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Abel Tasman National Park
Stewart Island / Rakiura
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I spent 6 weeks working in
, and it was the highlight of my 6 month stay in New Zealand. I went jet boating with Dart River Safaris, and that was spectacular. I highly suggest a visit.
is definitely a party town - there's a lot of fun to be had here so make sure you pop in.
is a small but beautiful country and ski town. It is situated between beautiful mountains and green fields. The overall atmosphere is friendly (although we didn't see many people). It is not a busy town with nightlife and lots of bars. It has a country feel to it, so if you want to get away from busy and big cities this is a great place. It has lot to offer for those who love the outdoor stuff, and of course is very busy in winter for skiing.
is a nice town with friendly people. It's very far from the next city Alexandra (40 kms).
I've been kayaking with
Kayaks in Abel Tasman and although it was cheaper than the other kayaking companies it was beautiful and exciting. Even though I was beginner at kayaking, I could see a lot of great views within a half day. Awesome place for swimming and remote beaches. Friendly company stuffs. Love to go there again.
is a great city, full of atmosphere and interesting corners. Don't miss the Otago Museum and especially the Royal Albatross Center.
to be a happy, friendly place full of history and we look foward to shifting there in the near future. I hope we can make a positive and creative addition to the community.
is a cool place. I recommend taking bikes or hiring them because it is really fun biking around Twizel.
is a great place. Looks on the map like a small place to pass through on the way to Abel Tasman, but there's a lot to do there and for staying for a while there can't be many better towns in New Zealand. Small but with the facilities and nightlife of a much larger town, extremely friendly and welcoming locals, arguably the best climate in New Zealand, tons to do within easy driving distance. I'd stop here for at least a week and make it your base for exploring Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks. Though this is really the sort of place you'd want to live permanently someday, you don't get the full appeal of it in a few days. Other than the obvious attraction of Abel Tasman, Golden Bay is well worth a trip over the pass to visit Farewell Spit and the Pupu springs (very good on a day with nice weather, far better than you might imagine) among other attractions. What I would most recommend though is the trip up Mount Arthur to the flora carpark (steep, unsurfaced road but…
… I loved the pristine beauty of the walks. Try to visit this part of God's country.
… Most boring town ever.
… The fudge place at the Arts Centre does a guided tour that gives you all-you-can-eat fudge!
… To get up on top of the glacier you need to be on a guided tour. The view from the top is amazing!
… During December through the end of April, you can see the rare hectors dolphins up close just by kayaking yourself -- a much cheaper option.
… Give it a miss! Locals are not very friendly. It is worth driving through to the next towns instead.
… Take good insect repellent to the West Coast or the sand flies will eat you alive!
… I visited the lake in 1998, with my parents. I always want to go back, but for time and distance it's not possible for now.
… Out of the way location makes this place very special with the roaring Tasman Sea on one side and majestic views of the Southern Alps on the other side. Sans clouds if you are lucky. It's one of my favorite "off the beaten path" places in New Zealand.
… Go swim with the dolphins! I did it in mid winter and froze my butt off but it was worth every second. Don't miss out on this beautiful town.
… The library has free internet -- about five computers and free wireless too! I don't know the address, but it is not far from the town centre.
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