Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 02 Sep 2018
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Planning a family trip for April of next year. Will include my parents which are in their 70s and 80s. What would be good destinations/cities to visit and what specific attractions would you recommend?
Member since 25 Oct 2017
Total posts 18
Maybe Canberra with all the museums and art galleries. I enjoyed the harbour areas of Hobart and Auckland.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 06 Aug 2017
Total posts 115
I think it's probably fair to say that both Australia and NZ have more to offer by way of "nature" than architecture, museums etc. And not all of it involves a great deal of walking. Maybe some sort of cruise might suit your needs? If you can afford it, a Kimberley cruise would be spectacular and eye-opening.
Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles
Member since 16 Oct 2017
Total posts 165
The most interesting architecture in NZ is Dunedin (19th century) and Napier (1930's art deco) I'd say, but there really isn't much otherwise.
Member since 07 Jan 2011
Total posts 140
Another nod for Canberra, which has developed into a great city with culture, art, food, and even wineries in the local area.
Member since 14 Jan 2013
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Agree with others re: architecture and just a quick point about NZ scenery:
How about Auckland to Wellington, ferry across and then down to Christchurch. Followed by Christchurch to Greymouth?
Member since 11 Oct 2014
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Speaking of New Zealand, I would recommend hiring a car and drive from Auckland up through Whangarei and terminating at Russell on the extreme North Coast. Russell, formerly known as Kororareka, was the first permanent European settlement and seaport in New Zealand. It also served as the original capital for many years. It is situated in the Bay of Islands, in the far north of the North Island. The architecture and geographic surrounds are somewhat different to much of the North Island and Russell has a recommendable artisan vibe. This can easily be done as a day trip .. and also involves a water crossing (minimal cost) on a basic car-ferry.
To the south, don't discount Rotorua either. Far more touristy, but there are substantial cultural institutions explaining and displaying Maori culture. Both destinations are highly suitable for elderly visitors and walking is generally flat.
Member since 09 May 2011
Total posts 172
Queenstown. Simply stunning
Queenstown is certainly stunning, but it is an "adventure" destination with little to interest older people who aren't into scenery. Some of the restaurants are good, many are overpriced and few can match those in Australia's cities. There isn't a museum (a small one nearby in Arrowtown looks at early settlement). Queenstown architecture has little of interest compared to say Canberra or Adelaide or even Wellington.
Member since 18 Aug 2017
Adelaide, the people make it just worth it, lots to see and good public transport, a nice large country town.
Member since 22 May 2017
Total posts 21
Based on what you'd like to see I would definitely recommend either Hobart or Christchurch & Wellington.
Member since 15 Apr 2016
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Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 08 Jun 2018
Total posts 144
If they like their food and drink then Adelaide and it’s surrounds are fabulous (I arrived in Australia 7 years ago from the U.K., my biggest regret, asides from ashes tours, is the fact it took me 3 years to get to Adelaide). Tasmania also incredible on that front as well.
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 12 Jul 2016
Total posts 14
Art Deco City - NAPIER - North Island - absolutely majestic !!!!! Bay of Islands equally - stunning and well worth the travel ex Auckland city
Member since 07 Nov 2018
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