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North Island Activities and Attractions
Auckland - boating, hiking, Sky Tower talk, Kosher, Chabad, Hilton & Crowne Plaza Hotels with points.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves - a unique New Zealand attraction.
Lake Taupo - great boating activities, bungee, and a nice Hilton.
Hobbit Movie Set Tour - if you are into that.
White Island - The only active volcano in NZ, has rave reviews.
Tauranga - Mount Maunganui Summit Track, nice beaches.
Tongariro National Park - the first one created in NZ.
Bay of Islands - Beautiful beaches, old town charm in Russell, and great hikes.
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New Zealand Master Thread
« on: July 11, 2010, 02:22:58 PM »
There was some bits and pieces of info on the Australia thread about NZ, but I figured it would be best to start a new thread. I will be travelling to Christchurch and will be there for 2 days.

Firstly, any Visa requirements for US or Canadian citizens?

Secondly, things to do in CHC for 2 days? What are the hotspots to go to? I've heard of Milford Sound...is it near Christchurch?

How about Shuls or Kosher restaurants?

Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks so much.
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Re: New Zealand Master Thread
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2010, 03:06:34 PM »
 sorry we were in AKL so cant comment on CHC , but we didnt need aVisa and it was like arriving at TLV, gave the PP to them and they stamped it and off we went

 I once posted this link its very good for getting around although the prices are not to be relied on it will be more;  http://toandfromtheairport.com/

 its good for any Airport anywhere and is very good and concise of the different ways to/from the Airports

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Re: New Zealand Master Thread
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2010, 10:12:32 AM »
Damax, can you comment on the 2 day trips from Christchurch that you mentioned to me?
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Re: New Zealand Master Thread
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2010, 06:24:21 AM »
Damax, can you comment on the 2 day trips from Christchurch that you mentioned to me?

http://www.railnewzealand.com/christchurchgreymouthtrain.html


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Re: New Zealand Master Thread
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2010, 03:05:01 PM »
http://www.railnewzealand.com/christchurchgreymouthtrain.html


Sorry D, this really looks boring. The videos on YT show only old people on the train. It's 4.5 hours each way and the "scenic" views are what I see when driving to the catskills.

Are you absolutely sure that this is a "must do"? Any other ideas?
-Eli

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Re: New Zealand Master Thread
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2010, 12:40:01 AM »
How about bungee-jumping? NZ is supposed to be from the best of the world.

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Re: New Zealand Master Thread
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2010, 06:25:32 AM »
How about bungee-jumping? NZ is supposed to be from the best of the world.
I'm going with a wife, remember? But maybe I'll do it.

Right now I have a segway tour (I'm a HUGE fan of segways) and maybe a harbour cruise. It's gonna be cold...low 50's
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Re: New Zealand Master Thread
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2010, 07:08:09 AM »
I'm going with a wife, remember? But maybe I'll do it.
They say its a very bonding activity...

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Re: New Zealand Master Thread
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2010, 07:58:15 AM »
I'm going with a wife, remember? But maybe I'll do it.

Right now I have a segway tour (I'm a HUGE fan of segways) and maybe a harbour cruise. It's gonna be cold...low 50's

You are going to NZ, the point is to get out of Christchurch and see the mountains, Fiords and rivers. I thought that the trans-alpine train was amazing, but each to his own. I think that riding around on a Segway can be done anywhere

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Re: New Zealand Master Thread
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2010, 09:32:14 AM »
The TAT is 4.5 hours each way, no? And you see the same thing on the way there that you see on the way back. Could you elaborate a drop more on just how "amazing" it is?
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Re: New Zealand Master Thread
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2010, 12:38:49 PM »
Milford Sound is too far from Christchurch if you are only there for two days.

There is a place in Christchurch (I think very close to the airport) that is called the International Arctic Center. It was closed when I tried early in the morning and it cost more than $50 per person but you may find it interesting. Here is the link www.iceberg.co.nz. They have something called the Hagglund ride which is what they drive around with in the Arctic. They also have a penguin center and some other interesting things.

I think I posted this somewhere else but there are beautiful drives around Christchurch. The scenery is amazing. I personally did the drive from Christchurch to Franz Josef glaciers (a 6 hour ride). The whole ride was stunning but if you even drive the first two hours I think you will be amazed. You travel through Arthur's Pass National Park. Search Google Maps for the drive from Christchurch to Chesterfield. It's about three hours.

Good Luck!! I am really jealous. I would love to go back to New Zealand. Next time try staying longer, it is amazing how much there is to do/see

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Re: New Zealand Master Thread
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2010, 07:05:29 PM »
Eli, any NZ info from your trip?
I'd love to hear more about stuff to do and kosher food info.
Any reason not to go to NZ in January?
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: New Zealand Master Thread
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2010, 07:22:46 PM »
Any reason not to go to NZ in January?
Availability can sometimes be an issue...

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Re: New Zealand Master Thread
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2010, 07:25:59 PM »
Availability can sometimes be an issue...
I found availability on an AA RTW in F that I'm considering...it is a ton of miles to drop though on 1 trip.
CLE-ORD-YYZ-HKG-AKL-MEL-CNS-SYD-HKG-JFK-CLE on AA, CX, and QF.
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: New Zealand Master Thread
« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2010, 07:48:44 PM »
I found availability on an AA RTW in F that I'm considering...it is a ton of miles to drop though on 1 trip.
CLE-ORD-YYZ-HKG-AKL-MEL-CNS-SYD-HKG-JFK-CLE on AA, CX, and QF.
Got do something with all those miles your racking up for your wife...is she 1MM yet?