Our Calendar

Here you find an overview of our holiday in New Zealand, the things we are planning to do or visit, and the accomodations we'll be staying at. You might find some usefull ideas for your next visit to New Zealand. If you have any tips, ideas, remarks, ... please leave us a message on the forum/message board.
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Trip Overview

Day 1/2 : Singapore

› Friday 07th - Saturday 08th 2003f November 2003
Leaving early morning November 6th from Brussels, via Amsterdam Schiphol for Singapore. We'll be arriving on the morning of the 7th and after check-in (Elisabeth Hotel) we'll have the full day to ourselves to explore this unique city/island state. Perhaps we'll have tea (or a Singapore Sli...

Day 3 : Christchurch (South Island)

› Sunday 09th 2003f November 2003
We'll be arriving in Christchurch around noon (Nov 9), and after our "meet & greet" transfer to our hotel (Scenic Circle - Cotswold Hotel), we'll be hosted by Ms. Gaynor Dyet, a representative of Christchurch & Canterbury Marketing Ltd., who will help us make the most of our short time in ...

Day 4 : Cass

› Monday 10th 2003f November 2003
An early start today. After breakfast we'll make our way to the trainstation for our first leg with the Tranz Alpine Express (through Arthur's Pass), from Christchuch to Cass. We'll be hosted by Oliver and Vicki Newbegin and their team at the fabulous Grasmere Lodge. This magnificant high...

Day 5 : Greymouth - Franz Jozef

› Tuesday 11th 2003f November 2003
This morning we say goodbye to our hosts at the Grasmere, and continue our journey with the Tranz Alpine Express to the West Coast. At arrival in Greymouth, we pick-up our rental car, and first drive north, towards Dolomite Point at Punakaiki. Here we can see the unusual rockfomation known...

Day 6/7 : Queenstown

› Wednesday 12th - Thursday 13th 2003f November 2003
Another early start today. This morning, weather permitting, we'll be going on a 2 1/2 hour heli-hike excursion to the glaciers with "The Helicopter Line - Franz Josef". A 10 minute heli flight for a landing on the Franz Josef Icefall and then a 2 hours guided hike amongst the glacial ice ...

Day 8 : Te Anau

› Friday 14th 2003f November 2003
Another very early start today, as we have to make our way to Milford Sound (approx. 5 hour drive), for our early afternoon Nature Cruise with Real Journeys. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is not the largest, but the most popular of the Fiordland National Park sounds. A "must do". With it's st...

Day 9 : Twizel

› Saturday 15th 2003f November 2003
Yes, another very early rise this morning, as we plan to drive from Te Anau to Dunedin for lunch. Then along the east coast for a quick stop at the mysterious Moeraki Boulders. Further along the coast for a "drive through" Oamaru, and then onwards to Twizel, at the edge of Mount Cook Natio...

Day 10 : Kaikoura

› Sunday 16th 2003f November 2003
Another long drive ahead of us today, from Twizel, past Christchurch to Kaikoura on the east coast. Kaikoura is reknowed for it's excellent seafood and being the best place for whalewatch excursions. We'll be staying at the historic, and lovingly preserved Old Convent, hosted by Wendy and ...

Day 11/12 : Mariri - Tasman Bay

› Monday 17th - Tuesday 18th 2003f November 2003
This will probably be our earliest "rise and shine" ever during this trip. We have scheduled a 06:15 AM whale watch excursion with "Whale Watch - Kaikoura New Zealand". The 3 1/2 hour tour promises to be a truely unique experience! This early is the best time of day to be out on the water...

Day 13 : Wellington (North Island)

› Wednesday 19th 2003f November 2003
Today our ferry crossing from Picton (South Island) to Wellington (North Island) is scheduled for 13:30 (ETA 16:30). We'll drive up to Picton, and drop off the rental car, before boarding. We're told this ferry crossing is like a leisurely cruise on a fine day. Making our way through the M...

Day 14/15 : Mt. Ruapehu - Tongariro

› Thursday 20th - Friday 21st 2003f November 2003
In the morning we have time to visit the "must do" Te Papa museum. This innovative national museum offers a unique experience and insight into New Zealand's past, present and future. We'll stroll through town, past the famous "Beehive" (NZ's main parliament building), the author Katherine...

Day 16 : Rotorua

› Saturday 22nd 2003f November 2003
Today we drive to the hot and steamy heart of New Zealand, Rotorua. It's know for it's many geothermal hotspots with spouting geysers, bubbling and belching acrid-smelling mud pools, and warm geothermal pools and ponds. Rotorua is also the main centre for Maori cultural experiences. There ...

Day 17 : Whakatane

› Sunday 23rd 2003f November 2003
In the morning we plan to explore the northbound regions around Rotorua (Hell's Gate etc.) before driving on to Whakatane, the coastal heart of the Eastern Bay of Plenty. We'll be staying at the B&B Motuhora Rise, hosted by Toni and Jeff Spellmeyer.

Day 18 : Whitianga - Coromandel

› Monday 24th 2003f November 2003
This morning we board for our boattransfer (approx. 80 min.), on our scheduled excursion to New Zealand's only active marine vulcano - "White Island", 49 k's off the coast of Whakatane. We are in the safe hands of Pee Jay Charters - White Island Tours, who will guide us on a 2 hour walk on...

Day 19 : Auckland

› Tuesday 25th 2003f November 2003
We will take the gentle scenic drive around the stunningly beautiful Coromandel peninsula, while heading for Auckland, the City of Sails. Auckland is a modern, vibrant city, spanning a vast area, set on 48 dormant vulcanos and bordered by the Tasman sea to the west, and the Pacific to the ...

Day 20/21 : Kerikeri - Bay Of Islands

› Wednesday 26th - Thursday 27th 2003f November 2003
Today we travel northward to the Bay of Island. On the way we surely want to stop at the Waitangi Treaty grounds, and witness where this nation of Maori en Pakeha was officialy founded. We then travel on to Kerikeri, where we'll be staying 2 nights at the Villa Maria Petit, managed by two ...

Day 22/23 : Back Home

› Friday 28th - Saturday 29th 2003f November 2003
The dreaded last day, we'll driving down from the Bay of Islands to Auckland, where we meet up with the group for our return flight to Europe. The end of our wonderfull adventure.