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Auckland - worth visiting?

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Auckland - worth visiting?

In view of the situation in Fiji we're considering Auckland as a stopover instead. We shall be there at the beginning of April. Is it a good place to visit and what will the weather be like? It will be part of a round world ticket from London. We would already have visited Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok, Perth and Sydney. Thanks

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1. Re: Auckland - worth visiting?

Auckland is great as a base to see a lot of things. It is best visited in summer. You could chill out for a few days on Waiheke Island, start in the city and do a few ferry trips, take in the bars and restaurants of Parnell and Ponsonby, or grab a car and head out to some amzing beaches on the west coast (Piha, Murawai etc). Alternatively, you could grab a car and do a two/three night trip to Rotorua and surrounds (Maori culture, geothermal activity etc) or north to the Bay of Islands. Lots of options. So yes, I would definitely recommend an NZ stopover!!

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2. Re: Auckland - worth visiting?

Such a shame you're reconsidering as from all our TV reports etc you wouldn't know there was a coup happening on the western (and tourist) area of Fiji. Auckland is a poor 2nd best in my opinion. In fact Mr Z just commented last night that we would go to Fiji for Xmas and NY if our boat sells (which we were planning on going away on but now have a keen prospect who wants it for the xmas break) But of course you need to finalise your trip and make decisions- have you considered Rarotonga or Aitutaki (the best kept secret & my favourite) in the Cook Islands? Another fabulous pacific island and at least you get to feel you've visited a tropical island.

Anyway if it's to be Auckland here's a thread that gives you a lot of things to do;

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g255106-i404-k6799…

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3. Re: Auckland - worth visiting?

Thanks for your input, we shall mull over the alternatives. Would really like to see a tropical beach!

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4. Re: Auckland - worth visiting?

Personally I would go Samoa.

Samoa isn't as westernised or crass as the other commercialised resorts on the Cook Is. or Fiji.

Samoa isn't 5 star accommodation, but theres nothing quite like sleeping in a hut on the beach, and waking up in the morning and only having to take 4 steps before going for a swim in beautiful blue seas.

Of course, if resorts are your thing, www.sinalei.com is the most upmarket resort on Samoa.

Ocean View villas are fantastic, but the Beachside Fales are the best in the world IMO.

Most people do tend to stay at Aggie Greys, which is a bit of a horrible resort, and Sinalei has a no kids under 12 policy, which is just divine.

Im heading to Samoa in January, and can't wait. I've done Fiji too many times, and get sick of the third world situation there, when Sheraton, Millenium et al, have more than enough money to get Fiji out of poverty, but dont.

Rarotonga - is nice, but April seems to be Wedding Season time, and the rainy season has finished, and therefore, far too many tourists heading there.

See if you can stop in Samoa... you definitely won't regret it :)

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Heaven forbid that I would say anything against Auckland, but given the choice I would stay with your original plan of stopping over in Fiji. If you stay on the Western side of the island where the major resorts are, around Nadi or Lautka you wont even know there has been a coup except that tourist numbers are well down.

If you do some research you should be able to pick up some great accomodation deals and hotel owners are already feeling the pinch of lack of tourists. Similar happened during the previous 3 coups. Cheap holidays are coming in a big way!!!!!!

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6. Re: Auckland - worth visiting?

Thank you so much everyone for taking the trouble to advise. Samoa does sound great, we shall wait for a while to see if the situation in Fiji resolves, then make some decisions.

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7. Re: Auckland - worth visiting?

you will have been to 5 big cities so I suggest that a quick stop in Auckland and then go chill out on one of the beaches in the islands that the others are raving about - after so many big cities you will need a change - believe me!

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8. Re: Auckland - worth visiting?

Our Government travel advisory has just down-graded the alert to "non-essential travel to Suva still in place" but " safe to travel to western tourist side and islands of Fiji". Travel agencies are about to release great accommodation package deals to intice tourists before they loose more staff & money and airlines have indicated the they will be cutting prices too. Still advised to check travel insurance to see terms.

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9. Re: Auckland - worth visiting?

I agree with nzbased, I think that we could be suffering from 'city fatigue" especially as we're returning home via San Francisco and New York! It's good to hear that the travel advice has been amended in our favour. Perhaps we shall be able to travel to Fiji as planned, we haven't cancelled our accommodation yet. Thanks again to everyone and Merry Christmas!

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10. Re: Auckland - worth visiting?

reports first hand state that all is normal and there is no reason why you should not visit the country. go for it, Fiji is great