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Experienced travellers advice needed!

Hull
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Experienced travellers advice needed!

Myself, my partner and our 2 year old daughter are hoping to book a travel holiday for next year and currently have plans to do a week in thailand (bangkok), a week in oz(sydney/manly), a week in nz (auckland) and 9 days in india (mumbai). The problem we have is we dont really know if NZ is worth going to rather than spending an extra 2 days everywhere else? Also, has anyone out there travelled with a 2 year old at this scale? obviously she comes first but whereas we look at it as an experience of a lifetime is it asking too much of her? thankyou in advance fellow travellers ;-)

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1. Re: Experienced travellers advice needed!

I week is not a lot of time to spend in New Zealand, nor is a week in Australia.

From my experience although two year olds are adaptable you are not giving her a lot of time to get used to different weather temperatures, time zones etc. She really needs time to play and relax, not be sight seeing every day in cities which is what you seem to be doing. Although Auckland is a nice city, you would be better to get out of the city and perhaps visit beach areas near by where she can play . Do you intend hiring a car when you are in New Zealand? What are your interests? What time of the year do you intend visiting?

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Hi and thanks. Of course the welfare of our daughter is paramount, which is why we're hiring a car in Australia and if we cancel NZ, spend the extra week there as we'd only be catching a conjoining flight to india there anyway if we go to Auckland. Our interests aren't really the reason of our going, as opposed to seeing the world and appreciating different cultures. If we hire a car from Sydney would anyone have a clue as to then whats accessible?

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3. Re: Experienced travellers advice needed!

You will need to post your question about Sydney in the Australia forum but there is certainly plenty to see and do in and around Sydney and I would be inclined to add your extra days on to Sydney rather than fly to NZ and back which will be quite tiring for your daughter. Enjoy your trip.

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One week in New Zealand is not long enough.It seems you have not spent time researching the most scenic areas of the country if you intend spending your time just in Auckland. You will find the different time zones, varying temperatures and the travel, tiring for you all. Better to spend longer in one or two countries and save New Zealand and Australia for your next big adventure when hopefully you will have more time to do justice to both countries. Although most two year olds are adaptable, you have a busy, changing schedule and its not much fun travelling with an irritable 2 y.o. Maybe that week could be spent on a Pacific Island (Fiji, Samoa etc) where most resorts have child creches and you and your partner can enjoy relaxing by the pool, snorkelling and enjoying the laid back culture.

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Yes, one week spend in NZ is really not enough to view some of the good scenery in NZ, at least 2 weeks you can find out what NZ is!!! You can actually focus on the quality of the trip instead of the quantity of countries as you have a little girl to take care of, you should give up either Australia or New Zealand, i think.

For NZ, you can refer my blog's itinerary for reference,it is not the best but still workable. …blogspot.com/2011/10/new-zealand-honeymoon-…

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Of course a week's not long enough but, that's what you've got, so let's make the best of it.

Spend a nigfht or two on arrival in Auckland - if only to let the small person decompress. The next day maybe have a look at Kelly Tarltons Underwater World, take a ferry ride to Devonport. Then fit in around that sort of things, the attractions you want to get into.

The Auckland Zoo is exceptionally good and very kid friendly. From KTUW go around the corner to Mission Bay. Mum and dad can buy piizzas or fish and chips - or a whole variety of other food - along with a bottle of wine from the local wineshop. Sit on the sea wall with a mega-million dollar harbout view while junior can happily plays in the sand or on the swings and roundabouts nearby.

But to get even a taster of the real NZ you need to get out into the countryside. Grab a rental car - if you know where to look you can get them from around $NZ20 a day - and take a trip to Rotorua - there are lots of kid-friendly options. It might only be the local playground but to a 2yo it's enough. Then you can go looking at the thermal areas, the Skyline Godola. The Poltynesian pools or the Blue Baths will appeal to the small brigade. Hot water is always a winner.

Allow a couple of days for that. Many visitors head to Northland, to the Bay of Islands. That involves a fair bit of driving which may frustrate a Terrible Two. Instead, on the way back from Rotorua, go to the Coromanedl Peninsular. Lots of things to see and do - Hot Water Beach would interest a 2yo. So would a ride on the Driving Creek Railway or a visit to Waiau Waterworks.

Mum and day will get a lot from the scenery, the arts and crafts, the cafes and other attractions.

A trick we learned when travelling long distances with young children was to start late afternoon,. By about 6.30-ish head to the nearest McDonalds and let them go for broke. Back in the car and within half an hour we would have four sleeping offspring. That meant we were good for another three hours or so of driving - long enough to deal with most of the way from Auckland to Wellington.

There are some very good visdtor guides to New Zealasnd - newzealand.com is the official site - but if you Google "New Zealand Travel Guides" you get a smorgasbord of infiormation that will help you plan a more enjoyable holiday. here.

Then plan to come back for a month or two and see the Big Event - the South island.

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