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      Anyone experienced DiscoverNewZealand travel company recently?

      New Zealand Aug 20, 2016 at 9:54 PM

      For someone flying in/out of Auckland in mid-late October and having 10-12 days to explore the north island, do you have a preferred trip company or personal experience with one? I'm doing initial research right now via VT and elsewhere..

      Any help appreciated.

      Thanks in advance

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    • 3 weeks stay, need advise please

      New Zealand Aug 15, 2016 at 7:47 AM

      Hi, I will appreciate all your advise please.

      period of stay = 18 nov, 9 dec

      about me = 36 y.o., travelling alone, backpackers style (hostel, couchsurfing...), I will rent a cheap car (omegacar rental ? the cheapest I found for the south island from nelson to christchurch), I love sports,.. ready everymorning from 8 or 9am and sleep not late in order to enjoy a maximum

      My itinerary =

      North Island
      day 1 / arrival auckland 12h05.... stay in auckland
      day 2 / drive to tongariro park
      day 3 / tongariro alpine crossing 8 hrs (sleep in tongariro)
      day 4 / rotorua
      day 5 / afternoon, drive to coromandel peninsula (+stop at matamata for LOTR? I am not a big fan but it's an option)
      day 6 / coromandel peninsula
      day 7 / back to auckland and flight to nelson + drive in abel tasman area

      South Island
      day 8 / abel tasman
      day 9 / abel tasman
      day 10 / drive to punakaiki or hokitika
      day 11 / drive to franz joseph area
      day 12 / drive to wanaka
      day 13 / wanaka
      day 14 / drive to te anau
      day 15 / kepler track, trek
      day 16 / kepler track, trek
      day 17 / kepler track, trek, drive to queenstown
      day 18 / queenstown
      day 19 / drive to aoraki (in which city to find hostel because there is not a lot of choice in aoraki ?)
      day 20 / drive to christchurch
      day 21 / flight to auckland, visit the city
      day 22 / flight back to Europe at 14h05

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    • South Island

      New Zealand Jul 31, 2016 at 6:30 AM

      Hi everyone
      I am just after some advice on my itinerary do you think it is to rushed anywhere am I missing anything super important and do you think the number of days in each place is okay?

      We arrive in Christchurch mid Oct and fly out 14 days later

      Day 1 arrive Christchurch stay 1 night
      Day 2 Pick up motorhome head to hammer springs stay overnight
      Day 3 Kaikoura possibly swim with seals
      Day 4 Blenheim (wine tout)
      Day 5 greymouth
      Day 6 greymouth (glow worm tubbing experience)

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    • Driving using Waze and Device for Mobile Phones & IPad

      New Zealand Aug 1, 2016 at 2:21 AM

      Hi, can anyone tell me if Waze is popular in NZ for driving from North Island to South Island? I was thinking of relying on Waze versus a GPS.

      Another matter is that I am looking to rent a device that allows four /five devices to be logged on at the same time?
      Which provides better coverage - 2degree or vodafone? Or are there other telcos?

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    • Transportation by bus/train

      New Zealand Jul 28, 2016 at 8:33 AM

      I will be taking northern explorer from Wellington to Auckland will reach Auckland at about 6:45pm (ngaoho place, the strand, auckland central).. is there any bus from there going to CBD area? any backpacker hotel recommendations? and how far the CBD area from Auckland Airport?.. and from CBD area going to Hobbiton how many hours by bus/train? would really appreciate any help as i will be travelling alone. thanks

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    • Queenstown-Mt Cook-Tekapo

      New Zealand Aug 20, 2016 at 6:41 PM

      I would like to take Tasman Glacier boat excursion on Mt Cook. I will leave from Queestown and end in Tekapo to meet other tour members. I have checked that bus from Queenstown will arrive at Mt Cook at 12:30 pm, so the earliest boat excursion I can join is the one starts at 2:00 pm. The tour lasts for 2.5 hours, but the local bus to Tekapo leaves at 4:00 pm, that means I will miss the local bus. Does anyone know if there are any local tours from either Queenstown or Tekapo that will take me to Mt Cook with staying time long enough for me to join boat excursion and go back to Tekapo on the same day? Is there any transportation other than Cook Connection bus that will take me to Tekapo? What other options do I have?

      In the event that a boat excursion is not possible on the same day, what else can I do on Mt Cook other than taking ski plane? Will I still be able to see the icebergs if not taking the boat? I will be travelling with my 75 year old mum. Will I still be able to see the icebergs if not taking the boat?

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    • BEST RENTAL CAR COMPANY??

      New Zealand Jul 30, 2016 at 8:55 PM

      I am looking for a great mode of transport to get around. I'm not into car sharing because I like to have freedom and go or stop when and where I like on the way to places. What is the best car rental company to deal with at a great rate.

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    • 1 month in the Northland Feb 2017

      New Zealand Aug 13, 2016 at 1:53 PM

      My husband and I are planning to spend 1 month in New Zealand to get a break from the Canadian winter. This will replace our balmy winter holidays in warm places such as Costa Rica, Aruba etc. As New Zealand is so big, we are thinking to spend time in the warmer parts of New Zealand - the Northland- where we will also have some opportunity for beach time and swimming. We are on a budget and are hoping to find perhaps two one week assignments as house sitters in different locations, and spend the rest of the time travelling. Ideally I would like to arrange for two to three different home bases in nice areas ( one near a beach for swimming) were we can just hang out and can do local sightseeing as well as do day trips etc. Driving in a foreign country can be stressful, we don't want to do it on a daily basis. Perhaps rent a car for a week, stay put for the rest or do bus excursions.

      Can some people please suggest nice areas that are either just enjoyable in themselves, or would lend themselves as a base from which to tour a bit? We are not interested in big city adventures ( we live in a big city). We are interested in nature, natural wonders, local culture and cuisine.

      If by chance someone has experience with a particular house sitting website, please let me know.

      Many thanks in advance!

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    • A Bit Here & There

      New Zealand Jul 27, 2016 at 1:16 AM

      We are a party of four who will be arriving into Auckland on 22 Nov late afternoon. As our hotel is off Queen Street, can someone please advise if it is worth my while to catch a bus to Parnell rose garden or Ponsonby or just stick around the CBD? We will spend the whole of next day in Auckland. Any recommendations? We do not want to do Kelly Tarlton or museums. I am the only one in the party who has been to North Island and I remember from my trip in 2007 visiting One Tree Hill. Is it worth going, seeing that the One Tree has been removed?
      Having read numerous forums suggesting a ferry ride to neighbouring islands/bays, can someone recommend one to us for a half-day visit? We will need to be back to Auckland by 4:00pm as we have to pick up our rental car. We are thinking of grabbing a bite from the Auckland Fish market. Are there fresh oysters there? I have read that it is not as big a set-up as Sydney's Fish market though. I welcome any recommendations on cheap eats.

      We will be headed to Hamilton for a short visit at the Hamilton Gardens guided tour the next morning. Can someone recommend any cheap eats along the way from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves? We are booked for a 4:00pm visit to Waitomo Caves.

      Any cheap eats recommendation for Matamata is also welcome after our tour of Hobbiton the following day.
      Apart from one night dining at Tamaki, I am seeking recommendations for cheap eats at Rotorua too.
      As we are after a lunch venue at Taupo, can someone recommend a place to go for trout for lunch? I need something fast as we are driving through Taupo to Huka Falls and going on to Napier.
      Which winery restaurant should we visit? I am looking for a dining venue that offers good food and nice view of the vineyard.
      I have read that Wellington is a craft beer city so is Grill Meats Beer worth a visit? any recommendations for a dining venue that serves craft beer and food (burgers, pastas and pizzas would be good.)
      We plan to stop over for lunch at one of the vineyards at Blenheim. Any recommendation on a winery?
      We plan to visit Nin's Bin at Kaikoura. As we are going to be overnight at Kaikoura, any other recommendation is most welcome.
      We would like to visit Fergburger in Queenstown. As we do not take beef, do they serve other meats?
      What else is worth visiting for dining in Queenstown as we have three nights there? We are doing a dinner cruise one night onboard TSS Earnslaw.
      What about dining in Christchurch? Any recommendations?
      Any recommendations for dining in Cromwall? We are doing a 7 hour drive from Christchurch direct to Queenstown? Where is a good place to stop for meals (lunch)?
      Any recommendations for Franz Josef?

      On another note, how do I get hold of the Virtual Tourist flag? I would like to have one in my photo.
      Am planning a tandem skydive in Queenstown and Heli Ice Hike in Franz Josef.
      And a ride on the Tranz Alpine.

      Thanx in advance.

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    • Hire car restrictions in South Island (eg. gravel roads, Tasman Valley Road @ Mt Cook)

      New Zealand Aug 18, 2016 at 6:09 PM

      A number of car hire companies restrict travel on gravel roads & particular roads including Tasman Valley Road @ Mt Cook. Any suggestions of those with less restrictions? We'd really like to do the walk at Tasman Valley which relies on driving on Tasman Valley Road and also a number of gravel roads into attractions in the Catlins/Owaka area (eg. Nugget Point).

