hi, oh has decided wants to travel to nz we live in uk. escorted tours cost 2K-5K gbp each +flights! so looking at travelling independent but finding it a bit daunting nz is a place i never dreamed i would be able to visit so i know very little.any help please would be gratefully recieved.
thinking maybe mid november for 19 nights if not will be early january.
thought maybe 4 nights in aukland on landing to recover,maybe do a boat trip and explore city,is this too long?
take the overlander train to wellington if it is running(cant find schedule for it online) maybe 2 nights in wellington (not too interested in art/museums) would 1 night be better?
pick up hire car in wellington, dont want different hotels/motels everynight so looking for areas where we can be based for maybe 3 nights at a time to walk to attractions or drive for maybe up to 3 hrs a day round trip to different locations and back to hotel.
masterton might be interesting oh is interested in farming but is there enough there to keep us occupied.
want to include lake taupo and rotura
looking to stay in hamilton for at least 3 nights as a base, longer if plenty of attractions/locations to reach from there.
then maybe pahia for a couple of nights.
looking to stay overnight in areas not to isolated with restaurants/ bars within walking distance.
final night in aukland.
is accommodation plenty? in that we can just turn up and book on the day or is it advisable to prebook.
i have trawled through over 50 pages of the forum,its been a great help but i am still unsure and a bit lost on what to do.Edited: 01 February 2012, 13:49