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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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    • travel&tour

      by rahul991 Online Now Apr 3, 2015 at 2:31 AM

      I need to know must roam places of new zealand and how can I use my bank account there?

      5 Answers Apr 6, 2015 at 2:43 PM
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      2 days in Welly

      by heydelin Online Now Dec 23, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Hi, this weekend I am going to Wellington and spend 2 nights there (booked a $15 Auckland-Welly roundtrip via Manabus). Estimated time of arrival is around 8am - so I have 6 hours to spend around the city before I can finally check in YHA hostel. My places of interest would be:
      -Cable Car
      -Botanic Garden
      -Weta Cave
      -Te papa
      -Mt. Victoria
      -Cuba Street

      For my first day I plan to visit Weta cave and Cable Car/Botanic Garden and then maybe have dinner at Cuba Street. Next day I plan to go to Mt. Victoria (free tour from YHA) and then Te papa.

      Would love to hear if you have any suggestions on my planned activities!

      Cheers,

      Haydee

      2 Answers Jan 2, 2015 at 4:41 PM
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      one day in wellington

      by shastashark Online Now Jan 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      hello! we're taking a new zealand cruise in a couple months and one of the stops is wellington.

      we're thinking of visiting the wineries in the Wairarapa area.

      is there a tour service that anyone can recommend? I also heard that there is a tour with bicycles.

      also, can anyone recommend three or four wineries that has good pinot noir?

      any information would be helpful... thanks!

      1 Answer Jan 9, 2014 at 12:09 PM
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      2 days in Wellington

      by winnietankl Online Now Nov 23, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      We will be going to Wellington in Dec and planning to visit places of interest like Parliament building, city gallery, Mt Victoria, Botanic Garden, Old St Paul's, National Museum of Te Papa and of course the famous cable car ride. We are going to stay at James Cook hotel at The Terrace so since we only have 2 days in Wellington, can anyone help us to figure out which is the better route to visit those places then.

      Thank you very much.

      6 Answers Dec 23, 2014 at 7:02 PM
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      Sunday Night entertainment

      by mnutsy Online Now Oct 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Are pubs, restaurants & theatres open Sunday evening in city?

      1 Answer Nov 18, 2013 at 11:40 PM
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      Athfield House ?

      by storyin Online Now Oct 6, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      I saw this house "Athfield House" in a film called "Winter" in Auckland Art Gallery
      and there is a photo book about this house.

      Is it famous in NZ?
      Can people visit this house?
      Or just see it outside?

      I check the address,

      105 Amritsar Street, Khandallah
      Kaiwharawhara, Wellington

      Is there any spot to see this house in a distance?

      Thanks in advance :)

      1 Answer Oct 6, 2013 at 5:10 PM
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      Next week in Wellington, 3 or four days free what should I do?

      by marttonius Online Now Sep 16, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      I will be the next week on Wellington, on a bussines trip I think there will be three or four days free, so I would like to know the most I can. my interests? Iam an archaeologyst, I love photograpy, any advices?

      5 Answers Oct 5, 2013 at 2:37 AM
    • Only a day in Wellington

      by vickyjf44 Online Now Aug 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Hi all,
      We are arriving in a cruiseship next month , and will spend a few hours then continuing to Picton, would like to hear from you recommendation where to go, not too far from the center in both places
      Thank you

      4 Answers Aug 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM
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      Do I need to book hotels in advance during Fringe Festival?

      by FlyingChef Online Now Jul 23, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      Traveling through New Zealand next summer, and want to see the Wellington Fringe Festival in February. But I know some cities get so crowded at these times that you have to book places to stay way in advance. Is this true of Wellington?

      1 Answer Aug 12, 2013 at 5:51 AM
    • Quickest way to get to Te Papa Museum from the Wellington Airport

      by scikaren Online Now Dec 23, 2012 at 9:16 PM

      I am arriving from Auckland into the Wellington Airport at 2:40 in the afternoon and want to go to the Te Papa Museum that closes at 6 pm. Is it feasible to go directly to the Te Papa Museum and have them hold our luggage? Would it be better to go to the Wellington Rydges hotel first? Would a taxi be the best way or is there a bus from the airport that would go near the museum? Karen Kohn

      2 Answers Dec 24, 2012 at 8:00 PM
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      One night stay

      by empresstraveller Online Now Nov 27, 2012 at 8:02 PM

      Hey VT members, Im traveling to wellington for a day before i head down to the South Island. I was wondering if any of you would like to have me for one nights stay in return for information about the local area, Im happy to cook (try) I've got my own sleeping bag, and don't mind being on a sofa. I know there is the Couch Surfing website, but i thought i would try here first. Im Looking to be in Wellington next week , I haven't got an exact date as yet.

      Thanks

      Emma

    • Welsh flag?

      by wales1987 Online Now Oct 5, 2011 at 12:20 AM

      Does anyone know where I can get a Welsh flag from in Wellington? Preferably a big flag you can wrap around yourself! Thanks!

      9 Answers Oct 16, 2011 at 2:59 PM
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      Accomodation

      by mehulraj Online Now Aug 16, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      This October my brother about to join his one year course at wellington for his nautical exams i wanted to know about accomodation over there.
      how much it will cost him if he is staying with group of 3-4 person and about to stay over there for about 10-12 months.
      i know it depends upon lot of factor,proximity to college,budget etc.
      for budget i can say its around 100-200$ per person so for 4 person i think it will be some reasonable amount.And if anyone has contact of some agencies or anybody there help him out that will great help.
      thx in advacne

      1 Answer Aug 16, 2011 at 7:37 PM
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      Night restaurants/bars

      by Waffy Online Now Aug 9, 2011 at 7:01 AM

      I was wondering are there restaurants in Wellington that are open till late, I will arrive around 10pm.
      Thanks.

      1 Answer Aug 9, 2011 at 4:06 PM
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      6 days in Wellington - what should we do??

      by grant1313 Online Now Jul 29, 2011 at 11:16 PM

      Hi
      My wife and I are flying to Wellington at the end of September and have 6 days (5 nights) till we return - I am planning to spend the first 2 nights and the last in Wellington and the other 2 nights elsewhere.
      I would really appreciate suggestions as to where we should go - I thought of Taupo but it seems to be a long drive for only a couple of nights, can you please help me out here
      Thanks

      1 Answer Aug 5, 2011 at 10:47 PM
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      wellington, do I need to stop by or?

      by 9tigers Online Now Mar 11, 2011 at 7:59 AM

      in my mind, new zealand is one of those countries kind of like US and canada where the cities are not necessary to spend time b/c the beauty is outside of city, want to see what is ur opinion on that
      whether I should even bother to drive down to wellington or just go elsewhere of north island ???

      7 Answers Mar 17, 2011 at 2:26 AM
    • Ferry Question

      by cherry3736 Online Now Feb 10, 2011 at 6:40 PM

      My family will take a vacation in NZ around mid April. We will take Wellington ferry to Picton the day after arrival. Our ferry is for 5:30, but the last check-in time is 4:30. Do we need to get there around 4:00? Will we wait in long line for check-in our vehicle? Our current plan is to leave Tongariro National Park at 11:00 am. Are we giving us enought time? Any feedback is highly appreciated!

      7 Answers Feb 16, 2011 at 9:30 AM
    • Accommodation at Rotorua

      by ganbji Online Now Jan 6, 2011 at 5:07 AM

      What is a good recommendation of accommodation in Rotorua or Lake Taupo ?

      Please advise

      6 Answers Jan 15, 2011 at 1:13 AM
    • Taxi Fare & Serviced Apartment

      by ganbji Online Now Jan 6, 2011 at 12:34 AM

      Hi...What is the estimated cab fare from Wellington Airport to City Centre (say Lambon Quay) ?

      What is the reasonably price serviced apartment (come with laundry machine) to say in the city centre ?

      Thanks

      JB

      3 Answers Jan 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM
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      Coming in Early December - what to wear?

      by romebound Online Now Nov 13, 2010 at 9:02 AM

      hi, i'm coming to a wedding in wellington and afterwards will stay for a few days. how should i pack? i'm also going to Sydney, so i'm going to ask in that forum as well.

      thanks!!!

      1 Answer Nov 13, 2010 at 2:04 PM
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      Need Help re: Wellington Hotel/Airport/Getting to Martinborough

      by romebound Online Now Nov 11, 2010 at 7:30 AM

      hello,

      i'm arriving to go to a wedding in martinborough, but my flight from sydney gets in at 12:30 AM!!! my friend and i need to get to a nearby hotel to rest and then get going first thing in the morning.

      could you help in figuring out a) which hotel may be best (and good for the price) and b) best way to get to marinborough???

      thanks so much!!!!

      28 Answers Nov 12, 2010 at 1:02 PM
    • Wellington Botanical Gardens

      by zvike Online Now Sep 25, 2010 at 10:55 AM

      How long should I allow to take the cable car one way to the Wellington Botanical Gardens, walk around the gardens and than walk back to my hotel in the Central Business District? Any other tips will be appreciated.

      4 Answers Sep 26, 2010 at 12:37 AM
    • Wellington for easter break

      by italmelb Online Now Feb 6, 2010 at 11:46 PM

      Hello All

      I was thinking of doing a small trip to Wellington from Melbourne during the Easter break (2 to 7 April) despite how expensive the plane tickets are :S
      so before I go ahead, is everything going to be closed for the easter period? what tours and activity operate during this period? and what things can a tourist do there?

      Thanks

      41 Answers Jun 19, 2010 at 10:29 PM
    • hi all , plz answer my question

      by f-f-f-faith Online Now Jan 14, 2010 at 1:13 AM

      hi guys , im going to study in vstoria college in Wellington this year , and im obsessed about soccer i love it , my question is : is there a soccer team for girls in vstoria college ??
      and if there is one , is there Specific conditions to join it??
      and by the way im not from nz sorry for my bad english :(

      my love
      :))))

      9 Answers Jan 18, 2010 at 12:37 PM
    • Buffet Style Restaurant in Wellington City

      by mich44 Online Now Nov 20, 2009 at 1:36 AM

      Hi,

      Can anyone recommend a Buffet Style Restaurant at one of Wellington Citys Hotels for Mothers Birthday Dinner - P.S. It has to be midweek on a Wed nite.

      Appreciate any recommendations. Thanks Mich :-)

      1 Answer Nov 20, 2009 at 2:12 PM
    • Soccer trip

      by MariaGriff Online Now Nov 2, 2009 at 4:57 AM

      Can you please advise the best way to travel from Wellington airport to Westpac stadium. Is it best to go by road or water? Is there a motel near the stadium?

      Thanks

      4 Answers Nov 9, 2009 at 2:19 AM
    • Interislander ferry question

      by THEHED Online Now Jan 12, 2009 at 8:12 AM

      I am looking at taking the Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton while on vacation. While looking at the fare structure I noticed two prices, one for "Saver Change" and one for "Easy Change"

      What are these referring to? What is the difference between to two fares?

      Thank you.

      2 Answers Jan 12, 2009 at 1:00 PM
    • Bike tours and other things in Wellington

      by THEHED Online Now Dec 29, 2008 at 12:30 AM

      My wife and I will be visiting Wellington in February for the NZI Sevens rugby match. We'll be staying at a hotel near the Botanical Gradens and Anderson Park. We are in town but for a few days (6 days I believe) and two of those days will be full of rugby revelry, and a good amount of jet lag, I suppose.

      We will see Te Papa, and some other sights I'm sure.

      I am interested in bike tours of Wellington and the nearby area. Does anyone know of a reputable bike tour operator in Wellington? I've checked a few websites...but they ALL make themselves seem great. I am looking for some local or travelers with good experiences with bike tour companies.

      Sorry it's a bit wordy, my first nigth shift of the week.

      Thank you

      1 Answer Dec 29, 2008 at 9:44 AM
    • Off road experience.

      by Gayathrimenon Online Now Oct 28, 2008 at 8:10 PM

      I'm looking for a casual group of people to go offroad with.I personally dont have a vehichle.I will have to pool into somebody elses 4 wheeler.I want to experience the offroad experience in wellington with a good group.

      3 Answers Oct 29, 2008 at 5:58 PM
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      VT meet in Wellington?

      by craic Online Now May 30, 2008 at 4:35 AM

      Saturday August 2nd, meet for lunch probably at the Shepards Arms in Tinakori Road, Thorndon?

      Any locals or visitors interested?

      2 Answers Aug 8, 2008 at 3:23 AM