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    • 9 Days on North Island & bringing a folding bike on my trip to NZ

      New Zealand Aug 14, 2015 at 8:39 PM

      Hi

      I have 9 days on the North Island , after a week on official visit here. Will have visited Rotorua for 3 days & Auckland for another 3 ('usual' sites like Taupo, Waitomo, etc). Am looking at the Coromandels on my extension stay. Would appreciate it if you have suggestions of what are the must sees for the Coromandels & on the north island. Thanks.

      Am also considering bringing along a folding bike for the trip. How easy is it to bring this up trains and buses? Is it a good idea? (Bringing it on the plane shouldn't be a problem).

      thanks for any advice while I also frantically try to do my readings!

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    • Rental car, cricket and rugby

      New Zealand Aug 20, 2015 at 11:58 AM

      Hello, I'll be in NZ in January. I'd like to know if it's possible to attend a cricket or rugby game. As I will be visiting North and South Island, let me know when and where I can attend rugby or cricket and I will see if it's possible for me to be there. I haven't found any on Internet thus far.

      Also, I've searched a lot to find an affordable price for a car rental in Aucland to Wellington (drop off) from January 1 to January 6 2016. Prices are very expensive. I've checked Apex, go rentals and a lot of other rental companies. It seems it is no cheap. Anybody can help me?

      thanks !!!!

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    • ABALONE PAUA SHELLS

      New Zealand Aug 11, 2015 at 4:24 PM

      Hi everyone, I am looking for a jewelry box whose lid is an abalone shell. I know it came from New Zealand, but I can't place the supplier of this item.
      I found various places in NZ where they sell the shells, but they do not make any products out of them.

      If someone knows where these items are sold, I would be very grateful for the info.

      Alfredo

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    • NZ for 20 days in January 2016

      New Zealand Aug 17, 2015 at 9:48 AM

      Hello all! I've done a lot of research for this trip that I had in mind for years.. My plane tickets are bought :)
      However, the most difficult part is to choose among too many nice places to visit/see.

      So, I have the following questions. I would appreciate your help, even though you could answer only one of these:

      I will start with the North Island.

      1.It's a very busy period around January 1st in Paihia. Accomodation is very expensive. For that reason, I think I would instead stay 2 days in the Coromandel area OR in the Bay of Plenty area. I can't make a choice. Any help?

      2. Not sure about Tauranga...Is the White Island interesting?

      3.Would like to see the Polyneysians spas near Rotorua. I think I'd like to spend 2 days there. Would like to experience the hot pools. Not sure about the hobbit though. Was said it's a tourist trap.

      4. Perhaps 1 day in Rotorua and one day in Taupo( Wairakei Geothermal). What do you think?

      5. I would like to do one day of trecking only. I thought that the Tongariro would be a nice place for that. Or, I may choose the South Island for that day of trecking. Is Tongariro a must do?

      6.I think Napier might be a nice destination for the Art Deco and the wine (Hawke's Bay - that Sauvignon is one of my favorites)

      7. Then from Napier to Wellington. 2 days for the city is enough? I will visit the Te papa, cable car, Mount Victoria.

      8. Wondering if it's worth it to take the ferry from Well. to Picton or to fly directly from Well. to Christchurch. Then I could go to Greymouth via Arthur's Pass. If I take the ferry, I would go to Nelson and then to Wesport (and then down the West Coast).

      9. The ferry would allow me to go to Blenheim and the wineries. Is it very different from the Napier area?

      10. Is the Punakaiki between Westport and Greymouth? If yes, I will have to drive between those 2 cities. Is there a time of the day or of the year when it's better for the blowholes?

      11. By the way, I have driven only once on the left side of the road (in Scotland). I am wondering (very important question) if the roads are OK for a person that is not used to the left driving??? Especially down the West coast of south island. Is it true that there are bends and no fence protection on the roads (fall in the valley?) and that is is dangerous?

      12.I want to do the glaciers, but take the Heli on only one of them. Do you suggest Franz or Fox for the heli?

