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Old 19-09-2018, 07:02 AM   #2461
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This time of year still have meh?

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Few days ago it was heavy snowing, road closure and flight cancellations.

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Old 19-09-2018, 06:03 PM   #2462
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Few days ago it was heavy snowing, road closure and flight cancellations.

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So jialat...

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Old 19-09-2018, 10:37 PM   #2463
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North Island for 15 days

Hi all

i am planning a road trip to north island. Have 15 days. Was wondering if the proposed itinerary would be too packed or too lax? Any advice?

Day 1 - Auckland
Day 2 - Whangarei, Bay of Islands, Paihia
Day 3 - Hokianga Harbour, Waipoua Forest
Day 4 - Wairoa River, Coromandel
Day 5 - Coromandel
Day 6 - Matamata, Waitomo Glowworm caves
Day 7 - Rotorua, Wai-o-tapu Thermal
Day 8 - Taupo, Tongariro
Day 9 - Tongariro
Day 10 & 11 - Wellington
Day 12 & 13 - Napier (Hawkes Bay)
Day 14 & 15- Auckland and return flight

TIA!
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Old 20-09-2018, 05:29 PM   #2464
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Hey guys! Ill be traveling to nz next week and was wondering hows the road condition from Te Anau to Milford sound? Am worried about the black ice and stuff.
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Old 22-09-2018, 03:23 AM   #2465
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Hi,

Will be going to South Island from 6 Nov to 22 Nov and renting a car. Below is my draft itinerary, a pretty high level one as I am still planning.

In this doable? Would sincerely appreciate any feedback or advice. Still thinking about what activities to do but mainly is sight seeing, scenery and some short hike.

Day 1 Arrive in Queenstown afternoon. Queenstown hill walk.
Day 2 Drive to Te Anau
Day 3 Te Anau (Milford Sound)
Day 4 Drive to Nugget point lighthouse to Dunedin
Day 5 Dunedin (Otago Peninsula)
Day 6 Drive to Mt Cook. Night stay at Mt Cook or Twizel or pukaki?
Day 7 Lake Tekapo
Day 8 Lake Tekapo
Day 9 Christchurch
Day 10
Day 11 Greymouth / Hokitika
Day 12 Franz Glacier / Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier Terminal Face walk, Lake Matheson walk, stay at fox) Not doing heli hike
Day 13 Fox Glacier to Wanaka (Brucebay/Haast)
Day 14 Wanaka (Lake, Blue Pools Track, Mount Iron Track)
Day 15 Wanaka to Cromwell to Arrowtown to Queenstown
Day 16 Queenstown (Arthurs Point, Glenorchy)
Day 17 Queenstown. Depart afternoon

1) Any places to go when travelling to Te Anau? Around 2hrs+ can reach Te Anau and read that Te Anau got nothing much to do?
2) For Milford Sound, is it advisable to drive there or take a day tour during nov?
3) For the blank space, any place I can go to or stay longer for one more day.

Thanksss!

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Old 23-09-2018, 12:28 PM   #2466
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I realize that if I fly in to auckland it seems to be a better choice?

Auckland> Coromandel Peninsula >Tauranga > Rotorua > Gisborne > Napier > Taupo > Palmerston North > Wellington

Take a ferry,

Nelson > Greymouth > Franz Josef > Wanaka > Queenstown > Te Anau / Milford sound > Invercargill > Dunedin > Oamaru > Lake Tekapo > Methven > CHC > Hanmer Springs > Kaikoura > Blenheim >

Take a ferry,

Wellington > Whanganui > New Plymouth > Waitomo Caves > Hamilton > Paihia > Auckland.
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Old 23-09-2018, 05:03 PM   #2467
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Hey guys! Ill be traveling to nz next week and was wondering hows the road condition from Te Anau to Milford sound? Am worried about the black ice and stuff.
not good news.

