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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


      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!

    • 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 !!!!


      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.


    • 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


      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?


    • Day trip - when to book?

      Doubtful Sound Jul 16, 2015 at 12:22 AM

      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?

      1 Answer Jul 19, 2015 at 3:03 AM
    • Cruise Port

      Fiordland National Park May 19, 2015 at 7:13 PM

      Im going on a cruise from Sydney to Fiordland National Park. When the ship docks are there tours you can take from there?

      9 Answers May 21, 2015 at 1:21 AM
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      Steward Island, New Zealand

      Invercargill Oct 5, 2014 at 1:39 AM

      What recommend best value Invercargill day trip to Steward Island? We will not have tramping boots so it will be confine to local beaches and biggest town which I think it's called Oban. Any advice is appreciate.

      3 Answers Oct 22, 2014 at 8:25 AM
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      Cruise to Doubtful Sound

      Doubtful Sound Oct 5, 2014 at 1:35 AM

      Anyone knows the cheapest cruise to Doubtful sound? We are travelling from Invercargill for a day trip?

      1 Answer Oct 5, 2014 at 3:42 AM
    • Milford Sound V Interisland crossing

      Milford Sound Aug 18, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      Is Milford Sound going to be similar to the Interisland ferry crossing for sights to see.

      10 Answers Aug 22, 2014 at 2:59 AM
    • Doubtful Sound.

      Te Anau Jul 10, 2014 at 2:03 AM

      I have travelled Milford Sound. Is Doubtful Sound more Spectacular or roughly the same?

      3 Answers Aug 4, 2014 at 10:14 PM
    • Walking the Milford track in Mid July

      Milford Sound May 19, 2014 at 10:46 PM


      I'm wanting to walk the Milford track, alone, in July. Is this possible?
      There doesn't seem to be a lot of information regarding the Milford Track at this time of year apart from the standard 'track maybe closed, check with DOC'.

      any help would be great.


      13 Answers May 22, 2014 at 8:16 PM
    • Taxi Service in Milford Sound?

      Milford Sound May 11, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      We are arrivivg via cruise ship. Are taxi's available for hire and private tour? What should we expect to pay for about 4 hours?

      1 Answer May 13, 2014 at 5:32 AM
    • Milford Track

      Milford Sound Mar 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Anyone else doing the Milford Track between the 27th April - 1st May? Also ideas on food please? Cheers :)

      3 Answers May 13, 2014 at 5:43 AM
    • Hiking Shoes

      Milford Sound Jan 28, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      Probably a silly question, but is it imperative to have waterproof hiking shoes for the Milford Track (end of April). We are infrequent hikers and I have seen a pair on Trademe that have hardly been worn for buy now $25.00 - they are Nevados. We can hire them in Queenstown also. Cheers

      5 Answers Jan 28, 2014 at 5:06 PM
    • Recommended car for driving to milford sound, ( hiring 4wd means no need of snow chains?)

      Milford Sound Sep 15, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      I am planning to be in Milford Sound during mid October ,
      trying to figure out what driving conditions to expect so that I can hire a car accordingly.

      2 Answers Sep 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM
    • Best time to do the Milford Track?

      Milford Sound Aug 31, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      What month is considered the best time to walk the Milford Track? I have heard that Jan. or Feb. but would like opinions from those who've done it.

      1 Answer Aug 31, 2013 at 11:27 PM
    • milford track

      Milford Sound Aug 21, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      how long does it take to walk the milford track

      2 Answers Aug 22, 2013 at 1:17 AM
    • Milford in July 2013?

      Milford Sound Apr 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      My wife and I will be driving to Te Anau from Queenstown in mid July 2013. Is it best to book a Milford Sound tour ahead of time, or is it better to not book a tour and wait until we are in Te Anau or Queenstown with a better idea of what the weather might be? We have planned one night in Te Anau, and then thought we'd head toward Dunedin. Any suggestions?

