Pacific (New Zealand) living and travel
November 3, 2007 11:02 AM Subscribe
What links New Zealand (University of Auckland), Surfing, Diving, Engineering and island hopping together? more inside
posted by Black_Umbrella to travel & transportation around New Zealand (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am going to the University of Auckland (New Zealand) this coming semester for engineering courses. Right now i am saving up enough money to do Lots of traveling. My plans so far are to visit lots of islands (tihiti, somoa, etc) so i can get in some good surfing and scuba-diving. I am fairly advanced at both. I already have a trip planned for Japan. Now my lovely hivemind its time to ask my questions.
The below questions are for anywhere in the pacific, not just Australia & new zealand.
*What suggestions do you have for must visit sites?
*What else should i get into, i'm thinking about bungee jumping / sky diving, anything else?
*What islands / parts of islands should i go to, specifically to surf & scuba-diving.
*Will i be able to buy a surfboard and coffin (hard case) in or around Auckland, or should i look else where. I do not want to fly to New Zealand with my current one.
*I am an outdoors type of guy and very frugal, at the recommended places of visit, will i be able to camp?
*What troubles am i going to have traveling to so many places, will i be able to get visa's at the airports?
*Do most flights leave right from New Zealand or will i need to go to Australia first?
*In Auckland will i be able to find a uber-cheap room for rent or should i stay in the international house (don't know the price...)?
*How much should i expect to pay for a 3 day visit to these places (with or without flight)?
Please let me know any relevant information i should know concerning any of this, especially if you know how i can keep this as cheap & dirty as possible. Anything goes for me if it saves me money where i can.
*Bonus point question:
I need a new travel backpack (the big ones you can fit ~2 weeks of clothes in...you know the type). Can anyone recommend a store that i can try them on in New York City AND that sells gift cards online.