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pamela

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there is a casino in Christchurch as well in case u wana take a look.. u can call the hotel/casino to arrange for free pick up at your hotel/hostel. But do keep in mind the last free transport to return..
 


kite~

Active Member
hi zenn,

congrats!

so when wil u be flying off? better check e weather n bring more clothings. good deal u got $840 but after tax, wil probably be $900.

ok do keep us update on ur final itinerary n expenditure. Excited for you.
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missy

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hi zenn,

in christchurch...i visited the arts museum, cantebury museum, townhall, casino, and lotsa shopping!
 

zenn

New Member
Thanks pam!

Kite, going in oct. Ya around $900 after tax. I am excited too and still need alot of help fm the gals here! You ve a rough idea of where u wanna go?
 

kite~

Active Member
hi zenn,

tats great. Oct shld be very nice weather n scenary. Spring rite?

Eh me hvnt really plan out yet. Just collect info n doing research. Wil be gg to south island only.

How much budget did u set aside per person? i think u need at least $3k?
 

zenn

New Member
Hi kite,
Ya spring but still quite cold. I am tryin to collect as much info too. Yes south only... think easily $3k each...

Hi Pam,
How long is Hooker Valley Hike? Any website on this?

Thanks SSF.

Btw, here is my revised initerary. Pls comments :

Day 1 - Christchurch
- Botanic garden, arts museum, cantebury museum, townhall, casino

Day 2 - Take TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth (4hr 30mins) 0815-1245
- Punakaiki (Pancake Rocks)

Day 3 - Greymouth via Hokitika to Franz Josef Glacier (2hrs 15mins)
- Rent a car from Greymouth to Hokitika (30mins)
- Hokitika to Franz Josef Glacier (1hr 45mins)
- Do a half-day glacier tour (1400-1730)

Day 4 - Franz Josef Glacier via Haast to Wanaka (3hrs 45mins)
- Lake Matheson
- Knight’s Point View Point @ Haast

Day 5 - Wanaka via Arrowtown/Cromwell to Queenstown (1hr 20 mins)
- Mt Aspiring National Park
- Central Otago

Day 6 - Queenstown

Day 7 - Queenstown to Lumsden Farm Stay

Day 8 - Lumsden Farm Stay via Te Anau to Milford Sound (cruise overnite)

Day 9 - Milford Sound to Te Anau (1hr 30mins)
- Mirror lake
- Glowworm cave

Day 10 - Te Anau to Dunedin (3hrs 45 mins)
- Otago penisula (Yellow eyes penguin, Larnach Castle)
- Uni of Otago

Day 11 - Dunedin via Oamaru via Twizel to Mt Cook (4hrs 15mins)

Day 12 - Mt Cook via Lake Tekapo via Farlie via Asburton to Christchurch (4hrs)

Day 13 - Christchurch

My concern now :

1) Should i overnite at Greymouth or Hokitika?
2) Should I do a day or overnite cruise? Or can skip the plc?
3) Which has more thing to see -Arrowtown/Cromwell?
 

missy

New Member
wow zenn...ur itinery looks good. seems you got all the info you need. dun worry too much abt the planning part. most impt is to go with the flow. for extra days, whichever town you like better, you can stay longer. remember to enjoy yourselves and have fun.

have fun and do remember to coem back and tell us about your trip
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mngo

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hey zenn, if u got time to see penguins over at omaru, the yellow eye penguins, then will be interesting
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i am going nz - for 2nd time but north island (next month). i went in early nov in 2002 and was supposed to be summer but end up, is like spring man! weather's still cold
 

mngo

New Member
actually i went to Lanarch castle and is not so worth my time (at least for me). we drove so far away to tat castle and spent less than an hour there. plus the castle gave me an errie feeling
 

eggie

New Member
hi zenn,
i think u already need to rent a car once u arrive in greymouth since u want to go to punakiki which is half an hour from greymouth. hope it helps.

Yah, i'm planing to go to oamaru to see the penguins too.
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cassie

Member
btw zenn, which part of october will you be going? i've been advised that the sun sets at around 6.30pm early to mid Oct (dunno about the rest of the month
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). May want to keep that in mind in case you guys don't want to drive at night
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zenn

New Member
Thanks for all ur advise!

Mngo and Eggie : Err you mean yellow eyes penguins are at Oamaru and not Dunedin? -confused-

Mngo : If not what else is nice at Dunedin?

