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Please, feel free to add yours or make suggestions to mine!

In no particular order:

1. Go see Weta. Fortunately for me Mark B has connections and this one will actually be happening. :)
2. Go see Hobbiton. Yeah, there are plenty or Lord of the Rings tours...but this one holds some real appeal.
3. I'd like to go see the New Zealand LDS temple.
4. Whale watching in Kaikoura.
5. I'd like to see the beach that Xena and Gabrielle walked along in countless episodes. Apparently when it's not being Ancient Greece it's called Te Henga
6. I'd like to look at the night sky and try to find The Southern Cross.
7. The Gondola in Christchurch!
8 The Antarctic Center also sounds really cool! (ha ha, get it? Okay, I suck.)
9. Wouldn't mind just hanging out at Sumner Beach near Christchurch either.

Suggestions are welcome!


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Jan. 17th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
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Jan. 17th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
All my New Zealand suggestions happen to be motorcycle related...

First stop, The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/TePapa/English/
Two of New Zealand's greatest motorcycle icons happen to be featured there right now. Burt Munro and John Britten.
Burt and John both are amazing characters, both were wildly inventive and never backing down from the impossible. Burt modified (heck, practically re-designed from scratch) an Indian from the 20's and set a land speed record in Bonneville in 1967. (183.586mph!!) A replica of his bike is on display until Feb. 7th. Anthony Hopkins has just made of movie of Burt Munro's life: The World's Fastest Indian. (My dad owned an Indian Motocycle so I'm particularily taken by this story.) http://www.worldsfastestindian.com/
Over in Christchurch at 103 Worcester Street is the Britten retail outlet. John Britten made his own motorcycle. A race bike. He MADE it. Everything. The engine, frame, wheels, everything. In the early 90's they competed against Ducati, as well as, the rest of the manufacturers of the world and were looking very promising. John Britten passed away from cancer and the development of his motorcycle was largely in limbo. The company still exists and the TEN motorcycles his company sold to the public are absolute works of art. (Not to mention, priceless.) You've never seen a motorcycle like this one! There's one on permanent display at the retail outlet and there's one at the museum of New Zealand. John Britten was an amazing man with an astounding vision. The bike and his company are a real testament to human ingenuity and perserverance. http://www.britten.co.nz/

I'm not sure you're quite as motorcycle crazy as I am but the museum sounds amazing and covers much more than just the bikes. Personally, I'd be nosing around the Britten Factory hoping to get invited for a tour! Heh.

Enjoy your trip, it sounds incredible.
Jan. 18th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
Mark B sez he knows John Birtten's sister. :)
Jan. 18th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
Oh wow!
John is one of my personal heroes. A bright shining light that burnt out far too quickly.
I'm not one to be starstruck but if I was around the family I think I'd get all weak in the knees!
Jan. 18th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
The little nob where they built Edoras is supposed to be spectacular, but waaaaaay out of the way.

I'd consider the whole trip a success if only No. 1 were achieved.
Jan. 18th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)
Those all sound wonderful. I had a friend go to NZ back in '99 or '00, and she found whales and the Maori completely captivating. Hobbiton wasn't available, then.

Here's a map I made for the people she stayed with (she commissioned it), with the South Pole to the top, of course :-) Here be kiwis.
Jan. 18th, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
See a rugby game. All Black if it's possible, but any game will do. Make sure to see the pregame as well.
Jan. 19th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
If you haven't already, you should check out Google Earth and take a look aroudn where you're headed. It's a cool thing! As you zoom in, labels appear, so can have some guidence. I discovered it today.
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