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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 Yesterday

      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?

    • North Island accommodations

      New Zealand Sep 24, 2016 at 11:25 AM

      Hi, we are a youngish couple in our sixties from the US and are planning a NZ trip ( Nov 1 -16). Would we need reservations at the towns around the island or can we wing it ? (Which is our preferred m.o.) We are planning to rent a car and see where the roads take us. Do I need to make reservations at any of the major attractions, like the caves ? And what is the best way to have phone and internet service ? Thanks in advance!


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      Abel Tasman National Park Mar 17, 2016 at 6:54 PM

      Hi Pals, we are a family of four intend to go kayaks in the Abel Tasman National Park. Could you recommend a good kayak operator? Is it okay to kayak there in mid July? Thanks.

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      Nelson Aug 8, 2014 at 12:08 PM

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      Nelson Mar 13, 2014 at 8:23 PM

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      Nelson Jan 23, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      My husband and I will be in the area in March and would like recommendations for vineyards to visit and wines to taste. Thanks!

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    • Tramping transport

      Murchison Dec 22, 2011 at 12:37 PM

      We are planning a trip over Thomson Pass and D’Urville Pass and down Matakitaki valley with one way out being to Murchison.
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      2 Answers Jan 10, 2012 at 11:08 PM
    • anyone stayed at these apartments

      Nelson/Tasman Sep 7, 2009 at 5:38 AM

      Hi there, just trying to decide on where to stay for 5 nights in Nelson next January.
      Has anyone stayed or has anyone got any thoughts on the 3 apartments that I have been looking at.
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      Nelson Jul 21, 2009 at 6:52 AM

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      Tramping and kayaking options

      Nelson/Tasman Nov 9, 2008 at 7:19 PM

      It seems to me there are quite a few tramping and kayaking options for someone with limited time. The question is: which is the best option?

      For shorter tramps, which would provide the best scenery if one divided the coast tramp into sections? Totaranui to Awaroa Bay; Awaroa Bay to Onetahuti Beach; Onetahuti Beach to Bark Bay; Bark Bay to Anchorage; Anchorage to Marahau?

      For a 1-day kayak trip, which would be the best section to kayak? The southern Abel Tasman (from Marahau to Watering Cove) or Onetahuti Beach to Achorage?
      Which would be the calmer stretch? Which would be the more picturesque stretch?

      We are planning to be there at the end of January 2009, roughly for one and a half days. Were thinking of doing the tramping in the afternoon after arrival on the first day, and kayaking the full second day.

      Any advice on above questions, favourite locations, walking/kayaking conditions, distances and timings will be highly appreciated.

      2 Answers Nov 10, 2008 at 7:56 PM
    • Driving from Nelson

      Nelson Jan 31, 2008 at 12:10 PM

      Friends are planning to drive from Nelson to Queenstown in one day, via the west coast. Firstly is this practical and roughly how long a drive is it? Secondly would they be better going via Christchurch,and is this a quicker route?

      6 Answers Feb 15, 2008 at 5:18 AM
    • URGENT:: Anyone want to kayak starting 24/3 (Saturday)

      Abel Tasman National Park Mar 22, 2007 at 9:11 PM

      I really don;t want to have to do a guided tour, but might not be left an option as they only let you book in 2 or more. If you are about to do this please send me an email at or text 00447789868878 asap. Long shot!

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      2-3 hours in Nelson city - what to see

      Nelson Feb 21, 2005 at 9:32 PM

      If you have only 2-3 hours in nelson city, what would you visit? I'm thinking of the following: a) Nelson Market (it's a sat. when I bypass Nelson, so the market's open) b) Church Hill c) South Street precint d) on and around Trafalgar Sq, Trafalgar St.

      4 Answers Jun 27, 2005 at 11:29 PM
    • Abel Tasman & fitness!

      Abel Tasman National Park Jul 21, 2004 at 10:15 PM

      Hi there, A group of friends & I are doing the Abel Tasman 3 day kayak & walk (1 day kayaking & 2 days walking) in January and I'm wondering how fit I will have to be to do it - especially the 7 hours of kayaking! I'm relatively fit but don't have very strong arms so am thinking I may have to do some training in advance.. Any advice/experience/suggestions would be most welcome. Kerri

      2 Answers Jul 7, 2005 at 10:09 PM
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      moving to nz

      Abel Tasman National Park Oct 1, 2003 at 6:54 PM

      I am an American who is moving to New Zealand with my boyfriend, a kiwi who has grown up in the USA. We will be ariving in mid November. We are planning to buy a van on the south island and go straite to Abel Tasman, where my boyfriend has some job prospects. I hope to find work in New Zealand, although I do not yet have a work visa. I am feeling a little overwelmed with all of the visa stuff and I was hoping someone could give me advice on how to obtain the a work visa once in New Zealand and how I should go about having my boyfriend sponser me. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!! :)

      8 Answers Jul 8, 2005 at 1:29 PM