New Zealand Journals

New Zealand Highlights

A November 2004 trip to New Zealand by challey2ny

Quote: Kiwi-designed itinerary for a 2 ½ week visit to the north and south islands.

New Zealand Highlights


When my best friend moved back home to New Zealand from Brooklyn, New York, I was mad at her. Then I went to visit her there, and I understood why she moonlighted as a bartender for 6 years, squirreled away her tip money, and bought land so far away from me.From what I can tell, New Zealand is a beautiful country where people are friendly, seem to have a healthy work-life balance, and can work at a non-profit, and still afford to buy a house *and* travel now and then.When I first started planning my trip, I had a hard time choosing what to do, so my friend put together an itinerary for me that included Wellington, Queenstown, Fiordland National Park, Franz Josef glacier, a vineyar...Read More

Flying Fox


This amazing little laid back (and I really never understood that word until I visited Flying Fox) place is located across the river from the windy, gravel Wanganui River Road in the middle of the Wanaganui National Park. It is accessible only by cable car—aka flying fox—or boat.There are two guesthouses with kitchens available for rent. Hike around the property and you'll see a dilapidated old homestead, palm fronds bigger than a pony, and what we liked to call Disney birds (they're the Platonic ideal of rainforest birds).The best thing about the Flying Fox is that you can take a bush bath in the yard. The owners light a fire under a tub of cold well water. When it's hot, you get ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 30, 2006

Flying Fox
Wanganui River Road
Wanganui, New Zealand
+64 (6) 342 8160

Best Things Nearby:Lake, fiords!Best Things About the Resort:Cabins, price.Resort Experience:This campground/camper/van park is outside of town a bit, so if you don't have a car it's not a great place to stay. It was inexpensive, clean, and had cute little cabins. There's a playground for kids, and you can get kayak companies to pick you up there at the crack of dawn. Also, we left a wallet there and they were so nice and sent it to our friends in Wellington by express post so we'd have it before we left. Campground Type: Private Campsite Type: Camper/Trailer ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 30, 2006

Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park
1 Te Anau Monapouri Rd.
Fiordland, New Zealand
+64 (3) 249 7457