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    • Gap Year options

      New Zealand Sep 18, 2016 at 11:26 AM

      Hi. My name is Bobby.

      I am a matriculant and dont know what to do next year.

      I am keen on adventure and travel and would like to go overseas and work in some part of the adventure and outdoor industry. Any advice on where to get started?

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    • Best things to do

      Coromandel Sep 11, 2016 at 11:17 PM

      Hi, What is the best areas/destinations in the Coromandel Pensinsular for a couple of ex kiwis to drive to over Christmas period? Like running, bushwalking and fine cafes, local produce/crafts. Thanks. Joanne

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      How to divide time between Nelson, Wellington, Auckland?

      New Zealand Sep 22, 2016 at 10:04 PM

      We have 10 nights/10 days in January to divide up between Neslon, Wellington and Auckland? Would love any advice on how many nights to stay in each of these 3 towns assuming that we will arrive in each place in the early afternoon. (Starting in Neslon, then taking ferry to Wellington, then flying to Auckland. Because of the track we will be in Nelson first.)

      We are an active couple, enjoy the outdoors (we will be doing the Abel Tasman track starting and finishing in Nelson), bike riding, swimming, hiking/walking. We enjoy art galleries, local art, wine tasting, coffee shops and soaking up the local culture. We are not planning on having a car in any of these places. To proceed with booking lodging we need to decide how long to stay in each of these places. We will have already been to Christchurch and Queenstown (Milford Track).

      How many days/nights would you suggest we stay in each place?

      Also any recommendations on what not to miss would be welcome.
      Thoughts...recommendations...what not to miss. Thank you!

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      Suggestions for two week tour with 10yr old

      New Zealand Sep 13, 2016 at 2:07 AM

      Hi peeps!
      I Am visiting NZ and will be based in the outskirts of NW Auckland, as I am travelling with 10 yr old girl & I was wondering can you suggest something which 10 yr old can enjoy.
      Hobitton is on our list as is Ratarora, we going to have a car and I am not scared driving long distances but I would like to keep to the North Island. We are travelling in early April so thats Autmn down under.
      Any chance we can take swims or water will be too cold?
      Any info highly appricited.
      Many thanks

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    • 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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    • price of ferry crossing and car rental

      New Zealand Sep 1, 2016 at 8:36 PM

      We are planning to rent a car for visiting both the North and the South island. I checked various car rental companies . Some such as apexrentals include the ferry crossing in their car rental price, most others don't. In order to have a fair comparison, I was trying to find out how much the ferry crossing for a car and the 2 of us would be. I find figures for car, and for passengers. A ferry ticked for a small car was quoted around $232.-, I believe this would be one way? But I could not find out if this will include our passage, or if we have to buy two tickets for each of us as well ?

      Please help.

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    • Help please with time allocation for North and South Island visit

      New Zealand Sep 23, 2016 at 8:27 PM

      We have 33 days available, want to see places without stressing out too much. Could members please give some feedback about the time allocation for each segment, and if driving times between the segments are doable ? Never having been there, it is hard to prioritize as to which areas to visit and which to ignore, and how much time to spend where. Flying into Auckland and departing from Christchurch.

      2 days Auckland
      1 day travel to Bay of Islands
      5 days Bay of Islands, visit area between Kerikeri to Whangarei
      1 day travel to Coromandel area ( will this work time wise? )
      4 days visit area between Whitianga and Whangamata
      1 day travel to Roturua & Taupo area (or should we travel to Tauranga and make day trips from there to Roturua and Taupo ? )
      3 days visit Roturua & Taupo
      1 day travel to Hawke Bay area
      3 days visit Hawke Bay area, wineries etc.
      1 day travel to and overnight around Wellington
      1 day ferry cross over to South Island and head towards Tasman Bay area
      3 days visit area between Nelson and Takaka
      1 day travel to Blenheim area
      2 days visit from Blenheim to Kaikoura
      1 day travel to Banks Peninsula (to Akaroa ? Lyttleton ? )
      2 days Banks Peninsula
      1 day travel to a hotel near Christchurch airport for early morning departure

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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
    • adventures and day trips

      Methven Apr 18, 2016 at 6:40 AM

      hello I am travelling to methven in july to go skiing for a week, I am a keen snowboarder and skier and I am wondering what is best for this mountain?
      also I would like to do some adventure day trips to surrounding places of the area, I am on a budget though. can you recommend any places that I can go to? I am in my early 20s :)

      1 Answer Apr 19, 2016 at 4:31 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
    • Kayaks operators

      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.

      2 Answers Mar 19, 2016 at 1:02 AM
    • Should I bring all my backpacking gear to New Zealand or just do day hikes?

      Christchurch Jan 11, 2016 at 11:13 AM

      Hello. My wife and I are traveling to New Zealand for our honeymoon. We are going to land in Christchurch and do a giant loop around the South Island. We are renting a car. We are really adventurous and love backpacking, hiking, and trail running. I am trying to decide if we should bring our backpacking gear (tent, sleeping bags, etc). We usually only do primitive camping (no picnic tables, showers, car access, etc). Are there a lot of places to camp primitively in New Zealand or is it mostly in campsites? Thank you!

      1 Answer Feb 3, 2016 at 3:39 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
    • Day trip - when to book?

      Doubtful Sound Jul 16, 2015 at 12:22 AM

      We have 4 nights in Manapouri next January and want to do the DS trip on one of the three full days at our disposal. The question is, how far ahead do we need to book? Ideally, we would prefer to do what we did for Milford a couple of years ago, i.e. book the trip when we arrive so as to pick the better day weather-wise. Would this be possible for Doubtful?