      Thanks :)

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    • Buying Supplements in NZ

      New Zealand Aug 10, 2016 at 2:06 AM

      I have bought supplements at discounted prices at Chemist Warehouse when visiting Australia. Can someone advise if there is a Chemist Warehouse in New Zealand? Or where can I get supplements at discounted prices in Auckland or Wellington or Christchurch? Thanx.

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    • Solo trip in Q-town for a week.

      Queenstown Jun 17, 2016 at 10:45 AM

      Hi everyone, I was thinking whether is it possible to travel around the city by bike. Anyone can share the best website that offers cheap rental bike? Thank you.

      12 Answers Jun 19, 2016 at 2:00 AM
    • accommodation in queenstown centre

      Queenstown Mar 20, 2016 at 9:31 PM

      need advice for accommodations in the centre of queenstown

      1 Answer Mar 20, 2016 at 9:47 PM
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      Watching others Bungy Jump

      Queenstown Jul 30, 2015 at 9:02 PM

      Hi may I know where is the best place to watch others bungy jump in Queenstown?

      14 Answers Sep 20, 2015 at 1:53 PM
    • Campervan trip

      Queenstown Jun 4, 2015 at 3:24 AM

      Hi everyone,

      My friend and I are travelling to NZ South Island in August in a campervan.
      We are travelling Christchurch - Lake Pukaki - Queenstown - Franz Josef - Hamner Springs - Christchurch.

      Our only concern is I've read that we cannot park our campervan anywhere (eg. on side of the road to grab groceries or to eat lunch) and can only park it in designated campervan sites - which we are totally fine with, but in terms of travelling from and to campervan site is our worry. Maybe we haven't done enough research, however it seems like sites are quite a distance from centre of city/ skiing sites / places we want to go and see. Is there convenient campervan sites in Queenstown that's close to everything? or would we have to catch taxi from and to places or even borrow bikes?

      Thank you

      3 Answers Jul 18, 2015 at 3:57 AM
    • Travel Queenstown to Christchurch

      Queenstown May 6, 2015 at 10:39 PM

      We are planning to travel/drive from Queensland to Christchurch on 3 June 2015, taking the route highways 8, 83 and 1.
      Is this route okay at this time of the year?

      7 Answers May 16, 2015 at 10:08 PM
    • Need help for local information

      Queenstown Apr 23, 2015 at 5:45 AM

      1. where is the best place to buy wine and beer in queenstown, southland, westcoast, around picton?
      2. Are the supermarkets the same pricing for meat (beef, chicken beasts)? Which supermarket chain has the best deals?
      3. Is BBQ in NZ charcoal or electricity ? What do I need to buy if I want to do BBQ at my accomodation? For eg, BBQ utensils, butter? oil? seasoning? etc Do I hv to stock all these items up? What are the basic seasoning provided there?
      4. Is coffee provided at guesthouse, backpackers, hostels in the morning? I would like to hv coffee before I drive to wake up and need to get coffee somewhere if possible!

      OR can someone tell me what are the things I hv to stock up at the supermarket before I start my road trip becos these items are not provided at any accomodation in NZ.

      5. I intend to rent a car to stock up at a cheaper price for travel. I hv heard of fuel savings programme at supermarket in NZ and wonder what is this about?

      6. Where can I buy bluff oysters if I am not intending to drive up to bluff. I would love to try local seafood, and so far I have only heard of bluff oysters. Can someone tell me more on what type of local seafood and fish I should buy and try at local supermarket? I heard NZ has lots of such good food and I am getting hungry reading alone! THANKS.

      3 Answers Apr 23, 2015 at 9:37 PM
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      Best hostel in Queenstown

      Queenstown Apr 2, 2015 at 5:10 PM

      Hi, I would like to know if anyone can suggest me a good hostel in Queensland?

      7 Answers Apr 6, 2015 at 8:33 PM
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      Tranpsort from airport into the city

      Dunedin Feb 27, 2015 at 7:55 AM

      Hi - I will be arriving at Dunedin in late April - and find there is no bus into the city - 30 k away. The website recommends I prebook a shuttle. Do you think this is necessary? Or can I just rock up and find plenty waiting for customers? Also, the website makes no mention of cost. It just suggests that the more there are of you the cheaper it is. (It is very unsatisfactory actually.) A taxi costs about $90 apparently, so I don't want to do that.

      Has anyone arrived at Dunedin airport recently so knows what the story is?

