New Zealand Journals

New Zealand in November

A November 2002 trip to New Zealand by Finu

Quote: Three weeks spent travelling through New Zealand's spectacular South Island and less stunning but nonetheless amazing North Island.

New Zealand in November

Overview

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Glacier-walking at Franz Josef, swimming with dolphins in Kaikoura, seeing pools of mud literally boil before our eyes in Rotarua, Zorbing (guaranteed to make you laugh harder and more uncontrollably than you thought possible), the overnight cruise on Milford Sound and the sheer, unadulterated magnificence of the scenery on the South Island. Quick Tips: Cactus Jack's Tex-Mex-influenced hostel in Rotarua, complete with hot tub.Best Way To Get Around: Rent a car and get a good map. Organised trips such as The Kiwi Experience are very good, but are restrictive especially if you are on a tight time limit and if the group on the bus are not your kinda crowd the whole thing can get a bit t...Read More
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Angela and Michael Bednar's Beechwood Lodge at Lake Manapouri is a small, luxurious guesthouse with spectacular views and the deepest bath I've sat in in my life. Angela serves the best and most varied breakfast I've been offered in a long time (homemade muffins, oodles of fruit and yogurt, bacon, eggs, toast, museli, cornflakes and more). She will organise trips on Milford or Doubtful Sound for guests. Meanwhile Micheal is on hand to lead guided fly fishing trips on some of New Zealand's best rivers. Our two-day stay here was the one of the highlights of our amazing trip to New Zealand in November.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2003

Beechwood Lodge
40 Cathedral Drive
South Island, South Island

Zorbing

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

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You can do it wet or dry, alone or with a partner or two and, whichever way you choose, you end up feeling amazing. Zorbing is a Rotorua craze and another one of those wierd and wonderful Kiwi inventions. At the most basic level, zorbing involves getting inside a giant, clear, plastic ball and rolling down a big hill. Sounds interesting, you might think. Well, it is far more than interesting - it's exhilarating, hilariously funny and very nearly orgasmic. There are a couple of options for the first-time Zorbanaut - the so-called wet cycle and dry cycle. Within those categories there is the option of rolling solo or bonding with a mate by rolling together. My boyfr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2003

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The two main highlights of our visit to the South Island would have to be the overnight cruise on Milford Sound and swimming with the dolphins at Kaikoura. The overnight cruise was excellent. We were welcomed aboard with coffee, muffins, and a speech from the skipper. The staff looked after us very, very well and the food was terrific. The evening meal consisted of soup, seafood, a buffet main course, a buffet dessert, a cheese platter, and tea or coffee. Also included was kayaking or a dingy trip on the sound for no extra charge. There was the option of visiting the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory for $20 (tel. 0800 657 444/03 249 7926). That was pretty amazing too. The underwater en...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 19, 2004

Encounter Kaikoura/Dolphin Encounter

Attraction | "Swimming with the dolphins at Kaikoura"

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Swimming with the dolphins at Kaikoura set us back $93 (there was a $5 Kiwi Experience discount), but was worth every penny (Dolphin Encounter, 58 West End, Kaikoura, telephone: 03 319 6777). Full wetsuits with hoods were included in the price as well as snorkels and masks. A $20 deposit is required to use the prescription masks for the visually impared. Out at sea, we visited five spots, and, at each one, we were in the water in time to be almost overrun by a pod of hundreds of dolphins. Many of them had their offspring, some as small a a rugby ball, swimming alongside them, imitating the parents. The experience was really amazing once we got over the incredible coldness of the water. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 19, 2004

Encounter Kaikoura/Dolphin Encounter
96 Esplanade
Kaikoura, New Zealand 8080
+1 033196777

Wilkin River Jets

Attraction

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Wilkin River Jets offers some serious jet-boating. The scenery is amazing and the ride is thrilling.

A word of warning, though, the backseat diagonally opposite the driver is the wet seat. No-one told me that when we jumped in, and I got drenched on several occasions. This, however, in no way impaired my overall enjoyment. If anything it made the ride all the more memorable.

The ride cost us $52 each for 50 minutes out on the river; a much better deal than the 20-minute ride available in Queenstown.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 19, 2004

Wilkin River Jets

Makarora, New Zealand
+64 3 443 8351