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Should i stay near queenstown city centre or few minutes drive away?
My concern is parking may be tough in queenstown but to stay in city centre guess i have to give up waking up to good views
 

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I only tried paying by card twice. Once at a hostel, once at an automated petrol pump. Both times failed. I was able to withdraw cash from their ATM though.
 

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Should i stay near queenstown city centre or few minutes drive away?
My concern is parking may be tough in queenstown but to stay in city centre guess i have to give up waking up to good views
ur accomm has parking? if yes, can jus park there and walk around.... not very big towns in the south anyway... :o

y stay in town cant get view? u can get good views almost everywhere in queenstown also, again it's not a big place...
 

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I only tried paying by card twice. Once at a hostel, once at an automated petrol pump. Both times failed. I was able to withdraw cash from their ATM though.

I did not have a problem paying by card. Just call your bank to get the PIN number.
 

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Should i stay near queenstown city centre or few minutes drive away?
My concern is parking may be tough in queenstown but to stay in city centre guess i have to give up waking up to good views

Usually most people come into the town center to eat and shop. Since parking is a problem within the town center, you will still need to walk a bit whether you stay in town or not. A fortnight in NZ will be saturated with good views anyway.
 

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Is it not the same pin as nets/atm etc?

CC pin is dependent on your choice. You can choose to be same as atm pin. When cc issued to you, there is a separate pin mailer. Up to individual if they want to change this pin found in mailer.
 

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Hi, just wondering if any guys here rent POCWIFI in new zealand before?
if so, how was it? cause my friends can't do without wifi when going on trip... :\
 

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Hi, just wondering if any guys here rent POCWIFI in new zealand before?
if so, how was it? cause my friends can't do without wifi when going on trip... :\

Didnt get that when I was in NZ, but I've rented pocket wifi in my other travels before, not worth it.. When got 2 or more phones connected, the connection becomes non-existent and turtle paced. Might as well spend abit more get local data.
 

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NEED YOUR HELP!

Hi Guys! Sorry to interrupt any ongoing discussion. Am looking to visit NZ in Aug and will like to get your advice on the below itinerary for South Island NZ.. let me know if this works!:)

THANKS IN ADVANCE!:):)


(Day1) Arrive in Queenstown (1N)

(Day2) Queenstown to Mt Cook (2N)
(Day3) Mt Cook

(Day4) Mt Cook to Lake Tekapo

(Day5) Lake Tekapo to Christchurch (1N)

(Day6) Christchruch to FJG /Fox Glacier (3N)
(Day7) Fox Glacier -Skydive
(Day8) Fox Glacier -Heli Hike

(Day9) Fox Glacier to Wanaka

(Day10) Wanaka to Te Anau (2N)

(Day11) Te Anau
(Day12) Te Anau to Dunedin (2N)

(Day13) Dunedin

(Day14) Dunedin to Queenstown (2N)

(Day15) Queenstown

(Day16) Queenstown back to Sydney/SG
 

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Hi Guys! Sorry to interrupt any ongoing discussion. Am looking to visit NZ in Aug and will like to get your advice on the below itinerary for South Island NZ.. let me know if this works!:)

THANKS IN ADVANCE!:):)


(Day1) Arrive in Queenstown (1N)

(Day2) Queenstown to Mt Cook (2N)
(Day3) Mt Cook

(Day4) Mt Cook to Lake Tekapo

(Day5) Lake Tekapo to Christchurch (1N)

(Day6) Christchruch to FJG /Fox Glacier (3N)
(Day7) Fox Glacier -Skydive
(Day8) Fox Glacier -Heli Hike

(Day9) Fox Glacier to Wanaka

(Day10) Wanaka to Te Anau (2N)

(Day11) Te Anau
(Day12) Te Anau to Dunedin (2N)

(Day13) Dunedin

(Day14) Dunedin to Queenstown (2N)

(Day15) Queenstown

(Day16) Queenstown back to Sydney/SG

Hello...are you aware that it is winter in August?
Some of the roads like to Mount Cook and some activities will be closed or not operating. If you can get into Mount Cook, you have to be prepared that you can't get out due to severe weather.
Check out the weather for August to plan.
http://m.metservice.com/mountain/aoraki-mount-cook-national-park

I was there in summer and yet I was stuck in Mount Cook for 1 day.
 

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Hi Guys! Sorry to interrupt any ongoing discussion. Am looking to visit NZ in Aug and will like to get your advice on the below itinerary for South Island NZ.. let me know if this works!:)

THANKS IN ADVANCE!:):)


(Day1) Arrive in Queenstown (1N)

(Day2) Queenstown to Mt Cook (2N)
(Day3) Mt Cook

(Day4) Mt Cook to Lake Tekapo

(Day5) Lake Tekapo to Christchurch (1N)

(Day6) Christchruch to FJG /Fox Glacier (3N)
(Day7) Fox Glacier -Skydive
(Day8) Fox Glacier -Heli Hike

(Day9) Fox Glacier to Wanaka

(Day10) Wanaka to Te Anau (2N)

(Day11) Te Anau
(Day12) Te Anau to Dunedin (2N)

(Day13) Dunedin

(Day14) Dunedin to Queenstown (2N)

(Day15) Queenstown

(Day16) Queenstown back to Sydney/SG


Looks fun and super expensive! and Skydive at Fox Glacier! WAhhhhhhh envy! take photos/videos come back show pls!

