Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Travelers’ Night In — Best of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific!


On this week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, the theme was The Best of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific! As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about some new destinations!

Quick note: I apologize for the delay! Last night, my site was hit with major tech issues for the first time ever and went down for 12 hours, of which I spent approximately 11 screaming. I’m so thankful the site is okay. Thank you for your kind words, and thank you for your support of this blog!  I love our #TNI community.

I haven’t been to Australia, New Zealand or anywhere in the South Pacific yet, so this week I’ll gracefully sit out and display the best responses:

Q1. Which spot is the best – OZ/NZ/S. Pacific Islands? Why?

AmateursAfrica Easy. Aus – it’s got everything the others have in 1 – Islands in the north, snow in the south & adventure all over

mobilelawyer New Zealand is all it is cracked up to be. Food. Wine. Outdoor activities.Water.Mountains. Friendliest people.

SheilaBeal I would have to say Bora Bora in French Polynesia is probably my pick.

travelerkate Haven’t been, but I’ll pick NZ because of Flight of the Concords…

Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand, image by IanL

Q2. Best attraction in Australia?

cfinjer King’s Canyon in the Northern Territory or just chilling w/wallabies & kangaroos while driving the Great Ocean Road

MarinKidsTravel Great Barrier Reef. The Sydney Aquarium is fantastic. See it before the reef so you know your fish!

SadieGeoghegan Fraser Island has got to be done. And Nimbin! And the White Haven Beach and Sydney Opera.

globetrooper Watching people trying to drown on Bondi beach just to get on the tv series, Bondi Rescue

Fraser Island image by Michael Dawes

Q3. Most adventurous activity in the S. Pacific?

travelswithtwo The muddy, steep, gorgeous Cross Island Trek on Rarotonga in the Cooks!

adventurati I felt that the Mad River Boarding I did in Queenstown was one of the dumbest activities, if not adventurous

TravelMaestro most adventuros for me was sailing ALONE in Fiji – my 1st time alone & was a little scared, but i handled it!

AOBdolce Firewalking. If Pam from the Office can do it, so should I!

Firewalking image by davida3

Q4. Favorite Island in the S. Pacific? Why there?

EliteTravelGal Fiji, 4 sure. Nothing compares 2 Laucala Island

pureORAwalks North Island of Nz.. Lots of friendly people.. Best walk in thw world Tongariro Crossing. Lake Taupo is gorgeous

cfinjer Exploring the Whitsundays by sailboat. Hands down.

travel_version Tasmania. So beautiful it should come with a warning 🙂

Tasmania image by **sasho

Q5. Most unique souvenir you’ve snagged in the S. Pacific?

WldTrvlBill Wanted a new boomerang, but couldn’t get rid of the old one ! It kept coming back !

simcmanus Greenstone or bone pendants are a right of passage for travellers who’ve been to NZ, but you should be given them ideally

poohstraveler Unique souvenir-hand picking pearls for custom made necklace-I know area is known for pearls, but cool I designed my own.

melissawrites2 Why, a bottle of vegemite of course!

Q6. Biggest surprise/ disappointment in OZ/NZ?

MktgTourGuide Coming across 30 seals at the foot of a waterfall on a walking trail NZ

llgable Was surprised by the sparkling red wine in Wellington at Domaine Chandon in OZ. Popular w/locals during holiday w/yorkshire pudding

gtrot Disappointment? not drinking any Fosters Beer in the outback!

theexplorateur That I didn’t meet Brett or Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords…

Flight of the Conchords image by lesliemiperry

Q7. What is your fav. off the beaten track gem in the S. Pacific?

eat_your_world So many! Oz’s Flinders Range, small beach towns north of Auckland, all of Tasmania

LAKarenLoftus Grab ATV & head to Narnia Forest outside of Auckland. Its v remote & the ride on the beach nearby is empty w/ black sand. Mystical

awayblog Papua New Guinea, so much more than the headhunter cliches, incl. diving, jungle trekking, kayaking

DangerousBiz Either the Coromandel Peninsula or driving the Southern Scenic Route in New Zealand.

Coromandel Peninsula image by vtveen

Q8. Must try / avoid foods of OZ/NZ/ S. Pacific?

purplekat99 try: Meat pies, chip buddies, tim tams. avoid: vegemite!

MyTWavelAgent try Moreton Bay Bugs – small crayfish

camdenluxford Just has to be cooked right! Try an awesome croc curry

ljrexpeditions Try/Avoid Snickers Bars smothered in Vegemite.