Any advise on which motel will be gd for the above places?

I remember someone mentioned staying at a motel (think its either at Te Anau or Wanaka) facing the lake. Can I ve the name of the motel pls?
 

zenn

New Member
Eggie : Ok noted. Punakiki is only for pancake rock rite? Worth going?

Cassie : hooker valley trek - is that from mount cook? ==> YUP! do you ve the website?
 

pamela

New Member
zenn..

If you are driving, u can park near the camp site. From the camp site, I think it takes around 4 hours plus (to and fro).. You will get a very nice view of Mt Cook at the end.. sharpen your ears.. u may get to hear thundering sounds (result of Avalanche!). We actually saw one.. quite scary.. though it is quite far away from where we were standing!

Do wear good shoes (hiking shoes if u have) coz the track is quite rocky all due to avalanche. And some parts is slippery due to frost. As it is a valley, some parts actually do not get the sun. Bring gloves if you need, coz the hands can be quite numb from the cold at certain parts of the valley. I very KS one.
 

pamela

New Member
Found this:
http://www.doc.govt.nz/Explore/002~Tracks-and-Walks/By-Region/010~Canterbury/Aoraki-Mount-Cook/012~Walks-from-the-Village.asp


Hooker Valley Track
Times from the village: 1st swingbridge: 1 1/2 hours return 2nd swingbridge: 2 hours return Hooker Lake: 4 hours return

Begin at the Visitor Centre or White Horse Hill camping areas. Starting from the camping area reduces the times by 45 minutes. One of the most popular walks in the park, it leads up the Hooker Valley towards Aoraki/Mount Cook. The track passes close to the Alpine Memorial, which is a great viewpoint. Continue on to Hooker River and cross twice on swingbridges before reaching Stocking Stream Shelter. Continue beside the river to its source to reach the Hooker Glacier terminal lake.
 

zenn

New Member
Thanks pam! What does it mean by 1st swingbridge:1 1/2 hours return 2nd swingbridge: 2 hours return Hooker Lake: 4 hours return?

Pandan me, do we ve to pay? If so, how much and any specific timing?
 

cassie

Member
zenn: oamaru has both yellow-eyed and blue penguins
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don't know if there're penguins at dunedin. actually did not factor oamaru into my itinerary but my friend says they're so cute now i'm having second thoughts! ;-) my itinerary looks crazy enough as it is tho...
 

eggie

New Member
hi gals, i'm thinking of going to new zealand on christmas day cause the air ticket is cheaper. Anyone know if the shops or tour operator will be closed on boxing day, new year eve or new year? Thanks a lot.
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zenn

New Member
Hi cassie,

I read fm website that there r Yellow Eyes Penguines at Dunedine (Otago Peninsula). Blur now. Btw, when u going?

Seems like Hooker Valley Track is a must so must really arrange the timing....
 

cassie

Member
hi zenn, me going 1st 2 weeks of Oct. Wanna catch the tail end of the ski season! ;)

Eggie: perhaps you could email the operators to ask, they're usually quite fast with replies. but christmas time may not be a good idea. according to the books, that's the super peak travel period - you'll be competing with lots of other ppl for accommodation and activity bookings.
 

kite~

Active Member
Hi zenn,

ok enjoy ur preparation on ur HM.
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u stil hv 2 mths to collect alot of data. Ever plan to try the hot air balloon? me thought of trying as i plan not to do those adventure rides as me not adventurous enough. :p

Hi eggie,

thought xmas time wil be more ex cos it's holiday plus there bound to hv some charges.
 

zenn

New Member
Hi cassie,
IC. Think we can really exchange info here
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Btw, are you going to milford sound? Taking day or nite cruise?

Hi kite,
Yes will definately try hot air ballon but ve not decided to take it in queenstown or ? Same here I am not very adventurous type hee
 

kite~

Active Member
hi zenn,

ic. btw u gg to milford sound. some ppl mentioned not worth the trip? i ever saw my fren's NZ photos. the milford sound photos not very fantastic to me..I intend to skip milford sound.
 

zenn

New Member
Hi Kite,

Initially planned to go for overnite cruise but according to the forum like not worth leh so ve second thought now. Hope to ve more feedback on this...
 

cassie

Member
nope, never intended to do milford, cos during the last natas fair the nz rep was telling us it's nice but too commercialised. doubtful was in initially, but after working out driving times and other activities we realise it's a bit out of the way and we can't squeeze it in, so out go the Sounds!
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i don't even have time to do christchurch! ;-)

If you're doing the Sounds the nz rep recommends a doubtful overnight cruise.

my 14-day land itinerary will be
kaikoura
methven & surrounds
mt cook
(oamaru - penguins)
queenstown & wanaka
glaciers
greymouth (& punakaiki)
christchurch
 

stussy

New Member
Can anyone that has been to Milford sound comment on whether is it really worth going....

