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Well written review and brings back memories. Black Water, Catamaran, Quad biking, Zorbing, Hangi concert and awesome food, etc. Thanks for contributing. You ought to do the Scenic Southern now. Guess you didn’t partake too much in the table top dancing at Blend – kinda hard to do that w/ a busted ankle. I know the feeling – busted a rib 1 wk before Greek Island Hopping and still had a spectacular time. All part of he adventure.
you have made me so so excited to do this trip now my boyfriend and i are doing the northern highlights starting christchurch on the 29.06.09.
i am so excited. the only thing i am worried about is that it will be winter and will not enjoy the rafting.
i can not wait 89 days..
thanks for sharing your experience even though you got hurt..
You’ll have such a great time even if it is winter!! My friend went in winter 2007, and she said it wasn’t a problem. Also, I wouldnt be too concerned about the rafting as yes it was freezing in summer but reality is that it wont get much colder and the wetsuits they give you work very well and the experience numbs your mind to the cold!
Anyway, i hope you have the time of your life and if you have any more questions my email is firstname.lastname@example.org <!--graemlin::)-->
haa haa, yeah. i did the grand explorer in march 09, and it was sweet as <!--graemlin::)--> and i think i had the same driver – dave, the sh*tstirring aussie?? lol, he’s a champ at heart, really.
hmm… i would have put the zorb at 9/10… i was just peeved that at the time my stinking travelex card crapped out and i couldn’t get the sweet orange/gray souveneir top <!--graemlin::(--> but the rest was sweet!!
Do you happen to remember the schedule for things? Like what time you left for things?
Day 1: met at about 11am to leave by midday
Day 2: dolphin cruise left at about 8-830am (but it was only around the corner – pretty early after a massive night though…) and got back at 330-4ish
Day 3: most painful wake up of the trip – left at 7-730ish so everyone slept on the bus – the black water rafting was at about 3 or 4 depending on what group you were in
Day 4: left at 830ish. Zorbing was at about 1130 and you went straight to luging
Day 5: left at 9-930 <!--graemlin::)--> Rock and ropes was 11-1ish and then the boat was 130-230 then the cruise left at 6ish
Day 5: 830-9 i think… this part of the trip is a bit fuzzy time wise
Hope that helps <!--graemlin::)-->
Thanks, it does. I csn’t wait to go in August.
Curious about the Bay of Islands, did you get to see the Waitangi Treaty Grounds? I want to learn about Maori/NZ history.
We saw it from a distance in the bus (its pretty close by to the town centre), but we didn’t get to go there. However, you get enough free time on the first afternoon to go there if you would like to <!--graemlin::)--> My tour leader said it was very interesting and informative – but i dont think anyone on our tour went, because it was pouring rain that afternoon! FYI from memory it costs a small amount to enter the grounds <!--graemlin::)-->
My sister and I are doing this tour on the 20 October and I was just wondering what hotel you finished at in Wellington as I need to check us in for an extra night before we invade my friend’s house for the rest of our stay in NZ.
Sounds like you had a fab time and thanks for the info in the pharmacy in NZ…I will remember to pack painkillers and bandages as I am a little accident prone lol!
Thank you for your awesome review. My sister and i are doing the tour end of july and i am the kinda of person that tries to research everything before hand so this was great!
Hope you ankle is on the mend <!--graemlin::)-->
I’m doing the same tour in January and can not wait! Your review has been so helpful and has just got me even more excited about going! It has also provided handy hints like the whole pharmacy issue. Thank you!
Thanks for such a detailed review! I’ve been considering doing this one as a minibreak but after reading this I’m sold <!--graemlin::)-->
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