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Topic # 222576 18-Aug-2017 15:07
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Whilst we travelled pretty well in Europe we've done nothing since being back in NZ. Holidays are rare for us and usually (read: always) revolve around the kids sport. But this October we're pulling out of it all and want to go away as a family instead.

 

So where to go ?

 

Requirements:

 

  • It has to be on the beach (we live at the beach anyway, but I'd like to be beachfront).
  • It needs to be warm. We're over the winter. Three kids doing three winter sports with training every night of the week as well is enough. We want to sit in the sun all day, swim, BBQ every night and just relax.
  • Needs to be big enough to handle four over 6 foot with the 9yo not being far behind !!

Do we bite the bullet and try a Pacific Island (I know absolutely nothing about them) ? Or save the flight costs and stay somewhere a little more luxurious than our usual bookabach places in NZ ?

 

Having said that, luxury isn't important but being on the beach with the sun is.

 

I'm keen to hear any suggestions.


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  Reply # 1848588 18-Aug-2017 15:07
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Allow me to introduce you folks to our new travel community: TravelTalk NZ.

 

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  Reply # 1848594 18-Aug-2017 15:14
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Tonga, Samoa would not break a budget (sure you can find luxury accommodation there too), but with cheap tickets, beach front hotels, hard to beat.

 

Fiji to find luxury.





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  Reply # 1848613 18-Aug-2017 15:40
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Mt Maunganui - Papamoa is a nice beach area. Safe beaches as well. During the summer holiday period, there is always a flagged patrolled area of the Main beach and also at Papamoa surf club. Having said that, if you can read the waves, it's safe to swim pretty much anywhere along that stretch of beach.

 

Went to Waihi Beach a few years ago for the day and that's nice as well.

 

Ohope beach is nice too, with the Top 10 holiday park at Ohope being right on the beach.

 

Many years ago we flew into Auckland (from Wellington) and rented a car and did the Bay Of Islands. Lovely Kauri museum in Matakohe, and a gum diggers park in Awanui, based ourselves in Paihia. Didn't do ninety mile beach bus trip (we had a 16 month old at the time), but did drive up early one morning to Cape Reinga, got there around 7:30-8am. We're the only people there. It's about a 3 hour drive from Paihia to the Cape.

 

Lots of stuff to do up that way, Waitangi treaty grounds (was free when we did it for NZ residents), Kerikeri stone store and Kemp house, the Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa, out on the water for the Hole in the Rock cruise.

 

 


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  Reply # 1848615 18-Aug-2017 15:45
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Hawaii. There are some killer deals on right now. Skip Honolulu unless you just wanna take a look around for a day or two, head to Maui. Not sure what your budgets are like, but if you don't mind spending some decent coin for spectacular, you'll never forget it, then check out the Wailea Beach Villas. We often go the Supermarket about 10 minutes drive away buy some thick steaks, BBQ them as the sun sets and watch whales breach from your Deck. Pay extra get a room higher up is my advice. 

 

Even if you can't manage WBV, check out the general Wailea and surrounding areas. 

 

 


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  Reply # 1848616 18-Aug-2017 15:46
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Whilst we travelled pretty well in Europe we've done nothing since being back in NZ. Holidays are rare for us and usually (read: always) revolve around the kids sport. But this October we're pulling out of it all and want to go away as a family instead.

 

So where to go ?

 

Requirements:

 

  • It has to be on the beach (we live at the beach anyway, but I'd like to be beachfront).
  • It needs to be warm. We're over the winter. Three kids doing three winter sports with training every night of the week as well is enough. We want to sit in the sun all day, swim, BBQ every night and just relax.
  • Needs to be big enough to handle four over 6 foot with the 9yo not being far behind !!

Do we bite the bullet and try a Pacific Island (I know absolutely nothing about them) ? Or save the flight costs and stay somewhere a little more luxurious than our usual bookabach places in NZ ?

 

Having said that, luxury isn't important but being on the beach with the sun is.

 

I'm keen to hear any suggestions.

 

 

Not sure why you want to be on a beach. But, if it's for swimming, then you would really need to be in the Far North if you want to swim in October in NZ. Even then, sitting in the sun all day and BBQs every night is a bit much to expect. October isn't summer.

 

So I'd also vote for one of the Pacific Islands (I liked Rarotonga), or maybe Australia?

 

 


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  Reply # 1848621 18-Aug-2017 15:54
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Fiji is great. Their economy revolves around tourist and has for many years, they're great at it. All budgets catered for, great infrastructure. Denarau peninsular / island (not really an island) is 15 minutes drive from the airport, quite built up, but easy. The islands are nicer, isolated, more expensive.

 

Samoa the people are lovely but it's less developed and they're not as used to tourists - for example as a vegetarian I had a had time.

 

Bali's pretty nice as well, but flights are more expensive. Thailand is awesome, I like Koh Samui, but flights cost even more.





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  Reply # 1848639 18-Aug-2017 16:28
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Tasmania. It's the best place on earth*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*not strictly true also I am from Tasmania.


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  Reply # 1848648 18-Aug-2017 16:50
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I really like the Sunshine coast at this time of year.  I haven't been as late as October but I think that's still the dry season.





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  Reply # 1848649 18-Aug-2017 16:52
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muppet:

 

Tasmania. It's the best place on earth*

 

 

 

Why?


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  Reply # 1848650 18-Aug-2017 16:59
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Hawaii


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  Reply # 1848652 18-Aug-2017 17:00
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Hawaii

 

 

I'm going there in October myself. 





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  Reply # 1848655 18-Aug-2017 17:03
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networkn:

 

muppet:

 

Tasmania. It's the best place on earth*

 

 

 

Why?

 

 

TBH ive been to Hobart 3 times now with work and i loved it each time.

 

I also really enjoyed Melborne.

 

both places wouldnt break the bank




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  Reply # 1848661 18-Aug-2017 17:15
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Why the beach ? We live 100m from the beach now and love it. Our kids are surf lifeguards and they love being in the sea. Labour Day is typically when they start swimming perhaps our hot is not quite the same as everyone else's.

 

We've done Melbourne twice in the last 12 months so that's out.

 

Bay of Islands would be interesting and we really should see more of NZ.

 

Hawaii I think will be out of budget. From the little I've seen this afternoon it would be at least $10k for the 5 of us and I'd rather that went into the kids university fund to be honest.

 

Fiji sounds like a goer though, just have to find something which isn't closed off for the school holidays. 

 

 


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  Reply # 1848686 18-Aug-2017 18:51
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We were going to go to Fiji this year but ended up going to Thailand. The flights cost more but once you're on the ground its very reasonable and we were rapt with the whole experience. Our kids (3 and 5) had an absolute ball.

 

 


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  Reply # 1848693 18-Aug-2017 19:09
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Get a super deal on flights to lax then jump on a cruise ship down the coast of Mexico and back. Absolutely brilliant especially for kids and mums.

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