      6 Answers Jul 31, 2015 at 9:34 PM
    • 6 days in South Island, 3 nights based in Te Anau, 3 nights based in Queenstown area?

      Queenstown Feb 11, 2015 at 2:59 PM

      This is our first time to South Island, but won't be the last, that's why we are taking it easy instead of trying to see EVERYTHING. Please comment if this plan makes sense, or, you would advice differently -
      Dec. 20 1:00pm, arrive at Queenstown airport pickup rental car to drive to Te Anau
      Dec. 21-22, taking tours from touring companies from Te Anau to explore surrounding areas including the Sounds
      Dec. 23 drive back to Queenstown area, stay 3nights in Queenstown area,
      Dec. 24-25 explore Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka, Glenorchy
      Dec. 26 Depart 3:40pm from Queentown airport

      We would appreciate your response and open to your suggestions.

      Thank you.

      3 Answers Feb 25, 2015 at 1:52 PM
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      How to go to Moeraki from Dunedin

      Moeraki Jan 17, 2015 at 1:57 AM

      Hi,

      I'd like to visit the boulders next week for my birthday. Just don't know the best way to go there without driving a car though. Is there a train going all the way to Moeraki boulders? Not quite sure if Dunedin railways only goes to Palmerston and Oumaru without stopping at Moeraki. Or should we get off Palmerston and find a way to go to Moeraki? Or is there any other way, by bus maybe? Appreciate your suggestions!

      Thank you!

      Haydee

      2 Answers Jan 18, 2015 at 10:01 AM
    • Week Dec. 20-27 or Dec. 28- Jan. 2 for Queenstown

      Queenstown Jan 14, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      Which week is better in terms of crowd and sites closure during holidays? We are from USA, a couple at 50 & early 60 plan to stop over at Queenstown for 1 week and visit family in Melbourne Australia for another week.

      3 Answers Jan 15, 2015 at 1:29 PM
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      Itinerary for 3 days in Dunedin

      Dunedin Jan 2, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      Hello! in about 3 weeks, me and my bf are flying to Dunedin and still have no hotel bookings and no itinerary yet. We are staying there for 4 days and 3 nights. Would appreciate any suggestions! Thank you in advance and happy new year!

      Haydee

      2 Answers Jan 3, 2015 at 1:36 PM
    • Cheap Make-Up Stores

      Dunedin Oct 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      Hi, I'm a student and am looking for cheap(ish) make-up and toiletries stores in Dunedin. I'm from the UK and am used to shops like Superdrug, Boots, Wilkinsons, Savers etc and was wondering if there are any similar priced places in Dunedin. Also (less important) does anyone know of any cheap but good hairdressers, preferably nearer to the university end of Dunedin.

      Thanks!

      1 Answer Nov 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM
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      Taxi from airport to hotel

      Queenstown Aug 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Can anyone give me a rough idea how much a taxi would cost from the airport to the hotel on 20 Stanley Street?
      Thanks

      3 Answers Aug 22, 2014 at 4:38 AM
    • Overnight stopover in Auckland (from Bris to Queenstown)

      Queenstown Jun 16, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      Has anyone had to do the overnight stop over in Auckland on the connecting flight from Bris to Queenstown? We arrive in Auckland airport at 11:40pm and depart 7:10am the next morning.
      Just wondering if it's worth going to one of the airport hotels nearby once we've picked up baggage etc or whether we should just sleep there overnight? Would also help to know how early we need to check in for AKL to ZQN flight also. Not too keen on novotel prices so don't suggest that please.

      Thanks for your answers :)

      3 Answers Jun 24, 2014 at 1:15 PM
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      AU to NZ Currency

      Queenstown May 16, 2014 at 7:20 AM

      Will travel to Auckland and Queenstown in first week of October. I have my ANZ card from Australia, can I use it in New Zealand and are there any charges? Also, how is the temperature in Oct and do I need to bring some warm clothes? Thanks.

      4 Answers Aug 26, 2014 at 6:18 AM
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      two english campervan travelers

      Dunedin Apr 17, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      we will be in dunedin december 18th need a good campsite etc thanks

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      Accommodation in Queenstown

      Queenstown Mar 23, 2014 at 1:50 AM

      Hi there!
      I am going exploring the South Island over Easter (16-23 April) with my boyfriend and I'm just wondering if anyone knows of somewhere not too expensive to stay-- not too fussed on what its like as we will be out most of the time! Any suggestions would be awesome!
      Please/ Thanks :)

      5 Answers Mar 23, 2014 at 10:55 PM
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      DAY TRIP FOR NON SKIER TO CORONET PEAK OR REMARKABLES

      Queenstown Mar 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      I WILL BE IN QT FOR AFEW DAYS IN JULY. I DON'T SKI BUT WOULD LIKE TO GET BUS UP AND BACK TO EITHER, HAVE A LOOK, A WALK AND ACOFFEE, THEN COME BACK. POSIBLE?

