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Hector
Post subject: North or South
PostPosted: 19:34 on 11th Mar 2012

Joined: 19:34 on 29th May 2008
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Location: Somerset
I'm looking forward to touring next year. The question is where to go.

Do I need to visit both north and south isands, or is it a question of seen one seen them all.
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Bikini
Post subject: Re: North or South
PostPosted: 20:34 on 23rd Mar 2012

Joined: 00:15 on 17th Jun 2008
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both islands are so very different. the south you have the glaciers the rugged coast of the west coat plus the amazing sights in the far south like marlborough sounds. The North has the larger cities like auckland wellington as well some smaller places like Rotorua with is geothermal springs and one of the top 10 thermal spas in the world, heading north 90 mile beach and the surf up the power east coast is also pretty special. thats just a small amount of the things here.
If coming early the 7s has been voted the best atmosphere any where on the tour and is in early feb.
tough call to make but wither do a whistle stop tour to see as much as you can or pick an Island and do it in depth, all depends on who much time you have.
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the.fat.controller
Post subject: Re: North or South
PostPosted: 13:46 on 29th Mar 2012

Joined: 04:09 on 27th Nov 2010
Posts: 171
For a relatively small country, New Zealand is incredibly varied.
Starting with the North Island, the Bay of Islands in the summer is as picturesque a seascape as anywhere in the world, with possibly the best sailing in the southern hemisphere. The geothermal springs are a unique experience.
The South Island is a completely different experience, with everything from whale watching at Kaikoura at swimming with dolphins at Akaroa to mountain climbing in the alpine region.
The cities are also very varied, Auckland is highly cosmopolitan and is quite a boating orientated city. Christchurch, however, has quite an Olde-English feel to it and is one of the most relaxed cities I have ever visited. I can't comment on Wellington, because I have never been, but I have heard good things.
I have been fortunate enough to visit New Zealand on quite a few occasions, for non-cricketing reasons and I am seriously looking forward to returning and hopefully seeing some new things. The suggested itinerary of Dunedin - Auckland - Wellington sounds like a good one to me, as it takes in both islands and covers two places I have not been to yet.
So, in answer to the question, it really is worth visiting both islands, they are incredibly different from one another.
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fernando
Post subject: Re: North or South
PostPosted: 22:50 on 29th Mar 2012

Joined: 12:48 on 25th Apr 2008
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I've a question for you,F.C. When's the f***** itinerary out.:)
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the.fat.controller
Post subject: Re: North or South
PostPosted: 06:18 on 4th Apr 2012

Joined: 04:09 on 27th Nov 2010
Posts: 171
fernando Wrote:
I've a question for you,F.C. When's the f***** itinerary out.:)


I wish I f****** knew mate! My information on the venues has come second hand from these boards - desperate to know when the dates are.
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Crouchy
Post subject: Re: North or South
PostPosted: 11:37 on 10th Apr 2012

Joined: 12:13 on 27th Apr 2008
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Location: London
I lived in New Zealand for a year a while ago, and if time allows you definitely want to visit both islands outside of the cricket. Milford Sound on South Island is amazing.
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West Brom Boy
Post subject: Re: North or South
PostPosted: 23:04 on 11th Apr 2012

Joined: 23:39 on 5th Mar 2012
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If you have time get thre ferry between the two islands and the train on south island is a great experience.. great place enjoy ..
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hedgehunter
Post subject: Re: North or South
PostPosted: 20:46 on 20th Apr 2012

Joined: 09:31 on 21st Jan 2012
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Hector having travelled to most of the test playing countries NZ is up at the top of my list closely followed by the recent SL tour If you have the time both islands are well worth seeing with a slight preference to the south,with the trans alpine scenic rail journey from christchurch to greymouth a must do, the people are very friendly and the beer wine and food are also great, as it is such a long journey a stop off is recommended hawaii is a wonderful stop off or hong kong if travelling the other way.what ever you do it will be a memorable trip :lol:
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Airliebird9
Post subject: Re: North or South
PostPosted: 20:46 on 22nd May 2012

Joined: 02:04 on 24th Apr 2008
Posts: 970
Location: East Yorkshire
Hector Wrote:
I'm looking forward to touring next year. The question is where to go.

Do I need to visit both north and south isands, or is it a question of seen one seen them all.



Because there was no test match in the South Island the last time round I stayed for almost 5 weeks just in the North Island.

I have since learned from various people the South Island is far more spectacular scenery wise. I hope this time there is a test in Dunedin as I wanna do the South Island this time!!
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barneybear
Post subject: Re: North or South
PostPosted: 09:52 on 24th May 2012

Joined: 11:26 on 9th Nov 2008
Posts: 154
New Zealand is one of my favourite countries, and I really liked all of it.
However if I HAD to make a choce between the two islands, it would be the South Island.
One third of the population and something like two thirds of the area, make it great to get away from it all.
Mind you I went for a hike down the Whakatane river in the North Island and only saw one person in two days, so it is not too overpopulated there either.
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