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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?

    • Solo trip in Q-town for a week.

      by Doubleja Online Now 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

      by PatarapongD Online Now 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

      by whistleshrill Online Now 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

      by tjddms92 Online Now 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

      by tfcjr03 Online Now 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

      by islandees Online Now 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

      by ChynaW Online Now 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
    • 6 days in South Island, 3 nights based in Te Anau, 3 nights based in Queenstown area?

      by sliang1109 Online Now 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
    • Week Dec. 20-27 or Dec. 28- Jan. 2 for Queenstown

      by sliang1109 Online Now 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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      Taxi from airport to hotel

      by lanef Online Now 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?

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

      by travelnoobs Online Now 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

      by lanef Online Now 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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      Accommodation in Queenstown

      by pobblepop Online Now 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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      by mnutsy Online Now Mar 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM


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

      by hjacobs Online Now 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

      by YogeshT Online Now 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
    • Queenstown Oct. to April. what to bring?

      by christinakelly421 Online Now 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.

      1 Answer Sep 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM
    • queesntown in November 1st week

      by adipraj Online Now 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

      by fat_anj Online Now 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

      by leigh767 Online Now 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

      by donnahecker Online Now 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!

    • packing in november

      by Agnes112 Online Now Oct 8, 2012 at 12:37 AM

      Hello there
      I would like to travel all over the south island in this november and have no idea to pack how is the weather and would I need any equient or winter coat to visit glacier area? Cheers

      1 Answer Oct 8, 2012 at 1:03 AM
    • Travel to Queenstown, Milford Sound and Fox Glacier in early Feb 2013

      by mion82000 Online Now Sep 19, 2012 at 8:33 PM

      Hi, my family of four (2 children aged 10 and 12), will travel to South Island in early Feb 2013. We would like to have a relax holiday without lots of driving in a day. I have made a preliminary schedule below and please comment if it is fine:

      Feb 1 to 4:
      Stay in Queenstown to explore the Gondola and luge rides, beautiful views over Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, Coronet Peak, The Remarkable and Arrowtown

      Feb 5:
      Checkout hotel in Queenstown and drive to Te Anau (2 hours) for old steam train at Kingston and take a short walk into the last part of the Kepler track to the Moturoa Hut.

      Feb 6:
      Check out hotel in Te Anau and drive to Milford Sound from 6 a.m. (2 hours) and take Mitre Peak Cruise for the cruise to Milford Sound. Accommodation in Milford Lodge. Joint canoeing through Milford Lodge.

      Feb 7:
      Half day mountain tracking in Milford Sound.

      Feb 8:
      Check out Milford Lodge, drive to Wanaka (5 hours) for Wanaka Lake and Puzzling World. Accommodation in Wanaka.

      Feb 9:
      Check out hotel in Wanaka, drive to Fox Glacier (3 hours) for Lake Matheson and some short walks near Fox Village. Accomodation in Fox Glacier.

      Feb 10:

      Join half day tour on Fox Glacier walk, then visit Franz Josef Glacier. Accommodation in Fox Glacier.

      Feb 11

      Check out hotel in Fox Glacier and drive to Wanaka. Accomodation in Wanaka.

      Feb 12

      Check out hotel in Wanaka and drive back to Queenstown for Route 6, Lake Dunstan, Cromwell, Kawarau Gorge, Glenorchy, Gibbstone Valley Wine Caves and tour. Accommodation in Queenstown.

      Feb 13

      Fly back to Auckland.


      Thanks a lot! It appears that the accommodation in Fox Glacier is very tight as many people will go there at that time. Once the above schedule is confirmed, I need to book the accommodation in Fox Glacier soonest possible.

      Thanks again.

      11 Answers Oct 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM
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      Queenstown, 7 nights in January,2013

      by RamkrishnaPaul Online Now Jul 2, 2012 at 7:18 AM


      Me and my wife planing to go Queenstown & Chrischurch in early January 2013. We have planned to spent 10days over there. Our main interest on snow,mountain,lakes,falls.We will land Chrischurch first then go to Queenstown.We liked to hire a car but not sure from where it will be suitable in our journey. Could you please advise us what best interesting places we can visit during our tour.If you also please give us some tips on car hire and accommodation.


      4 Answers Sep 27, 2012 at 1:58 PM
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      Queenstown 3 nights in May

      by sandeepgarg Online Now Apr 18, 2012 at 4:24 AM

      We are a family of 9 (4 adults, 1 senior and 4 children between 8-15 years), from INDIA.

      We shall be arriving in Queenstown on the 12th May 2012, at about 4.00 pm or so,
      from Rotorua by the Air NZ flight.

      We are staying the night at Crown Plaza. The next day 13th, we have kept at free, before visiting Milford Sound on the 14th May and proceeding to Franz Josef on 15th May.

      What is you advise for us to do on our free day?


      sandeep garg

      6 Answers Apr 19, 2012 at 3:59 AM

      by SHELBY23 Online Now Jan 23, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      Hi All, My daughter and I are travelling to NZ at the beginning of March and have been going crazy trying to plan this trip.We arrive in Queenstown and depart from Christchurch and we have 10 days to fill in. There just seems to me to be too many beautiful places to see but time is limited so can anyone give us any suggestions please of what to see and do. We are planning on hiring a car from Queenstown and driving to Christchurch taking 10 days to do the trip. Any help would be much appreciated.

      8 Answers Mar 20, 2012 at 9:45 PM
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      Weather in Apr/May

      by irvbur Online Now Sep 2, 2011 at 11:58 AM

      We're hoping to visit Cairns, Sydney, Queenstown, and Fiji in late April to mid May 2012. I've checked weatherUnderground, and the "what to pack" section of several travel sites but I'm a bit confused. I'm used to dressing in layers but it seems that it rains frequently in OZ all year round. Is April/May really a bad time to travel? Or, would I still be comfortable in layers? Is the weather clear enough to take pictures? I live in Pennsylvania and am used to change of seasons. Are the changes in OZ more severe than here? Is NZ the same?

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      5 Answers Sep 3, 2011 at 3:24 AM
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      Ski /Snowboard Hire and Lift Passes

      by BecTravels11 Online Now Jul 18, 2011 at 12:01 AM

      Hello there! My partner and I are skiing/boarding in Queenstown from Monday 25 -Thursday 28 July and I was wondering if there are any recommended packages for ski/board hire and lift passes for Remarkables and Coronet Peak. I've been researching and have found some great rates for ski/board hire at Green Toad, but not having any luck with the actual lift passes... are there any good combo rates for both hire and lift passes? We've hired a car as well, but not sure we should drive to and from the mountains or if it's easier to just pay for the shuttle?

      Any advice would be very much appreciated!!

      Thanks from a fellow traveller,

      1 Answer Jul 22, 2011 at 9:35 AM
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      Milford Sound/LOTR in Winter

      by sweetie_inc Online Now Jul 10, 2011 at 5:57 PM


      Is it advisable to go Milford Sound and LOTR during winter?
      Will the place be covered in snow?
      Will there be visibility issue?
      Any recommendation which agency shld I go with to these places?

      Thanks in advance!!

      22 Answers Jul 27, 2011 at 4:18 AM
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      Day Tour in Queenstown

      by sweetie_inc Online Now Jul 10, 2011 at 5:54 PM


      Is it advisable to book for the day tour on the day I reach Queenstown?

      I'll be in Queenstown next week and still have not plan what to do on each day yet. Not too sure if I shld book later or book online now.

      Thanks in adv!


      2 Answers Jul 11, 2011 at 5:54 PM