Ok, we tried to give these some kind of order, however it was just impossible. We tried nearly all of these things, however couldn’t go to Kaikoura due to there being an earthquake a week before we arrived.
New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places on earth and we felt well and truly spoilt when going to see some less spectacular sights around Austral Asia and South East Asia.
We recommend to do New Zealand and Fiji LAST. New Zealand is best to visit around February/ March if you want warmer weather, otherwise be prepared for the rain.
Don’t forget to check bookme.co.nz as you may find trips cheaper, especially if you book in advance.
- Dolphin swimming
- Whale watching
Day 8: Tongoriro
Tongoriro National park. Long walk (6:45 hrs). No words. It speaks for itself, check out the stunning pics. $35 NZ for the shuttle bus to/from your hostel, you may find a better way of doing this as we just did it through stray who don’t always offer the cheapest option but always the easiest!
Day 9: Wellington
Capital of NZ. Smaller than Auckland. It has a more creative feel here rather than the business feel of Auckland. It’s known for its museums, music and film production scene (Lord of the Rings of course…. aghhhhhh).
It was very wet and windy here, had to go out and buy a new rain jacket and long trousers (NZ is expensive so be prepared for the weather before you arrive).
Day 10: South island commences
Early ferry to the south island. Everyone (but us – too busy sleeping) saw dolphins swimming next to the ferry 🙂 The scenery was amazing on the way in – it sets up the south island well.
Day 4: Lord of the Rings tour on route to Rotorua
From Raglan we drove onto Rotorua. We didn’t have much time to do anything that night because we spent 3 hours wandering around Hobbiton – so fun. Definitely for everyone and not just the hard core LotR fans.
Use bookme.co.nz for this trip
Day 5 Rotorua
The next morning we went on a geothermal walk. It was interesting to learn about and see all the pools but the walk was a bit lengthy and sometimes difficult to hear the guide.
We tried to stay in Rotorua a bit longer as one night feels really rushed, however, the bus behind us was full so we had to stick on our bus.
Before you get on the Stray bus have your route completely sorted with all the buses booked in where you want to have extra stops because unless you’ve got months to play with, time starts to constrain you to the same bus. We loved our bus, the people and the driver, Lolly, were great, but we did get a but stuck!