      4 Answers Jul 2, 2013 at 2:00 AM
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      Kayak equipment rental only

      Milford Sound Mar 10, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      Hi everyone, I am a fairly seasoned kayaker and outdoorsman from Canada and am trying to organize my own kayak experience in Milford sound this March/April. I have looked at a lot of the guided tour offerings for the area but would really prefer to just rent my own equipment as I expect it should be a lot cheaper and provide more freedom to explore as well. Does anyone know of anywhere in the sound its self that will rent equipment only or anyone in Te Anau that will do this?


      1 Answer Mar 10, 2013 at 8:44 PM
    • Road to Milford Sound Closed

      Milford Sound Oct 12, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      Hi Folks - th eroad to Milford Sound is closed due to a rock fall and it is expected to remain this way for several days - see

      6 Answers Oct 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM
    • What to take for camping the Routeburn track?

      Milford Sound Nov 14, 2011 at 4:35 PM

      Hi all,

      Myself and my girlfriend are trekking the Routeburn track in early January, and are camping. I am a bit of a novice, so some advice on what to take would be greatly appreciated!

      My list so far:
      - A lightweight tent (need to buy)
      - Small sleeping bad + some kind of mat
      - Ready to eat food (where to buy?)
      - Ice coffee mix or some way to get my coffee dose without boiling water

      I figure it would be easier to take ready to eat food, and save on carrying cooking tools.

      I assume you are not allowed fires.

      Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

      5 Answers Nov 26, 2011 at 12:44 AM
    • Clothing for Milford Sound

      Milford Sound Sep 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM

      I'll be at Milford Sound in coming mid-Oct, taking the overnight boat cruise. Wonder if Waterproof Jacket is necessary?

      We're also aware that the temperature there may drop to zero or lower in mid-Oct, do they have jackets for rental before or after we board the boat, or even at Te Anau?

      Many thanks!

      3 Answers Oct 5, 2011 at 3:48 AM
    • Milford in June

      Milford Sound Aug 8, 2011 at 12:24 PM

      My husband and I are planning a trip to NZ in June 2012. We really want to see Milford Sound but are wondering what to expect. If anyone can answer my questions, it would help us get an idea of what to plan.
      1. Can we kayak Milford Sound in June?
      2. If so, can we do a self-guided trip with rented kayaks or do we have to go with a guided group?
      3. What is the Milford road like in June?
      4. What type of wildlife is in the Sound during this month?


      5 Answers Oct 14, 2011 at 2:58 PM
    • A few questions about Milford Sound!

      Milford Sound Mar 1, 2011 at 3:37 PM

      We're two Texans planning a June trip to NZ. That's when our summer break is, so that's our only opportunity to travel for any significant number of days. We have a few questions:

      1. What are the best things to do in Milford Sound during the winter?
      2. We've read about overnight cruises but it seems like they don't occur during the that true? Do any companies offer a winter overnight cruise?
      3. Is there any place to stay in that area aside from Milford Sound Lodge? I've read several unflattering reviews of it.
      4. Any other tips? We have about 4 days to spend in that region and we'd like to take in the beautiful scenery as much as possible.

      5 Answers Nov 26, 2011 at 1:22 AM
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      Some basic information on the sound!

      Milford Sound Jan 11, 2011 at 4:23 AM

      Hey guys, I'm from Bristol UK, no experience of NZ at all but from the photos I have seen, I am completely set on visiting Milford Sound. However I just had a couple of questions I could do with answering...

      -Is there a flat entry cost to visit Milford Sound or could it be done completely for free (on a student budget here!)?
      -Is it possible to drive down in a campervan and spend a couple of days there sleeping in the van?

      Advice appreciated!

      8 Answers Jan 16, 2011 at 5:05 PM
    • Second attempt to visit Milford Sound from Queenstown

      Milford Sound Dec 6, 2010 at 4:09 AM

      We will be in NZ from 24 Oct - 1st Nov 2011. From Queenstown we plan to drive to Milford Sound. Would like your advice on the following :-

      Travel to Te Anau from Queenstown at 5 pm. Stay at Te Anau. (We did that
      before,we started from Queenstown at 6 pm, went to Arrowtown and reach Te
      Anau at 11 pm. Unfortunately the road to Milford Sound was closed.)

