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Take a trip to see New Zealand-Everything you should see and more

Discussion created by communitymanagers on Nov 9, 2012
Latest reply on Jun 21, 2013 by eb5147

Originally contributed by jasper100 on September 24, 2012

 

For those interested in going to New Zealand,  I have posted a lot of videos and still pictures of the trip here to give you a very good view of New Zealand.  New Zealand has Spectacular Scenery, the people very friendly, and the food and accommodations outstanding. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. The following are the highlights of my New Zealand Journey

  • Auckland & Waiheke (17 February 2012)
  • Dairy Farm, Rotorua & Te Puia to Wellington (18 February 2012)
  • "Windy" Wellington (19 February 2012)
  • Blenheim, Marlborough Sounds & Te Anau (20 February 2012)
  • Milford Sound (21 February 2012)
  • Southland and Queenstown (22 February 2012)
  • Skippers Canyon, Jet Boats, Choppers & Gondolas (23 February 2012)
  • Queenstown & Return to Auckland (24 February 2012)
  • Christchurch (25 February 2012)
  • Kaikoura - Whale Watch (26 February 2012)
  • Arthur's Pass, TransAlpine Train, Jet Boat, Sheep Shearing and Sheep Mustering demonstration (27 February 2012)

 

 

We are currently in Queenstown, New Zealand on the one year anniversary of the major earthquake that occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand and providing some video of the beautiful scenery in Queenstown, New Zealand!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZsHXfCHXxw

 

Another great view from Lake Wakatipu, about 20 miles from Queenstown, New Zealand!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YWAPMoikzA

 

I only booked the New Zealand part of the tour through Tauck. In  Australia, we only went to Brisbane and Cairns (which included a 5 day 4 night cruise on the Great Barrier Reef). Since we lived in Sydney and Melbourne, we decided to focus on the Great Barrier Reef. I am top level with Priority Club (Crowne Plaza Included) but our Tauck does not take hotel elite data and by the time we got to the Crowne Plaza our room keys were already given out so my elite status did not help very much. I added on Christchurch, New Zealand (where I am right now) on my own, as Tauck no longer includes Christchurch in its Ititnerary. However, I would highly recommend coming to Christchurch. I am staying at the Best Western here and it is not the same standard as the Marriott but still very comfortable here. Today we had an incredible tour to Arthurs Pass (incredible beauty) that included Jet Boating and a visit to a Sheep Farm. We were luck to have great weather for this tour. Heading home to Orlando tommorrow after a month in Australia and New Zealand!!!

 

There were at least two good glass-bottom boat tours at each of the reefs.I actually went on all of the glass-bottom boat tours and did minimal amount of snorkeling, as I was a little under the weather during the cruise. My wife, however did a lot of snorkelling and diving and still got in one glass bottom boat trip on each of the reefs. The 5 day 4 night Great Barrier Reef Cruise was with Coral Princess.

 

One year Christchurch, New Zealand Earthquake Anniversary was 2/22/2011 - at 12:50PM.
The clock tower is locked at that time in rememberance.

Clock Tower fixed at 12.50PM - February 22, 2011 - YouTube

Also, see the note at the Mall below where the Earthquake caused the most damage, where 185 people lost
their lives. 185 butterflies were released in memory of the lost lives on
2/23/2012. The devastation on that earthquake day was overwhelming. My wife and I
visited a lot of the destruction area near the mall (and took many pictures of the devastation) which will take many years
for Christchurch to recover.

On another note, we had an earthquake aftershock (4.3 on the richter scale) on Saturday night at around 11:00 pm.

 

The Scenery is stunning!!! This is Lord of the Rings country.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozvFSus27PU

Skipper Canyon - New Zealand - 24 February 2012 - Part 2 - YouTube

 

Sheep Farm near Christchurch, New Zealand - 27 February 2012 - YouTube

Sheep Dog herding Flock of Sheep - Near Christchurch, NZ - 27 February 2012!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0f5ybAs0lg

 

Videos of some of the damage the 22 February 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand Earthquake caused.

Christchurch, New Zealand Earthquake Damage - 22 February 2011 - YouTube

Christchurch, New Zealand Earthquake Damage 22 February 2011 - #2 - YouTube

 

Some Incredible Scenery Cruising Milford Sound, New Zealand!!