Q9. Best place to stay in the S. Pacific?

lax2nrt The Park Hyatt Sydney has the best location on Sydney Harbour. view of the Opera House AND the Harbour Bridge.

WanderLoz I recommend staying in Palm Cove in Queensland. Between Cairns and Port Douglas. A little slice of paradise.

TryItFoodTravel I would love even one night at the St. Regis Bora Bora, the hotel from Couple’s Retreat movie.

GetPackedTravel Any overwater bungalow in French Polynesia, truly heaven on earth !!

French Polynesia image by vgm8383

Q10. Tips for handling long flights?

maggiesoladay I listen to The American Life podcasts- time flies!

GoApril Us wkly-People-Ipod-Movie-Drinks-snacks – ambien

LandLopers I’m 6’2″, couldn’t even imagine. *shudder*

museyon I’ve got two words for you: beverage cart. And I’m not talking sodas.

Sydney image by Lin_rOm

And that’s the week!

Travelers’ Night In, founded and organized by the lovely ladies at ZipSetGo, takes place on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 ET. All are welcome! Follow the #TNI tag to see the questions and conversation!

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17 Responses to “Travelers’ Night In — Best of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific!”
  1. Kirsten says:

    OMG. I want to go to every place pictured and mentioned. Like, now please!! Thank you for another AWESOME recap 🙂

  2. Cool, thanks for the mention, Kate. Awesome job with the photos there. They really sell the region — and then some! Hope your site’s back on the mend!

    • Kate says:

      It is. Thank you. 🙂

      I loooove the Flickr Creative Commons license! That’s where every credited photo on this site comes from. All uncredited ones are my own.

  3. Big thank yous to Kate for pulling together another kick ass recap, despite tech woes. You are one awesome, dedicated gal.

  4. Thanks for another great recap Kate.
    #TNI is getting so popular that the tweets flow like a waterfall and I missed some of the great answers to those travel questions you’ve chosen here. I’m so glad it turned out to be a popular topic, and hope it’s convinced you and others that you need to come see us “Down Under” in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific?
    Though you might need a couple of months to see everything that was recommended above!

  5. ngahuia says:

    thanks for the recap Kate!

  6. Thanks Kate! So great to be able to catch up since I missed most of it. Glad the tech woes got sorted – have a great weekend.


  7. Sheila Beal says:

    Thank you for the recap, Kate.

    TNI destination chats make me want to hop on the next plane! I must practice restraint. 🙂

  8. WhyGo France says:

    What is next week’s TNI? Did I miss the teaser?

  9. Michela says:

    …what a shame, I missed this round of questions about my fave spot of the world !!

  10. Annie says:

    I can’t believe I missed the discussion!! Although, I don’t know if I could choose any favorites… I definitely LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about Oz, NZ and the Pacific Islands and can’t wait to get back! Great input and pics!!!

  11. Chris Johnson says:

    Stumbled onto your site…love it!!! You rock!!

    So am sure you’ve seen heard some strange stories about travel. Here’s mine in a nutshell.

    Northwest Airlines mechanics went on strike 11 years ago. Kicked to the curb I was. So at 45 had to re-invent myself and ended up living on a 747 as a ride on freight mechanic circumnavigating the globe about every 32 hrs. ish for 5 years. Went places and saw things I never imagined….occasionally I did in fact get to do and see things. Practically lived in the middle east. Had always wanted to travel the world. And I did, just not quite the way I had imagined. Be that as it were, I am now 57 and finally got my life back and am now working back where it all began in MSP for Delta. Suffice it to say, I will still travel and def. have the bug and it is nice to see you living your dream. Off to Panama in 2 months to check out retirement potential 14 yrs hence. Would go to Hawaii…love it…been there 12 times..always never want to leave….can’t $$$$$ it though. I DID hike Maui as well Kauai so if you need clues (I doubt) of where to go I got a few. Any input of Panama would be great…going to the Anton area….keep up the good work!!! Chris

  12. Lisa Lomas says:

    You will definately want to travel to New Zealand especially if you want to do more epic photos for your blog. The things I would definately recommend is south island and specific parts of North Island. Wellington, Auckland, Tauranga, Hawkes Bay ( I live here) and the Rotorua tourist spot is nice. If you love scenery, beaches and natural life then yes do come.

  13. Your blog is awesome Kate! I’m going to follow you from now on 🙂
    I wonder why you have never been to New Zealand.
    Are you planning on going there? I can really recommend it, mostly the South Island.. It’s beautiful! 🙂
    The only thing… it’s expensive. But definitely awesome, if you like hiking and breathtaking nature.

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