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Old 26-02-2019, 10:24 AM   #2581
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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 don’t 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 wouldn’t 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 wouldn’t recommend that vehicle we got, tho, coz it’s a manual trans and just too old. My husband has years of experience driving a manual trans truck and he barely survived lol.
I took the most comprehensive coverage for car insurance thru the car rental coy.
Thankfully I did, coz I drove over a rock parking at a dimly lit carpark in FJG. Front bumper cracked and slightly dislodged.
Thankfully no questions asked when I returned the car coz of the insurance. If not I might have missed my flight back
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Old 04-03-2019, 10:56 AM   #2582
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Planing for July trip, Anyone gt experience with JUCY campervan??

Is Winter in July right? will the Salmon farm be open? if 10days spend just South Island is it abit too much?
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Old 04-03-2019, 02:55 PM   #2583
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Planning to do a family trip to New Zealand this June.

Possible to do both North and South Island in 12 days or should I just skip the North Island completely?

We will be renting a car but it's Winter during that period so wondering what's the road conditions like. Are snow chains a must?

Anyone can share their itinerary and places you stayed in?
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Old 04-03-2019, 10:25 PM   #2584
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Planning to do a family trip to New Zealand this June.

Possible to do both North and South Island in 12 days or should I just skip the North Island completely?

We will be renting a car but it's Winter during that period so wondering what's the road conditions like. Are snow chains a must?

Anyone can share their itinerary and places you stayed in?
Never go in winter before but...

12 days just choose either north or south.
You need to get chains in case you need it.

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Old 06-03-2019, 03:48 PM   #2586
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Planning to do a family trip to New Zealand this June.

Possible to do both North and South Island in 12 days or should I just skip the North Island completely?

We will be renting a car but it's Winter during that period so wondering what's the road conditions like. Are snow chains a must?

Anyone can share their itinerary and places you stayed in?

Where do you want to spend your 12 days in NZ? Unless you are going up the mountain, you do not need chains in NZ.

Winter days are short and cold. It all depends where you want to go. North and South Island are equally interesting when you planned them well.

Dont let others do the research for you. You do your own and then you can decide if you can drive the distance and what you like to see.
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Old 07-03-2019, 07:27 PM   #2587
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Planning to do a family trip to New Zealand this June.

Possible to do both North and South Island in 12 days or should I just skip the North Island completely?

We will be renting a car but it's Winter during that period so wondering what's the road conditions like. Are snow chains a must?

Anyone can share their itinerary and places you stayed in?
dun bother with the north if u only have less than 2 weeks, just concentrate on the south...

i only used the snow chain once when coming down from the cadrona ski resort near wanaka since it was snowing quite heavily at the top... but during winter just get it... if not winter, dun rly need...

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Old 07-03-2019, 07:28 PM   #2588
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Hi Guys,

Planing for July trip, Anyone gt experience with JUCY campervan??

Is Winter in July right? will the Salmon farm be open? if 10days spend just South Island is it abit too much?
winter (or the cold-coldest months) are may to july

salmon farm duno

10 days is already abit too little for the south especially if you are an outdoor/adventure person...
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Old 07-03-2019, 09:02 PM   #2589
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Thanks everyone for your replies.

I'm more keen on the South but I would like to visit Hobbiton in the North. So maybe just spend a day in Hobbiton and move on to the South? I think 2 weeks should be more than enough to cover the South.

Won't be going skiing but will get snow chains just in case.

Any recommendations for restaurants, hotels etc?
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Old 08-03-2019, 01:06 AM   #2590
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Thanks everyone for your replies.

I'm more keen on the South but I would like to visit Hobbiton in the North. So maybe just spend a day in Hobbiton and move on to the South? I think 2 weeks should be more than enough to cover the South.

Won't be going skiing but will get snow chains just in case.

Any recommendations for restaurants, hotels etc?
2 weeks is not enough for south, sadly.

Focus on south should be better I feel.

Must see where you going etc first then can recommend ma.

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Old 10-03-2019, 06:30 PM   #2591
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Hi All,

Need advices on my south island winter itinerary below. I will be traveling with a big group (total 4 adults in 60s, 5 adults, 6 teenagers, 1 toddler) and we are planning for below itinerary (won't do hiking kind), more for sightseeing and food (we probably will cook for dinner but eat out for lunch), and to entertain my toddler (bring him to see animals, farms and play).

