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Dec 2007 family trip

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Dec 2007 family trip

We have been looking to book a trip to NZ for the upcoming Christmas holiday, Dec 06 - for 4 adults and 2 children. Because of what I read on this forum, it seems we realy should do a week on the north end AND south end. So we are looking to book a week in each end.

We are not hikers or big on major treks, but do like to take easy strolls in scenic areas. History buffs, shopping, swimming, snorkling, ect.

Any information/recomendations on private self-catering holiday homes would be great.

Here are the ideal accomidations that we are searching for:

*On the beach, scenic area, cliffs, ect.

*3 (or more) bedrooms

*2 (at least) bathrooms

*children welcome

*fully equiped kitchen, baths, with linens

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1. Re: Dec 2007 family trip

a lot of people rent out their holiday homes try

http://www.holidayhomes.co.nz/ or http://www.bookabach.co.nz/

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Hi Dawn, a week in each island is fine if you're intending to stay in the one place for the whole time or maybe do the odd day trip but if you're wanting to see a lot of sights and are travelling from place to place, 2 weeks is not much time to cover both islands.

Nth Is- Beach areas are Bay of Islands, Coromandel Pennisula (Whangamata, Whitianga), Mt Maunganui

Sth Is- Beach area is Nelson

Of course there are many other places. IMO Coromandel and/or Mt Maunganui would suit as they are reasonably central to other tourist areas such as Rotorua/Waitomo Caves. Coromandel has beautiful native bush, and lovely secluded bays with long white sand beaches and lots of holiday homes. The Tauranga/Mt Maunganui area has walks, a fantastic ocean beach and great shopping. It is only 50 minutes from Rotorua and also White Island (active volcano)

The holiday home idea is good as most won't be booked out until closer to Christmas.

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Lake Taupo is also worth considering - fantastic mountain scenery around the biggest lake in the southern hemisphere. The lakeside beaches are safe for swimming and you can jet ski, quad bike, horse ride, bush walk etc - our kids love it there. As it's a geothermal area there are lots of natural hotpsrings. Huge choice of holiday homes to choose from too.

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My family have a 3 bedroom, all with ensuites, fully equipped, self contained holiday home in Leigh, 1 hr North of Auckland. It has stunning sea views and best of all is about 5mins away from NZ's oldest marine Reserve- Goat Island. Which is great for snorkelling, kayaking etc. Email my parents for some good ideas about tours of the marine reserve.

Check out their website on www.nearleigh.co.nz

I have no idea about their summer availabilty though.

Good luck!

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5. Re: Dec 2007 family trip

Hi Dawn,

Take a look at the Helpful Webs to plan a North Island Trip,that I posted a few days ago.

This will give you something to start o.

Get out the Map of New Zealand, and as you open each web,mark off where it is on the Map.

You will soon get the idea where the nicest places are.

Will be posting Tours and Places to visit tommorow, so check it out again.

Loads there to get you started,then once you have an idea,start asking the team some specific questions.

In no time you will have a brilliant Holiday Planned.




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