Hi - I will be arriving at Dunedin in late April - and find there is no bus into the city - 30 k away. The website recommends I prebook a shuttle. Do you think this is necessary? Or can I just rock up and find plenty waiting for customers? Also, the website makes no mention of cost. It just suggests that the more there are of you the cheaper it is. (It is very unsatisfactory actually.) A taxi costs about $90 apparently, so I don't want to do that.
Has anyone arrived at Dunedin airport recently so knows what the story is?
This is our first time to South Island, but won't be the last, that's why we are taking it easy instead of trying to see EVERYTHING. Please comment if this plan makes sense, or, you would advice differently -
Dec. 20 1:00pm, arrive at Queenstown airport pickup rental car to drive to Te Anau
Dec. 21-22, taking tours from touring companies from Te Anau to explore surrounding areas including the Sounds
Dec. 23 drive back to Queenstown area, stay 3nights in Queenstown area,
Dec. 24-25 explore Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka, Glenorchy
Dec. 26 Depart 3:40pm from Queentown airport
We would appreciate your response and open to your suggestions.
I'd like to visit the boulders next week for my birthday. Just don't know the best way to go there without driving a car though. Is there a train going all the way to Moeraki boulders? Not quite sure if Dunedin railways only goes to Palmerston and Oumaru without stopping at Moeraki. Or should we get off Palmerston and find a way to go to Moeraki? Or is there any other way, by bus maybe? Appreciate your suggestions!
Which week is better in terms of crowd and sites closure during holidays? We are from USA, a couple at 50 & early 60 plan to stop over at Queenstown for 1 week and visit family in Melbourne Australia for another week.
Hello! in about 3 weeks, me and my bf are flying to Dunedin and still have no hotel bookings and no itinerary yet. We are staying there for 4 days and 3 nights. Would appreciate any suggestions! Thank you in advance and happy new year!
Hi, I'm a student and am looking for cheap(ish) make-up and toiletries stores in Dunedin. I'm from the UK and am used to shops like Superdrug, Boots, Wilkinsons, Savers etc and was wondering if there are any similar priced places in Dunedin. Also (less important) does anyone know of any cheap but good hairdressers, preferably nearer to the university end of Dunedin.
Can anyone give me a rough idea how much a taxi would cost from the airport to the hotel on 20 Stanley Street?
Has anyone had to do the overnight stop over in Auckland on the connecting flight from Bris to Queenstown? We arrive in Auckland airport at 11:40pm and depart 7:10am the next morning.
Just wondering if it's worth going to one of the airport hotels nearby once we've picked up baggage etc or whether we should just sleep there overnight? Would also help to know how early we need to check in for AKL to ZQN flight also. Not too keen on novotel prices so don't suggest that please.
Thanks for your answers :)
Will travel to Auckland and Queenstown in first week of October. I have my ANZ card from Australia, can I use it in New Zealand and are there any charges? Also, how is the temperature in Oct and do I need to bring some warm clothes? Thanks.
we will be in dunedin december 18th need a good campsite etc thanks
I am going exploring the South Island over Easter (16-23 April) with my boyfriend and I'm just wondering if anyone knows of somewhere not too expensive to stay-- not too fussed on what its like as we will be out most of the time! Any suggestions would be awesome!
Please/ Thanks :)
I WILL BE IN QT FOR AFEW DAYS IN JULY. I DON'T SKI BUT WOULD LIKE TO GET BUS UP AND BACK TO EITHER, HAVE A LOOK, A WALK AND ACOFFEE, THEN COME BACK. POSIBLE?
My husband and I are doing the Milford track end of April, where is the best place to hire gear...pickup Queenstown. Cheers
I am travelling to New Zealand in Oct 2014 (25 Oct to 01st). Can anyone suggest itinerary for South Island? I am travelling wife & my 5 year old son. I understand it will be spring & at that point in time & hence end of skiing period however is there a possibility to see/play in snow in part of SI. My son is keen to see/play in snow as he has never done it before
Our daughter will be studying at University of Otago until June 2014. In determining her flight home out of Queenstown I am looking for information on the best way to get her and her large luggage to the airport. Bus/Shuttle schedules will come into play in determining departure time. Thank you for any info.
My question is - My family and I are thinking of heading to Lake Mahinerangi at Xmas. We intend to take our boat and camp at one of the many inlets. Is this allowed? We are a responsible family consisting of Grandad and his daughter, her partner and her 11 year old son.
Hi there, what would be the most essential gear to bring with me on my backpacking woofing excursion of a lifetime? My flight departs mid Oct. and I'm there until mid April. So far i have an eye mountaineer 80L pack, solidly rugged boots, and a sunhat. Any recommendations would be lovely. Thank you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Our group of 8 adults are taking a cruise in November, and will be docked at Dunedin for 10 hours. I am wondering is there a way for us to visit Queens Town from Dunedin that is workable within the 10 hours constraint.