Challenges:
- Contemplating if we should get 15-seater bus to travel around or split into 2 or 3 vans. Any advice?
- At first, I wanted to entertain my toddler more, say bring him to farm stay and all. But since we end up with big group and more adults, it will be very boring for them if we do farm stay. So I decide to just do normal itinerary and see if along the way got chance to bring my toddler to see animals/farms.
- I am not very fond of switching accommodation every night, so as much as possible, I try to stay at least 2 night per location.

11-Jun (Day 0)
Midnight flight to Christchurch.

12-Jun (Day 1)
Arrive in the morning and stay at Christchurch. To cure any jetlag or tiredness.

Questions:
1. Since we will be here just for a day (and night). Any noteworthy location within the city to visit? 2. And any good food at Christchurch to recommend?

13-Jun (Day 2)
Morning drive to Lake Tekapo ~ 3 hours.
To do (options): Lake Tekapo/Church of Good Shepherd/Mt John Observatory/Tekapo Hot Spring/Stargazing
Stay at Lake Tekapo.

Questions:
1. Even though we plan for morning drive, due to the big group, I foresee we might have delay here and there and might reach Lake Tekapo around lunch time (12). What activity should we do first?
2. Planning to stay at Peppers Bluewater Resort. Any comment on this resort? Or should we try to get airbnb?
3. Any good food at Lake Tekapo to recommend?

14-Jun (Day 3)
To do: Remaining To-Do from Day 2. Stay at Lake Tekapo.

Questions:
1. Worth staying two nights at Lake Tekapo?

15-Jun (Day 4)
Morning drive to Wanaka ~ 3 hours.
En route, visit Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook, The Wrinkly Ramns (Omarama).
Stay at Wanaka.

Questions:
1. Will my en-route itinerary too much? Won't be doing hiking at Mount Cook but more like visiting the base (start of the Hooker Valley?)
2. Any recommendation where to stay at Wanaka?

16-Jun (Day 5)
To do (options): Blue Pools / Lake Wanaka / Mount Aspiring / Rippon Vineyard / Cardrona Alpine Resort.
Stay at Wanaka.

Questions:
1. Advisable to visit Blue Pools if we don't hike much?
2. Is Rippon Vineyard good to visit during winter?
3. For Cardrona Alpine Resort, I don't think we will ski, but everybody will want to experience snow. Worth to go?

17-Jun (Day 6)
Morning drive to Queenstown ~ 1.5 hours.
To do (options): Skyline Gondola, Queenstown Hill, Onsen Hot Pools
Stay at Queenstown.

18-Jun (Day 7)
To do (options): Glenorchy, Lindis Pass, Arrowtown
Stay at Queenstown.

Questions:
1. I get different reviews regarding Glenorchy, some say good, some say no. Any advice?
2. Will Arrowtown snow in June?

19-Jun (Day 8)
Day tour to Milford Sound.
Stay at Queenstown.

Questions:
1. Day tour to Milford Sound from Queenstown.

20-Jun (Day 9)
Flight to Auckland (no choice, coz cheaper fare haha)
Stay at Auckland.

Questions:
1. Probably only very short period here. Any noteworthy place to visit?
2. Any good place to eat?

21-Jun (Day 10)
Flight to Singapore
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Old 12-03-2019, 11:33 AM   #2592
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Hi All,

Need advices on my south island winter itinerary below. I will be traveling with a big group (total 4 adults in 60s, 5 adults, 6 teenagers, 1 toddler) and we are planning for below itinerary (won't do hiking kind), more for sightseeing and food (we probably will cook for dinner but eat out for lunch), and to entertain my toddler (bring him to see animals, farms and play).

Challenges:
- Contemplating if we should get 15-seater bus to travel around or split into 2 or 3 vans. Any advice?
- At first, I wanted to entertain my toddler more, say bring him to farm stay and all. But since we end up with big group and more adults, it will be very boring for them if we do farm stay. So I decide to just do normal itinerary and see if along the way got chance to bring my toddler to see animals/farms.
- I am not very fond of switching accommodation every night, so as much as possible, I try to stay at least 2 night per location.

11-Jun (Day 0)
Midnight flight to Christchurch.

12-Jun (Day 1)
Arrive in the morning and stay at Christchurch. To cure any jetlag or tiredness.

Questions:
1. Since we will be here just for a day (and night). Any noteworthy location within the city to visit? 2. And any good food at Christchurch to recommend?

13-Jun (Day 2)
Morning drive to Lake Tekapo ~ 3 hours.
To do (options): Lake Tekapo/Church of Good Shepherd/Mt John Observatory/Tekapo Hot Spring/Stargazing
Stay at Lake Tekapo.

