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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?


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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
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      Franz Josef

      Franz Josef Glacier Mar 3, 2014 at 5:25 AM

      We are traveling mostly by bus but I cannot find a bus that will take me to Greymouth in the late afternoon from Franz Josef so that we can take the Western Coast Shuttle back to Christchurch the next morning. Any suggestions?

      1 Answer May 13, 2014 at 5:45 AM
    • franz josef glacier trek

      Franz Josef Glacier Jan 1, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      6 of us are going to NZ end March and three are taking helicopter ride to top of glacier and three of us would like to do the trek preferably not the all day one because of our time schedule. Any suggestions please?

      1 Answer Jan 3, 2013 at 3:17 PM
    • Advice on how to end our New Zealand trip

      West Coast Aug 10, 2011 at 2:10 PM

      I am trying to plan my New Zealand itinerary for June 2012. I have the first half of the trip planned which starts in Queenstown, detours to Milford Sound, then continues up to Haast. We spend the night in Haast and then plan to see the glaciers. Any help with the following questions, would be much appreciated.
      1. We are on somewhat of a budget but still want to see the glaciers. Is it necessary to pay for a guided trip or can you get a similar idea of them by walking as far as you can without a guide?
      2. After seeing the glaciers, we have three more days and and two nights left. Our ending destination will be Christchurch. Can anyone give me some highlights of the upper half of the south island? We have a rental car and don't mind driving so long as it is around two hours a day which is what we have averaged every day of the trip to this point. We are mainly interested in seeing the beauty of the island.

      Thanks in advance.

      8 Answers Aug 24, 2011 at 3:14 PM
    • Budget Lodging in fox glazier

      Fox Glacier Jun 19, 2011 at 2:57 AM

      We wil be in South Island from 23 Oct - 1st Nov 2011. There will be around 21 -26 adults. We had identified hotels/places to stay in Christchurh, Queenstown, Te Anau and Wanaka. Only one last place remain very elusive, i.e. Fox Glazier.Can someone please recommend us a good view/location but cheap lodging for the above adults preferably staying close together for a night on the 30 Oct? We are budget travellers. What we need is a clean place to sleep as most of the time we will be out of the hotel.As "cheap" is very relative, would appreciate if we can get an overview of the 'cheap' lodging in Fox Glazier or maybe even in FJ Glazier

      8 Answers Jun 28, 2011 at 9:29 PM
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      Franz Josef - full day or half day tour?

      Franz Josef Glacier Feb 1, 2010 at 10:07 AM

      I would like an honest opinion from someone who have been to the FJ glacier with the FJ Guides. I am definitely going to FJ in March in a small group (all small sized ladies) and we need to decide on full day or half day tour. Which is recommended (although the difference is mentioned on the FAQ of the website)?

      I am not very fit - I would be able to walk for whole day in shopping malls, but not sure when it comes to glacier what would be the fitness level required.

      Please give me some opinion. Thanks very much!

      8 Answers Apr 24, 2010 at 4:01 AM
    • Need advice and suggestions on itinerary for West Coast

      West Coast Jan 9, 2010 at 7:26 PM


      I've came up with a draft itinerary as below. Appreciate some advice / suggestions on things to do along the way, and also any place I've missed out that is worth going along the route I'm traveling. Thanks in advance for your time and advice. :)

      Day 1
      Reach Picton by ferry from Wellington around noon
      Travel to Punakaiki - probably stop by nelson on the way
      Stay overnite at Punakaiki

      Day 2
      Visit Pancake rocks and nearby attractions. Any suggestions
      Then continue on to Fox Glacier/Franz Joseph Glacier - stop by Greymouth along the way.
      Stay overnite at Greymouth?

      Day 3
      After visiting Glacier for half day trekking, then continue journey to Christchurch via Greymouth, then Arthur's Pass.
      Stay overnite somewhere between Greymouth and Christchurch?

      Day 4
      Continue to Christchurch.
      Visit attractions in Christchurch

      Day 5
      Day trip to Hanmer Springs? or some other place worth going? Please suggest.

      Day 6.
      Fly back home from Christchurch.

      1 Answer Jan 9, 2010 at 7:54 PM
    • Buses!

      Westport Dec 15, 2009 at 11:33 PM

      Im in Auckland, and want to book a bus online for 1 adult and 2 kids to bus from westport to christchurch before xmas but cant find a direct bus/shutle service.. can you help!?

      3 Answers Apr 15, 2013 at 2:49 AM
    • Which track is highly recommended in Fox Glacier region?

      Fox Glacier Dec 14, 2009 at 6:17 PM

      Hi all,

      I am looking for a hike (or combination of few short walks) for a total of about 90 minutes in duration. Can anyone recommend me which one is best for scenery?

