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Needed: best scenic location to rest/birdwatch for 6 days

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Needed: best scenic location to rest/birdwatch for 6 days

Three of us are taking a 17-day tour of New Zealand finishing in Christchurch on March 11, 2013. We are considering extending our stay by 6 or so days but would like to go to one scenic, non-urban location to rest/bird watch/explore on foot. We would like comfortable, reasonable lodging that either provides food or is located within walking distance to food (we would be willing to cook our own if the accommodations had a kitchen). Since we plan to stay in one place, we thought pubic transport rather than car rental would be the way to go. We realize there are many beautiful places in South Island but any suggestions on location/accommodation/transport would be gratefully received.

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1. Re: Needed: best scenic location to rest/birdwatch for 6 days

You make the choice difficult when you want public transport as well as somewhere scenic for bird watching, non urban.

there are many beutiful places along the West Coast. stop off a little longer at Franz Joseph , or maybe stop at Okarito / Harihari. there is lots of bush and great birdlife.

Another place that you may enjoy would be to stay a few nights on Stewart Island. Ulmer island is a sanctury island and you will suffer from overdose of prolific bird life.

there are many other places to visit and relax at , but to include public transport non urban, now there is a challenge for us to come up with something.

enjoy you holiday

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2. Re: Needed: best scenic location to rest/birdwatch for 6 days

Thanks, very much, for your reply and suggestions. To clarify, I hoped to not rent a car but to use buses or trains departing from Christchurch to a scenic town or a natural area from which to do birding/walking/resting. If, however, as it is in the US, it is virtually impossible to get to scenic/natural/birding spots without a car, then renting a car it will be.

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3. Re: Needed: best scenic location to rest/birdwatch for 6 days

Ricarton bush, one block away from riccarton rd near west field mall meets all of your requirements. It is bushland how chch was before Europeans made it into the city you see now. There is a predator free fence around the circumference of the bush. You will find many birds in the reserve. It is small, but very enjoyable.

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4. Re: Needed: best scenic location to rest/birdwatch for 6 days

Thanks, again. We hope to check it out. These small reserves are often far better than large ones because the birds are concentrated in these "islands" of wildness.

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