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mazza

Does it make sense to go to Australia and New Zealand in July

by mazza »

I have the month to do so, but I know it's their winter. Problem is, its unlikely I'll be able to take a month off again any time soon and I've always wanted to go. Help!

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Pauline Frommer

RE: Does it make sense to go to Australia and New Zealand in July

by Pauline Frommer »

If that's the only time you can go, then do it. There are temperate areas in both countries at that time and you'll find that the airfares will be less as will the crowds. Have a wonderful visit.

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cranshaw

RE: Does it make sense to go to Australia and New Zealand in July

by cranshaw »

I'd agree. A lot of places will be quite temperate. It really depends what you're interested in and where you're going.

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Passarinho9

RE: Does it make sense to go to Australia and New Zealand in July

by Passarinho9 »

You didn't even say why you want to go to NZ or what you want to do here. Or what you are interested in seeing.

It's high season for the ski areas, such as Queenstown and Wanaka. So accommodation prices stay high and it's crowded. But Queenstown and Wanaka are both gorgeous. If fact, if I could only visit one area in all of New Zealand, this would be it. The upside of visiting this area in winter is less rain (as it is more likely to snow) and the skies can be clear and blue. You can visit wineries, ride horses, do a day hike, ride jet boats, kayak, bungy, ride the gondola or luge, take a coach tour to Milford Sound (by coach or air as it's winter), or just drive through the gorgeous landscape (Glenorchy, 45 minutes from Queenstown, is unbelievably beautiful). There is a small chance that a storm can cancel out your plans, but this can happen at any time of year, even summer.

Carry chains if advised to do so by the rental agency. There are only a few areas where you might need them (mainly mountainous areas). However, NZ's weather is unpredictable any time of the year. 

The downside: the days are short. The sun will rise around 8, set around 5.  It'll also be cold and possibly wet. So prepare to dress in layers, bring a waterproof jacket, warm clothes (think thin and light, yet warm, such polypropylene, merino, silk underwear), gloves, cap, sunglasses, and insect repellent.  Take extra care when driving in winter, avoid driving before 10 and after dark as the roads can get icy. Remember, many of the roads are curvy and narrow. You can have sharp drop offs. Or take public transit, though this would not give you the freedom to stop when and where you would like. 

The lower altitiude areas of the North Island areas are more temperate, yes, but not Mt. Ruapehu and the Tongariro Crossing or Mt. Taranaki/Egmont National Park. 

If you decide to visit in July (and it doesn't look like it as it is already nearly June), keep your itinerary lose, so you can make last minute changes in case the weather takes a sudden turn for the worse and there are road closures. There are only a few destinations where you need to book ahead, so you don't have to lock yourself into a fixed itinerary. 

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slarson

RE: Does it make sense to go to Australia and New Zealand in July

by slarson »

I think that if this is the only time you have to go, GO FOR IT!! The worst thing to do is look back and think 'what couldve been'. There are things to do everywhere during different times of the year, but if you have the ability to go, go!! :)

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