Also is it really very dangerous to drive there...
 

zenn

New Member
Cassie, ok but doubtful sound overnite cruise very x - $471 per pax leh!

Btw, what is nice in methven & surrounds?
 

cassie

Member
methven: whitewater rafting, skiing, farmstay
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of course you can also do these in queenstown, wanaka and other places
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mngo

New Member
zenn, omaru is not far away from dunedin. i guess that area is colony of penguins :p
u might wanna double check and confirm.
 

mngo

New Member
http://www.penybryn.co.nz/Attractions.htm
Penguin viewing. Two types of penguin nest along the Oamaru coastline. The Blue Penguin and the Yellow Eyed Penguins. The Yellow Eyed penguin, one of the world's rarest, comes ashore in limited numbers in the late afternoon. The Blue penguin comes ashore at dusk in numbers between 30 and 180 depending on the time of year. Both colonies are within a five minute drive from Pen-y-bryn.
 

zenn

New Member
Introduction to Otago Peninsula

The Otago Peninsula is one of New Zealand's most renowned eco tourism areas. There are unique opportunities to view a remarkable range of wildlife including Royal Albatross, rare yellow-eyed penguins, a variety of seals, water and wading birds.

Explore Otago Peninsula's well preserved and colourful history. Larnach Castle, Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens, Disappearing Gun and NZ Marine Studies Centre Aquarium the highlights of any visit to the Otago Peninsula.

Discover the talents of the various residents when you visit the galleries, studios and craft shops that dot the small townships and roads of the Otago Peninsula.

Otago Peninsula's cafes and restaurants offer a great selection of fine cuisine at reasonable prices and the opportunity to sample some the New Zealands award winning wines.

A variety of accommodation styles to suit all budgets are available on the Otago Peninsula. Stay a while longer and enjoy the hospitality found at our Bed and Breakfasts, Farmstays, Homestays, Motels and Self Contained Units, Cottages, Backpackers, Lodges and Camping Grounds.

A round tour of the Otago Peninsula is approximately 64km. You may choose to travel the harbourside road out to Taiaroa Heads and return to Dunedin via the high road. Highcliff Road offers magnificent views.
There are a number of optional detours and walks for those with time to spare - and the time is always well spent. Wildlife and their natural habitats are precious and access to tracks and viewing areas is given with permission of landowners. As the saying goes: take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints.
For those wishing to sit back, relax and enjoy the coastal scenery, there are a variety of wildlife and scenic tours available. Bookings can be made at the Dunedin Visitor Centre in The Octagon.

Distance Guide from the Dunedin Visitor Centre:
· Albatross Colony - 31 kilometres
· Yellow Eyed Penguins - 28 kilometres
· Wellers Rock - 27 kilometres
· Aquarium - 21 kilometres
· Macandrew Bay - 11 kilometres
· Glenfalloch Gardens - 10 kilometres
· Peninsula map Sign: Portsmouth Drive - 3 kilometres
 

kite~

Active Member
hi zenn,

Just borrowed a Lonely Planet New Zealand Travel guide from the library.

hmm can see ur itinerary is well planned. Perhaps u can try the skyline gondola at Queenstown,
view the moeraki boulders at oamaru,
baldwin street (steepest street in the world) in Dunedin.
Steamship cruise to walter peak.
 

pamela

New Member
hi zenn

re Hooker Valley. The Valley can be broken up into 3 sections. There are 2 swingbridges along the way and finally the lake. The timing is for people who does not want to complete the journey to Hooker Lake. But I just realised one thing. I am not sure if you can trek all the way to Hooker Lake. There are certain months which are not safe for trekking coz of the active avalanche period. I think u better check with the visitor center before u start your walk! Maybe you can look for the info in travel guides as well.
 

zenn

New Member
Hi kite,
Paiseh what is skyline gondola? And where to take steamship cruise?

