trip report: New Zealand & Maui, Dec 2016 to Jan 2017 – part 6, final impressions and budget

This is part 6, the final post about our trip around the pacific covering New Zealand and Maui adventures over the holiday break from December 2016 to January 2017. In this section, I’ll wrap up our trip by going over our expenses, our impressions, and what I’d change the next time I plan a trip like this. You can navigate to each of the other sections in this blog series in the complete index below (in my long entry fashion, the you may have to click on the link twice for the correct page anchor location since the pictures might take a bit to load).

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trip report: Maui, January 2017

This is part 5 of our holiday break trip around the Pacific from December 2016 to January 2017 where we traveled to New Zealand and Maui. You can also to other parts below in the index.

I’ve personally been on Maui on three different trips. Obviously, it is a place I enjoy. This part of the trip report will be based on experiences from my parents and myself on this current trip, but will also feature information from my previous visits and other research I’ve done about Maui over the years. As such, the flow will be a little bit different.

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trip report: New Zealand, December 2016 – part 1, research and planning

New Zealand is among the most well-known trekking regions in the world, emphasized by The Lord of the Rings Trilogies. Among the treks, or tramps as the kiwi’s call it, are 10 great walks. However, such notoriety draws tremendous number of visitors and subsequently makes a trip to New Zealand difficult to plan and expensive to undertake. This is especially the case during a major holiday season like the time Christmas and New Years. Housing, either paid or award airline tickets, transportation, and permits for the great walks are many of the obstacles that needs to be planned, and extremely meticulous so in order to keep costs down.

Because of the length and complication of our trip, this trip report is broken up into several entries and taking me a while to write. Learning to work with Lightroom also has made the process a little longer.

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