Cruising Milford Sound, New Zealand #1 - 21 February 2012 - YouTube

Cruising Milford Sound, New Zealand #2 - 21 February 2012 - YouTube

Cruising Milford Sound, New Zealand #3 - 21 February 2012 - YouTube

 

Cruising Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand #1 - 20 February 2012 - YouTube

Cruising Marlborough Sounds - New Zealand #2 - 20 February 2012 - YouTube

 

Puia Thermal Reserve and Maori Cultural Center #1 - Rotorua, New Zealand

A private traditional welcome and cultural performance of dancing and singing of the Poi Dance and the Haka! (Part 1)

Puia Thermal Reserve and Maori Cultural Center #1 - Rotorua, New Zealand - YouTube

Puia Thermal Reserve and Maori Cultural Center #2 - Roturua, New Zealand - YouTube

Puia Thermal Reserve and Maori Cultural Center #3 - Roturua, New Zealand - YouTube

Puia Thermal Reserve and Maori Cultural Center #4 - Roturua, New Zealand - YouTube

Puia Thermal Reserve - Roturua, New Zealand 18 February 2012 - YouTube

 

As part of the Tauck Tour, we were transported from Skipper Canyon, New Zealand (after the Jet Boat ride) to the Queenstown, New Zealand Airport, where we were than transported by private plane for Queenstown to Auckland, New Zealand to end our Tauck New Zealand tour.

 

The three videos below were taken from the helicopter of the beautiful Skipper Canyon.

New Zealand - Helicopter Ride From Skipper Canyon to Queenstown Airport 24 February 2012 - #1 - YouTube

New Zealand - Helicopter Ride From Skipper Canyon to Queenstown Airport 24 February 2012 - #2 - YouTube

New Zealand - Helicopter Ride From Skipper Canyon to Queenstown Airport 24 February 2012 - #3 - YouTube

 

New Zealand - Flight from Wellington to Blenheim - 20 Feb 2012 (1 of 2) - YouTube

New Zealand - Flight from Wellington to Blenheim - 20 Feb 2012 (2 of 2) - YouTube

 

New Zealand - Blenheim to Marlborough Sounds - 20 Feb 2012 (1 of 2) - YouTube

New Zealand - Blenheim to Marlborough Sounds - 20 Feb 2012 (2 of 2) - YouTube

 

New Zealand - Marlborough - Framingham Vineyard -20 Feb 2012 - (1 of 5) - YouTube

New Zealand - Marlborough - Framingham Vineyard -20 Feb 2012 - (2 of 5) - YouTube

New Zealand - Marlborough - Framingham Vineyard -20 Feb 2012 - (3 of 5) - YouTube

New Zealand - Marlborough - Framingham Vineyard -20 Feb 2012 - (4 of 5) - YouTube

New Zealand - Marlborough - Framingham Vineyard -20 Feb 2012 - (5 of 5) - YouTube

 

New Zealand - Blenheim to Manapouri Flight - 20 February 2012 (1 of 2) - YouTube

New Zealand - Blenheim to Manapouri Flight - 20 February 2012 - 2 of 2 - YouTube

 

New Zealand - Fiordland National Park - Rain Temperate Forest - 21 Feb 2012 - 1 of 3 - YouTube

New Zealand - Fiordland National Park - Rain Temperate Forest - 21 Feb 2012 - 2 of 3 - YouTube

New Zealand - Fiordland National Park - Rain Temperate Forest - 21 Feb 2012 - 3 of 3 - YouTube

 

New Zealand - Mirror Lake (Near Milford Sounds) - 21 Feb 2012 (1 of 4) - YouTube

New Zealand - Mirror Lake (Near Milford Sounds) - 21 Feb 2012 (2 of 4) - YouTube

New Zealand - Mirror Lake (Near Milford Sounds) - 21 Feb 2012 (3 of 4) - YouTube

New Zealand - Mirror Lake (Near Milford Sounds) - 21 Feb 2012 (4 of 4) - YouTube

 

New Zealand - Te Anau to Milford Sound Drive - 21 Feb 2012 - (1 of 9) - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Milford Sound Drive - 21 Feb 2012 - (2 of 9) - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Milford Sound Drive - 21 Feb 2012 - (3 of 9) - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Milford Sound Drive - 21 Feb 2012 - (4 of 9) - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Milford Sound Drive - 21 Feb 2012 - (5 of 9) - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Milford Sound Drive - 21 Feb 2012 - (6 of 9) - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Milford Sound Drive - 21 Feb 2012 - (7 of 9) - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Milford Sound Drive - 21 Feb 2012 - (8 of 9) - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Milford Sound Drive - 21 Feb 2012 - (9 of 9) - YouTube

 

New Zealand - Milford Sound to Te Anau Drive - 21 Feb 2012 (1 of 5) - YouTube

New Zealand - Milford Sound to Te Anau Drive - 21 Feb 2012 (2 of 5) - YouTube

New Zealand - Milford Sound to Te Anau Drive - 21 Feb 2012 (3 of 5) - YouTube

New Zealand - Milford Sound to Te Anau Drive - 21 Feb 2012 (4 of 5) - YouTube

New Zealand - Milford Sound to Te Anau Drive - 21 Feb 2012 (5 of 5) - YouTube

 

