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      Road surface N of coromandel

      Coromandel Oct 28, 2015 at 7:56 AM

      Is the road from Coromandel to Port Jackson suitable for a normal family car?

    • Dolphins in North Island

      New Zealand Nov 12, 2015 at 12:28 PM

      I will be in North Island in January. Where is the best place to see dolphins (the big ones)? I would probably take a tour (swim with dolphins). I've heard about Akaroa or Kaikoura. Any suggestions?

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      Bay of Islands to Thames area

      New Zealand Nov 14, 2015 at 11:33 PM

      We are planning a trip to NZ next January or February. We will arrive in Auckland, and then will drive to the Bay of Islands. After staying there for 2 or 3 days, we want to go to the Thames/Coromandel area. That is a long stretch. Should we break the drive somewhere and stay overnight? If so, where? We would have already seen Auckland.

    • Whistlestop Tour of NZ - Milford Sound Overnight Cruise or Day trip

      New Zealand Nov 9, 2015 at 2:24 AM

      Hi guys can anyone give me some advice please?
      My husband and I are travelling from the UK to tour both Islands in March/April next year to celebrate my 50th Birthday. Unfortunately this is the one and only time we will be able to make this journey and we only have 17 nights in which to see as much as we can :(
      We are working on our itinerary and at the moment it looks like this:
      Day 1 Auckland
      Day 2 & 3 Coromendal - Hot Water Beach & Cathedral Cove
      Day 4 Waitomo - Glowworm caves
      Day 5 Rotorua - Geothermal park
      Day 6 Napier - Wine
      Day 7 Martinborough - Wine
      Day 8 Wellington - City sightseeing
      Day 9 Ferry to South island then to Westport
      Day 10 Franz Joseph - Glacier walk
      Day 11 Queenstown
      Day 12 Milford Sound - Overnight cruise
      Day 13 Queenstown
      Day 14 Oamaru - Penguins
      Day 15 Kaikoura - Whales
      Day 16 Christchurch
      Day 17 Home
      I know people are going to say this is too much to try and pack in but we don't really have a choice and have tried to make sure we are doing no more than 3 hours a day driving, it is our intention to rise early do the drive and then have the day at whatever we are doing. The exception to this is Day 14 going from Oamaru to Kaikoura which I know is about 5 hours but I can't really see a way to go whale watching otherwise, is it worth doing this journey?
      My main query is that we are planning to take a coach from Queenstown to Milford (to take a break from the driving) but are not sure whether it is worth taking up the time (and expense) to do an overnight cruise as I believe the boat leaves the dock at 4.30pm and returns by 10.30am the following morning and as I believe that it gets dark around 6.30pm is it worth spending approx. $400 for the overnight when we could do a day trip including a 2.5 hour boat trip for around $125 and save a night that we could use elsewhere?
      Any thoughts anyone?

    • 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