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      Itinerary for South Island New Zealand

      New Zealand 16 hours ago

      We will be in the south island for 14 days in October. I have set up my itinerary but after reading a bit more am questioning if it is doable. Welcome any suggestions. I guess I should point out we are 66years old but in good health. 1. Wellington to Kaikoura by ferry and train 2. Whale watching tour and train to Christchurch 3 & 4 - sightseeing in or near Christchurch - we will get a rental car - Any suggestions on must sees? 5. Christchurch to Dunedin 6 & 7 - Dunedin to include golf and train ride 8. Dunedin to Queenstown by car 9, 10 & 11 - Queenstown - See Milford Sound and Doubtful Bay - Is it better to drive or take a tour coach? 12 & 13 Queenstown to Fox Glacier (overnight) to Greymouth and TransAlpine train to Christchurch - Should we drive to Greymouth or take InterCity bus and leave car in Queenstown? 14. Flight from Christchurch to Auckland. We leave for home (California, USA) the next evening. Thank you for any ideas or suggestions.

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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

    • 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

    • 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)

    • 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?

    • 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?


      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.

    • 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!

    • 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 :)

    • 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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      Only one day in Wellington

      by boyfromoz Online Now Jan 17, 2016 at 1:18 AM

      My wife and I will be arriving in 3 weeks by cruise ship (8am -6pm). The hop on hop off bus tickets are sold out. What is the best way for us to get around and see the major sights eg TePapa Museum, the waterfront, cable car, Mt Victoria lookout, Cuba St. Any suggestions with the best order and how to get to these places by public transport will be much appreciated.

      2 Answers Jan 17, 2016 at 1:30 PM
    • Need Car for 2 day stay?

      by moblindu Online Now Dec 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM

      I'll be staying 2 nights in Wellington before taking ferry to South Island..where I will need car to contine travel.  Should I pick up car in Wellington or can I do without one touring in Wellington? Also any suggestions where to stay in Wellington without vehicle and to transport to ferry.  thanks

      4 Answers Dec 9, 2015 at 12:19 PM
    • travel&tour

      by rahul991 Online Now Apr 3, 2015 at 2:31 AM

      I need to know must roam places of new zealand and how can I use my bank account there?

      5 Answers Apr 6, 2015 at 2:43 PM
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      2 days in Welly

      by heydelin Online Now Dec 23, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Hi, this weekend I am going to Wellington and spend 2 nights there (booked a $15 Auckland-Welly roundtrip via Manabus). Estimated time of arrival is around 8am - so I have 6 hours to spend around the city before I can finally check in YHA hostel. My places of interest would be:
      -Cable Car
      -Botanic Garden
      -Weta Cave
      -Te papa
      -Mt. Victoria
      -Cuba Street

      For my first day I plan to visit Weta cave and Cable Car/Botanic Garden and then maybe have dinner at Cuba Street. Next day I plan to go to Mt. Victoria (free tour from YHA) and then Te papa.

      Would love to hear if you have any suggestions on my planned activities!



      2 Answers Jan 2, 2015 at 4:41 PM
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      one day in wellington

      by shastashark Online Now Jan 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      hello! we're taking a new zealand cruise in a couple months and one of the stops is wellington.

      we're thinking of visiting the wineries in the Wairarapa area.

      is there a tour service that anyone can recommend? I also heard that there is a tour with bicycles.

      also, can anyone recommend three or four wineries that has good pinot noir?

      any information would be helpful... thanks!

      1 Answer Jan 9, 2014 at 12:09 PM
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      2 days in Wellington

      by winnietankl Online Now Nov 23, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      We will be going to Wellington in Dec and planning to visit places of interest like Parliament building, city gallery, Mt Victoria, Botanic Garden, Old St Paul's, National Museum of Te Papa and of course the famous cable car ride. We are going to stay at James Cook hotel at The Terrace so since we only have 2 days in Wellington, can anyone help us to figure out which is the better route to visit those places then.

      Thank you very much.

      6 Answers Dec 23, 2014 at 7:02 PM
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      Sunday Night entertainment

      by mnutsy Online Now Oct 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Are pubs, restaurants & theatres open Sunday evening in city?

      1 Answer Nov 18, 2013 at 11:40 PM
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      Athfield House ?

      by storyin Online Now Oct 6, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      I saw this house "Athfield House" in a film called "Winter" in Auckland Art Gallery
      and there is a photo book about this house.

      Is it famous in NZ?
      Can people visit this house?
      Or just see it outside?

      I check the address,

      105 Amritsar Street, Khandallah
      Kaiwharawhara, Wellington

      Is there any spot to see this house in a distance?

