hooker ValleyHooker Valley, Mt. Cook National Park, NZrecommended Hooker ValleyHooker Valley spreads out between the peaks of Mt. Cook National Park, and offers a wealth of nature walks, scenic treks, and challenging hikes. The most popular is the Hooker Valley trail, a 4-hour ... read morereturn hike along the valley floor, across two swing bridges, and culminating at the terminal glacial lake of the Tasman Glacier. The scenery is stunning, the views from the bridges, cliffs, and riverfronts are spectacular, and the walk is doable for anyone in suitable health.Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsBecky Mahan
Part of Mt. Cook National Park - which, in general, is worth visiting. It has some of the most beautiful skies in the world!
recommended QueenstownKnown as the adventure capital of the world - and with good reason - Queenstown is the quintessential lakefront town with something for everyone. Thrill seekers will never be bored with a myriad of ... read moreoptions from which to choose: sky-diving, bungee jumping, cliff swinging, jet boating, paragliding, hang-gliding, the list goes on. Visitors with a tamer view of life can take wine tasting tours, go horseback riding, sail on Lake Wakatipu in the 100-year-old steam boat, or ride the famous gondola up the mountain (with a luge ride option) for spectacular views. After dark, hit the nightlife scene and join pub crawls, sip cocktails in the ice bars, or dance the night away at clubs. For a small town with a big city feel, Queenstown is your destination - and many stay longer than they originally intended.Becky Mahan
recommended Waitomo CavesI recommend Black Odyssey tour of Waitomo Caves. It is challenging but you get to see and experience so many things like "glow warms", flying fox (zip line in "american english"), swimming inside of ... read morethe caves etc, etc.Recommended for:
recommended Waiheke IslandRolling hills covered in giant ferns and undulating vineyards, surrounded by crystal waters of the bay. This place is worthy of a honeymoon. Super fresh, quality foods, and great wines at every single ... read moreplace I went.
- TranzAlpine ExperienceDeparture locations vary, Christchurch, CAN New Zealandrecommended TranzAlpine ExperienceI took the train from Christchurch to Greymouth, though it is possible to get off at other stops before this. The trip is expensive, but the scenery is amazing. The train does have several cars that ... read moreare open air for people who want to photograph the trip without an intervening window.Recommended for:
recommended Fox GlacierThis glacier is within relatively easy reach of the town of the same name. Even in the summer, the ice found there is spectacular. One does have to go up a trail a ways before actually getting to the ... read moreice. Definitely worth a visit if exploring the south island.Recommended for: