Saturday, 8 March 2008

NEW ZEALAND...


I'm planning a family trip to New Zealand for May, but we've never been before so I need lots of tips and advice. Can you help?

Although I love this picture of vintage camping in the NZ countryside, I'm thinking more of a city break in Wellington, visiting museums, nice shops, cool cafes, thrifting, and fun things to do with my kids (who are 4 and 6). We're going to be there on my birthday so a nice hotel and a bit of pampering are also called for.

If you have any suggestions please leave a comment or email me at allison@larkmade.com. Thanks!

Photo from 'Vantastic' by Chris Hunter, HarperCollins Publishers

6 comments:

Sarah C said...

We went to NZ in Jan 07. I especially loved Queenstown it was such a great place - we stayed in a great 2brm self contained apt. I loved driving from Queenstown to Reefton (West Coast) and would have love to spend longer on the drive. The museum in Wellington (TePapa) is really interactive, Lindale farm is a little place North of Wellington and has a great Ice Cream shop. Make sure you take the kids to Frank Kitts Park on the harbour it has an unreal lighthouse slide not to missed. I can email a pic if you would like. Make sure you check out what is on at Botanic Gardens (they had a great kids program when we were there)the shops along Glenmore Rd (main entrance to gardens) looked like it had some great little shops (I didn't get to look in :( ) and the cable car is good fun with great views at the top. The zoo is Ok but nothing overly specail - a highlight is the girrafe platform, if you are running out of time.
I hope you enjoy your visit.

littlesnoring said...

My cousin and his girlfriend live in Nelson on the south island. I have heard from reliable sources that it is a very cool place. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

AnastasiaC said...

ive never been but i have a friend who lives there...she too has two little ones so i'll ask her for you....

Juddie & Godfrey said...

Hiya Allison,
We had a fabulous time in NZ last year - the South Island is simply stunning I can't recommend Arrowtown highly enough - it's just out of Queenstown and a lot quieter - very beautiful. Christchurch is a pretty little city, the Otago Peninsula and Abel Tasman National Park are fabulous, and Doubtful Sound is simply stunning!
I'll email you with some details of pleasant and affordable accommodation...
Cheers,
Juddie :-)

BigCat said...

I would definitely recommend the South Island. If you are driving then drive the west coast of the South Island. It is absolutely spectacular, especially the glaciers.

Definitely do the vineyards around Nelson and Marlborough region if you like your wines. Also, if you go to Queenstown there is a burger joint there called Fergburger - the best burger I have ever had. Be sure to have a serve of homemade onion rings with garlic aioli. I am envious. I loved NZ and can't wait to go back and discover more. Look forward to reading about your impressions.

Thanks too for the lovely embroidery patterns. I am a newbie to embroidery so it is lovely to get access to so many free designs to try.

Another Outspoken Female said...

Te Papa is a must in Wellington and fantastic for the inevitable bad weather days. I like the Karori bird sanctuary - find out in advance when and how you can get to see the kiwis. Wellington has burgeoning cafes the cable car, quirky shops in Cuba St. 'Over the hill' in the Wairarapa are some great vineyards and cute towns Martinborough and Greytown - Schoc chocolate is fantastic.

Pack warm clothes and wet weather gear.