      Thanks in advance :)

      1 Answer Oct 6, 2013 at 5:10 PM
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      Next week in Wellington, 3 or four days free what should I do?

      by marttonius Online Now Sep 16, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      I will be the next week on Wellington, on a bussines trip I think there will be three or four days free, so I would like to know the most I can. my interests? Iam an archaeologyst, I love photograpy, any advices?

      5 Answers Oct 5, 2013 at 2:37 AM
    • Only a day in Wellington

      by vickyjf44 Online Now Aug 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Hi all,
      We are arriving in a cruiseship next month , and will spend a few hours then continuing to Picton, would like to hear from you recommendation where to go, not too far from the center in both places
      Thank you

      4 Answers Aug 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM
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      Do I need to book hotels in advance during Fringe Festival?

      by FlyingChef Online Now Jul 23, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      Traveling through New Zealand next summer, and want to see the Wellington Fringe Festival in February. But I know some cities get so crowded at these times that you have to book places to stay way in advance. Is this true of Wellington?

      1 Answer Aug 12, 2013 at 5:51 AM
    • Quickest way to get to Te Papa Museum from the Wellington Airport

      by scikaren Online Now Dec 23, 2012 at 9:16 PM

      I am arriving from Auckland into the Wellington Airport at 2:40 in the afternoon and want to go to the Te Papa Museum that closes at 6 pm. Is it feasible to go directly to the Te Papa Museum and have them hold our luggage? Would it be better to go to the Wellington Rydges hotel first? Would a taxi be the best way or is there a bus from the airport that would go near the museum? Karen Kohn

      2 Answers Dec 24, 2012 at 8:00 PM
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      One night stay

      by empresstraveller Online Now Nov 27, 2012 at 8:02 PM

      Hey VT members, Im traveling to wellington for a day before i head down to the South Island. I was wondering if any of you would like to have me for one nights stay in return for information about the local area, Im happy to cook (try) I've got my own sleeping bag, and don't mind being on a sofa. I know there is the Couch Surfing website, but i thought i would try here first. Im Looking to be in Wellington next week , I haven't got an exact date as yet.



    • Welsh flag?

      by wales1987 Online Now Oct 5, 2011 at 12:20 AM

      Does anyone know where I can get a Welsh flag from in Wellington? Preferably a big flag you can wrap around yourself! Thanks!

      9 Answers Oct 16, 2011 at 2:59 PM
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      by mehulraj Online Now Aug 16, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      This October my brother about to join his one year course at wellington for his nautical exams i wanted to know about accomodation over there.
      how much it will cost him if he is staying with group of 3-4 person and about to stay over there for about 10-12 months.
      i know it depends upon lot of factor,proximity to college,budget etc.
      for budget i can say its around 100-200$ per person so for 4 person i think it will be some reasonable amount.And if anyone has contact of some agencies or anybody there help him out that will great help.
      thx in advacne

      1 Answer Aug 16, 2011 at 7:37 PM
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      Night restaurants/bars

      by Waffy Online Now Aug 9, 2011 at 7:01 AM

      I was wondering are there restaurants in Wellington that are open till late, I will arrive around 10pm.

      1 Answer Aug 9, 2011 at 4:06 PM
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      6 days in Wellington - what should we do??

      by grant1313 Online Now Jul 29, 2011 at 11:16 PM

      My wife and I are flying to Wellington at the end of September and have 6 days (5 nights) till we return - I am planning to spend the first 2 nights and the last in Wellington and the other 2 nights elsewhere.
      I would really appreciate suggestions as to where we should go - I thought of Taupo but it seems to be a long drive for only a couple of nights, can you please help me out here

      1 Answer Aug 5, 2011 at 10:47 PM
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      wellington, do I need to stop by or?

      by 9tigers Online Now Mar 11, 2011 at 7:59 AM

      in my mind, new zealand is one of those countries kind of like US and canada where the cities are not necessary to spend time b/c the beauty is outside of city, want to see what is ur opinion on that
      whether I should even bother to drive down to wellington or just go elsewhere of north island ???

      7 Answers Mar 17, 2011 at 2:26 AM
    • Ferry Question

      by cherry3736 Online Now Feb 10, 2011 at 6:40 PM

      My family will take a vacation in NZ around mid April. We will take Wellington ferry to Picton the day after arrival. Our ferry is for 5:30, but the last check-in time is 4:30. Do we need to get there around 4:00? Will we wait in long line for check-in our vehicle? Our current plan is to leave Tongariro National Park at 11:00 am. Are we giving us enought time? Any feedback is highly appreciated!