      13.From the glaciers I would go to Queenstown and base there for 3 days.Or base 1 day in Wanaka?

      14. Is the road from Wanaka to Queenstown difficult (left drive)?

      15.I'd like to go to Milford Sound and drive one way only (not drive back and forth, because it might be too long a day). Are you aware of a company doing a tour one way only?

      16. I'd really like to go to Mount Cook, but it seems impossible to do considering the fact I will do the glaciers. the only possible way of doing it would be to take a tour (coach) from Queenstown for one day, back and forth the same day. Is it really worth it? Of course I'd like to see Lake Pukaki.... But considering that the weather can prevent me from seeing the Mount, is it really a good idea to do such a very long coach tour .... Your help on this one will be particularly appreciated.

      17. And finally I will spend 2 or 3 days in Christchurch before going back home. Is a day trip to Kaikoura to see the whales a good idea? I am just wondering if it's the season for the whales in January.Or How about Akaroa instead of Kaikoura (if I cant do both).

      Thanks a lot for your precious help.

      I understand that doing this involves a big amount of driving. But i think I have no choice if I want to do the most and make stops to admire the beauties on the road!

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      Booking the car rental

      New Zealand Aug 11, 2015 at 8:50 AM

      Hi,

      This is my first time going on a self-drive tour. Is it necessary to pre-book before I reach or is it Ok to book at the aiport?

      Also, if I have a Singapore driving license, that is accepted in New Zealand?

      Thanks.

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      If I like quiet is Fletcher Bay Campground the wrong place on New Year's Eve?

      Coromandel Aug 2, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      If I like quiet is Fletcher Bay Campground the wrong place on New Year's Eve?

      4 Answers Aug 4, 2013 at 2:29 AM
    • craft galleries

      Hot Water Beach Sep 25, 2011 at 8:40 AM

      We visited the Coramandel earlier this year 2011 and somewhere near Hot water beach in North island, we visited a craft centre/gallery that had lots of lovely colourful ceramics and fountains and a shop near the entrance selling ornaments, sculptures and jewellery, some made of nz greenstone. I don't know why I didn't get a business card, but it was a flying visit. Anyone able to help me on this please? Whereabouts and name of place would be good. Can't get back in a hurry from the uk, so help would be appreciated.

      6 Answers Sep 25, 2011 at 3:51 PM
    • Rental Cars

      Pauanui Feb 14, 2009 at 10:46 PM

      Are there any rental cars available in Pauanui?

      4 Answers Feb 21, 2009 at 2:05 PM
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      2 days on the Coromandel

      Kuaotunu Nov 9, 2008 at 10:44 AM

      I would like a tip on a good place to stay for 2 days, 12/25 & 12/26 2008, on the Coromandel peninsula. I was at Kuaotunu in December of 1985 and had lunch on the beach. I remember they were selling waterfront lots on the long sandy beach to the north for3,500 to4,500 NZ$ at the time. I want to hike around the area and am looking for a comfortable place anywhere around the noth end.

      2 Answers Nov 30, 2008 at 12:50 PM
    • Looking for an adult to stay with us in whangamata after christmas and during new years

      Coromandel Nov 1, 2008 at 12:28 AM

      We have a bach at new years at whangamata but the condition is we need a parent.
      We will pay for rent etc its just that we need and adult there. You will get the whole bach for yourself every night we will tent outside so we wont disturb you all we ask is to cook clean etc. Thanks

      3 Answers Nov 2, 2008 at 3:58 PM
    • What is the best way to get from Auckland Airport to Whangamata?

      Whangamata Apr 11, 2008 at 3:41 AM

      I arrive on a Tuesday morning at 5.45am.

      1 Answer Apr 13, 2008 at 7:37 PM
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      Visit NZ

      Coromandel Jul 8, 2003 at 1:52 PM

      Hello, we are a bunch of guys who would like to visit NZ. We have a lot of general information but we would like to have some info about spots who are worthwhile seeing and not commercially exploited Is there some one who could give us some spots??? Thanks in advance

      5 Answers Aug 31, 2003 at 12:08 PM