QUOTE(allover @ Apr 7 2010, 10:45 AM)
so I'm starting my round the world trip this fall.
Don't know yet how long I'll be on the road, since I have a lot of time it doesn't really matter anyways.
Startingpoint will be the Caribbean, heading down south through the middle of Southamerica to Argentina, crossing over to Brazil. Staying there for a little and flying out to New Zealand.
I've only checked some sights on the internet so far, so here is a little list, tell me what to add to it! (so far I've only planned the Northland..)
(They are not in alphabetical order or anything)
Nintey Mile Beach
Cape Brett Lighthouse
Bay of plenty
Tongariro National Park
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
I'm not really that big of a city guy so I'd prefer landscape, but if there is a must see inside a city I'll sure check it out as well.
I'm also going to check out the Southland, I've heard about somekind of a DOC ticket that allows you to sleep in some kind of houses?
How much time should it take me to do the (so far) 1800Km/1100Mile trip on the Northland?
I would prefer hitchhiking..
Thanks in advance.
I lived in the Caribbean for years sailing to all the islands, then lived in Mexico and Belize.
On my last trip back to New Zealand I made sure to go to Peru, Argentina and left from the very southern tip of South America. A real experience.
Now living in New Zealand many years having settled here (ex-American) as the final leg of my life's journey. The most beautiful of the best......(my slanted opinion)....
The DoC huts are for trampers on specified hikes and would not fit your needs.
I would suggest using the backpackers throughout the country and the cabins at holiday parks for the best way to see it all at less cost.
Hitchhiking is easy here ......so far.......just try to get away from the cities.....
The South Island has the majority of the outdoor splendour.........
Have a look at my videos made from 5 1/2 years traveling here full time in a bus.....http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=newzealandtraveler#g/u