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7 week trip-off beat countryside places to trek and stay

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7 week trip-off beat countryside places to trek and stay

We will be in NZ in April and May for about 7-8 weeks. This is our third trip to NZ having done all the tourist highlights of the country in the past two visits. We are traveling with our 9 year old and would prefer to do absolutely peaceful/uncrowded locations this time around b/w Auckland and Lake Hawea/ Queenstown for a week at a time - places that offer 4-5 hours marked treks/walks from thereon that we cld indulge in daily. Love being anywhere around lakes/waterfalls. Will be self - driving and probably stay at self contained holiday homes/motels. Would appreciate suggestions for off-beat yet easily drivable (sealed roads)/accessible destinations?

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1. Re: 7 week trip-off beat countryside places to trek and stay

Have you already visited Whangarei area - Whangarei Heads? Our district offers waterfalls, wonderful beaches, beautiful native bush and geat hikes all within close proximity of the eastern coastline.

Whangarei city is only 2 hours north of downtown Auckland (toll route), while Whangarei Heads and Tutukaka harbour are a mere 40 minutes east of the city. Our climate is truly sub-tropical, our environment is laid-back, and our roads are in good condition. Lots of accommodation to suit all budgets.

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2. Re: 7 week trip-off beat countryside places to trek and stay

The west coast north of Auckland may be of interest to you.

There are the magnificent Kauri forests and the wonderful harbours of the Kaipara and the Hokianga, the sand dunes of Omapere and the beautiful beaches of Doubtless bay. All very unspoilt and natural, limited tourists so not as many facilities as the tourist spots.

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3. Re: 7 week trip-off beat countryside places to trek and stay

Have you looked into Makarora on the SI? We're like you, frequent visitors, but always on the lookout for something new, and Makarora is on our radar for next time (lots of promising hikes).

http://www.makarora.co.nz/

We're also huge fans of Glenorchy, which is only 40 minutes from QT (along the lake no less), yet worlds apart - some fantastic tracks there too.

Waikawa (north of Picton) is a good option, as are Havelock and just about place within the Marlborough Sounds. On our last trip, we went way off the beaten track and drove from Waikawa to French Pass along the western Marlborough Sounds. It was a whole new world to us, and we've been to the SI some 9-10 times.

Takaka/Collingwood/Farewell Spit in Golden Bay is also a real gem, with plenty to do, and lots of great tracks.

You might also look into the Rai Valley (NW of Nelson) and the Murchison area.

Have you been to Rakaia Gorge, about an hour's drive west of Christchurch? The Rakaia Gorge Walkway is very much worth the effort. It's a quiet, peaceful area.

Then there's the Peel Forest near Geraldine.

So much to do, so little time!

Edited: 03 February 2012, 08:23
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4. Re: 7 week trip-off beat countryside places to trek and stay

With the time you have I also recommend Stewart Island. Th South Sea Hotel is a nice, family-friendly place right on the waterfront in Oban and a day trip to Ulva Island by water taxi would be fun. The native birds are almost tame there!

Have you visited the Catlins - good places for beaches, marine wildlife & waterfall?

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5. Re: 7 week trip-off beat countryside places to trek and stay

The Marlborough Sounds, the Coromandel and the lakes around Rotorua such as Lake Tarawera and Lake Rotoiti are areas you should consider.

Lake Waikaremoana has unsealed road access and you would need to take most supplies with you. It is remote but beautiful.

Google holiday bachs and holiday homes to find accommodation.

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6. Re: 7 week trip-off beat countryside places to trek and stay

Oh how I envy you with seven/eight weeks to explore off the beaten track places.

From personal experience I can also recommend the Hokianga region of the north island and Makarora and Takaka/Colingwood areas in the south.

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7. Re: 7 week trip-off beat countryside places to trek and stay

Thanks a ton , you all!!

Will certainly try out Glenorchy, Rakaia and Kaipara. Those sound promising. We've done all the other suggested areas - nevertheless Takaka and Farewell Spit are worth many more repeats.

Please recommend if there are some unique and easy to medium level tracks in the extreme east and west coasts of the NI - near New Plymouth and Gisborne. We are planning to do the coastal drive this time around rather than drive through the central part of Tongariro. Please suggest some places to stay away from the cities, if you know any.

Guess it will get too cold for Catlins in May - last year we were in Invercargill around the same time and the wind chill was too much for us apart from the strong winds which resist from walking at a regular pace!!

We loved walking the Wither Hills track near Blenheim (gives a fantastic view across the Cook Strait on a clear day), Nugget Point and Shakespear Bay tracks.

Cheers!

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