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    • Christchurch to Greymouth (Tranzalpine to CChurch) OR Picton to Christchurch

      New Zealand Sep 15, 2015 at 10:42 AM

      Hello all!
      I have to decide if I will do 1) Mount Cook OR 2) take the boat (interislander) between Welly and Picton :
      1) Take a flight from Wellington to Christchurch, then go down to Mt Cook, Queenstown, Milford, Queenstown, the glaciers, Greymouth and then the train back to Christchurch OR
      2) Take the interislander from Wellignton to Picton, then to the glaciers, Queenstown, Milford and then back to Queenstown (flight to Christchuch).

      If I choose option 1, I wont see Mount Cook
      If I choose option 2 I wont see the Cook Strait between Welly and Picton

      Any ideas?

    • For or Franz Josef

      New Zealand Sep 22, 2015 at 9:21 AM

      I will do the heli-hike on one of the 2 glaciers (one only) in January. I've got a couple of recommendations which are to do Fox instead of Franz Josef if I can do only one of them.

      I am just wandering why? Why if Fox superior to Franz? Thanks!

    • Hike by myself

      New Zealand Sep 15, 2015 at 11:19 AM

      Is it possible to walk that trail *3 hours without a guide? I mean by myself.. early in the morning then take the cruise then back to Te Anau the same day? I dont want to stay at Milfords...Anyway almost everything is booked in January...

      Do I have tomake a reservation to walk to the Key summit?

    • Hello! Franz Josef

      New Zealand Sep 15, 2015 at 10:31 AM

      I've been told that it's not possible anymore to hike on Franz Josef and that I would have to go to Fox if I want to walk on the glacier. Can somebody confirm? Thanks.

    • Wanaka to Queenstown

      New Zealand Sep 15, 2015 at 12:05 PM


      I have read that the road to Queenstown to Wanaka via Crown Range is particularly challenging. How about in January? I have never driven the left side of the road...

    • tips for young family

      New Zealand Sep 13, 2015 at 11:37 PM

      tips for young couple and 15 month old todder regards porta cots etc in family friendly accomm and purchasing a stroller close to Christchurch airport arriving late oct

    • Ice/snow on the top...

      New Zealand Sep 15, 2015 at 10:53 AM

      Is it still possible to see these mounts/ Glaciers covered in snow/ice during the month of January (summer)? I've been told that the ice melted a lot during the last few years... I'd like to see snow covered mounts... Is it worth to go to Mount Cook during the summer?

    • Coromandel

      New Zealand Sep 22, 2015 at 9:24 AM

      Hi! I will be a few days in the North Island in January. I have eliminated the Paihia area because there will be a lot of vacationers there at this time of the year and that accomodation is very expensive. I could go to Coromandel by car OR take a tour from Auckland... I'd like to see the cove (cathedral). But it seems to be complicated to get there... Perhaps a a tour that would allow me to see it from the sea? Any ideas?

      P.S. Is it true that the area has been prohibited because there is a danger of rock collapse - near the cove?


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      East Cape Lighthouse

      East Cape Feb 17, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      I plan to visit the East Cape lighthouse, has anyone been there? How steep is the walk up. Lots of steps I believe, any more info would be appreciated, thanks.

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      Couple of days in hopefully sunny Gisborne.

      Gisborne Oct 24, 2007 at 1:57 PM


      We've nabbed a couple of cheap flights just before Christmas and are spending 20th - 22nd December in Gisborne. Any top tips on how to be spending our time there?

      Also, I'm trying to keep to a fairly tight budget at the moment, and have been looking at the YHA there as a means of keeping our accommodation costs down. If anyone has any opinions about the place I'd be glad to hear them, or any other recommendations.

      Cheers :-)

      4 Answers Nov 4, 2007 at 2:40 PM
    • It's bothering me! Help!

      East Cape Oct 28, 2003 at 3:15 PM

      Hi all! Y'know when you just cannot think of something that you are convinced you should know?! Well, earlier this year while in NZ I travelled with a friend round the east cape and we wanted to see the sunrise at East Cape Lighthouse so we stayed in a backpackers about half an hour or so, maybe an hour from the lighthouse. it was just after you pass Hicks Bay, we came down a hill and there was a longish stretch of road and their was a deserted beach on the left and this backpackers was stuck right there, right next to the beach on this open piece of flat land. we stayed there and loved it, it was beautiful, right there by the beach, it as only a little place and I'd love to remember the exact name of it but I can't for the life of me remember so this is just a shot in the dark on the off chance that someone out there knows what I'm talking about! We got up at 4:30am and drove just a bit down the main road and then turned off onto the gravel/shingle road that took us to the lighthouse. it wasn't in te araroa i know that. it was just on its own by the beach kinda halfway between hicks bay and te araroa i guess. I think it was something like ocean view or sunrise something or other. Boy! I WISH I could remember, its been niggling me all day......oh well, I'm not expecting any replies to this posting but thanks for taking the time to read this :-) thanks sarah

      2 Answers Oct 30, 2003 at 10:07 AM