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    Default long drive down south

    Well the missus and I have made our plans and on thursday we are off towards the south island for a three week tikitour......

    We'll be landing picton friday nite and driving to nelson then hanging round there a couple of days and then off down the west coast, ultimately to bluff and back up the east.......

    any southlanders, or anyone else got any good/great suggestions of where/what to do...........NO dont bother with suggesting bungy/paragliding/skiing......
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    Default Re: long drive down south

    Where do you plan to go city wise???? how far in your 3 weeks? down one side up the other or?

    im sure there would be a few people offer free coffees down there???



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    Hi drcspy... great idea. We live out of Nelson and recently drove down to Bluff just to see the place again. Highlights included country around Alexandra, up through the middle, Hanmer Springs, Springs Junction and so on. Some absolutely beautiful century old buildings around the Oamaru area... such beautiful country. We came up through the Rainbow on the way home.... Hope all goes well for you. Top 10 camping grounds are generally first class from tent sites to fully equipped cabins. You've got time to wander part of the Coast, the glaciers....

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    Oyster season is just starting in Bluff.....Lovely straight off the boat.
    I can also recommend a drive around the Catlins, and a soak in Hanmer Springs.

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    Hey drcspy

    To advise you, we in the know need to know what your interests are.
    The South Island has something of everything. I could rattle off a column of tourist attractions. no trouble. But you could get those yourself on a website, of course....

    Let's look at it like a PF1 question.

    You're used to saying:What do you actually want to do with this comp?
    So I'm saying: What kind of things do you like seeing/doing on holiday?

    (Have registered no bungy etc.- but does that mean you're going to Queenstown? I respectfully submit that you pass through quickly if over 40. Pretty mountains & lake, but a pity about the tourists...
    Central Otago has better to offer elsewhere)

    Are you looking for native forests & mountains?
    West Coast will give you a starter on that. plus the glaciers at Fox & Franz Joseph are intriguing..
    You shouldn't miss the Pancake Rocks at Punakaike for geology & sheer fascination.
    You can continue bush walks in Southland (the mighty Fiordland National Park) & in the Catlins, which has a rare colony of yellow-eyed penguins, plus a petrified forest at Curio Bay.
    Want to try island life? Go to Stewart Island from Bluff on the ferry or fly from Invercargill. It's one of my special places. I won't try to describe it now.
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    Dunedin has the world's only albatross colony alongside humans. I think it's still open for the season. There are fur seals & the biggest yellow-eyed penguin colony is on the peninsula.

    OK That's just one aspect. Are you or Mrs drcspy interested in art? Want a rundown on the galleries? Christchurch, Dunedin & Gore (Yes, I did say Gore) have fine specialist collections of artists you won't see up north.

    Dunedin's museum is wonderful overall, but worth the trip alone is the ginormous plesiosaur skeleton dug up in North Otago. It's mind-boggling & my favourite. I give it a pat occasionally just to remind myelf it's real - and such things really lived here once.

    Historic buildings? Well, we beat the North Island hands down there. Auckland mashed theirs in the 80s & although Wellington's saved some, ours in Dunedin & Oamaru's harbour precinct are still plentiful & glorious.

    I hope you're not just doing coastlines? You can't miss Central Otago.
    I don't have time for that now (Have so many pamphlets for visitors there that they fill a file) so let us know like a good PF1er what the holiday "specs" are.
    And then you may get more...

    P.S. And don't say that your interest is vineyards. Otherwise you'll never even get past Marlborough.

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    Default Re: long drive down south

    Firstly thank you all for replying

    Scouse;

    "Top 10 camping grounds are generally first class from tent sites to fully equipped cabins"

    are those a franchise or similar type of outfit you can find in many places ?

    essentially we're jsut ordinary folks .....my thoughts were basically um......yep westcoast/bottom/eastcoast...i'm not really familiar with the middle that much been thru/over it a few times but never had the time to stop and look .....museums sound interesting......yep we're mid 40's .....so scenery/a few touristy things like flying the glacier's and/or boat trip round the fijords or similar....not particularly into arty stuff that looks like some primary school kid painted it but has price tags in teh thousands lol...dinosaur skeltetons sound much more interesting. Adventure tourism.....not really......well if so not too adventourous lol.....anyway

    thanks and anyone else gotta favorite place ?.........yep punakaki for sure, how about um 'shantytown' ? i've heard of it never been there...the only fixed part of the holiday is the booked ferry dates otherwise we're pretty much free to do whta we want
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    You have to go to Milford, or Te Anau. There are boat trips into the sounds, Te Anau has caves you can go through and its gorgeous and not as full as Queenstown usually is.

    BTW Wyndham is very near Caitlins and has a motor camp, if thats what you guys are going to be staying in........Or you could sscrounge and stay with us. Although bit far out for your travels I think....

    Oamaru is boring in my opinion, there is the beach - see sealions and penguins but the town itself isn't that exciting.

    Fox Glacier is good too. And I'd agree with the pancake rocks, try and time it so the tide is in, more spectacular waves booming up through them then....

    Nelson isn't the same as it used to be - wall to wall motels and cafes now but is close to lots of things, Golden Bay, Maitai River and so on.

    Dunedin has that cool train ride out over the gorge.

    And don't forget to call in for coffee on your way through!
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    Default Re: long drive down south

    yeh we'll call in for a coffee sometime......will phone first of course......assuming my mobile will work in the deep south...well parts of it at least.

    Beetle...yep down the west and up the east and points inbetween

    stayign at bb/motel/or similar......not doing the tent stuff anymore lol.....

    pctek nah we wont impose on ya to stay but a cuppa and a quick email chk might be in order :-)
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    Whats a trip to Dunedin without a visit to Cadbury World (mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Chocolate)

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    Top 10 at http://www.top10.co.nz/
    Get a membership card for about $30 at the first place and collect 10% discount at all of them for the next two years.

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