Jump to content
Deciding NZ or Tas for best holiday
6 replies to this topic
Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:39 AM
I cant decide and yet I have to otherwise we will miss booking either!.
Trip is planned for 3-4 weeks in Sept.
Kids would like to see snow (but NO skiing etc). I want to take photos of mountains and cliffs etc.
However Im worried that that short a time will not allow us to see much of NZ, as we want to book accomodation for 1 week at a time in the same place and travel on day trips from there.
However we want to see the MOST spectacular scenery in either place - so Tassie, all of it! lol - in NZ most of it is in the south island, but the North is pretty too ( and I have rellies there ), in fact all of NZ is stunning.
So do we do Tassie since its smaller and can see more, and leave NZ till the kids are older and can handle a long road trip again (last one this year was a disaster!!). Or do we just go NZ and just focus on middle to bottom of the south island for the enitre time.
Suggestions? Please help me solve it
Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:59 AM
I think that's a long time for Tasmania unless you want time to do some serious bushwalking etc.
I'd vote for NZ, I think that's plenty of time - to do most of the South Island and maybe ferry to Wellington and a few days there (Te Papa museum is great for kids).
They have direct flights to Queenstown (at least in ski season).
Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:19 AM
I don't think that is a long time for Tassie at all! We travelled for 3 weeks around the island counterclockwise from our starting point in Hobart. In that time we drove to the Tasman Peninsula then up the east coast and around to Freycinet Nat Park. Continued up the coast to the Bay of Fires, across to Launceston and along the northern coastline to Stanley. After that we headed down to the Leven River Canyon and Cradle Mountain. From there it was south west to Strahan then east and south to New Norfolk, backtracked to drive to Mt Field National Park and all the way west see the spectacular Gordon River Dam. Then back to Hobart and south to as far as Ida Bay on the southern tip, a little west in to see the Tahune Airwalk, then around the Peninsula on the Channel Highway, back up to Hobart and a little north to Richmond. We spent a couple of days at various points to give us time to relax and see as much as we could. The only thing that we were unable to fit in, but could if we'd had onother week, was a couple of the islands like Bruny and the Midland region (which we'll do next visit).
I can promise you spectacular photo opportunities, plenty of places to stop and smell the roses and delicious food, but I can't promise you snow!
ETA: We were keen for either Tasmania or NZ as well and decided on Tassie because we were concerned about the drive with our kids too. Tasmania turned out perfect for us and we plan to head to NZ in the next year or so now that our kids are older.
Edited by Peanut, 11 February 2013 - 11:21 AM.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:22 AM
Been to both, NZ twice. Hands down NZ wins. Driving to parts of Tassie can be a lot further than anticipated (though the quick trip from Hobart to Launceston is good). So much beautiful scenery in NZ and the drives didn't feel as long.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:30 AM
I've heard people say that but we didn't find the routes in Tasmania long at all (and this was with 2 kids aged 3 & 5 and in a 6 berth campervan that we'd never had experience driving before...).
ETA: On second thoughts, there was one leg that was quite long but that was because we'd badly planned it. The drive from Strahan to our stopping off point at Tarraleah (on the way to New Norfolk) was longer than we anticipated because we made the mistake of doing the Heritage Cruise in the morning and then leaving for Tarraleah straight away in the afternoon. In hindsight we should have stayed an extra night in Strahan after the cruise. The road is mountainous in parts which meant for slower going (particularly in a camper). Really though, you just need to look at a map, plan your route and note the distances then work out your overnighters.
Edited by Peanut, 11 February 2013 - 11:40 AM.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:49 PM
I've done road trips in both (pre-kids) and agree that you could probably spend that amount of time in either region. It would definitely allow you to see a good chunk of Tassie or South Island NZ. In my opinion, both places are best seen by keeping on the move rather than base yourselves in one place for a week. Would you consider doing 3-4 nights in one place then moving on? With the amount of time you have, you could still see quite a lot this way.
I really don't think you could guarantee snow in Tassie if this is one of you deciding factors though.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:23 AM
For a week or two, my vote would be Tasmania. But for a month and wanting definite snow- go to South Island NZ.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
A 12-year-old schoolgirl and her 13-year-old boyfriend are believed to have become Britain?s youngest parents, after the birth of their baby girl earlier this week.
Prince George has met an Aussie marsupial named after him in his first official engagement in Australia.
An Australian study has uncovered information which could lead to a better understanding of why babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
When a UK woman went to hospital suffering appendicitis, doctors mistakenly removed her healthy ovary - with tragic consequences.
Nothing can beat the feeling of witnessing that first smile, first step and first word - but here's a list of 'firsts' I'm really looking forward to now.
Just as babies undergo rapid growth as they learn and change in their first year, we?re learning and changing quickly as parents, too. Don?t underestimate the developmental stages you go through when you have a baby.
A product new to Australia claims to help babies be born "as intelligent as possible", but not all experts agree on the benefits of educating babies while still in the womb.
Autistic savant Ping Lian Yeak, a prodigious artist who has had his work shown all over the world, couldn't have done it without the support and love of his proud mum.
Photographer, self-professed "crazy dog lady" and mum Grace Chon takes photos of rescue dog Zoey and her 10-month-old son Jasper together. The results are just too cute. See more on Instagram @thegracechon.
Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.
Simon Alexander Garcia lived only one brief hour. But somewhere, a little girl?s heart is beating today because of him.
The options given to women to help them cope in labour have barely changed in years.
Top 5 Articles
From birth to one year and beyond, read about baby sleep, soothing techniques, routines, and sleep school experiences.
If this is your little one?s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.
Although I?m jumping out of my skin to take my child-free holiday, I?m dreading the goodbye. But I?m determined to make the most of it without tarnishing it with guilt or sadness about leaving the kids.
Parents of children who suffer from eczema will know only too well the scratching that occurs around the clock. A new clothing range aims to help make everyone more comfortable.
Looking after grandchildren can help grandmothers ward off brain disease - but it's also possible to get too much of a good thing, researchers say.
After two water births at home, I was determined to give birth to my son the same way. I just hoped this birth would be quicker than my last two.
If you?re confused by food labels, you?re not alone. Next time you?re shopping for food, look out for these seven common labelling tricks.
My husband and I mutually decided that we didn?t want to know our baby's sex before the birth, but his mother couldn't handle that.
Free Printable Activities
Free printable acitivity pages like colouring in, cutting, word finders, mazes, maths activities and puzzles.