      4 Answers Mar 2, 2014 at 2:24 PM
    • Hiking Gear Hireage Queenstown

      Queenstown Jan 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      My husband and I are doing the Milford track end of April, where is the best place to hire gear...pickup Queenstown. Cheers

      1 Answer Jan 26, 2014 at 9:43 PM
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      South Island Vacation-NZ

      Queenstown Dec 7, 2013 at 3:45 AM

      I am travelling to New Zealand in Oct 2014 (25 Oct to 01st). Can anyone suggest itinerary for South Island? I am travelling wife & my 5 year old son. I understand it will be spring & at that point in time & hence end of skiing period however is there a possibility to see/play in snow in part of SI. My son is keen to see/play in snow as he has never done it before

      6 Answers Dec 7, 2013 at 8:30 PM
    • Transportation to Queenstown Airport from Dunedin

      Dunedin Dec 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Our daughter will be studying at University of Otago until June 2014. In determining her flight home out of Queenstown I am looking for information on the best way to get her and her large luggage to the airport. Bus/Shuttle schedules will come into play in determining departure time. Thank you for any info.

      5 Answers Dec 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM
    • Camping at Lake Mahinerangi

      Otago Oct 23, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      My question is - My family and I are thinking of heading to Lake Mahinerangi at Xmas. We intend to take our boat and camp at one of the many inlets. Is this allowed? We are a responsible family consisting of Grandad and his daughter, her partner and her 11 year old son.

      1 Answer Oct 23, 2013 at 11:46 PM
    • Queenstown Oct. to April. what to bring?

      Queenstown Sep 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      Hi there, what would be the most essential gear to bring with me on my backpacking woofing excursion of a lifetime? My flight departs mid Oct. and I'm there until mid April. So far i have an eye mountaineer 80L pack, solidly rugged boots, and a sunhat. Any recommendations would be lovely. Thank you. christinakelly421@gmail.com

      1 Answer Sep 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM
    • Dunedin for 10 hours

      Dunedin Sep 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Our group of 8 adults are taking a cruise in November, and will be docked at Dunedin for 10 hours. I am wondering is there a way for us to visit Queens Town from Dunedin that is workable within the 10 hours constraint.

      Is there some local tour guide or tour company that can provide services for such a private tour?

      2 Answers Sep 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM
    • queesntown in November 1st week

      Queenstown Aug 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      is november 1st week a good time to visit queenstown?

      3 Answers Aug 12, 2013 at 6:26 AM
    • nelson to queenstown winter

      Queenstown Jul 14, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      can you get a bus from nelson to queenstown in the winter. if so what bus line is it

      2 Answers Jul 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM
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      Autumn: When exactly is the best time to visit Queenstown

      Queenstown Feb 18, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      Hi all!

      I know New Zealand/Queenstown is stunning almost any time of year. But my partner and I are looking to head down for a photography trip this autumn so our question is simple but important to us: when is the best time to visit Queenstown in the autumn? We really want to see Q'town in the "true autumn" period (when everything's just a riot of orange, red and yellow). We also recognise that the period is fleeting and the timing may shift from year to year. But we just want to maximise our chances of being there when it does happen.

      Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Specific times (eg. "second half of April") would be most appreciated.

      For background, this will be our second trip. The last was this past November - and WHAT a gorgeous country.

      Thanks so much in advance!

      2 Answers Feb 22, 2013 at 6:02 PM
    • clay target shooting

      Queenstown Jan 25, 2013 at 6:32 AM

      Has anyone tried Break One Clay Target shooting? I've always wanted to do that and it looks like a great time. Any tips or info much appreciated!

    • car hire Otago

      Dunedin Jan 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      hello all
      I am looking for advice about hiring a car in Otago.
      My plan is to fly into Queenstown and out of Dunedin - ideally I'd like to hire a car at Queenstown airport and drop it off at Dunedin airport, but if that's going to be very expensive I might decide to drive back to Queenstown and drop the car off there.
      Any advice? I want to pay the lowest rate possible - am I crazy to expect that from a smaller town?
      Also, I am arriving the day before the long weekend in March, will that affect prices, do you think?

      thanks for any input
      Karin

      8 Answers Jan 13, 2014 at 1:07 AM