Er, HELP please, I cannot edit the header :-)
've posted this on the New Zealand forum as well, but am placing a question here in case not everyone reads that.
We have a chance to spend a few days in New Zealand at the beginning of March 2012....will be in Australia and are thinking of flying over (probably to Auckland) and spending a night in Auckland at the beginning and end and 3 nights somewhere with spectacular scenery and some easy to moderate walks..
We'd like a place that is fairly easy to get to--we prefer not to rent a car when we travel, but I'm not sure that's feasible in this case.
I realize this is nowhere near enough time, but it's what we can manage this (first) time. The trip to Australia is a work trip and we cannot take a lot of time afterwards.
I know New Zealand has a dazzling array of parks and scenery, but am really overwhelmed and hoping for some suggestions. We are realistic and know we can only sample the place we go, but consider that better than never getting there at all...and hopefully can return with more time later on. For example, we had short but happy visits to US parks such as Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, etc.
We are healthy and love the outdoors but I am limited in my hiking ability due to knee issues, even with hiking poles. We also enjoy wine tasting.
Suggestions for somewhere to go if we fly to and from Auckland? If we can stay an extra day or two in Auckland as well, what should our priority things to see be?
Many thanks!Edited: 19 August 2011, 01:47