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theripper
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One warning, we left Te Anau at about 10:30 in a camper and just made the last trip at Milford sound at about 3:30 what with the road and things to see on the way.
Also going to Franz Josef, Lake Matheson(Mirror Lake) is only a short drive.

Here is one of my photos

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

theripper wrote:
One warning, we left Te Anau at about 10:30 in a camper and just made the last trip at Milford sound at about 3:30 what with the road and things to see on the way.
Also going to Franz Josef, Lake Matheson(Mirror Lake) is only a short drive.

Reminds me of the experience of driving the Icefields Parkway in Canada: with all the 'wow' stops it literally took around five hours longer than it should have. Your photo is reminiscent of the Parkway too.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

digital wrote:
Noted. The current fixed stops and outline 'attractions' are:

Auckland + Sky Tower
Paihia + Hole in the Rock + Haruru Falls & Mangroves
Whangamata
Rotorua + Hell’s Gate + Pohutu Geyser + Waimangu Valley thermal area
Napier + Cable car, Lambton Quay – Kelburn + Marine Drive Tour
Wellington
Nelson + Abel Tasman National Park
Punakaiki + Pancake Rocks & Blowholes
Franz Josef
Queenstown + Skyline Gondola + Skippers Canyon Jet
Te Anau + Milford Sound + Doubtful Sound (Not sure if DS would be worth the trip)
Dunedin + Otago + Oamaru
Christchurch


A good selection - 'tho some might use Whangamata as just a coffee stop or drive direct to Rotorua from Auckland

Napier could be considered a bit ho-hum if time is limited

I have been back to the Kauri museum at Matakohe several times - it gives a unique and fascinating insight into NZ's past - www.kauri-museum.com/

The route north from Auckland can be a slow grind with HGVs etc on the Northern Motorway - an alternative is to loop westwards on the more scenic and quieter SH16 - at least as far as Wellsford

The only issue with NZ is the need to keep going back for more!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kritou wrote:
Napier could be considered a bit ho-hum if time is limited

The only issue with NZ is the need to keep going back for more!


Would agree with this Napier is ok but not really a lot to do and although we have been twice we would like to go back again, although I don't think we could do it in a car, there is so much to see and at least if you are in a camper you can stop whenever and wherever you like, because a lot of the places you want to stop don't have cafes or toilets
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose it's all about compromises: car v camper, this stopover v another. There's always going to be a regret or two once we get back home but, from what I understand, none about having being there.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is turning into a Lonely Planet type post(!) but if you are going to Rotorua and want to escape the Japanese invasion look out for the AV/sensory show at the old convalescent hospital (think it is run by NZ tourism) where you experience the events of 1886's massive earthquake that forever changed the local landscape - very very well done. Gives your Hell's Gate tour a bit more perspective
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