Saturday, November 23, 2013

Trips: New Zealand (Route Map and Sneak Peek)

Update: Here is a complete list of our New Zealand activities:


Part 1: New Zealand Travel Route: The North Island in 8 Days
Part 2: Auckland: the cosmopolitan heart of the North Island
Part 3: Waipoua Forest: giant trees and pretty views
Part 4: Bay of Islands: Swimming with Dolphins
Part 5: Karangahake Gorge: an abandoned gold mine in a stunningly beautiful valley
Part 6: Rotorua: The Yellowstone of New Zealand
Part 7: Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks: Two of the “Nine Great Walks of New Zealand”
Part 8: Waitomo: Glow Worms Galore! 



Hello Peeps, 

I’m still getting photos from New Zealand organized. I’ll probably do them over a few days as there are, not surprisingly, quite a few. Here is a quick map of our route. Click on the image for a slightly larger version. 



We flew from Fiji to Auckland, spent a day in that fair city, and then drove north to the town of Russell, in the Bay of Islands (yellow loop). We spent two nights there before heading back through Auckland and then south to Rotorua, Whanganui National Park, and Waitomo (red loop). In all, it was eight days and 1,200 miles. All on the left hand side of the road, too! Chris is a driving pro now. 


Wish we could have made it to the south island - next time for sure. 


And here is a quick sneak peek of what's to come: Swimming with dolphins in the Bay of Islands. It was out-of-this-world incredible.



xo, 

Sonja

Up Next:

Part 2: Auckland: the cosmopolitan heart of the North Island


All New Zealand Posts: 

Part 1: New Zealand Travel Route: The North Island in 8 Days
Part 2: Auckland: the cosmopolitan heart of the North Island
Part 3: Waipoua Forest: giant trees and pretty views
Part 4: Bay of Islands: Swimming with Dolphins
Part 5: Karangahake Gorge: an abandoned gold mine in a stunningly beautiful valley
Part 6: Rotorua: The Yellowstone of New Zealand
Part 7: Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks: Two of the “Nine Great Walks of New Zealand”
Part 8: Waitomo: Glow Worms Galore! 

4 comments:

  1. Out of curiosity, did you do the Groupon Fiji/NZ deal? We hopped on that exactly a year ago and added a couple extra days to NZ.

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  2. lol, don’t tell me there was an awesome groupon deal!! No, we didn’t, unfortunately. Actually, the only reason we went to Fiji was because we were using airline miles and our carrier, Air Pacific (now Fiji Air) had a mandatory 24 hr stopover in Fiji that we extended by four days. It worked out well but originally we were just shooting for NZ.They say flexibility is key when using miles, right?

    How did you guys like the groupon deal? Did it cover both airfare and accommodations? Would you do something similar again? I get them in my inbox daily but am a little hesitant to pull the trigger on something as big as a vacation. I’d sure love to hear how you’d rate the experience.

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  3. We liked it, but it was too short in NZ, so we contacted the offeror of the Groupon instead and had them work out a deal for us where NZ stay was longer. Unfortunately, due to massive airplane problems, we had to cancel Fiji (LONG STORY), but it was only a three-day stay, so kind of whirlwind.

    I also liked that it didn't lay out an itinerary for you. We were told we could stay at any Golden Chain hotel, and they are all over both the N and S islands. Since we were able to work with the company to get what we wanted, it was worth our while. So, it wasn't a true groupon thing, but the groupon rate was honored.

    I wish I had known you were going-- I could have made some recommendations! We wanted to do the volcano crossing trek, but Mt Tongariro had erupted the day before (!!!) and it was closed. We saw smoke and ash from our hotel on Lake Taupo.

    I also was so surprised at the cost of food. We'll definitely plan more food-wise the next time we go. We only did N island too-- someday S island!

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  4. Oh, and the quasi-groupon covered airfare, lodging, and car rental. The lodging was great-- each room we stayed in had its own kitchenette. What we should have done on day 1: Bought a cooler and a few dry ice packs so we could do lunch every day and then also keep our staples cool between hotel rooms.

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