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Old 10-09-2017, 07:43 PM   #1696
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Any good recommendation for those hop on hop off buses? I'm gonna sometime in December and not driving. Am doing an South Island loop. Do I need to book those tours / bus passes in advance? Is it too late now?
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Old 10-09-2017, 07:44 PM   #1697
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NZ is not just a city. What hop on hop off buses? If you don't drive, you would need to join a tour.
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Old 10-09-2017, 07:55 PM   #1698
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Any good recommendation for those hop on hop off buses? I'm gonna sometime in December and not driving. Am doing an South Island loop. Do I need to book those tours / bus passes in advance? Is it too late now?
You will have to go on tour if not driving...
There is only buses in between cities/toens, but not very frequent. As tourists would either drive or join those big tour groups with fixed itinerary.
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:34 PM   #1699
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anyone have recommendations for accommodations in Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook, and Fox Glacier/ Franz Josef Glacier?
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:11 AM   #1700
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Any good recommendation for those hop on hop off buses? I'm gonna sometime in December and not driving. Am doing an South Island loop. Do I need to book those tours / bus passes in advance? Is it too late now?
AFAIK most of the people use intercity's flexipass or nakedbus's naked passport.
I just back from south island. Now is winter so not peak season yet, i can still book bus ticket the day before. Not sure about the situation in December.
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:17 AM   #1701
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anyone have recommendations for accommodations in Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook, and Fox Glacier/ Franz Josef Glacier?
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I stay at ivory tower backpacker @ Fox Glacier.
Pros:
Clean and new toilet/shower
kitchen is well equipped
room is clean

Cons:
only 200mb free wifi per day
limited power socket in room
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Old 11-09-2017, 12:15 PM   #1702
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I stay at ivory tower backpacker @ Fox Glacier.
Pros:
Clean and new toilet/shower
kitchen is well equipped
room is clean

Cons:
only 200mb free wifi per day
limited power socket in room
Thanks for sharing
200mb probably more than enuf for me
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Old 11-09-2017, 12:50 PM   #1703
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I stay at ivory tower backpacker @ Fox Glacier.
Pros:
Clean and new toilet/shower
kitchen is well equipped
room is clean

Cons:
only 200mb free wifi per day
limited power socket in room
Thanks

Appreciate if others also can share what motel etc they stay in different area. Maybe help with my research on where to stay as well.

Gum xia.
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:55 PM   #1704
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Kingsgate Hotel @Greymouth. No BF.

Ropatini's Homestay B & B @Fox Glacier. BF included.

Te Wanaka Lodge @Wanaka. BF included.

Distinction Luxmore @Te Anau. No BF

Earnslaw Lodge @Queenstown. No BF.

The Hermitage @Mount Cook. No BF. Not many options here.

Lake Tekapo Scenie Resort. No BF.

Rendezvous Hotel @Christchurch before heading home. No BF.
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Old 11-09-2017, 04:01 PM   #1705
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Stayed at:

Kingsgate Hotel @Greymouth. No BF.

Ropatini's Homestay B & B @Fox Glacier. BF included.

Te Wanaka Lodge @Wanaka. BF included.

Distinction Luxmore @Te Anau. No BF

Earnslaw Lodge @Queenstown. No BF.

The Hermitage @Mount Cook. No BF. Not many options here.

Lake Tekapo Scenie Resort. No BF.

Rendezvous Hotel @Christchurch before heading home. No BF.
Takes for sharing!

How was ur experience at the accom u listed? All good?
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Kingsgate Hotel @Greymouth. No BF.
Surprisingly acceptable in spite of negative reviews online (maybe ang moh perception different). Price reasonable.

Ropatini's Homestay B & B @Fox Glacier. BF included.
Expensive but good BF.

Te Wanaka Lodge @Wanaka. BF included.
Price reasonable and good BF.

Distinction Luxmore @Te Anau. No BF
Tourist place with many mainland tourists. But in heart of town.

Earnslaw Lodge @Queenstown. No BF.
Need to walk into town. Free parking (after all need to pay wherever you go in Queenstown).

The Hermitage @Mount Cook. No BF. Not many options here.
Expensive but no choice.

Lake Tekapo Scenie Resort. No BF.
Expensive but in heart of town.

Rendezvous Hotel @Christchurch before heading home. No BF.
High rise hotel but clean and comfy. Free parking. Can see how depressing Christchurch is after the quake. Jin sad place.
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Old 11-09-2017, 04:22 PM   #1707
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Issit impt to stay in the heart of town if driving?
Coz i was actually considering some accom that are slightly out of town centre
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Old 11-09-2017, 06:10 PM   #1708
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For food, yes. Otherwise, you will be eating salads from Countdown or Pak N Save. For places like Mt. Cook, Fox Glacier, no such big supermarkets. Greymouth and Queenstown are the only places I have seen got McDonald's or KFC if you are into that kind of food.

Issit impt to stay in the heart of town if driving?
Coz i was actually considering some accom that are slightly out of town centre
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For food, yes. Otherwise, you will be eating salads from Countdown or Pak N Save. For places like Mt. Cook, Fox Glacier, no such big supermarkets. Greymouth and Queenstown are the only places I have seen got McDonald's or KFC if you are into that kind of food.
Is parking going to an issue in town? Can i drive to town for dinner before heading back to ulu accommodation?
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Issit impt to stay in the heart of town if driving?
Coz i was actually considering some accom that are slightly out of town centre
It depends on which town.
Like Queenstown, limited parking spaces. Dunedin, plenty of spaces.
If I stay in motels with cooking facilities, I will normally cook. Queenstown is all ang mo jiak.
Dunedin got more food choices as it is a U town. Same for Christchurch, Auckland.
I normally stay outside of town due to limited parking spaces. Except in cities.
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