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Old 24-09-2018, 04:14 PM   #2468
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We have booked our flights to Christchurch in April 2019 and would like to seek your opinions on the below itinerary

Day 1: Christchurch > Punakaiki > Hokitika (Punakaiki, Devil's Punchbowl Waterfall)
Day 2: Hokitika > Wanaka (Hokitika Gorge, Lake Matheson Walk, Blue Pools, Fox Glacier Access)
Day 3: Wanaka (Isthmus Peak Hike)
Day 4: Wanaka > Queenstown (Roy's Peak Hike)
Day 5: Queenstown (Day trip to Glenorchy and Arrowtown)
Day 6: Queenstown (Zipline, Hang Gliding, Luge)
Day 7: Queenstown > Milford Sound (Milford Sound Kayak)
Day 8: Milford Sound > Catlins (via Invercargill) -> not sure what to see
Day 9: Catlins > Dunedin (Seals, Penguins, Cheese Factory)
Day 10: Dunedin > Lake Tekapo (Clay Cliffs, Hot Springs, Star Gazing)
Day 11: Lake Tekapo (Day trip to Mount Cook, Lake Pukaki)
Day 12: Lake Tekapo > Christchurch (Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Alpaca Farmstay)
Day 13: Christchurch > Blenheim (Marlborough Wineries)
Day 14: Blenheim > Christchurch (Kaikoura Dolphins)
Day 15: Christchurch > Singapore

My questions are:
  1. Is this itinerary do-able on a campervan? (Day 13-14 will be traveling by car instead)
  2. Is there anything interesting along the drive from Milford Sound to Catlins?
  3. We have planned 2 confirmed 6-8 hours hikes (Roy's Peak and Isthmus Peak) and 1 in KIV (Mount Alfred). If there is nothing interesting at Invercargill/Catlins area, then we probably stay in Queenstown another night and do the Mt Alfred hike, and then directly to go Dunedin from Milfrod Sound.
  4. Any comments on Roy's Peak, Isthmus, Mt Alfred hikes? Which are the day hikes do you recommend?

Thank you
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Old 03-10-2018, 10:30 AM   #2469
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We have booked our flights to Christchurch in April 2019 and would like to seek your opinions on the below itinerary

Day 1: Christchurch > Punakaiki > Hokitika (Punakaiki, Devil's Punchbowl Waterfall)
Day 2: Hokitika > Wanaka (Hokitika Gorge, Lake Matheson Walk, Blue Pools, Fox Glacier Access)
Day 3: Wanaka (Isthmus Peak Hike)
Day 4: Wanaka > Queenstown (Roy's Peak Hike)
Day 5: Queenstown (Day trip to Glenorchy and Arrowtown)
Day 6: Queenstown (Zipline, Hang Gliding, Luge)
Day 7: Queenstown > Milford Sound (Milford Sound Kayak)
Day 8: Milford Sound > Catlins (via Invercargill) -> not sure what to see
Day 9: Catlins > Dunedin (Seals, Penguins, Cheese Factory)
Day 10: Dunedin > Lake Tekapo (Clay Cliffs, Hot Springs, Star Gazing)
Day 11: Lake Tekapo (Day trip to Mount Cook, Lake Pukaki)
Day 12: Lake Tekapo > Christchurch (Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Alpaca Farmstay)
Day 13: Christchurch > Blenheim (Marlborough Wineries)
Day 14: Blenheim > Christchurch (Kaikoura Dolphins)
Day 15: Christchurch > Singapore

My questions are:
  1. Is this itinerary do-able on a campervan? (Day 13-14 will be traveling by car instead)
  2. Is there anything interesting along the drive from Milford Sound to Catlins?
  3. We have planned 2 confirmed 6-8 hours hikes (Roy's Peak and Isthmus Peak) and 1 in KIV (Mount Alfred). If there is nothing interesting at Invercargill/Catlins area, then we probably stay in Queenstown another night and do the Mt Alfred hike, and then directly to go Dunedin from Milfrod Sound.
  4. Any comments on Roy's Peak, Isthmus, Mt Alfred hikes? Which are the day hikes do you recommend?

Thank you
day 2 seems very packed.
Hokitika to wanaka is already a long drive, and the places u listed probably need an hour or so each.

not sure about catlins, but the route from milford sounds to te anau have quite a few small scenic spot that u can stop by, such as mirror lake, knobs flats, monkey creek etc.
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Old 04-10-2018, 11:26 AM   #2470
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New rule for those visiting NZ or planning to visit soon, please take note :

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Old 08-10-2018, 01:58 PM   #2471
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Hello all, wondering if anyone has rented Maui campervan before? Can't seem to find much local reviews on Maui.

I'm visiting the south island next month and wondering if the itinerary is fine:
Sunrise ~615am. Sunset ~815pm.

