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New Zealand travel tips?
TikiKini
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Joined: Jul 24, 2002
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From: SF Bay Area
Posted: 2003-01-03 10:27 am   Permalink

Since people in this group seem to travel to all the cool places, I'm hoping someone here has some travel tips for me -- in New Zealand for 3 weeks this March and no plan/itinerary yet. Must see, must do, must buy suggestions, anyone?

Thanks!


 
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Trader Woody
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
Posted: 2003-01-04 1:15 pm   Permalink

Never been near there myself, but I know a few people from NZ. What kind of things do you enjoy? North or South Island? You want Tiki/Maori stuff?

Be careful while there...the locals will have you jumping from an aquaduct or getting steamrollered by a huge rugby player if you play your cards even marginally wrong.

Trader Woody


 
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TikiKini
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Joined: Jul 24, 2002
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From: SF Bay Area
Posted: 2003-01-05 10:23 am   Permalink

Well, we're hoping to do a lot of hiking, maybe some biking and kayaking, or even sailing if the opportunity presents itself. I'm afraid it'll be too cold to swim/snorkel. And we want to check out the native history/culture. Dig those historical sites!
The trip is kind of a last-minute, once-in-a-lifetime-chance, so we haven't done much research yet -- just picked up the Lonely PLanet travel guide this weekend -- so any tips would be most appreciated.
Thanks!


 
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mililaniau
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Joined: Jun 15, 2002
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From: melbourne, Australia
Posted: 2003-01-06 12:38 pm   Permalink

try to get to Te Papa museum in Wellington,
extra tiki points for the terrific collection there.
mililani


 
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Samina
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Joined: Dec 16, 2002
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Posted: 2003-01-07 6:12 pm   Permalink

Yes I completely suggest Te Papa in Wellington. I was just there last week, and it is awesome. Checked out the LOTRs exhibit while there plus had a look around the Pacific Island area and it is great. I give the place a 10/10.
I will check out for websites of interest and post them here soon.


 
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TikiKini
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Joined: Jul 24, 2002
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From: SF Bay Area
Posted: 2003-01-09 8:51 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the tips -- we will definitely check out the museum recommended.
Any B&B recommendations? Also hoping for sailing tips.
Thanks again! Can't wait to go!


 
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Tiki Rider
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Joined: Oct 05, 2002
Posts: 497
From: South Orange County, CA
Posted: 2003-01-09 9:00 pm   Permalink

I havent been for about 20 yrs but as I remember...great money exchange rate, friendly natives, and a beautiful country. oh yeah, I forgot...sheep... lots of sheep.
Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 
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stentiki
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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
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From: Huntington Beach
Posted: 2003-01-10 6:27 pm   Permalink

Two years ago, Tina and I were fortunate to take a cruise to the South Pacific. We had 3 stops in New Zealand, all on the North Island -- Bay of Islands, Tauranga, and Auckland.

We loved the Bay of Islands. We disembarked in a small town called Paihia. There's a small Seahorse Aquarium there and the shopping is fantastic. Your dollar will go a long way. If you can, take a hydrofoil or a catamaran through "The Hole in The Rock." I strongly recommend the hydrofoil for speed and fun but if you take a catamaran you may see dolphins and sea turtles.

If you like history, you can also walk to Waiatangi treaty house, New Zealand's first government capital. I believe there are some Maori carvings there including a large canoe but double-check your guide cause my memory is fuzzy.

Can't say much for Tauranga since most everything was closed on Christmas Day. Beautiful beaches though with millions of shells.

In Auckland we went on a wine tasting tour. New Zealand has some great vinyards and wines meant to be consumed young, so feel free to drink them right away! Auckland also has their own version of the Space Needle and the Galleria in the main part of the city has some outstanding deals! Maori tikis everywhere, great prices on wools, and rugby shirts. The place is huge so give yourself some time.

Those are my humble and somewhat limited recommendations. I hope to go back someday. I envy you because you will have much more time to take it all in. The New Zealander's are very friendly and outgoing. You'll have a blast! Give us a report upon your return.

Take care and Aloha!

Arty



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Trader Woody
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From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
Posted: 2003-01-11 12:41 pm   Permalink

Quote:

stentiki wrote:
I hope to go back someday. I envy you because you will have much more time to take it all in. Arty



Indeed. I know someone who spent a month on the North Island and loved it so much he went back for a month on the South Island the next year. Not easy or cheap when you are visiting from the UK, which is pretty much the other side of the world from NZ.

Have fun!

Trader Woody


 
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Tiki Chris
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: London
Posted: 2004-03-17 10:16 am   Permalink

Tiki Emi & I cashed in our frequent flyer miles & booked a flight to New Zealand. We're going just after Christmas 2004.

We're flying into Auckland, staying for 3 weeks & then flying out of Christchurch.

Any advice on guidebooks, websites, itineraries, sights, food, accomodations, etc. would be greatly appreciated!

Kia ora,
Tiki Chris

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Sweet Daddy Tiki
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Joined: Jul 20, 2003
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From: Edmonton
Posted: 2004-03-17 11:02 am   Permalink

My niece was just in New Zealand and loved it. One of the things she mentioned was a city on the north island called Napier, known for its art deco buildings. The reason it's all art deco is because the city was leveled by an earthquake in 1931. She didn't get to see it, but it sounds interesting.
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Phillip Roberts
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Joined: Sep 09, 2003
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Posted: 2004-03-17 12:10 pm   Permalink


Quote:

On 2004-03-17 11:02, Sweet Daddy Tiki wrote:
a city on the north island called Napier, known for its art deco buildings. The reason it's all art deco is because the city was leveled by an earthquake in 1931.




[ This Message was edited by: filslash 2008-09-12 12:30 ]


 
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PEDDRO
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Joined: Feb 29, 2004
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From: Coburg VIC, AUSTRALIA
Posted: 2004-03-17 9:09 pm   Permalink

Perfect timing this post is.......

I'm going over in late April for a week, mainly for a hot rod show but plan to do ONLY the North Island for the rest of the trip concentrating on the good stuff rather than trying to do too much.

Will be going to Napier for sure! And hope to pick up some carvings and visit a few knick-knack stores about the place.


 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2004-03-17 9:25 pm   Permalink


Quote:

On 2004-03-17 21:09, PEDDRO wrote:
Will be going to Napier for sure! And hope to pick up some carvings and visit a few knick-knack stores about the place.




[ This Message was edited by: filslash 2008-09-12 12:30 ]


 
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Tiki Chris
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: London
Posted: 2004-12-10 6:10 pm   Permalink

Kia ora!

Tiki Emi & I are heading to NZ at the end of the month. Just wondering if anybody's got any more suggestions? Our itinerary's just about filled up, but I'm always open to more ideas!

Can't Frickin' Wait,
Tiki Chris


 
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