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One Month Itinerary in January for Family with Kids--feedback please!

by /bio/passarinho9 »

You are welcome. I have given you a lot to think about, so I'll let you think. Trip Advisor forum is fabulous for questions, many local native-born NZ experts on board, who seem to know every inch of this land! i am just an expat.

I hope I did not scare you off Queenstown. It's still one of the most beautiful places on the South Island and like many beautiful places, it's popular, NZ's adventure capital. You'lll all enjoy it. I could spend weeks there, doing, seeing. 

Esplanade changed their name? I wanted to emphasize The Esplanade is busy during the day, especially if sunny (and I hope for your sake it IS sunny and that the winds are mild), but, as I said before, quiet at night (and gorgeous during a full moon). You'll be out and about during the day, anyhow.

If you look at the photo on their website's opening page you can see the hills of the Otago Peninsula in the background, so you'll be close, as well as 10 minutes drive from the city center, and 10 minutes drive from the Tunnel Beach walk, and minutes to almost deserted beaches, like Smail's. While at St. Clair Beach, stroll along the short Second Beach traill behind the swimming pool, also walk up the hill for great views. You've chosen a convenient location!

Don't forget to look at its reviews on Trip Advisor:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g255119-d596618-Reviews-Esplanade_Motel_Apartments-Dunedin_South_Island.html#REVIEWS

Before leave for NZ, you can post here if you need detailed driving directions for Dunedin or Otago Coast. If you don't know you way around, you can waste petrol, miss some of the best sights, or get mildly lost.

Best wishes for fine weather on your trip. Don't forget your fleece as well as shorts and sunscreen for NZ.

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RE: One Month Itinerary in January for Family with Kids--feedback please!

by /bio/passarinho9 »

Remembering you were traveling to NZ's South Island in January, I thought I would let you know that stormy rainy weather has been hitting both islands on and off since November. Though today is exceptionally warm and clear in Dunedin--hot even, the rain is expected to return. With this in mind, I wanted to remind of activities that will not be affected by the rain--just in case. Penguin Place on the peninsula, where one can see Yellow Eyed Penguins, the rarest penguin in the world, has covered camouflaged walkway-trenches and hides from which you can view the penguins. There are a few areas where you will be exposed during your walk through the reserve, but not for long. At the Albatross Centre you also view the albatrosses from a viewing hide and walk to the old fort through a covered passage. In the rain, indoor attractions like Cadbury Chocolate Factory, Otago Museum (interesting natural history section), Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Toitu Settlers Museum,  Railway Station are worth visiting. You can drive to see the steepest street, Baldwin St., drive to Port Chalmers and 15 minutes beyond to Ara Moana Spit. 

When driving from Queenstown to Dunedin, the approach through Middlemarch is the least interesting. Best to go SH8 Alexandra-Roxburgh-Lawrence until it meets up with SH1 then continue through Milton-Lake Waihola. At Lake Waihola turn right on Finlayson Road, which will take you to the coast, Taieri Mouth. Drive 25 minutes north along this coastal road, then after Waldronville turn right on Blackhead Beach Rd. It's easy to miss this turn, but there will be a sign for the "Southern Scenic Route". Continue on Blackhead Beach Road. After a few minutes, you'll pass Tunnel Beach Road, which leads to one of Dunedin's top tracks and coastal attractions (which you can later return to). Continue along Blackhead Rd. (which become Middleton Road) for a few more minutes, turn right at Isadore St. (after Corstorphine Recreational Reserve), left on Aberdeen Rd., left on Ravenswood Rd., keep going down the hill for another couple of minutes until you reach St. Clair Beach. Voila!

 

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RE: One Month Itinerary in January for Family with Kids--feedback please!

by esheeley »

After reading your Itinerary for whole month of January, I must you have a brilliant plan for entire month. New Zealand is beautiful country and have many things to do for visitors and have several places for visit. Auckland is very famous city of New Zealand i think 1 day is not enough for Auckland explore. You must be need at least 3 days for Auckland best visiting experience.

 

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RE: One Month Itinerary in January for Family with Kids--feedback please!

by esheeley »

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February usually has the warmest and most settled weather, March is great too though some evenings, especially down south, might be a bit cooler. All cities of New Zeland have many plcese for tourist attraction. Here are top ten visiting places of NZ

Coromandel Peninsula, Abel Tasman National Park, Sky Tower, Napier Art Deco, Kaikoura, Franz Josef Glacier, Rotorua, Tongariro National Park, Bay of Islands, Milford Sound.

 

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