Is there some local tour guide or tour company that can provide services for such a private tour?
is november 1st week a good time to visit queenstown?
can you get a bus from nelson to queenstown in the winter. if so what bus line is it
I know New Zealand/Queenstown is stunning almost any time of year. But my partner and I are looking to head down for a photography trip this autumn so our question is simple but important to us: when is the best time to visit Queenstown in the autumn? We really want to see Q'town in the "true autumn" period (when everything's just a riot of orange, red and yellow). We also recognise that the period is fleeting and the timing may shift from year to year. But we just want to maximise our chances of being there when it does happen.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Specific times (eg. "second half of April") would be most appreciated.
For background, this will be our second trip. The last was this past November - and WHAT a gorgeous country.
Thanks so much in advance!
Has anyone tried Break One Clay Target shooting? I've always wanted to do that and it looks like a great time. Any tips or info much appreciated!
I am looking for advice about hiring a car in Otago.
My plan is to fly into Queenstown and out of Dunedin - ideally I'd like to hire a car at Queenstown airport and drop it off at Dunedin airport, but if that's going to be very expensive I might decide to drive back to Queenstown and drop the car off there.
Any advice? I want to pay the lowest rate possible - am I crazy to expect that from a smaller town?
Also, I am arriving the day before the long weekend in March, will that affect prices, do you think?
thanks for any input
I would like to travel all over the south island in this november and have no idea to pack how is the weather and would I need any equient or winter coat to visit glacier area? Cheers
Hi, my family of four (2 children aged 10 and 12), will travel to South Island in early Feb 2013. We would like to have a relax holiday without lots of driving in a day. I have made a preliminary schedule below and please comment if it is fine:
Feb 1 to 4:
Stay in Queenstown to explore the Gondola and luge rides, beautiful views over Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, Coronet Peak, The Remarkable and Arrowtown
Checkout hotel in Queenstown and drive to Te Anau (2 hours) for old steam train at Kingston and take a short walk into the last part of the Kepler track to the Moturoa Hut.
Check out hotel in Te Anau and drive to Milford Sound from 6 a.m. (2 hours) and take Mitre Peak Cruise for the cruise to Milford Sound. Accommodation in Milford Lodge. Joint canoeing through Milford Lodge.
Half day mountain tracking in Milford Sound.
Check out Milford Lodge, drive to Wanaka (5 hours) for Wanaka Lake and Puzzling World. Accommodation in Wanaka.
Check out hotel in Wanaka, drive to Fox Glacier (3 hours) for Lake Matheson and some short walks near Fox Village. Accomodation in Fox Glacier.
Join half day tour on Fox Glacier walk, then visit Franz Josef Glacier. Accommodation in Fox Glacier.
Check out hotel in Fox Glacier and drive to Wanaka. Accomodation in Wanaka.
Check out hotel in Wanaka and drive back to Queenstown for Route 6, Lake Dunstan, Cromwell, Kawarau Gorge, Glenorchy, Gibbstone Valley Wine Caves and tour. Accommodation in Queenstown.
Fly back to Auckland.
Thanks a lot! It appears that the accommodation in Fox Glacier is very tight as many people will go there at that time. Once the above schedule is confirmed, I need to book the accommodation in Fox Glacier soonest possible.
Is it possible to view the sealions and seals in the Catlins during the day in August, or do they go somewhere else in winter?
What about the penguins at Nugget Point and Oamaru?
Me and my wife planing to go Queenstown & Chrischurch in early January 2013. We have planned to spent 10days over there. Our main interest on snow,mountain,lakes,falls.We will land Chrischurch first then go to Queenstown.We liked to hire a car but not sure from where it will be suitable in our journey. Could you please advise us what best interesting places we can visit during our tour.If you also please give us some tips on car hire and accommodation.
Hi, my friend and I are going to tge Otago/ Dunedin are for three months from beginning of July. We are Australian citizens so don't need a working visa, but can anyone please assist with websites to find accommodation or trustworthy recruitment agencies?
Also is it Dunedin in the Otago region or is the whe area Otago and Dunedin is like a suburb? Silly question I know but I'm confused!! Is it nice? We were thinking there because with the Uni the rent looks cheaper and it's not on a fault line! Plus it looks oh so pretty..
We are a family of 9 (4 adults, 1 senior and 4 children between 8-15 years), from INDIA.
We shall be arriving in Queenstown on the 12th May 2012, at about 4.00 pm or so,
from Rotorua by the Air NZ flight.
We are staying the night at Crown Plaza. The next day 13th, we have kept at free, before visiting Milford Sound on the 14th May and proceeding to Franz Josef on 15th May.
What is you advise for us to do on our free day?
Hi All, My daughter and I are travelling to NZ at the beginning of March and have been going crazy trying to plan this trip.We arrive in Queenstown and depart from Christchurch and we have 10 days to fill in. There just seems to me to be too many beautiful places to see but time is limited so can anyone give us any suggestions please of what to see and do. We are planning on hiring a car from Queenstown and driving to Christchurch taking 10 days to do the trip. Any help would be much appreciated.