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    • Need help choosing location of accommodation in Welland

      New Zealand Oct 15, 2016 at 11:37 AM

      We will be driving in from Martinborough to Wellington and stay over night in a place convenient to catch the ferry to Picton the next morning.
      As much as possible we would like to avoid driving through the city and congested areas. Yet be able to explore the city either by foot or by taking public transportation. I looked up the Travelodge hotel, seems to be central enough and close enough for the ferry, but have no idea about driving cond.
      Looking for advice...
      Thanks !

    • Milford sound ferry ride

      New Zealand Oct 22, 2016 at 6:44 PM

      Which is the best way to get to Milford sound from Auckland and back in 3 days

    • Which is best driving S from Nelson / Mapua area to Christchurch?

      New Zealand Oct 17, 2016 at 8:29 AM

      This is a question coming from someone who has experience driving on the right side of the road in a country without hairpin roads ( Canada), and will have driven several weeks on the North Island, and hopefully still around and with more experience by then.... After staying in the Mapua / Nelson we have 4 days left before taking the plane back home from Christchurch. We are planning to spend our last two nights in Christchurch. This leaves two nights for another visit. We want it to be enjoyable and not too stressful.
      The choices I can see are either to drive through Hanmer Springs and spend 2 nights there and from there drive straight to Christchurch. Or to drive from Mapua via Blenheim, Kaikoura to Akaroa and stay there for 2 nights, unless Mapua - Akaroa is too long a drive for one day ?
      I can see that Hanmer Springs in an elevated area, but can't tell if it is hilly vs mountainous?
      We would like to take the route with the most interesting sights as long as the drive is not a difficult / potentially dangerous one. Your help is greatly appreciated!

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      Birthday Celebration

      New Zealand Oct 14, 2016 at 8:16 AM

      I'll be in Auckland for 48 hours before sailing to Australia, Malaysia, Bali on 2/18/17. My birthday is 2/17 and I'd like to have a merry old time. Any suggestions?

    • hiring car or van in auckland

      New Zealand Oct 7, 2016 at 5:54 PM

      Hi, we're coming to NZ in November (first time visitors) and we want to hire a (budget!) campervan and travel around the north island. We've been told it's not economic to do that because you must stay in camping grounds when in the van. Would it be better to hire a car and stay in cheaper accommodation? Can anyone suggest and reliable and cheap car/van hire company? Any other suggestions also welcome. BTW we are an older couple.

    • How much time for Rotorua and Taupo?

      Rotorua Oct 6, 2016 at 6:32 PM

      After visiting Coromandel we have booked 4 nights in Rotorua, thinking to visit Taupo from there, return to Rotorua our " homebase" then continue on to the Hawke's Bay area, perhaps around Napier or Wairoa. But now I am re-thinking. Just booking one hotel for 4 nights makes it feel like home, but we would travel to Taupo, return to Rotorua, and then when driving to Hawke's Bay, travel through Taupo again... How much is there to see in and near Taupo, vs, in and near Rotorua ? Should we leave the reservation as it is, or change, and stay one or even 2 nights in Taupo ? This way we don't drive back and forth... Any recommendations?

    • Milford Sound V Interisland crossing

      by kpixie Online Now 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
    • Walking the Milford track in Mid July

      by adamscott Online Now 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?

      by evecmorse Online Now 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

      by hjacobs Online Now 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

      by hjacobs Online Now 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?)

      by oneasish Online Now 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?

      by Beckywebbwilson Online Now 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

      by toogie Online Now 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?

      by jwmeis Online Now 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

      by NathanW Online Now 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

      by Borisborough Online Now 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?

      by Nick5a1 Online Now 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

      by weeteck Online Now 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

      by smith.sarah Online Now 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?


      6 Answers Dec 28, 2015 at 7:31 AM
    • A few questions about Milford Sound!

      by gbe84 Online Now 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!

      by angusharrison Online Now 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

      by khalid48 Online Now 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

      by KJS349 Online Now 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)?

      by simmoja3 Online Now 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?

      by tracyskf Online Now 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?

      by kennyboi Online Now 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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      Equipment for Milford Sound 5 day trek

      by adrenalinejunkie1 Online Now 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

      by travelman1407 Online Now 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

      by JKL2010 Online Now 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
    • Car Tranport Queenstown-Milford

      by aomeda Online Now Jan 3, 2009 at 8:06 AM

      Hello! Does anyone know of a service that will transport our car from Queenstown to Milford while we hike the Routeburn Track?

      Many thanks,

      4 Answers Feb 17, 2013 at 4:50 AM
    • Question about Milford Sound in May - I've read pv postings..

      by PriteshP Online Now Dec 19, 2008 at 11:20 AM


      I had a couple quick questions:

      I was looking to be in Milford Sound around May 8th. Reading the forums, it seems that the weather can be either a light dusting of snow all the way to a full out blizzard.

      I really was not interested in tramping due to time limitations, but moreso just driving from Queenstown to Milford Sound and enjoying the views along the way.

      What are the chances for the roads to be closed? And how long will the drive be during this time period? And can you drive at night?

      Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

      15 Answers Dec 21, 2008 at 9:05 PM
    • Which Tour Operator and What Time Tour ?

      by PeterRo Online Now Sep 25, 2008 at 12:46 AM

      In November I will be staying a couple nights in Te Anau. I plan to drive to Milford to hopefully avoid the coach crowds. What time cruise should I aim at to do that ?? And any recommendations for tour operators ??

      My browsing so far has me thinking Mitre Peak cruises might be ok ?

      Cheers for any help.

      11 Answers Oct 10, 2008 at 1:23 AM
    • Bus/Coach Daytrip Queenstown - Milford Sound

      by nararat Online Now Jul 23, 2008 at 10:29 PM

      Thanks to some people who suggest Bus/Coach Daytrip Queenstown - Milford Sound. I'm planing my trip to Queenstown and would like to visit Milford Sound for a day. Anybody suggest a company/price? Thanks a lot.

      1 Answer Jul 24, 2008 at 3:53 PM
    • Driving to Milford Sound end of Aug 08

      by t_c25 Online Now May 11, 2008 at 2:17 AM

      We have planned a day trip up to Milford Sounds into our short stay in South Island in August, but have recently read concerning information about Avalanches.

      We have rented a 4x4 in the hope that this would be more suitable for the journey and had planned a day trip, leaving Te Anau and getting back to Queenstown for that night. I am aware thats about 5 hrs of driving in good conditions - that bit doesnt worry me. However, what are the chances of the road being closed or high avalanche risks at the end of August (28th/29th)? , The website i saw mentioned 4 months of risk but is it higher or lower in August.

      I hadnt planned on getting chains, but saw that this is sometimes a legal requirement (not sure if i want to drive in such bad conditions). I really dont want to miss out on the beauty of Milford Sounds, but need some advise.

      2 Answers May 12, 2008 at 6:46 AM
    • River Crossings on Milford Track in May

      by MJThomas Online Now Mar 27, 2008 at 3:36 AM

      I have posted a couple of questions re the Milford Track but wanted to know if anyone can give me any indication of how difficult the river crossings are in the 'winter season' when the bridges are removed (we are planning to go in early May)? Obviously they are not inpassable as otherwise DOC would not keep the track open at all but does anyone know how deep the rivers are? Is the water fast flowing?

      1 Answer Mar 29, 2008 at 12:58 PM