      In the morning at 8 a.m travel to Milford Sound. Is there cruise ship around
      12 afternoon ? If yes, how many hours is the cruise, is it 2 hours ? How
      much is the charges per person.What is the normal cruise boat schedule in a
      day ? I know the earliest is at 9am. In order to take this cruise we need
      to depart Te Anau maybe at 6 am . Maybe thats too early.

      Is the above itinerary OK ? Thank You.

      13 Answers Dec 13, 2010 at 5:23 AM
    • How cold in Novemeber

      Milford Sound Oct 28, 2010 at 4:31 PM

      will I have to waear a winter coat while hiking in November...Is it cold in the huts at night..unguided

      4 Answers Nov 12, 2010 at 12:30 AM
    • Milford Track in Off-Season (October) - Or Alternate Suggestion(s)?

      Milford Sound Jun 30, 2010 at 5:59 AM

      Hello everyone,

      For a number of reasons (mostly outside of my control!) I'll be visiting NZ the second week of October (arriving the 8th) and staying for about 10 days. Had really wanted to do the Milford Track, but understand that's a few weeks too early. So, had two questions:

      1) Given that I will be on one stop of a longer route, I wont have a full set of trek gear with me. Would I be able to get gear in the area?

      2) Assume I would need to plan on being almost entirely self-sufficient - food, drink, etc? And, any sense of how busy it could be in the time period?

      3) If it's just not feasible (or plain dumb), can anyone recommend any alternate walks that are open a bit earlier in the year?

      Thank you in advance!

      4 Answers Jul 24, 2013 at 5:55 AM
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      Which boat tour to join?

      Milford Sound Feb 1, 2010 at 10:27 AM

      Planning to go for a boat tour in the morning - anyone have got any positive experience to share with a particular boat tour company?

      Hopeful for some good suggestions! Thanks in advance! =)

      7 Answers Feb 27, 2010 at 2:19 PM
    • Which time of the day is ideal for cruise?

      Milford Sound Nov 6, 2009 at 8:20 PM

      Hi all, I am wondering which time of the day would it be ideal for the milford sound cruise. I am targetting 9am cruise due to being cheapest and no traffic or parking worries. But I am not sure if the sun's altitude might affect photography and view. Can you please advise? Thanks!

      8 Answers Jan 9, 2010 at 2:00 PM
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      Milford Sound

      Southland Nov 5, 2009 at 1:56 PM

      We're planning to do an overnight cruise on Milford Sound. What do we do with our luggage and car? Is there secure parking at Milford Sound? Would appreciate suggestions as we would not normally leave car and luggage just parked in a public car park.

      5 Answers Nov 8, 2009 at 11:50 AM
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      Equipment for Milford Sound 5 day trek

      Milford Sound Jul 28, 2009 at 8:43 PM

      Hi there,

      My best friend and I are doing the Milford Sound trek on November 28th and I am wondering if anyone can tell me what to bring that maybe they didn't think of or wished they'd had, essentials etc. Are the bags they have for hire good enough or do you wish you'd bought your own?

      I also have bought some clothes though want to make sure I have got the right type of stuff... I have 2 t-shirts, singlet, a polofleece jumper, a jacket(water & wind proof etc), some long johns, wind & water proof pants and shorts all from Kathmandu is this enough warmth?

      thanking you in advance!

      3 Answers Jul 30, 2009 at 2:57 PM
    • June in Milford Sound

      Milford Sound May 23, 2009 at 9:34 PM

      Hello, Is there anyone can tell me if it is a good idea to drive to Milford Sound from Queenstown and back in one day? How is driving condition in mid June?


      16 Answers Jun 8, 2010 at 8:24 PM
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      Contact Information for Milford Track Trail

      Milford Sound Feb 4, 2009 at 12:48 PM

      Good Day,

      My Husband and brother and law and I are going to be going to Milford Trail in 2010. Does anyone know what website we would go to and book the accommodation and to find out more about the trail. I have looked at a couple of websites but it is not what I am looking for. A)Cost for luxury accommodation B) Can you book it without a guide C) What are the parks fee D) is there a phone number that we can call to book the accommodation E) Website we can go and look at to find out more about the trail and the economy accommodation.
      Thank you everyone for helping me. This is going to be such a life saver.

      7 Answers May 16, 2009 at 2:46 PM