|Subject: Re: New Zealand South Island Suggestions|
I had 2 1/2 weeks in NZ last year. A marvelous place for nature lovers and trekkers.
In Christchurch don't miss the Anarctic Centre. Also the gondola ride up the top of an extinct volcano and the walk around the crater rim are very worth while.
Milford and Doubtful Sounds are not to be missed! They are actually fijords (open to the sea) with a layer of fresh water on top of the salt water due to the huge amount of rain and run-off.
The Milford walk is marvelous! You can also do a short version which is done partly by 4WD vehicle and partly walking the more level sections.
You mention Dunedin. I chose Kaikoura instead and I was not sorry. The Dolphin swimming with wild dolphins in the middle of the sea, the whale-watch boats, the Ocean Wings Seabird and Albatross encounter with the birds coming to the small boat out in the middle of the ocean to be fed, the tiny town quiet and beautiful, surrounded by mountains...I could go on forever.
The TranzAlpine scenic train and Arthur's Pass are worth a visit if you have the time.
Te Anau - lovely quiet walks around the lake, the wild bird sanctuary, the start of the Milford walk. All just marvelous.
If you want to see some pic they are on: http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/hasof00/my_photos The first few are North Island so just scroll down past Wellington and the Picton Ferry for South Island photos.
Debbie - Israel