Australia or New Zealand?


Planning for a nice vacation?

Taking a vacation from the daily grind really sounds like a great idea. And most people I know, take nice vacations at least once or twice a year. Whether it’s to relax on a tropical island or head to the slopes – a break from the rigmarole cleanses the soul and can refresh many people.

That time is long overdue for Hoboken411.

vacationing in Australia or New Zealand from Hoboken NJ

Someplace extraordinary? Like another hemisphere?

With over 1,500 consecutive days delivering the finest Hoboken content online, I’m really considering taking a well-deserved break from the computer. My idea is to go someplace I’ve never been – and at the top of my list is either Australia or New Zealand.

Since the seasons are opposite of here in the northern hemisphere, my goal is to head “down under” when it’s cold and icy here in the Mile Square – perhaps around the Holidays, when things slow down a bit.

But this vacation is not something I’d feel comfortable with just packing a few items and getting on a plane for 24 hours. I’d need to know a lot about where I’m going, and what there is to do once the plane touches down.

Considering I just came up with this idea – I’ve just begun the research to see what I’m getting into (and for how long). Part of this discovery process – is to check out some of the blogs run by real people in the target destination. No fluffy marketing promos – just real advice from genuine individuals. I’ll try my best to find time to interact with some of the kind folks in the regions.

New Zealand

This sounds like an really beautiful place to visit. One blog I’ve started to read on a regular basis is Kiwi Bloke. This site talks about various destinations, travel tips, food and music.

Kiwibloke blog new zealand

Other blogs I’m checking out are:


Of course, Australia is massive compared to NZ – which would make planning the itinerary that much more difficult if I choose to hang out with the Aussies. “So much to do, in such little time.”

I’ve added a few blogs into my rotation as well, like This Australian Life, which gives you an idea of what they might be thinking down there.

This Australian Life Blog traveling abroad from Hoboken NJ

Other sites I’m delving into are:

  • Getting Down Under – another expat style site geared towards outsiders
  • Laura & Ed’s Adventure – Just found this one today, about a couple who spent a month in Australia. I’ll see what happened with them later.
  • Sydney Bar Zine – Gotta read about the bars and pubs, right? But it’s funny – I’m seeing the same damn WordPress theme everywhere. Does anyone have any originality anymore?

Where would you go? Have you been? Suggestions?

Naturally, whether I pick Australia or New Zealand – I have to make a stop for at least a few days over in FIJI! I heard that some of the most beautiful beaches in the world can be found there – and I’ve always talked about that being the place to retire.

However, I know very little about the country (other than the tasty water they export). That’s next on the travel research agenda once I can find the time.

Obviously, this website will never shut down, no “gone fishing” signs being hung here. So regardless how long I’ll be M.I.A., the site will run like it always does. I may need to recruit some volunteer help while I’m away. I hope that some of you would be happy to contribute a bit to allow 411 to recharge!

So which country would you pick if you had the choice? Have any of you been to either country? Have a recommendation?

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010 12:05 am

Since I’m an Australian, my feedback might be biased. With that in mind, I took my American wife for her first visit to Australia on our honeymoon and we both had a blast. Yes – it’s a massive place, but if you base yourself on the East coast you’ll be able to fit a huge amount in. I’m originally from the West coast of Oz (Perth), but putting aside the East/West coast rivalry thing I’d still recommend you stay on the East coast. Some of the things we did on my “show a Yank around Australia” trip were: -Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge. Do it at night, and it’s breathtaking. It’s not hard, very safe, and you get to wear a star-trek like futuristic jumpsuit that’s covered in harnesses, clips and two way radios (since you’re hundreds of feet above thousands of cars speeding beneath you, anything falling out of pockets is potentially lethal to the drivers below. Hence the pocketless jumpsuit) -Onstage of the Sydney Opera House. There is a tour that takes you all the way through the opera house. You get to go onstage, which is a pretty awesome photo op. My wife is a singer, so that was pretty cool for her. -Scuba dive in the shark aquarium at Manly Beach. Incredible experience! You don’t need to be a licensed SCUBA diver, as you are escorted by a shark wrangler, and you are given a lesson before you go into the aquarium. Being on the other (wet)… Read more »

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 1:06 pm

On Flight of the Conchords alone I pick New Zealand.

Murray: [To Jemaine] I’ve told you. When you are in a band, you don’t get with your bandmate’s girlfriend. Past or present.
Jemaine: Yes, well, thanks for that.
Murray: You get a love triangle, you know, a Fleetwood Mac situation. Although there was four of them, so more of a love square. But you know, no-one gets on.
Jemaine: Ok, I see.
Murray: Mind you, they did make some of their best music back then.
Bret: Rumours.
Murray: No. No, it’s all true.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 10:09 am

I cannot make a recommendation, as I have not been. But, as someone who use to really enjoy his vacations to Europe and the West Coast, all I can suggest is that you spend the time and plan as much as possible. Not that you have to keep to your plan, but a detailed itinerary is a nice thing to have with you. I would go as far as to print it on 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ pages, laminate it, and keep it with me at all times. It is a nice thing to have, especially when you are in a foreign, unfamiliar land, because when you don’t feel like “thinking about what to do”, you can just look at you plan and do it and enjoy. If you feel spontaneous, just ignore it. Honestly, it takes a lot of the stress out of the travel.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 9:46 pm

My recommendation is to bring extra pairs of long pants. I went in May and didn’t bring enough pairs of long pants.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 9:30 pm

FIJI. You can’t get any further away before you start coming back. Or something like that.

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