Enjoy!
 

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Hi Guys! Sorry to interrupt any ongoing discussion. Am looking to visit NZ in Aug and will like to get your advice on the below itinerary for South Island NZ.. let me know if this works!:)

THANKS IN ADVANCE!:):)


(Day1) Arrive in Queenstown (1N)

(Day2) Queenstown to Mt Cook (2N)
(Day3) Mt Cook

(Day4) Mt Cook to Lake Tekapo

(Day5) Lake Tekapo to Christchurch (1N)

(Day6) Christchruch to FJG /Fox Glacier (3N)
(Day7) Fox Glacier -Skydive
(Day8) Fox Glacier -Heli Hike

(Day9) Fox Glacier to Wanaka

(Day10) Wanaka to Te Anau (2N)

(Day11) Te Anau
(Day12) Te Anau to Dunedin (2N)

(Day13) Dunedin

(Day14) Dunedin to Queenstown (2N)

(Day15) Queenstown

(Day16) Queenstown back to Sydney/SG

that's a weird route... u fly in to QS but you go up to TKP/CC then go back down to the south...

consider skipping Dunedin/CC if you can... then go QS>TA>WNK>TKP>MC>TKP>MC>WNK>FG>WNK/QS

use QS as the base for TA, use WNK as the base for FG and TKP

the west coast or the glacier side is actually the most out of the way
 

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Hi guys, my friends and I are doing a 12 day road trip to South Island in Oct. Just want to check where is a good area for rental of a campervan for 1-2 nights for outdoor camping?

Areas we are planning to visit:
Lake Tekapo
Drive to Mount Cook & Lake Pukaki
Lake Wanaka
Queenstown
Glenorchy
Te Anau
Milford Sound
Westland National Park
Franz Josef Glacier

Also any suggestions on areas to visit would be great.

Thanks!
 
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Tekapo, Mt cook & the northern coast would be good for campervaning. Why not consider fully campervan? 12days in Oct is just nice for the standard circle in camper

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I would love to but my friends just want to do 1-2 days Haha. What's the standard circle you are referring to??
 

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Don't think you can find any campervan rental for 1-2days. They will have minimum days rental. It was 3 or 5 days even for me during winter.. standard loop, chc - greymouth - fox/Franz - wanaka - Queenstown - tekapo/cook - chc. With some detour or adjustable to other place of your liking along the way

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Yeah thinking of getting the campervan from CHC and then return to Queenstown. Any recommendations on which rental company to book from?
 

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that's a weird route... u fly in to QS but you go up to TKP/CC then go back down to the south...

consider skipping Dunedin/CC if you can... then go QS>TA>WNK>TKP>MC>TKP>MC>WNK>FG>WNK/QS

use QS as the base for TA, use WNK as the base for FG and TKP

the west coast or the glacier side is actually the most out of the way
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thanks for the suggestions guys! yea am aware that it'll be winter and am keeping our fingers crossed for Mt Cook. We'll be taking bussing around for the entire trip so yea. Anyway I've made some changes to my itinerary:

(Day1) Arrive in Queenstown (1N)

(Day2) Queenstown to Tekapo (1N)

(Day3) Tekapo to Mt Cook (1N)

(Day4) Mt Cook to Wanaka (1N)

(Day5-7) Wanaka to Fox Glacier (3N)

(Day8) Fox Glacier to Queenstown (1N)

(Day9) Day trip to Milford Sounds
Alight at Te Anau (1N)

(Day10-11) Te Anau to Dunedin (2N)

(Day12-13) Dunedin to Queenstown (2N)

(Day14) Flight back to SG
 

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thanks for the suggestions guys! yea am aware that it'll be winter and am keeping our fingers crossed for Mt Cook. We'll be taking bussing around for the entire trip so yea. Anyway I've made some changes to my itinerary:

(Day1) Arrive in Queenstown (1N)

(Day2) Queenstown to Tekapo (1N)

(Day3) Tekapo to Mt Cook (1N)

(Day4) Mt Cook to Wanaka (1N)

(Day5-7) Wanaka to Fox Glacier (3N)

(Day8) Fox Glacier to Queenstown (1N)

(Day9) Day trip to Milford Sounds
Alight at Te Anau (1N)

(Day10-11) Te Anau to Dunedin (2N)

(Day12-13) Dunedin to Queenstown (2N)

(Day14) Flight back to SG
any reason y u wanna spend 3N in at the glacier?

i duno how fast/convenient the buses are, but can any of u drive?

the bussing around can take off quite abit of ur "enjoying" time so u have to buffer some time for the travelling...
 
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