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?
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!
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...
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?
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?
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
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.
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
As I will not be renting a car in Auckland, I thought of getting the AT Hop Day Pass . With this pass, can I use it to take public transport to the airport?
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?
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!
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!
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.
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?
Hi may I know where is the best place to watch others bungy jump in Queenstown?
I have searched online but not too many leads on this: We have thirteen school teachers visiting Auckland and Rotorua in Sept and would prefer to have a bus/coach (with driver) take us around.
Would anyone know of any good and reliable companies that do this?
My family and I are traveling to New Zealand this December for the first time. This is also our first time encountering the Daylight Saving Time.
Please help me to answer these questions
1. How are my flight timings affected. We have both international and domestic flights
2. How should I set my watch upon arriving at Auckland? I am from Singapore.
3. Will our gadgets such as iPhone adjust to the daylight saving time automatically?
4. What do I have to look out for when booking hotel dates and local tours such as cruises?
Thank you so much for your help.
We are looking at flying from Napier to Queenstown one way on Air New Zealand. However, the transit at ChristChurch is only 35min to 40min long.
As we have never experienced such short layover time and this is our first time to New Zealand, I am unsure if this is sufficient for us as a family with children in tow.
Is the Christchurch transit process fast and are the gates near?
We have 4 nights in Manapouri next January and want to do the DS trip on one of the three full days at our disposal. The question is, how far ahead do we need to book? Ideally, we would prefer to do what we did for Milford a couple of years ago, i.e. book the trip when we arrive so as to pick the better day weather-wise. Would this be possible for Doubtful?
I would like to ask if I am able to get portable wifi devices which I can use to connect multiple gadgets, at Auckland International Airport?
As I am travelling with the old and the young ,I would like to have a portable wifi with me at all times to minimise chance of getting lost and to check for information whenever needed.
Secondly, I would like to ask what is the best spot for taking a picture of the harbour bridge? We are looking at taking a picture with the whole structure as close as possible and head for elsewhere because we only have half a day in Auckland.
I found The Wharf but it seems that we have to either dine or attend an event there to get in. Is that correct?
Is the parking lot at Westhaven drive a good place for it?
Thank you for all your help!
where do the locals in auckland eat, that is reasonable in price
Hi, will be driving from Nelson to Franz Josef next February. Which route would be best to take. Also how long will it take. Cheers Denise
Hi again, will be driving from Gisborne to Opotika via state highway 2. Could anyone tell me where we could stop for coffee/lunch.
Wondered if best to stay in Havelock North or Napier for 2 nights on our way to Mt Manganui. Cheers Denise
Hi, where would be best for a few nights stay. Napier or Gisborne. Thanks Denise
Having trouble finding evaluations of campsites. In USA have Woodall and good Sam guides. Are there any guides describing and evaluating holiday parks
Hello all! I'm moving to Auckland in a few months! Very excited to be back in a beautiful city in a beautiful country. Have done some research for the move but I still have some questions related to administrative matters and would love input from VTers. For context, this won't be my first time living in a place that isn't my home country. In fact, quite the opposite. Been a nomad for a long time so just need to know the specifics for NZ for consideration. Thank you for any help you can offer!
1. Which bank is better to set up a savings account? The most important thing would be customer service and that online banking is available.
2. Which credit cards are best to get/ should I consider getting? There are so many options; I tend to prefer those that help you accumulate miles or those that offer points which can then be converted into miles (no surprises there!)
3. I hear that insulation isn't great in buildings. Other than wearing jackets indoors, any tricks to save on electricity/heating bills?
My friend and I are travelling to NZ South Island in August in a campervan.
We are travelling Christchurch - Lake Pukaki - Queenstown - Franz Josef - Hamner Springs - Christchurch.
Our only concern is I've read that we cannot park our campervan anywhere (eg. on side of the road to grab groceries or to eat lunch) and can only park it in designated campervan sites - which we are totally fine with, but in terms of travelling from and to campervan site is our worry. Maybe we haven't done enough research, however it seems like sites are quite a distance from centre of city/ skiing sites / places we want to go and see. Is there convenient campervan sites in Queenstown that's close to everything? or would we have to catch taxi from and to places or even borrow bikes?
As a part of my honey-moon trek, I will be spending 3 nights in Auckland, New Zealand. Here is what my tour operator planned so far, I figured to get your expert opinions on the current itinerary, and what to add/remove.
Day 1: Pride of Auckland Dinner Cruise (WestHaven Marina) - 6 PM - 8:30 PM
Day 2: Hobbiton Express Tour - 7 AM - 3 PM
Day 3: Waitomo & Rotoura Experience - 7:30 AM - 8:10 PM
To be honest, My fiance is not very into Lord of the Rings, she is doing the hobbiton tour because I think its something that everyone has to see. I am looking for the breathtaking views that newzealand is known for but I don't think im getting it with the current tours...
My first time to NZ soon....can you please help to review my planned itinerary and advise if too ambiltious / if there is a better way to do it?
D1: Reach Auckland, Domestic flight to christchurch, Overnight Christchurch
D2: Christchurch to Kaikoura for whale watching. Kaikoura - > Punakaiki > Hokitika . Overnight in Hokitika
D3: Hokitika to Fox Glacier / Franz Josef Glacier. Which would you recommend?
D4: Glacier -> Wanaka -> Arrowtown -> Queenstown
D5: Queenstown -> Te Anau
D6: Te Anau -> Milford Sound -> Queenstown
D7: Domestic flight to Wellington
D8: Wellington -> Tongariro (just pass by, not going for the long walk) -> Taupo
D9:Taupo -> Rotorua ->Hobbiton->Waitomo
D10: Waitomo -> Auckland