Day 1 Touch down CHC 230pm. Collect campervan, camp at Kaikoura area.
Day 2 Kaikoura Seal colony. CHC. Arthur's Pass. Camp at Arthur's Pass area.
Day 3 Pancake rocks (tentative). Lake Kaniere. Hokitika Gorge walk. Sunset point. Camp at Seaview Lodge.
Day 4 Go to FJG heli hike. Lake Matheson. Camp near FJG area.
Day 5 Haast Pass blue pools. Omarama clay cliff. Mount cook village. Camp at Mt Cook area.
Day 6 Hooker Valley track (alternative: Tasman glacier heli hike if we didn't manage to do at FJG). Tekapo Springs. Camp at Tekapo village.
Day 7 Lake Tekapo. Queenstown. Return campervan and rent a car. Queenstown gondola, luge. Overnight Qtn.
Day 8 Bob's cove hike. Lake Wanaka. Overnight Wanaka.
Day 9 Midnight hike roy's peak. Head back to CHC. Overnight CHC.
Day 10 Return car. 5am flight.

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Old 08-10-2018, 07:33 PM   #2472
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Hello all, wondering if anyone has rented Maui campervan before? Can't seem to find much local reviews on Maui.

I'm visiting the south island next month and wondering if the itinerary is fine:
Sunrise ~615am. Sunset ~815pm.

Day 1 Touch down CHC 230pm. Collect campervan, camp at Kaikoura area.
Day 2 Kaikoura Seal colony. CHC. Arthur's Pass. Camp at Arthur's Pass area.
Day 3 Pancake rocks (tentative). Lake Kaniere. Hokitika Gorge walk. Sunset point. Camp at Seaview Lodge.
Day 4 Go to FJG heli hike. Lake Matheson. Camp near FJG area.
Day 5 Haast Pass blue pools. Omarama clay cliff. Mount cook village. Camp at Mt Cook area.
Day 6 Hooker Valley track (alternative: Tasman glacier heli hike if we didn't manage to do at FJG). Tekapo Springs. Camp at Tekapo village.
Day 7 Lake Tekapo. Queenstown. Return campervan and rent a car. Queenstown gondola, luge. Overnight Qtn.
Day 8 Bob's cove hike. Lake Wanaka. Overnight Wanaka.
Day 9 Midnight hike roy's peak. Head back to CHC. Overnight CHC.
Day 10 Return car. 5am flight.
Any reason for going from FJG to Mt cook then tekapo, then back down to Queenstown and up again to CHC?
Would be easy to go from FJG to wanaka, then Queenstown, then up to mt Cook and tekapo. Coz tekapo is already quite near to CHC
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Old 09-10-2018, 10:25 AM   #2473
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Any reason for going from FJG to Mt cook then tekapo, then back down to Queenstown and up again to CHC?
Would be easy to go from FJG to wanaka, then Queenstown, then up to mt Cook and tekapo. Coz tekapo is already quite near to CHC
oh yes, becos roys peak track (at wanaka) will only reopen on day 9/the last day before our flight back. hence the detour back to queenstown/wanaka area after mt cook.
the detour back to queenstown also allows us to change the campervan for a car so that we can travel more easily from roys peak track to CHC after the hike.
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Old 09-10-2018, 10:52 PM   #2474
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Hello, I booked with wilderness motorhome just early this year for 17days trip.
Wilderness are comparatively more expensive than other motorhomes but I must say their RV is top notch and service was superb (take RV and return is seamless). Their RV is easy to maneuver and driving wise was similar to normal car in my opinion. The RV uses diesel so it is not very expensive. toilet has hot water and very easy to clean the waste. I would suggest to get full excess coverage though it is rather expensive - silver lining is for full excess they give you everything such as GPS, portable tables, seats etc.

we shower everyday but try to use water to the minimal or you will have to top up every alternate days whenever you passby pitstop where you can get free fresh water. When you sleep at night you can adjust the temperature of the aircon which can be set to warm as night time is usually cold if you camp in the wilderness (no pun intended). you can check out their RV guide on youtube. Hope this helps!!
nice! I also booked from wilderness for may period... super exp imo .. but how its worth it for 24days!

also you got stop in many paid campsites? or mostly just freedom camping?? I am quite worried if im able to drive to cities like Auckland... might wanna just spend 1 day there but dunno if it is feasible....
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Old 16-10-2018, 12:26 AM   #2475
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For those that's planning a campervan road trip in south island, here's a guide to reference.

Hope it helps!

https://themoreitravel.com/2017/10/1...eek-itinerary/
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