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Old 24-01-2019, 12:50 PM   #2566
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IDP required only if the driving license is not in English.
I rented from Apex and just gave my Singapore driving license. No problem.
Thanks both! Looking forward to the road trip
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Old 24-01-2019, 01:05 PM   #2567
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has any of u tried a transit time of 1 hr with qantas?

found a 1.1k tix but both ways have a transit time of about an hour, super tight...

the trip there has a transit time of 1 h 50 mins
the trip back home has a transit time of 1 h 5 mins

if any delay in the 1st leg of each way, siao liao...
if you are holding 2 boarding passes, by right the 2nd leg flight will be waiting for you.

if not, they will put you to the next available flight too.

I am not too sure about QF, I took TG before with 1 hour of transit at BKK airport, the ground staff was waiting at the gate (the arrival time was delayed a bit) and escort through special lane to the connecting flight.

The problem with the short transit time is that sometime people can make it but your luggage cannot make it

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Old 24-01-2019, 10:01 PM   #2568
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Just booked air tix for a trip in Aug and am now shopping for a self contained camper rental

Been trying to find reviews for providers and found the following

Wilderness - new modern vans but expensive
Maui - slightly cheaper than wilderness and relatively new vans
Britz - 30% cheaper than above 2 provider but older vans (are they hand me downs from Maui?)
Apollo - no positive reviews and also canít find any review of van quality

Looks like Britz 4 berths is a good balance of space and price based on my Budget. Anyone has used the brand care to share your personal review?

Thanks!

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Yes, your observation above is correct. I just did campervan in south island last month, using Britz. Britz is the same company as Maui and Mighty (= THL company). You're right that the same vehicles are being re-branded as they aged. When it's brand new (less than 1 yr) = Maui Elite ; 1-3 yrs = Maui ; 4-5 yrs = Britz ; older than that = Mighty.
Our Britz vehicle still has the remaining marks from the Maui branding.

A friend of mine did Wilderness, and was very satisfied with their vehicle and service. This seems to be consistent with the mostly positive reviews for them that I saw elsewhere.

I was almost going with StarRV (the higher tier of Apollo - but priced similar to Britz), but the lots and lots of negative review on Apollo steered me away.

My experience with Britz was actually quite good. No major issues encountered (while minor issues, as mentioned by many in forums, are unavoidable anyway). But because this THL is apparently the market share leader in NZ, they have big network of partner workshop, so if your vehicle has any problem anywhere, you can always go to the nearest workshop (after contacting THL), and no need to pay to the workshop.

Bottomline, I actually do recommend Britz, for the reason that you mentioned - balanced. If you want enjoyment (with extra budget), then Wilderness is the choice (every time I saw a Wilderness drove into a carpark, it almost felt like it's projecting its enviable luxury aura, haha )
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Old 24-01-2019, 11:17 PM   #2569
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Appreciate ur kind input given!

Yes, the wilderness vans look so nice and posh on the inside too. Would definitely make the trip a really comfortable one.

But...Itís almost $800 more as compared to britz so its really putting me off

Well as Long as itís reasonably clean inside, no funky smells, and everything functions like it should Iíll be satisfied. Btw which model Britz did u get? Iím just travelling as a twosome but wanted a 4 berth so that I neednít set up the bed daily
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Old 25-01-2019, 09:33 AM   #2570
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Appreciate ur kind input given!

Yes, the wilderness vans look so nice and posh on the inside too. Would definitely make the trip a really comfortable one.

But...Itís almost $800 more as compared to britz so its really putting me off

Well as Long as itís reasonably clean inside, no funky smells, and everything functions like it should Iíll be satisfied. Btw which model Britz did u get? Iím just travelling as a twosome but wanted a 4 berth so that I neednít set up the bed daily
I used Britz Vista.
Yes, setting up bed daily becomes a bit annoying after some time.
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Old 25-01-2019, 10:05 AM   #2571
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Hoot my tix to cc liao in July! My third trip to the south!
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Old 25-01-2019, 10:47 AM   #2572
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I will be renting a small camper van from Mad Campers for my March trip. They have got really good reviews. Price wise, it's around 2k for 2 weeks. So expensive than renting a car, but also lot cheaper than the big camper vans. Will have some flexibility whether to sleep in van or motel. Also can save on cooking meals whenever possible.
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Old 26-01-2019, 08:23 AM   #2573
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I used Britz Vista.
Yes, setting up bed daily becomes a bit annoying after some time.
My wife and I had a budget van from The Pod. We just set the bed once and left it.
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Old 26-01-2019, 05:53 PM   #2574
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anyone has quick advice on how to go around NZ alone? inclined towards farms and nature, mountains etc.

planning for early December.
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Old 26-01-2019, 06:23 PM   #2575
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anyone has quick advice on how to go around NZ alone? inclined towards farms and nature, mountains etc.

planning for early December.
Check if this is what you want:
https://www.straytravel.com/
Disclaimer: I've never used it, only saw it being recommended for single traveller in a forum somewhere.
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Old 03-02-2019, 03:19 PM   #2576
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Air New Zealand Domestic Flight promo. Ending on 3 Feb 2019.
https://grabaseat.co.nz/promos/domesticsale
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Old 14-02-2019, 09:39 PM   #2577
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Christchurch - where to eat

Some of the cafes and restaurants to check out in Christchurch:

https://therantingpanda.com/2019/02/...o-sunday-cafe/
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Old 17-02-2019, 06:58 AM   #2578
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this guy wrote a very good write up about his NZ tour

https://www.reddit.com/r/newzealand/...n_new_zealand/
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Old 24-02-2019, 09:07 PM   #2579
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we were in NZ during the last Dec holidays. Took car for SI and motorhome for NI.

those going NI, highly recommend going to the Coromandel Peninsula area, esp if you love beaches. I donít think it gets enough love!

Anyways, we damaged the MH pulling out from a carpark. Luckily for us, the driver of the other vehicle was chill about it (his truck was barely affected while our MH sustained some tears wahlao)

anyways it took a while to settle (almost 6 weeks after our return) coz it was over the year end hols and the MH went out for rental again the day after we returned. the repairs came up to $900+ but our travel insurance covered it all. I always buy Traveljoy from sompo for all my travels and sometimes they are a bit not so easy to deal with but they always pull through at the end.

our windshield also cracked when a passing truck kicked up a little pebble. fortunately the MH boss was very quick to find someone in rotorua to come to our holiday park to help us fix it.

MH is actually a very expensive way to see NZ unless u are very willing to rough it out with no running water or electricity that kind. given a choice, we wouldnít do it again. car is still best for its mobility. there were some places we wanted to go that were not (easily) accessible by MH.

if anyone is looking, we rented from Kiwi Motorhomes. The bosses, Leon and Varnier were very helpful and responsive and always checking in on us. I wouldnít recommend that vehicle we got, tho, coz itís a manual trans and just too old. My husband has years of experience driving a manual trans truck and he barely survived lol.
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Old 24-02-2019, 09:11 PM   #2580
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anyone has quick advice on how to go around NZ alone? inclined towards farms and nature, mountains etc.

planning for early December.
i met a girl during our trip, she was solo backpacking. she took intercity buses between places. she was telling us she got her tix super cheap for some ridiculous promo ($1??)

she went hiking and showed us her hands that were so sunburnt, they were black. like, black like someone smeared charcoal powder on your skin black. is chinese girl, hor. first time
see!
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