New Zealand - Te Anau to Queenstown Trip - 22 Feb 2012 - 1 of 14 - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Queenstown Trip - 22 Feb 2012 - 2 of 14 - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Queenstown Trip - 22 Feb 2012 - 3 of 14 - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Queenstown Trip - 22 Feb 2012 - 4 of 14 - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Queenstown Trip - 22 Feb 2012 - 5 of 14 - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Queenstown Trip - 22 Feb 2012 - 6 of 14 - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Queenstown Trip - 22 Feb 2012 - 7 of 14 - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Queenstown Trip - 22 Feb 2012 - 8 of 14 - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Queenstown Trip - 22 Feb 2012 - 9 of 14 - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Queenstown Trip - 22 Feb 2012 - 10 of 14 - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Queenstown Trip - 22 Feb 2012 - 11 of 14 - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Queenstown Trip - 22 Feb 2012 - 12 of 14 - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Queenstown Trip - 22 Feb 2012 - 13 of 14 - YouTube

New Zealand - Te Anau to Queenstown Trip - 22 Feb 2012 - 14 of 14 - YouTube

 

New Zealand - Queenstown - 22 Feb 2012 - (1 of 9) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown - 22 Feb 2012 - (2 of 9) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown - 22 Feb 2012 - (3 of 9) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown - 22 Feb 2012 - (4 of 9) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown - 22 Feb 2012 - (5 of 9) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown - 22 Feb 2012 - (6 of 9) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown - 22 Feb 2012 - (7 of 9) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown - 22 Feb 2012 - (8 of 9) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown - 22 Feb 2012 - (9 of 9) - YouTube

 

New Zealand - Queenstown Garden - 22 Feb 2012 - (1 of 4) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown Garden - 22 Feb 2012 - (2 of 4) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown Garden - 22 Feb 2012 - (3 of 4) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown Garden - 22 Feb 2012 - (4 of 4) - YouTube

 

New Zealand - Downtown Queensland - 22 Feb 2012 - (1 of 5) - YouTube

New Zealand - Downtown Queensland - 22 Feb 2012 - (2 of 5) - YouTube

New Zealand - Downtown Queensland - 22 Feb 2012 - (3 of 5) - YouTube

New Zealand - Downtown Queensland - 22 Feb 2012 - (4 of 5) - YouTube

New Zealand - Downtown Queensland - 22 Feb 2012 - (5 of 5) - YouTube

 

New Zealand, Queenstown Sunrise - 24 Feb 2012 - YouTube

 

New Zealand - Queenstown to Skippers Canyon - 24 Feb 2012 - (1 of 8) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown to Skippers Canyon - 24 Feb 2012 - (2 of 8) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown to Skippers Canyon - 24 Feb 2012 - (3 of 8) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown to Skippers Canyon - 24 Feb 2012 - (4 of 8) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown to Skippers Canyon - 24 Feb 2012 - (5 of 8) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown to Skippers Canyon - 24 Feb 2012 - (6 of 8) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown to Skippers Canyon - 24 Feb 2012 - (7 of 8) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown to Skippers Canyon - 24 Feb 2012 - (8 of 8) - YouTube

 

 

New Zealand - Queenstown to Auckland Flight - 24 Feb 2012 - (1 of 3) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown to Auckland Flight - 24 Feb 2012 - (2 of 3) - YouTube

New Zealand - Queenstown to Auckland Flight - 24 Feb 2012 - (3 of 3) - YouTube

 

New Zealand - Christchurch to Kaikoura Whale Watch Trip - 26 Feb 2012 (1 of 6) - YouTube

New Zealand - Christchurch to Kaikoura Whale Watch Trip - 26 Feb 2012 (2 of 6) - YouTube

New Zealand - Christchurch to Kaikoura Whale Watch Trip - 26 Feb 2012 (3 of 6) - YouTube

New Zealand - Christchurch to Kaikoura Whale Watch Trip - 26 Feb 2012 (4 of 6) - YouTube

New Zealand - Christchurch to Kaikoura Whale Watch Trip - 26 Feb 2012 (5 of 6) - YouTube

New Zealand - Christchurch to Kaikoura Whale Watch Trip - 26 Feb 2012 (6 of 6) - YouTube

 

New Zealand - Kaikoura - Whale Watching - 26 Feb 2012 - YouTube

New Zealand - Kaikoura - Whale #1 - 26 Feb 2012 (1 of 2) - YouTube

New Zealand - Kaikoura - Whale #1 - 26 Feb 2012 (2 of 2) - YouTube

New Zealand - Kaikoura - Whale #2 - 26 Feb 2012 - YouTube

New Zealand - Kaikoura - Whale Watching Boat Ride -26 Feb 2012 - (1 of 4) - YouTube

New Zealand - Kaikoura - Whale Watching Boat Ride -26 Feb 2012 - (2 of 4) - YouTube

New Zealand - Kaikoura - Whale Watching Boat Ride -26 Feb 2012 - (3 of 4) - YouTube

New Zealand - Kaikoura - Whale Watching Boat Ride -26 Feb 2012 - (4 of 4) - YouTube

 

New Zealand - Kaikoura - Seals - 26 Feb 2012 - (1 of 2) - YouTube

New Zealand - Kaikoura - Seals - 26 Feb 2012 - (2 of 2) - YouTube

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