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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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      Watching others Bungy Jump

      Queenstown Jul 30, 2015 at 9:02 PM

      Hi may I know where is the best place to watch others bungy jump in Queenstown?

      6 Answers Aug 1, 2015 at 2:09 AM
    • Campervan trip

      Queenstown Jun 4, 2015 at 3:24 AM

      Hi everyone,

      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?

      Thank you

      3 Answers Jul 18, 2015 at 3:57 AM
    • Travel Queenstown to Christchurch

      Queenstown May 6, 2015 at 10:39 PM

      We are planning to travel/drive from Queensland to Christchurch on 3 June 2015, taking the route highways 8, 83 and 1.
      Is this route okay at this time of the year?

      7 Answers May 16, 2015 at 10:08 PM
    • Need help for local information

      Queenstown Apr 23, 2015 at 5:45 AM

      1. where is the best place to buy wine and beer in queenstown, southland, westcoast, around picton?
      2. Are the supermarkets the same pricing for meat (beef, chicken beasts)? Which supermarket chain has the best deals?
      3. Is BBQ in NZ charcoal or electricity ? What do I need to buy if I want to do BBQ at my accomodation? For eg, BBQ utensils, butter? oil? seasoning? etc Do I hv to stock all these items up? What are the basic seasoning provided there?
      4. Is coffee provided at guesthouse, backpackers, hostels in the morning? I would like to hv coffee before I drive to wake up and need to get coffee somewhere if possible!

      OR can someone tell me what are the things I hv to stock up at the supermarket before I start my road trip becos these items are not provided at any accomodation in NZ.

      5. I intend to rent a car to stock up at a cheaper price for travel. I hv heard of fuel savings programme at supermarket in NZ and wonder what is this about?

      6. Where can I buy bluff oysters if I am not intending to drive up to bluff. I would love to try local seafood, and so far I have only heard of bluff oysters. Can someone tell me more on what type of local seafood and fish I should buy and try at local supermarket? I heard NZ has lots of such good food and I am getting hungry reading alone! THANKS.

      3 Answers Apr 23, 2015 at 9:37 PM
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      Best hostel in Queenstown

      Queenstown Apr 2, 2015 at 5:10 PM

      Hi, I would like to know if anyone can suggest me a good hostel in Queensland?

      7 Answers Apr 6, 2015 at 8:33 PM
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      Tranpsort from airport into the city

      Dunedin Feb 27, 2015 at 7:55 AM

      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?

      6 Answers Jul 31, 2015 at 9:34 PM
    • 6 days in South Island, 3 nights based in Te Anau, 3 nights based in Queenstown area?

      Queenstown Feb 11, 2015 at 2:59 PM

      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.

      Thank you.

      3 Answers Mar 15, 2015 at 5:00 AM
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      How to go to Moeraki from Dunedin

      Moeraki Jan 17, 2015 at 1:57 AM

      Hi,

      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!

      Thank you!

      Haydee

      2 Answers Jan 18, 2015 at 10:01 AM
    • Week Dec. 20-27 or Dec. 28- Jan. 2 for Queenstown

      Queenstown Jan 14, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      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.

      3 Answers Jan 15, 2015 at 1:29 PM
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      Itinerary for 3 days in Dunedin

      Dunedin Jan 2, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      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!

      Haydee

      2 Answers Jan 3, 2015 at 1:36 PM
    • Cheap Make-Up Stores

      Dunedin Oct 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      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.

      Thanks!

      1 Answer Nov 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM
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      Taxi from airport to hotel

      Queenstown Aug 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Can anyone give me a rough idea how much a taxi would cost from the airport to the hotel on 20 Stanley Street?
      Thanks

      3 Answers Aug 22, 2014 at 4:33 AM
    • Overnight stopover in Auckland (from Bris to Queenstown)

      Queenstown Jun 16, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      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 :)

      3 Answers Jun 24, 2014 at 1:15 PM
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      AU to NZ Currency

      Queenstown May 16, 2014 at 7:20 AM

      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.

      4 Answers Aug 26, 2014 at 6:18 AM
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      two english campervan travelers

      Dunedin Apr 17, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      we will be in dunedin december 18th need a good campsite etc thanks

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      Accommodation in Queenstown

      Queenstown Mar 23, 2014 at 1:50 AM

      Hi there!
      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 :)

      5 Answers Mar 23, 2014 at 10:55 PM
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      DAY TRIP FOR NON SKIER TO CORONET PEAK OR REMARKABLES

      Queenstown Mar 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      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?

      4 Answers Mar 2, 2014 at 2:24 PM
    • Hiking Gear Hireage Queenstown

      Queenstown Jan 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      My husband and I are doing the Milford track end of April, where is the best place to hire gear...pickup Queenstown. Cheers

      1 Answer Jan 26, 2014 at 9:43 PM
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      South Island Vacation-NZ

      Queenstown Dec 7, 2013 at 3:45 AM

      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

      6 Answers Dec 7, 2013 at 8:30 PM
    • Transportation to Queenstown Airport from Dunedin

      Dunedin Dec 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      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.

      5 Answers Dec 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM
    • Camping at Lake Mahinerangi

      Otago Oct 23, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      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.

      1 Answer Oct 23, 2013 at 11:46 PM
    • Queenstown Oct. to April. what to bring?

      Queenstown Sep 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      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. christinakelly421@gmail.com

      1 Answer Sep 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM
    • Dunedin for 10 hours

      Dunedin Sep 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      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?

      2 Answers Sep 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM
    • queesntown in November 1st week

      Queenstown Aug 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      is november 1st week a good time to visit queenstown?

      3 Answers Aug 26, 2013 at 3:44 PM
    • nelson to queenstown winter

      Queenstown Jul 14, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      can you get a bus from nelson to queenstown in the winter. if so what bus line is it

      2 Answers Jul 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM
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      Autumn: When exactly is the best time to visit Queenstown

      Queenstown Feb 18, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      Hi all!

      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!

      2 Answers Feb 22, 2013 at 6:02 PM
    • clay target shooting

      Queenstown Jan 25, 2013 at 6:32 AM

      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!

    • car hire Otago

      Dunedin Jan 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      hello all
      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
      Karin

      8 Answers Jan 13, 2014 at 1:07 AM
    • packing in november

      Queenstown Oct 8, 2012 at 12:37 AM

      Hello there
      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

      1 Answer Oct 8, 2012 at 1:03 AM
    • Travel to Queenstown, Milford Sound and Fox Glacier in early Feb 2013

      Queenstown Sep 19, 2012 at 8:33 PM

      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:

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      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

      Feb 5:
      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.

      Feb 6:
      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.

      Feb 7:
      Half day mountain tracking in Milford Sound.

      Feb 8:
      Check out Milford Lodge, drive to Wanaka (5 hours) for Wanaka Lake and Puzzling World. Accommodation in Wanaka.

      Feb 9:
      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.

      Feb 10:

      Join half day tour on Fox Glacier walk, then visit Franz Josef Glacier. Accommodation in Fox Glacier.

      Feb 11

      Check out hotel in Fox Glacier and drive to Wanaka. Accomodation in Wanaka.

      Feb 12

      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.

      Feb 13

      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.

      Thanks again.

      11 Answers Oct 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM