I'm wondering what's the best route to take from Ohakune to Thornton's Bay - are there any places worth stopping to see on the way? Any advice would be welcomed. Cheers, Shelley
Found this petition that is going around on line asking for 96 more signatures. I've signed it and hope any other member that is also on fb will sign it and share it on fb as well. When signed, it will be forwarded to Kaufer:
Petition here: change.org/p/tripadvisor-sav...
In short it reads: For nearly 18 years VirtualTourist.com has served as our home for sharing our travel adventures and advice, and for connecting with other travelers. TripAdvisor, which owns the website, has said it will close the doors on VT in February and delete millions of tips, reviews, photos and videos from the site. Many of us have used VT as a way to preserve our experiences to share with our friends, our children, our grandchildren and other travelers. We believe there is a way for Trip Advisor to keep our content. Simply keep the member pages, which we know are not indexed by google, turn off the travel guides and forums, and freeze new postings and new memberships but please let us keep and preserve our memories…many of which have been well over a decade in the making! We would even be open to paying a small fee to have our pages saved as part of this library! Steve Kaufer, we implore you to please reconsider deleting decades of memories from existence and keeping our pages intact!! Thank you for your consideration! This petition will be delivered to: Tripadvisor Steve Kaufer
We have 2 nights, 21/2 days booked in Uluru in FEB. Is it possible to get close to 'the rock' amd experience what Ulury has to offer without booking one pf the many tours available?
I am travelling on 24th january from sydney.i was expecting a friend who has a car from brisbane to join me for the entire time.but unfortunately for me, he cancelled.so my question is shud i hire a car to explore the area or is it not worth it.fyi i have booked my hotel apartment at esplanade.as a first timer and just by myself, do u think i will get bored? Any suggestions will be appreciated.thanks in advance
Can someone please suggest a Itinerary for New Zealand – South Island.
Fly in to Christchurch at 1am on the 11th of June and Fly out on the 18th at 6:30am.
Would like to see Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Fox Glacier and Milford Sounds.
Is that enough time?
Firstly thanks for all the helpful info. Major change of plans decided to fly from Auckland to Christchurch rather than take the ferry
Is it possible in a day to drive from Christchurch via Arthurs Pass to Greymouth - a friend who is married to a Kiwi laughed at the idea yet Google maps makes it 151 miles which would make it doable even on mountain roads given that we started early. Likewise I've been warned that the roads around Fox & Franz Joseph Glaciers are liable to close if there is heavy rain. In blunt terms is this scaremongering - equally a hol is for relaxing so we don't want stress
All info much appreciated and I'm sorry for bothering VTs but I know the advice given is always top notch
Comments welcomed and gratefully received on the following itinerary please. We are used to driving approx. 200 miles per day - interests culture & scenery - not into hiking or sports. Possibly plan to do this in March 2017
Day 1 spare in case of stop over
Day 2 Paihia include bay of islands 3.30 227 KM
Day 3 Auckland same return route 3.30 227 km
Day 4 Rotorau /bay of plenty/ wai o tapu thermal 3.13 259km
Day 4 Tongario NP/Whanganui 3.38 296km
Day 5 Wellington/Mt Victoria 3.13 232Km
Day 6 Abandon car Wellington / Picton ferry 3.3km
Ferry crossing 1.30 hrs Hotel Picton
Day 7 Picton in case of delay [Abel Tasman NP}
Day 8 Punakaiki 5.07 372 KM
Day 9 Franz Joseph Glacier 2.47 217 KM
Day 10 Queenstown 4.50 350KM
Day 11 Milford Sound NP 3.49 288KM
Day 12 Te Anou Wanaka area cardona pass 2.51 226 KM
Day 13 Mt Cook NP area 2.22 207 KM
Day 14 Christchurch 3.49 326 KM
What's the weather like and is there festivals or fun outdoor events during that time in September.
Hi I am planning to visit Auckland on Feb 7 please kindly which is best place to stay and search for job , and I need room for rent .
Hi. I'm planning a trip to the Northern territory in January 30 to Feburary 13. I heard that this is a summer season in Australia, and extremely warm. I try to endure the high temperatures, but what I really worried about is rain, and cloud, and activity restriction.
so my question is,
1. During this period, will rains and clouds make me unable to see sunrise, sunset and the night sky in red center?
2. There is a high possibility that activities (trekking at kings canyon, Uluru, kata Tjuta, etc.) will be prohibited?
could anybody tell me, how I can get from the airport to Grafton, 21 Whitaker Place by public transport ? We have accommodation there but we are travelling on budget and public transport is something we are going to use as often as possible. :-)
So... my plan is to spend 1 full day in Tahiti, 5 days in Moorea and 5 days in Bora Bora. So - being a lady here... I love jewelry - and for the men here... I'm single so it's my own paycheck (not my "man's") so no hating ^______^
So... here are my questions
1- Where would be the best place to buy Tahitian pearls? I'm interested in buying good quality dark black ones!! I'm assuming on the main Island of Tahiti - but how readily accessible is it? I will be staying at the Intercontinental Resort. How about Moorea/Bora Bora - any good options. I know there are pearl farms - and I know you can arrange an excursion/tour to those places - but chances are they are probably the expensive ones (contracted?). Would appreciate any advice on location for my pearly blacks! I know there are stores that probably sell them on Moorea + BB - but quality vs price vs upmarketing for being on Bora Bora etc.
2- How can you tell if they are legit? I know you can "bite"/rub them on your teeth and if it's not smooth, they are real - or so they say. Is there a more hygienic approach? I suppose if they are from a store they are automatically legit... but if you buy them from a local shop/market/farm?
3- Approximately - what price am I looking at? I know it depends on size, color, shape and the amount of "birthmarks" on the pearls... but what am I looking at? I would love to purchase nice black, round ones with little birthmarks - so maybe "good/great quality". I'm assuming buying them separately is more cost effective but you'll have to match them - shouldn't be to hard for earrings... but a necklace... OUCH. Would love a necklace!!! I'm assuming it's expensive - but wouldn't you think that's the cheapest place to buy them since they originated from there? Again just roughly for good quality ones...
4- Do you bargain with the sellers or not? If so how do you approach it? Also - what currency do you use?
5- Finally - since we're on the topic of spending hard earned $$$ then feeling bad about it... any cool souvenirs/shops you've seen/can recommend. Thanks!!
PS. Feel free to PM me any advice/personal experiences or anyting!!!
When visiting Melbourne on Boxing Day I will need to either update my existing card or get a new one. The one I have is 3 or 4 years old, is there a way for me to see how much credit remains on it? I typed in the number on the Myki website but the number was not recognised. If I buy a new one at Tullamarine, does it take long using a machine?
We have 5 days in Tasmania in Feb 2017 and we have a car. What are the musts we have to see/visit whilst there? Never been, no nothing about it. Grateful for any tips!
I have a ticket from Sydney to London with Cathay pacific. I then bought a separate ticket with BA from London to Newcastle in the U.K. I arrive T1 at 06:20hrs and leave T5 at 09:45... just discovered I have to pick up my luggage at Heathrow And transfer it. Is there anyway of getting my luggage checked all the way through? I've tried the airline and ticket issuer with no luck and been told it would cost $15000 to reissue a ticket (I go in two days).
If not is 3 h 20mins long enough a time to do the transfer?
Australia is a nice country with a lot of options and different locations. I hope you can help me plan my trip from 12 Feb to 23 Feb 2017.
I generally like a mix of activities like day hikes, snorkelling, rafting, forests, theme parks, camping, etc. I like them for a day or a night but not longer. I am a 29 male with medium level of fitness. Food choices and drinking is not on my trip plan list.
Currently i dont plan to hire a car and I do not mind frequent trips orflying. What do you recommend as best cities to visit or a plan?
Thank you in advance
Hello everyone! Can anyone tell me how much time we need to pay a decent but reasonable visit to the Aquarium? We are adults so no children's excitement. ;-)
Hi! We are planning a 4 week drive from Sydney to Adelaide in Feb/March. Travel itineary is quite ready however we are not sure if it will be worth to visit Kangaroo Island (time needed, cost for ferry, size of island ...).
Will visit Wilsons Promontery and a couple of other national parks and are mainly interested in nice landscape and animals.
Any comments are highly appreciated!
Kind regards, Laura
So - my mother is turning 60 next time. I'm hoping to take her to BB + Moorea as a surprise (but 2 months after her birthday - since her birthday coincides with my dive trip in march... yes bad me - but that makes it even more of a surprise). Our interests: swimming, snorkeling, adventure, boat rides, scenery. I'm 32 and I am in decent shape. My mother will be 60 and she's also is good shape (wouldn't call her a hiker though)
Okay - so here's the deal - I need help - if you have to advice me on anything, question #1 is the MOST important because I have to choose my vacation week by the end of this week.
- 1 - Time Frame
June - October - High Season and probably most $$$ so no
December - March-ish (possibly April) = "wet season"
I'm thinking I would like the highest chance at beautiful weather - understanding that nothing is guaranteed. So - here I'm thinking either April or May. I'm spending soooo much $$$ - I want the highest chance at great weather and a great trip (without having to pay for "high season").
From my understanding April and November are shoulder seasons. I was thinking of doing early-mid May - does that seem reasonable/price-wise? Or is May when prices skyrocket?
2- Travel Agencies:
I know there's Costco - but I'm NOT sure how lenient they are to changing their set itineraries listed on their sites. Any advice on this is appreciated - please feel free to message me as well.
3- Places to stay - May coincidence with #2
Moorea: Garden Bungalow. Definitely would stay in Hilton Resort. I have the HH Hilton Visa - so my plan is to stay 5 nights in Moorea (have 3 free weekend nights from certificates) - so will only pay for 2 (through the agency and book 3 on my own).
Bora Bora: ABOVE WATER BUNGALOW! This is a toughy - because the prices can be outrageous. I can tell you for a fact we would love a location with views of the Lagoon. I know Le Meridien's price point may work... BUT I've heard from people who've been there before that the water isn't crystal clear like the other locations. Any thoughts/suggestions on other places to stay?
4- Planes - how to travel
So... we would like to spend as much possible time in the actual locations (I understand travel can take up a lot of otherwise well spend time on the islands). We obviously have to fly out of Los Angeles - there are 2 planes that typically arrive - one in the morning and another at night. I'm think perhaps get the one that arrives at night - so we can maybe stay in Tahiti for the night (sleep?) then start our adventure to Moorea first then Bora Bora (not sure how the transfers between those Islands work). Any thoughts on this?
5- Any must-do/must-see activities/suggestions?
Finally - on a more selfish note - is it worth it to dive in BB/Moorea? I found a site where they have a set price and they provide full equipment (no extra baggage for me to carry)
Any suggestions/advice is appreciated
Should Active 60 year olds stay in Queenstown vs. Wanaka,as our first stop after flying for a full day to get to New Zealand?
can anyone tell me how to get to Backpackers from the airport by public transport? We'll be quite on a budget and a bit tired after a 23-hour-long journey and wouldn't like to wander around. ;-)
Thanks a lot for your help,
Where can I stand with a motorhome in sydney for a couple days around new years eve ?
Thx in advance
I will travel to new Zealand from 10/4/2017 to 16/4/2017. I am searching the information about the campervan. There are different type of van that suit me and my wife. Any recommendation for me and my wife?
We are considering two models: 2 Berth - Venturer and Esprit 2 Berth Deluxe.
Which one is suitable for us?
Thank for your advice! I am looking forward to hearing your reply......
My sister and her husband flew to NZ on monday to join a coach tour of the South Island. They flew to Christchurch. I have sent her a text message and have not had a reply. I realise no coach tours have had injured passengers but would like to know what the plan is likely to be - if New Zealanders could let me know what the likely outcome will be I would appreciate it.
Hi, im going back to the Philippines next week, im here in Australia, i want to know if i can bring a strawberry from australia going to Philippines?
Hello! We are looking to spend a week in a resort located anywhere from Cairns to Port Douglas. We will have a three year old and a ten month old. Ideally, it would be good to stay in an apartment with a swim out pool frontage so that we can swim and relax whilst the kids are napping. The Sea Temple is a bit on the expensive side, but the Mantra and the Oaks resorts (Port Doug) don't look brilliant.
Does anyone have any other solutions please? Many thanks!
With two large suitcases would you be able to use train. Is there a shuttle bus or have to use taxi.
Anyone here who can share their experience with travelling to Australia? What is the best place to visit there?
Hi. We need your advice. We'll arrive in Melbourne on January 21 after spending 18 days in New Zealand. We're booked for 4 days in Melbourne and we'll be staying in Sydney for 4 days until February 5, when we leave for home. Need advice on where to spend the intervening 7 days. We can drive or fly or a combination of both. We're thinking of spending 3 days in Wilson's Prom or the Mornington Peninsula and 2 days in Jervis Bay However, we're open to other destinations. We like spectacular scenery and beautiful swimming beaches. By the way accommodations are sparse in Wilson's Prom. Thank you for your help.
I'd like to hear from anyone who's holidayed in New Caledonia - especially if you're from Australia. We're looking for somewhere to celebrate my birthday in July next year and want to go somewhere where it's a relatively short (3-4 hour) flight from Sydney, even though we live in Adelaide. Somewhere on a beach (not rocky) would be really great.