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.
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.
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.
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
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. email@example.com
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 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.
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.
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.
We're hoping to visit Cairns, Sydney, Queenstown, and Fiji in late April to mid May 2012. I've checked weatherUnderground, and the "what to pack" section of several travel sites but I'm a bit confused. I'm used to dressing in layers but it seems that it rains frequently in OZ all year round. Is April/May really a bad time to travel? Or, would I still be comfortable in layers? Is the weather clear enough to take pictures? I live in Pennsylvania and am used to change of seasons. Are the changes in OZ more severe than here? Is NZ the same?
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Hello there! My partner and I are skiing/boarding in Queenstown from Monday 25 -Thursday 28 July and I was wondering if there are any recommended packages for ski/board hire and lift passes for Remarkables and Coronet Peak. I've been researching and have found some great rates for ski/board hire at Green Toad, but not having any luck with the actual lift passes... are there any good combo rates for both hire and lift passes? We've hired a car as well, but not sure we should drive to and from the mountains or if it's easier to just pay for the shuttle?
Any advice would be very much appreciated!!
Thanks from a fellow traveller,
Is it advisable to go Milford Sound and LOTR during winter?
Will the place be covered in snow?
Will there be visibility issue?
Any recommendation which agency shld I go with to these places?
Thanks in advance!!
Is it advisable to book for the day tour on the day I reach Queenstown?
I'll be in Queenstown next week and still have not plan what to do on each day yet. Not too sure if I shld book later or book online now.
Thanks in adv!
We are coming to Queenstown for a weeks skiing holiday in July and was wondering about ski and clothes hire for grown ups and kids.
Myself and my partner have booked our trip to South Island and are planning to drive around.
I was wondering if it's safe to drive out of Queenstown during evening and to reach Christchurch early next morning? Our trip date is early-June.
Shotover High Five? Kawarau River Rafter, Routeburn hike, Dart River Safari & full day Glacier hike?
I am doing all that is mentioned in the title. I was wondering if I am best to purchase some hiking shoes for the glacier hike or do most places allow you to hire them? Also am I best to take some surf shoes (shoes made out of wetsuit material) for the rafting?
Your opinion would be appreciated.
Is white water rafting on the shotover river in Feb a waste of time? I have read that river levels can be low so there are hardly any rapids. I don't want a calm peacefull ride
Can any one recommend a tour company for a tour to Milford Sound from Queenstown?. I'm interested in the Bus-Boat-Fly option.
There seem to be a few different companies... all around550. Are there better tours than others
I found this combo package that includes:
* 4WD into Skippers Canyon
* Photo stops + commentary
* Skippers Canyon Jet boat Ride
* Helicopter Flight from Skippers to Skyline (10 minutes)
* 5 x Luge Ride
* Gondola ride to town
It is the only one that I have seen that goes to the canyon by 4wd. Is it good value, worth doing, would the helicopter ride allow us to see great views of queenstown?. Is this a reputable company?. Thank you.
I know it's cold at this time of the year. But is the dry cold or wet cold? I'm trying to gauge what toiletries we need to bring.