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Alyce
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Alyce from Melbourne asked

First time visitor - 30th birthday

My boyfriend and I have moved to Australia from New York City and would like to travel to New Zealand for my 30th birthday in May - most likely a 4 day trip - what are the top places we need to go?  We love beaches, wine tasting, and would like to see the sights - some adventure of course! Should we go in May or another month?

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Optimist from Dunedin

Wine tasting & adventures sounds a bit like Queenstown, which will be gorgeous in May (end of autumn, so you may be able to catch some of the astoundingly vivid red/orange trees, especially around Arrowtown), and the landscape/mountains are just gorgeous - pop over the Crown Range to Wanaka, check out some glaciers - and this area is the pinot noir capital of New Zealand.  My personal recommendation is Akarua wines, just outside of Bannockburn (amazing rosé), or dinner at Amisfield Winery.  If you're wine obsessed, definitely go on a half/full day tour group - they are small, intimate and you get to try a good selection of wineries.  Sam Neill, the lead actor from Jurassic Park, has a winery in this region too ;-)
But no beaches!  If you want beaches, you'll wanna stay north, and even then in May the water will be a bit too cool :D  But if you hang around Auckland, you can check out the wineries around Kumeu, and perhaps pop over to Piha Beach, or even closer to the city - Mission Bay - for some sand & sun.


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Yasmin from New Zealand

Definitely recommend Waiheke Island. Its a 40min ferry ride from Auckland and you can get cheap tickets sometimes on bookme.co.nz. Its got loads of great wineries and beaches, Palm beach and Onetangi beach are two good ones and Stonyridge Vineyard is a nice winery. You can also head out to Stoney Batter Historic Reserve for some exploring underground in the tunnel they dug for WW2.


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Annie from Cambodia

Hey Alyce,

Wow New Zealand is a good choice for your 30th birthday :) I'll vote for Queenstown  be sure to try Fergburger. Here is a  awesome guide put together for Auckland, which covers the 10 Non Touristy Things to do in Auckland . I highly recommend going to Waiheke Island for a day trip, check out favorite winery Mudbrick Restaurant & Vineyard. Hope this helps :)

If you need anything else, please get in touch.    

Cheers Annie 

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