      7 Answers Feb 16, 2011 at 9:30 AM
    • Accommodation at Rotorua

      by ganbji Online Now Jan 6, 2011 at 5:07 AM

      What is a good recommendation of accommodation in Rotorua or Lake Taupo ?

      Please advise

      6 Answers Jan 15, 2011 at 1:13 AM
    • Taxi Fare & Serviced Apartment

      by ganbji Online Now Jan 6, 2011 at 12:34 AM

      Hi...What is the estimated cab fare from Wellington Airport to City Centre (say Lambon Quay) ?

      What is the reasonably price serviced apartment (come with laundry machine) to say in the city centre ?



      3 Answers Jan 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM
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      Coming in Early December - what to wear?

      by romebound Online Now Nov 13, 2010 at 9:02 AM

      hi, i'm coming to a wedding in wellington and afterwards will stay for a few days. how should i pack? i'm also going to Sydney, so i'm going to ask in that forum as well.


      1 Answer Nov 13, 2010 at 2:04 PM
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      Need Help re: Wellington Hotel/Airport/Getting to Martinborough

      by romebound Online Now Nov 11, 2010 at 7:30 AM


      i'm arriving to go to a wedding in martinborough, but my flight from sydney gets in at 12:30 AM!!! my friend and i need to get to a nearby hotel to rest and then get going first thing in the morning.

      could you help in figuring out a) which hotel may be best (and good for the price) and b) best way to get to marinborough???

      thanks so much!!!!

      28 Answers Nov 12, 2010 at 1:02 PM
    • Wellington Botanical Gardens

      by zvike Online Now Sep 25, 2010 at 10:55 AM

      How long should I allow to take the cable car one way to the Wellington Botanical Gardens, walk around the gardens and than walk back to my hotel in the Central Business District? Any other tips will be appreciated.

      4 Answers Sep 26, 2010 at 12:37 AM
    • Wellington for easter break

      by italmelb Online Now Feb 6, 2010 at 11:46 PM

      Hello All

      I was thinking of doing a small trip to Wellington from Melbourne during the Easter break (2 to 7 April) despite how expensive the plane tickets are :S
      so before I go ahead, is everything going to be closed for the easter period? what tours and activity operate during this period? and what things can a tourist do there?


      41 Answers Jun 19, 2010 at 10:29 PM
    • hi all , plz answer my question

      by f-f-f-faith Online Now Jan 14, 2010 at 1:13 AM

      hi guys , im going to study in vstoria college in Wellington this year , and im obsessed about soccer i love it , my question is : is there a soccer team for girls in vstoria college ??
      and if there is one , is there Specific conditions to join it??
      and by the way im not from nz sorry for my bad english :(

      my love

      9 Answers Jan 18, 2010 at 12:37 PM
    • Buffet Style Restaurant in Wellington City

      by mich44 Online Now Nov 20, 2009 at 1:36 AM


      Can anyone recommend a Buffet Style Restaurant at one of Wellington Citys Hotels for Mothers Birthday Dinner - P.S. It has to be midweek on a Wed nite.

      Appreciate any recommendations. Thanks Mich :-)

      1 Answer Nov 20, 2009 at 2:12 PM
    • Soccer trip

      by MariaGriff Online Now Nov 2, 2009 at 4:57 AM

      Can you please advise the best way to travel from Wellington airport to Westpac stadium. Is it best to go by road or water? Is there a motel near the stadium?


      4 Answers Nov 9, 2009 at 2:19 AM
    • Interislander ferry question

      by THEHED Online Now Jan 12, 2009 at 8:12 AM

      I am looking at taking the Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton while on vacation. While looking at the fare structure I noticed two prices, one for "Saver Change" and one for "Easy Change"

      What are these referring to? What is the difference between to two fares?

      Thank you.

      2 Answers Jan 12, 2009 at 1:00 PM
    • Bike tours and other things in Wellington

      by THEHED Online Now Dec 29, 2008 at 12:30 AM

      My wife and I will be visiting Wellington in February for the NZI Sevens rugby match. We'll be staying at a hotel near the Botanical Gradens and Anderson Park. We are in town but for a few days (6 days I believe) and two of those days will be full of rugby revelry, and a good amount of jet lag, I suppose.

      We will see Te Papa, and some other sights I'm sure.

      I am interested in bike tours of Wellington and the nearby area. Does anyone know of a reputable bike tour operator in Wellington? I've checked a few websites...but they ALL make themselves seem great. I am looking for some local or travelers with good experiences with bike tour companies.

      Sorry it's a bit wordy, my first nigth shift of the week.

      Thank you

      1 Answer Dec 29, 2008 at 9:44 AM