      There are a good selection of tracks here:

      My initial pick is either Lake Matheson or The Fox Glacier Valley walk. Not sure which one is better, or if there is any better ones...

      Unfortunately, I don't have time to do them all...

      Thanks in advance!

      3 Answers Dec 16, 2009 at 11:24 AM
    • Which track is highly recommended in Franz Josef Glacier region?

      Franz Josef Glacier Dec 14, 2009 at 6:14 PM

      Hi all,

      I am looking for a hike (or combination of few short walks) for a total of about 90 minutes in duration. Can anyone recommend me which one is best for scenery?

      There are a good selection of tracks here:

      Unfortunately, I don't have time to do them all...

      Thanks in advance!

      3 Answers Dec 16, 2009 at 11:26 AM
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      Greymouth - Arriving by train, no car - What's the best way to spend the day there?

      Greymouth Dec 6, 2009 at 5:33 PM

      What's the best way to spend the day in or around Greymouth without a car?


      2 Answers Dec 10, 2009 at 2:06 PM
    • Overnight in Fox Glacier or Franz Josef?

      Franz Josef Glacier Feb 10, 2009 at 5:39 PM

      Hi, we will be driving from Queenstown to Greymouth and have been advised to stop along the way at one of the glaciers. Does anyone know which one might be best for an overnight stay?

      7 Answers Feb 11, 2009 at 7:34 PM
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      Best time for photographs

      Franz Josef Glacier Nov 10, 2008 at 9:23 PM

      We're considering a heli-hike on the Franz Josef Glacier or a day walk on Fox Glacier. What time of day, in general, would provide the best views? Does the weather (and visibility) deteriorate later in the day, or do you generally find poor weather conditions early in the morning?
      Sissi made a good point in an earlier forum about time of day not really being applicable for heli-hikes as it's so high up, while early morning would give better photo opportunities with fewer shadows etc.
      Is this still the reigning opinion? Any other experiences, pearls of wisdom?

      42 Answers Feb 18, 2009 at 1:15 PM
    • Gillespies Beach

      West Coast Aug 30, 2008 at 1:55 PM


      My wife and I will be spending several days at Fox Glacier in late November and would like to hike Gillespies Beach to view and photograph fur seals (we keep a resptful distance). I have heard it is only hikable during certain times of the day due to tides. Any suggestions or recommendations would be appreciated.

      Also, if there are any other beach hikes in the area that are worthwhile for photography I would appreciate your insight.


      3 Answers Aug 31, 2008 at 2:05 PM
    • Best Wetsern Hotels

      Hokitika Oct 2, 2007 at 8:21 AM

      Do you still belong to Best Western group, or another group or are you independent. I stayed at the Shining Star chalets in 2003.

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      Fox Glacier: Is there a better time of day to take a helihike trip?

      Fox Glacier May 3, 2007 at 8:07 AM

      I am interested in information regarding a Helihike trip on the Fox glacier. One possible date is around December 2nd. Is there a "best" time of day to take a tour? Like morning vs. afternoon. I realize the trips don't go if the weather is bad. I had read where someone stated that the morning trip might be best. Unfortunately, I think an afternoon trip would best fit our schedule, but will change plans as necessary. What do you recommend for this time of year? Thank you. Steve

      2 Answers May 9, 2007 at 5:16 PM
    • HIV Testing in Australia

      West Coast Jan 19, 2007 at 6:02 PM

      Does anyone know where an English traveller could get a HIV test down the west coast of Australia.
      Cheers for ur help,

      2 Answers Jan 19, 2007 at 8:34 PM
    • Help contact store in Hokitika

      Hokitika Nov 15, 2006 at 9:04 PM

      We just returned from a fabulous month in New Zealand. While in Hokitika I was looking seriously at a piece of flowered greenstone. I did not get it, but now am regreting that decision. Unfortunately, I did not get the name of the store.

      I believe the store I'm looking for was on the west side of Revell St, south of
      Weld. It was a very nice store that sold only jade, and had 4 separate rooms.

      If anyone could provide me with the name of the store, and either an e-mail or phone number, I would greatly appreciate it.

      4 Answers Dec 3, 2006 at 4:42 PM
    • Climbing

      Mount Aspiring National Park Aug 30, 2006 at 6:57 PM

      Need someone to climb Mt Aspiring March - April 2007.
      No Mountineering experience.
      Rock Climbing and Ski Touring in Australia for years. Cant afford500 a day for a guide any ideas?

      4 Answers Aug 30, 2006 at 7:19 PM
    • Choosing between glaciers

      Fox Glacier Feb 28, 2004 at 5:59 PM

      I don't have time to visit both Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers. I would like to do a heli-hike of one. Which one would be best for this type of activity?

      3 Answers Mar 4, 2011 at 3:10 PM