We are planning a trip to New Zealand. We'll have 2-3 months to relax and enjoy ourselves. So time is not an issue. Northern Island? Southern Island? What are "must see" places?
For the south island check out my question:
In the north island I would recommend checking out the Te Urewera National Park, it is a beautiful national park full of mountains that sit in the clouds and overlook the beautiful Lake Waikaremoana.
If you want to relax probably a visit to Rotorua, to see the mud pools would be a good tip as well.
When I was there, we were told that we should tour north of Auckland and go to the barrier islands but unfortunately we did not have time. about 10 years ago
In 2 -3 months you can see plenty of NZ! I've been to both the North and South islands, and I certainly prefered the south. Favourite place: oh so many. Akaroa is just out of Christchurch and is really pretty with a lovely relaxed feel. That was where we started out 3 week campervan holiday of the South Island.
Lake Pukaki is also beautiful - it's a glacial lake surrounded by amazing scenery. Dunedin was good - the Speights brewery tour was good! We then worked our way down to Invercargill, which I would skip next time.
The luge in Queenstown is great fun. If you're after any sort of adventure sports, that's the place to be. But it is pretty touristy.
The whole west coast is pretty amazing, especially Milford sound and the glaciers. The scenery the entire way is just out of this world.
The north coast is also good - Nelson is OK, but the coastline at Motueka is great.
Blenheim wineries are worth a visit too.
As for the North island, I enjoyed Rotarua and the Northlands - but still prefer the south island! about 10 years ago
Personally: Milford sound and that whole coast, then kiakoura on the opposite coast you cant believe the marine life and kayaking is nice way to see it...mind those seals though:) We also went recently down near Shag rock (right south of the south island) amazing amounts of penguins and wildlife...and even the local pub has a penguin living under it - true story - and has been there for the past 10 years! penguin papparazzi went nuts! about 10 years ago