Hi pam,
Ok, so I can find out fm there?

Gals, any recommendation on accomodation?
 

missy

New Member
hi zenn.

skyline gondola can be taken from queenstown. it is like a cable car that will bring you to the top where you can see the view of the entire queenstown. its a magnificient sight! up there is also a restaurant, souvenier shop and where you enjoy the luge ride.
 

kite~

Active Member
Hi zenn,

as what SSF mentioned, skyline gondola is like a cable car where u can have a beautiful view of queenstown. It is open 365 days n for the rates, u can refer to this website. If you dont go for adventures in Queenstown, u might want to take the cable car up to the restaurant n enjoy a meal.
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http://www.skyline.co.nz/gondola/index.html

As for Steamship cruise to walter peak, u can take this cruise from queenstown and hear the sound of the steam engines working as it takes you on a nostalgic cruise of beautiful Lake Wakatipu. http://www.fiordlandtravel.co.nz/Main/earnslawcruises/
 

zenn

New Member
Thanks SSF & Kite! Gd gd cos I am not very adventure type so at least I know what to do in Queenstown
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Hey any recommendation on accomodations? And where to take hot air ballon?
 

zenn

New Member
Errr.. whats the diff btw steamship cruise to walter peak and cruise to milford sound? What are the things to expect?
 

zenn

New Member
Hi kite,

Thanks but that is fm Methven oni rite? Any diff if I take hotair ballon fm Methven or Queenstown or other part of NZ?

Also, do I ve to make adv booking or 1 day b4 is sufficient?
 

apple_queen

New Member
Hi there,
Is there any NATAS fair which has promotion rate for tour to NZ?
Is it advisable to go NZ in EndMar or Early Apr next year?
 

kite~

Active Member
Hi zenn,

eh not so sure cos never take before.
Perhaps any gals here who took hot air balloon can help or u try email the website?

Btw since u are not into adventure at Queenstown, perhaps u want to go to this "Deer Park Heights" at Queenstown. However, entrance fees is NZ$20 per car (if u r driving) and all the animals there roam freely around. That area is also 1 of the LOTR film location!
U may want to visit this website for more info.
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http://www.thedeerpark.co.nz/
 

zenn

New Member
Thanks kite! Looks like there are really alot of places to visit in Queenstown ya. For Deer Park Height, you mean we can just car in n walk ard? Cos according to the website, its $49 per pax for scenic tour?

Can someone advise me the diff btw steamship cruise to walter peak and cruise to milford sound? What are the things to expect?
 

missy

New Member
Hi Zenn,

This is where i stayed:

Rotorua - Tresco Rotorua (NZ90) B&B
Napier - Pinehaven (NZ80) B&B
Wellington - Portland Best Western Hotel NZ135
Sharella Motor Lodge NZ99 (opp Botanic garden)

Nelson - Oaskland Lodge NZ99
Greymouth - Revington Hotel NZ70
Fox Glacier - Fox Glacier Lodge NZ70
Wanaka - Alpine Motel NZ80
Queenstown - Earnslaw Lodge NZ80
Te Anau - Alphenhorn Motel NZ65
Dunedin - Best Western Court Hotel NZ75
 

missy

New Member
hi zenn..

glad it helps..ok
hotel motel and B&B in rotura all ensuite.

actually i find motel better...B&B the breakfast everymorning is only toast, scramble egg and corn flakes...so bored..its not sumptous at all.

its a waste of money esp when B&B is more ex. i find motel the best! affordable and clean. rest assure the accomodation are all very clean. except for the one we stayed at greymouth. it stinks! below is a pub actually and the room is pretty dirty and smells of smoke. we left the very early morning
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the accomodation in queenstown is pretty good. the room outside is where your car parks...so you can load your stuffs easier. then the living room is overseeing a lake..very beautiful and the counter lady is so helpful. in fact all motels has big carpark which makes unloading easier than in hotels.
 

zenn

New Member
Hi SSF,

Gd gd. Relieve to hear that. The one in queenstown sound great. Errr living room is overseeing lake? You mean the room is so big?
 


eggie

New Member
hi SSF,
May I know if u book the accommodation well ahead? When did u go to NZ? I'm thinking of going in Dec and I heard it's peak period.
 

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