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June 12

What to reserve in New Zealand

A friend and I are off to New Zealand in September. We generally make up trips as we go, but there are some items (like Hobbiton) that require a little more planning in the form of long term reservations. What restaurants/lodges/experiences should we be booking three months out?
posted by Tell Me No Lies around New Zealand at 7:26 PM - 9 answers

February 19

New Zealand … Like Lord of the Rings

An unexpected opportunity to go to New Zealand just fell in my lap, and I am thrilled. I'll have a little over a week or so to explore! Flying into and out of Wellington (although I know there'll be at least one stop in between, and don't know very much about what it's like getting around NZ in general). What should I know, and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by caitcadieux around New Zealand at 9:52 AM - 6 answers has best

October 14, 2018

All aboard ... for anywhere

I drive a lot (all in NZ's South Island) servicing my jobs and doing sales. I'm normally alone so have a spare seat and room for a backpack. There's no service to connect hitchers and drivers here so I'm thinking of setting up something for myself (maybe it will expand but right now I'm just thinking about me). [more inside]
posted by unearthed around New Zealand at 2:58 AM - 5 answers has best

February 24, 2018

Auckland tourist activities for the jetlagged

What should a newly arrived, exhausted tourist do in Auckland Tuesday morning? [more inside]
posted by Nelson around Auckland, New Zealand at 1:03 PM - 6 answers

January 23, 2018

June in New Zealand

Any and all advice for a first time visitor to New Zealand! [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord around New Zealand at 2:18 PM - 11 answers has best

October 1, 2017

NZ South Island itinerary

Ms. Outfielder and I need a quick sanity check on an admittedly sort of rushed South Island of NZ itinerary. [more inside]
posted by outfielder around New Zealand at 10:29 AM - 6 answers has best

September 14, 2017

Kia ora!

My rooster and I have a fabulous trip to New Zealand on the calendar, but we haven't nailed down the planning part. Will you tell us if the itinerary is crazy or missing something obvious? [more inside]
posted by Wet Hen around New Zealand at 6:12 PM - 15 answers

April 3, 2017

New Zealand Honeymoon logistics + Easter

Is the Coromandel too busy at Easter time? Should we head to Matamata instead? [more inside]
posted by freethefeet around New Zealand at 12:30 AM - 9 answers has best

February 8, 2017

NZ Travel Alternatives

Let's go to Christchurch and take the Coastal Pacific Train! Oh, closed due to earthquake damage...Ok, let's fly to Christchurch from Picton and take the TranzAlpine to Greymouth! Oh, closed due to brush fires now...What should we do instead? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah around New Zealand at 1:32 PM - 5 answers

September 3, 2016

Must-see, New Zealand - South Island?

We are seeing the South Island of New Zealand in 5 days. (We do not have more time.) Current itinerary is: KiwiRail Coastal Pacific from Picton to Christchurch, overnight in Christchurch, KiwiRail TranzAlpine Explorer from Christchurch to Greymouth, rent car in Greymouth, drive to Queenstown (stops dependent on advice). Where should we spend lots of time (and where should we skip out on) to make the most of our five days? Are the trains worth it? Should we bus rather than drive to Queenstown? Also, hotel and wine tour recs? More inside. [more inside]
posted by rednikki around South Island, New Zealand at 12:48 PM - 7 answers has best

May 17, 2016

Finding work in New Zealand before having a visa approved?

Having filled out an Expression of Interest to work in New Zealand I am 10 points shy of automatic acceptance. However, on receipt of a job offer I qualify easily. What I don't understand is the Chicken/Egg situation of looking for a job without a visa but needing a visa to find a job. Has anyone been through this? I can't help but feel it will be off putting to employers, although as far as I understand they need only to assist with the application for a temporary work visa; however I may be being naive here. [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 around Auckland, New Zealand at 9:51 AM - 6 answers

March 10, 2016

New Zealand travel recommendations in July

Have you traveled in New Zealand during the winter? Help us plan our 15-day trip in New Zealand this July! While we have some ideas about places we’d like to hit, we’re not sure if the tentative itinerary we’ve laid out is reasonable or too crazy (i.e. too much driving and not enough time at each destination). [more inside]
posted by st elmo's fire around New Zealand at 6:27 PM - 15 answers

March 9, 2016

New Zealand's North Island in 5 days and 5 nights?

I'm going to be spending ~5 days and 5 nights on New Zealand's North Island in the last week of March (after Easter). I'll be there with a friend. Can you help make our trip a little less vague than it currently is? Details under the cut. [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit around New Zealand at 1:24 AM - 12 answers

February 13, 2016

Is Mordor nice this time of year?

Help me plan a hiking trip in New Zealand in March [more inside]
posted by special-k around New Zealand at 9:21 AM - 13 answers has best

January 15, 2016

Things to do with a 6-year-old in Auckland

I have a couple of days to hang with my awesome 6-year-old nephew in Auckland, NZ. What should we do and where should we go? [more inside]
posted by embrangled around Auckland, New Zealand at 11:13 PM - 9 answers has best

December 18, 2015

Best sim card for NZ

I'm heading home to New Zealand for the holidays and would like to get a prepaid sim with some data and decent coverage. [more inside]
posted by poxandplague around New Zealand at 9:54 PM - 8 answers

December 29, 2014

First week of the new year in New Zealand

I'll be at Lake Taupo in NZ for New Year's Eve, then am looking to spend the next five-six days (leaving Auckland on the evening of the 7th) wandering the north island. So far, aside from a night tomorrow, I've nothing booked or solidly planned. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Seeba around New Zealand at 7:22 PM - 7 answers

August 18, 2014

August in Auckland

I'll be spending the last two weekends in August (Sat-Sun only) in Auckland, NZ. In addition to exploring the city, I'd like to check out the famous scenery. What to do? Where to go? What are people wearing this time of year? [more inside]
posted by ista around Auckland, New Zealand at 6:19 AM - 6 answers has best

October 28, 2013

Fill in the Blanks on our New Zealand Trip

Help us fill in the blanks (restaurants, things to see and do) during our trip to New Zealand in November! Our itinerary is set- we have flights, hotels, and rental cars already booked. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee around New Zealand at 9:17 AM - 6 answers

August 27, 2013

HOWTO: Living in New Zealand (or Other Suitable Locale) for a Month!

I've been traveling in South America and India for about five months now at a fairly frenetic pace, and am looking for a change. I've decided I want to settle down in one city from around September 15-October 15, and I'm thinking New Zealand is the place I want to do it (but I am open to other cities in other countries that meet my criteria, so feel free to throw them out!). I'd greatly appreciate any thoughts you have on the best city, the best way to find lodging, transport, etc. - details on what I'm looking for below! [more inside]
posted by traveltheworld around New Zealand at 2:27 AM - 5 answers