Travel to New Zealand – Episode 104

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Linda and Craig of the Indie Travel podcast about their home in New Zealand. They talk about trekking, black water rafting (rafting in a cave), zorbing, bungee jumping, glaciers, hot springs, the haka, and just lying on the beach in this very beautiful country. Learn why after traveling all of the world they came back to New Zealand.


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Show Notes

Craig and Linda’s favorite New Zealand pictures
Craig and Linda’s New Zealand blog
Craig and Linda’s Bungie video

click here to download (mp3)
click here to download (iTunes enhanced)

New Zealand
100% Pure New Zealand
New Zealand event calendar
Rotorua official site
Kaweka Forest Park
Rap, Raft ‘n’ Rock (black water rafting outfitter at Waitomo Cave)
Queen Charlotte Sound
Queen Charlotte Track
Milford Track
North Island Weekend Tramps
South Island Weekend Tramps
International Antarctic Center, Christchurch

Internet Resources

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Chris Christensen

by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

2 Responses to “Travel to New Zealand – Episode 104”

Craig (mars-hill)


Hey Chris,

Thanks so much for having us on your show. We really enjoyed it!

A quick bit of errata, though: Linda said there were many maori attractions around Rangitoto, but she meant Rotorua. I also forgot to mention we’ve put together some advice for independent travel in New Zealand.

Cheers! Craig



I want to point out that I was very disappointed with the Rotorua area, and specifically the geothermal area.

Yosemite >>> Rotorua

If you have EVER been to Yosemite, don’t waste your time.

As for anything on the South Island, I recommend it. I wish I had spent all 13 days there (instead of 9 of 13).

Waitmo black water rafting – as mentioned (but it is really cold)
Abel Tasman sea kayaking – (overnighting on a houseboat with a 5-mile coastal hike out)
Milford Sound overnight cruise – (when the place is empty, peaceful and unbelievable)
Mt Cook Nat’l Park – (nice and short day hikes in some dramatic alpine scenery at the foot of this ominous mountain)
Queenstown – loved the jetboating on the Dart River (not the greatest of values, but memorable and unique nonetheless.

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