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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #30 on: 12.01. 2016 04:06 »
https://forgottenworldadventures.co.nz/routes-and-trails/#more-adventures

This got a reference on the box the other night, its a bit off the usual tourist trail but might be worth considering
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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #31 on: 01.02. 2016 00:51 »
https://www.facebook.com/MethvenMountainThunder
http://www.cams-racing.org.nz/

http://www.nzcmrr.com/index
Two classic race meetings in March, one in each island, just on the offchance they coincide with your travels

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/76444580/huge-flock-of-sheep-make-magic-moment-for-canadian
And a sheep video for those over excitable Australians   *shh*
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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #32 on: 03.02. 2016 03:16 »
Why are so many Australians moving to NZ?
Craig Norenbergs is among the rising population of Australians moving to New Zealand, a decision he says is perfect for "the Average Joe Aussie".  Figures released by Statistics New Zealand this week showed in 2015 25,300 people moved from Australia to New Zealand with a net gain of 800 migrants from the Lucky Country.  The net gain of migrants ended a 20-year trend of more New Zealanders leaving for Aussie, known as the "brain drain".  Norenbergs arrived from Sydney where he was head of sport for Australia's ABC Radio in October 2014. He took up a role as the New Zealand Racing Board's broadcasting general manager and brought with him his wife and son.  "I had never been [to New Zealand] before we moved here. I accepted the job and thought 'why not'.  "It not only lived up to expectations it's been better than we expected."  Norenberg said his new Kiwi friends often joke he should be working for Tourism New Zealand because his review of living here is so positive. 
"The people are so nice, the country is so beautiful."
He thinks Auckland traffic is better than Sydney's and the housing market hasn't scared him off.  "It's not like it has been a jolt. If I had moved from a country town in Australia you'd go 'My God, the prices', but things are similar to Sydney."  Norenbergs said he believed the pay rate is similar in Australia and New Zealand, but the decision to move here wasn't all about money.  "It's similar for Kiwis that go to Australia... some are looking to better themselves, but there's also the sense of adventure.  "I'm sure once you get to the really top end... the sky would be the limit in Australia, but if you're an Average Joe Aussie New Zealand would be the perfect place for you and your family.  If his wife and 10-year-old son had not settled in well in Auckland the family would have moved back to Sydney, but the whole family had made many friends, he said.  "We have made so many Kiwi friends who are just the nicest people."  The change in migration trend has attracted the interest of overseas commentators. Foreign affairs commentator Adam Taylor wrote in the Washington Post this week: "New Zealand has long been overshadowed by its geographically larger and more populated neighbour Australia... complicated by the fact that many New Zealanders moved to Australia in search of jobs and other opportunities."  He said the change in migration flow meant "the shoe is finally on the other foot."  In August The Australian called it "Revenge of the Kiwis".  Statistics NZ figures showed December was the ninth month in a row with a net gain of migrants from Australia. Before April 2015, the last net gain in migrants from Australia had been in June 1991.  Of all migrant arrivals in the December year, 25,300 were from Australia. Fewer New Zealand citizens left for Australia, with departures down 11 per cent to 21,100 in 2015, less than half the peak departures set in 2010.

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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #33 on: 03.02. 2016 10:59 »
and they have just beaten the crap out of our elite cricket team.
(a couple of days after India did the same)
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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #34 on: 06.02. 2016 10:21 »
Any ideas ?
Megan is coming to the end of her time in Australia. She loved the east coast and Cairns, she like Adelaide and Melbourne although she found it expensive.
In the next couple of days she will be back in Sydney which she did not love (sorry to any locals) when she started there. She feels she has to go to Bondi and Manly but is not overly keen. She has vouchers for accommodation at YHA and Stayatbase for all but two of her remaining nights, she leaves on the 25th. It seams a shame to end a great trip on a bit of a down. So any idea of things she could do, bus/train day trips cheapish. She found some great things around Cairns for a few days but Sydney is huge in comparison and hard to filter stuff out.
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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #35 on: 06.02. 2016 20:56 »
Angus,
                 I agree with her thoughts about Sydney.
In a 100 mile radius from Sydney she can have a look at the south coast towards Muskie's neck of the woods, the Blue Mountains west of Sydney or north to Newcastle and the beautiful Hunter Valley and it's vineyards.
Trains to the major centres.

