Thursday, May 10, 2007

New Zealand: Wellington and Queenstown?

If there something that the whole world appears to agree on, it's that New Zealand is a wonderful place. Much advice that we've been given has been to trade time from Australia to spend it in New Zealand. We're not going to do that - 12 weeks in both places is about right. But now that our China and Australia itineraries are pretty clear, it's time we planned where we're going to stay in NZ.

As with Oz, we'll spend 4 weeks on the road, and 4 weeks each in two fixed locations. At the moment, we're thinking about Wellington in the North Island and Queenstown in the South. We'll need to make some solid plans soon, as we're hoping to house-swap in both of those places, and we'll need to start making some contacts directly using our chosen exchange.

As for what we want to see when we're on the road? Well, from the hot sulphur of Rotorua in the North to the Franz Josef Glacier right down South...

...and most things in between.


Dave Mulligan said...

Hot Water Beach in the north island was a lot of fun! Dig your own hole/pond and let the thermal water pour in. There's loads of things to do around Rotorua and I'd give hobbiton a miss, unless you enjoy walking around in sheeps poo while looking at small white holes set into hills! Wai-O-Tapu was a lot of fun too.

Anonymous said...

hi! i love your blogs--- peelingmandarin and this--- because chinese and travel both interest me very much. i've heard that new zealand is exceptionally clean. i hope to hear your first-hand accounts of the place soon. i might decide to see the place in the near future.

Brendan Lawlor said...

Thanks Dave - I'll give the sheep's poo as wide a berth as is physically possible in a country with a sheep population of 43 million.

In the meantime, check out this movie and you might be even more circumspect about approaching a wolly.

Brendan Lawlor said...

Hi Anonymous. Thanks for your kind words. Glad you're getting something from both of those blogs.

It'll be April of 2008 before we reach NZ, so there'll be no 'soon' first-hand accounts I'm afraid. I can always make stuff up in the meantime. I'm sitting in an apartment in Cagliari, Sardinia, but I can pretend that I'm looking at Lord of the Rings scenery and smelling sulphur.

Actually I do smell something. Oh. Dinner.

Duncan said...

I can certainly share some NZ advice and stories after serving out my 2 year 'sentence' in Wellington (joking - it's a great city apart from the weather !)

I guess that can wait until you are here in Sydney - still plenty of time (unless you're doing more bookings now).