Questions:
1. Even though we plan for morning drive, due to the big group, I foresee we might have delay here and there and might reach Lake Tekapo around lunch time (12). What activity should we do first?
2. Planning to stay at Peppers Bluewater Resort. Any comment on this resort? Or should we try to get airbnb?
3. Any good food at Lake Tekapo to recommend?

14-Jun (Day 3)
To do: Remaining To-Do from Day 2. Stay at Lake Tekapo.

Questions:
1. Worth staying two nights at Lake Tekapo?

15-Jun (Day 4)
Morning drive to Wanaka ~ 3 hours.
En route, visit Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook, The Wrinkly Ramns (Omarama).
Stay at Wanaka.

Questions:
1. Will my en-route itinerary too much? Won't be doing hiking at Mount Cook but more like visiting the base (start of the Hooker Valley?)
2. Any recommendation where to stay at Wanaka?

16-Jun (Day 5)
To do (options): Blue Pools / Lake Wanaka / Mount Aspiring / Rippon Vineyard / Cardrona Alpine Resort.
Stay at Wanaka.

Questions:
1. Advisable to visit Blue Pools if we don't hike much?
2. Is Rippon Vineyard good to visit during winter?
3. For Cardrona Alpine Resort, I don't think we will ski, but everybody will want to experience snow. Worth to go?

17-Jun (Day 6)
Morning drive to Queenstown ~ 1.5 hours.
To do (options): Skyline Gondola, Queenstown Hill, Onsen Hot Pools
Stay at Queenstown.

18-Jun (Day 7)
To do (options): Glenorchy, Lindis Pass, Arrowtown
Stay at Queenstown.

Questions:
1. I get different reviews regarding Glenorchy, some say good, some say no. Any advice?
2. Will Arrowtown snow in June?

19-Jun (Day 8)
Day tour to Milford Sound.
Stay at Queenstown.

Questions:
1. Day tour to Milford Sound from Queenstown.

20-Jun (Day 9)
Flight to Auckland (no choice, coz cheaper fare haha)
Stay at Auckland.

Questions:
1. Probably only very short period here. Any noteworthy place to visit?
2. Any good place to eat?

21-Jun (Day 10)
Flight to Singapore

I have the similar big group of 14 pax (old man >70 years, adults, child and even baby). Travel from end of May till mid of Jun.

I am more or less fixed the accommodation and itinerary. To start from Christchurch, I will be flying from Queenstown to Auckland for the last few days in North Island too.

I booked 2 x 8 seater peoples movers in South and North island.

I also plan to lunch out and most of the dinners party at Airbnb.

Big group is a little bit tricky to plan, not so flexible most of the time especially with the children and old man.
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Old 12-03-2019, 11:44 AM   #2593
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Old 12-03-2019, 01:26 PM   #2594
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I have the similar big group of 14 pax (old man >70 years, adults, child and even baby). Travel from end of May till mid of Jun.

I am more or less fixed the accommodation and itinerary. To start from Christchurch, I will be flying from Queenstown to Auckland for the last few days in North Island too.

I booked 2 x 8 seater peoples movers in South and North island.

I also plan to lunch out and most of the dinners party at Airbnb.

Big group is a little bit tricky to plan, not so flexible most of the time especially with the children and old man.
Agree! Do you mind sharing with me your itinerary?

Also - which 8-seater do you get? Can share the website with me?

Haha.. ya, big group is such a pain to plan. I even have to split the group to 2 airbnbs, and need to make sure they are nearby.
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Old 13-03-2019, 07:42 PM   #2595
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@sann.tiro,

with so many passengers, you are stuffed which ever way you look at it. The easiest way is to hire a van. If each person carries a 25kg luggage, and you split them into 2 vans, each van will be carrying at least (6 X 25kg) + 6 X 60kg weight = 510kg weight for the passengers and luggages.

The van is the best option because you can chuck the luggage behind. There are pros and cons about driving a van.

Pros
a. you cannot speed so, you will drive carefully
b. you can chuck your luggage behind.

Cons
a. you cannot speed because of the heavy load, so have to keep left all the time
b. climb uphill will be a chore as the van is so heavy.

My advice
a. do not hire a Toyota passenger van. Lousy van for long distance.
b. spend some money on a comfortable and more poweful van.

here are two links

https://www.maugers.com/our-vehicles...-luxury-coach/

https://samuels.co.nz/vehicles
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