      1 Answer Jul 19, 2015 at 3:03 AM
    • 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
    • Cruise Port

      Fiordland National Park May 19, 2015 at 7:13 PM

      Im going on a cruise from Sydney to Fiordland National Park. When the ship docks are there tours you can take from there?

      9 Answers May 21, 2015 at 1:21 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
    • NEED HELP !!!!!!!

      Christchurch Mar 2, 2015 at 5:02 PM

      We are from Australia, and traveled to Christchurch last month, unluckily, before leaving we left a lovely jacket in a city backpacker called Dorset House. Wondering if anyone can kindly help us to grab it to post office and send it to Australia because the receptionist could not leave the reception desk, we'll pay the post fee. Anyone interested in giving a favor please send a message to julianqu@yahoo.com. Many many thanks

      4 Answers Mar 2, 2015 at 8:14 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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      Late flight into Christchurch and Coach Ride to Queenstown

      Christchurch Jan 4, 2015 at 7:30 PM

      My husband and I are getting into Christchurch from Melbourne at 11:40PM. Should we take a taxi to our hotel in downtown Christchurch and how much do we expect to pay? What hotel with 24-hour reception would you recommend near the bus/coach station to Queenstown.
      Also, we will be taking the Newmans Coach from Christchurch to Queenstown. Has anyone experienced taking the Newmans Coach from Christchurch to Queenstown? How comfortable is the ride and are there restroom stops on the way? What do you recommend we do to have a stressfree time on the coach for 8 hours.
      Thank you so much for your input.
      Marilou

      12 Answers Mar 4, 2015 at 4:15 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
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      Late flight into Christchurch and Coach Ride to Queenstown

      Christchurch Jan 2, 2015 at 3:21 PM

      My husband and I are getting into Christchurch from Melbourne at 11:40PM. Should we take a taxi to our hotel in downtown Christchurch and how much do we expect to pay? What hotel with 24-hour reception would you recommend near the bus/coach station to Queenstown.

      Also, we will be taking the Newmans Coach from Christchurch to Queenstown. Has anyone experienced taking the Newmans Coach from Christchurch to Queenstown? How comfortable is the ride and are there restroom stops on the way? What do you recommend we do to have a stressfree time on the coach for 8 hours.

      Thank you so much for your input.

      Marilou

       

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      driving condition compared btw CHC to Lake Tekapo & to Meoraki

      Canterbury Dec 21, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      I am planning to spend half day to rent a car then drive to Meoraki or Lake Tekapo in the afternoon. from google map distance to meoraki is longer but not sure whether driving faster and easier than driving to Tekapo. if I go to Meoraki, I will visit Tekapo later from Wanaka. otherwise, I will drive to Tekapo first then drive to Dunedin from Mt cook after tekapo. which route is better for a new left side driver?

      1 Answer Dec 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM
    • Lyttelton Custom House

      Lyttelton Nov 30, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      My great Grand Aunt was married to Thomas Bacon. He was a Custom officer at Lyttelton from 1859 to 1901.
      I am trying to find a photo of the Custom House.
      Neil Boyce
      nandg@vodafone.co.nz

      2 Answers Mar 13, 2015 at 5:39 PM
    • Travel in end of June 2015

      Arthur's Pass Oct 17, 2014 at 2:58 AM

      Hi Folks, my family would like to travel to Arthur's Pass next June. I have read postings on road situation there in winter. Please advise if I should ask for chains for the rental car for travelling in June. Will it be too cold and dangerous to travel there? How I can check the road situation before I drive there? Many thanks.

      5 Answers Nov 20, 2014 at 8:29 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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      Steward Island, New Zealand

      Invercargill Oct 5, 2014 at 1:39 AM

      What recommend best value Invercargill day trip to Steward Island? We will not have tramping boots so it will be confine to local beaches and biggest town which I think it's called Oban. Any advice is appreciate.

      3 Answers Oct 22, 2014 at 8:25 AM
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      Cruise to Doubtful Sound

      Doubtful Sound Oct 5, 2014 at 1:35 AM

      Anyone knows the cheapest cruise to Doubtful sound? We are travelling from Invercargill for a day trip?

      1 Answer Oct 5, 2014 at 3:42 AM
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      Traveling to Franz Josef From Christchurch airport

      Franz Josef Glacier Sep 29, 2014 at 4:33 AM

      Whats the cheapest way for me to get to Franz Josef? I'm flying down from Auckland and would really appreciate some advice on which shuttle company i should go with? Thank you.

      4 Answers Sep 30, 2014 at 12:30 AM
    • Backpackers that takes you to see dolphins?

      Akaroa Aug 24, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      This is a long shot, but when i visited Akaroa in 2006/2007, I remember there was a small backpackers where the guy would take a small groups of people out on his little dingy to see the Hectors dolphins. It was amazing, he was a lovely guy, but i cannot remember his name, or the backpackers associated with it! Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

      For people not staying at the backpackers, i remember he charged a small fee, $20 or $25. But it was soo worth it, and so personalized! If anyone knows who i'm talking about ,pls advise!

      2 Answers Aug 26, 2014 at 1:23 AM
    • Milford Sound V Interisland crossing

      Milford Sound 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
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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