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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #36 on: 22.02. 2016 19:46 »
A question for our New Zealand members or anyone who has traveled North to South Island. We had planned to use the ferry as I have seen rightups that the entrance to the harbours are worth seeing. We have been advised that Flying maybe an option Auckland to Nelson or direct to Christchurch. So Opinions please it the ferry crossing worth the 12 hour bus ride Auckland to Wellington the Bus _ ferry also appear more expensive.
Many thanks for help and suggestions so far  *smile*
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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #37 on: 23.02. 2016 04:40 »
A question for our New Zealand members or anyone who has traveled North to South Island. We had planned to use the ferry as I have seen rightups that the entrance to the harbours are worth seeing. We have been advised that Flying maybe an option Auckland to Nelson or direct to Christchurch. So Opinions please it the ferry crossing worth the 12 hour bus ride Auckland to Wellington the Bus _ ferry also appear more expensive.
Many thanks for help and suggestions so far  *smile*

I'd look at doing the train down rather than the bus (if there still is one)

I do the ferry crossing three times a year for racing

Wellington side is a bit rubbish but the scenic crap through the sounds is worth the trip if you haven't done it before and the drive across through Queen
Charlotte to Havelock and Nelson is pretty good

I can lend you an A10 if you want a bike for a day down near Christchurch
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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #38 on: 23.02. 2016 04:48 »
http://www.railnewzealand.com/
might be another option, have never tried it but probably more scenic than the bus.
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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #39 on: 23.02. 2016 09:38 »
The ferry trip is well worth it. The ride down along the South Island East Coast is great. Do it!
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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #40 on: 23.02. 2016 10:21 »
My daughter, who toured Oz a while ago makes a few suggestions for Sydney.

1) Take ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay - good beach, calm waters and a walk around headlands to Hornby lighthouse.

2) Blue Mountains

3) Walk from Bronte to Bondi

4) Day trip to Palm Beach - Beautiful long beach, sand dunes, headland.




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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #41 on: 23.02. 2016 11:14 »
A couple of years ago we hired some sort of Nissan off a mob called 'juicy' to do the south island.
It was gutless and didn't seem to use any petrol and was cheap.
a car gives you total freedom. There is too much to see off the beaten track.
I'd recommend a car or a camper van.
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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #42 on: 23.02. 2016 16:35 »
Thanks again for the replies, I think we have a plan, which is to fly and then do the north coast of the south island under our own steam.

Kickaha thanks for the offer the roads there look amazing but my travel/medical insurance specifically excludes any motorcycle above 250cc so as I am a worrier I will limit myself to 4 wheels. ‘Rocket Racer’ sent me details of this so I MAY be going to that http://www.southcanterburyvintagecarclub.co.nz/swapmeet/
Rocket Racer thanks we looked at the train expensive compared to the bus and although lots of good reviews just not appealing enough
Stu.Andrews thanks we will do the east coast already planned
Greybreard thanks for the info passed it on today although she now only has 2 day left in Oz. She did the blue mountains in the end and has visited the famous beaches.
Olev thanks, that should like the camper we have booked. I am just going to let her drive it she will love being able to stop and start when she wants.
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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #43 on: 24.02. 2016 09:57 »
Hi Angus,

time is running, next saturday Sonya take off to New Zealand.
I dont know if she managed the contakt to Megan I gues she will  do when she arrived.

Have a good time and enjoy the experience with you daugther.
I'm pretty sure to get the chance to pick up Sonya next year January at NZ, do it the same way as you.

Will meet you on our trip to Irland in Juli.

cheers Klaus


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Re: Just visiting
« Reply #44 on: 28.03. 2016 01:21 »
Managed to catch up with Angus briefly twice as he travelled the North Island and before he headed off to the main land. Sadly not with enough time to get him out for a ride.  *sad2*
Nice to have been able to catch up for a chat with one of our members from the other hemisphere .  Wasn't able to offload any parts on him  ;)
Hope you both enjoyed your visit.
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