Australia and New Zealand - how long?

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moominman2
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Hi guys,

I finish Uni next year (fingers crossed) and before I get a job and settle down a bit, I'd like to travel with my girlfriend.

We've been considering places such as Aus and NZ, and wondered how much time is enough to do them both?

Also, flights I've found online are about the same price or cheaper even when doing multiple stops to say...Hong Kong, rather than going direct to NZ. Where should we consider buying flights? Online or a shop?

Tbh, we'd probably only be looking at a month due to the cost and my girlfriend isn't keen on doing any longer. But I'm not convinced this is enough time...?

Also how much would we be looking at for spending money? My girlfriend has family in NZ, so that should help a lot with accommodation!

Cheers in advance.
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How long is a piece of string? If you really wanted to "do" Australia and New Zealand, and see everything, you could spend a year, it depends on what you want to do. Australia is considerably larger than Europe, remember. Same goes for spending money, it depends what you want to do.
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Thanks for the info on flights. I'll look into those airlines for internal flights.

I understand that it's all based on what the person wants to do, but I'm asking in general whether a month spent in both places in total is really enough, or whether we'll barely be able to see or experience anything.

Cheers.
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I've visited Australia a few times (my family's from there)

In terms of what we've seen and done, we went up to Queensland and saw the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef (both definitely worth a look) - I don't think we spent more than a few days in Queensland (flew up there from Melbourne, then came back), so it is doable. You can do the Great Barrier Reef in a day (ferry out to it, snorkelling/scuba diving in the afternoon, ferry back in the evening), and we only spent a day in the Daintree and felt we had had a pretty good time.

On a different holiday we also saw Uluru (Ayres Rock) and Alice Springs (and some of the other attractions in the central-Australia region), you could have a good look round there in a week if you gave it a really good shot : ) I'd recommend watching the sunrise over Ayres Rock, that's pretty cool

I'd also recommend seeing Melbourne and Sydney. Definitely climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge if you can, it's good fun and only takes up a few hours (by the time you have the briefing and do the climb etc.)

And then leave a couple of days free to do shopping or the like. So (without knowing too much regarding flights to various places within Australia) you could do that all in 2-3 weeks if you really gave it a good shot [...and left out time to relax : P ]

Additionally, camping out in the bush is great fun too (and it doesn't cost much)

I don't really know about New Zealand as I've never been there.

In terms of spending money, Australia is super expensive right now as the $AUD is really strong, so exchange rates would be worth looking up before you go so you have a realistic idea of how much things are likely to cost.

I hope this is useful to you

Have a great trip!
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Thanks for the informative reply!

I'll definitely look into what you've mentioned...very helpful.

Cheers
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(Original post by moominman2)
Thanks for the informative reply!

I'll definitely look into what you've mentioned...very helpful.

Cheers
No worries.

Sorry I couldn't be more helpful regarding New Zealand

I hope you have a great time! : )
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Personally I'd leave at least a week for the South Island of New Zealand, it's probably my favourite place I've been. I'd spend probably at least 3-4 days minimum around Queenstown/Wanaka, and also go to Milford Sound. There's a lot of really beautiful stuff in the South Island, I doubt you'd get bored in 1-2 weeks.
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