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Old 01-04-2019, 10:23 PM   #2626
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Air NZ is different from Qantas. AKL to CHC is a domestic flight and there are many flights between the two cities. It is easy for Air NZ to do that. Whereas AUS to NZ is an international flight. So, if you miss the flight, it will be going to the next available flight which might be hours away.
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i would like to share my experience that we bought from Zuji ...Qantas connecting flight from Brisbane to CHC has change the timing from 7.10am to 6.00pm ! wef 1 Apr 19 w/o informing us! The exact connecting flight was at 7.10am when we bought the tix around end last year ... however Qantas change the flight schedule permanently from 7.10am to 6pm which caught us by surprise! No choice...Need to apply Aus Transit Visa! Then caught by 2nd surprise! Need to go for biometric collection! Sian 1/2! Anyone any idea how long will the processing of Transit Visa took? Thanks.
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Old 01-04-2019, 10:28 PM   #2627
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Note to all who travelling to South Island within the next two weeks. The Waiho bridge between Fox Glacier and Franz Josef has collapsed due to crazy weather. Repair works expected to be until mid April. Meanwhile no access from FG to FJ and vice versa. Revise your trip accordingly!
Yes..Dam Sian..... hv actually book the Heli flight at Franz Josef...now Highway 6 is impassable and Weiho connecting bridge has collapsed!
I'm not optimist that the bridge can be rebuilt in 14 days as reported... I 'm flying from 25 Apr... finger crossed.
Hv check the eastern side all hotels fully book due to other tourists suffer the same predicament! Jialet!

Any one can kindly offer a alternative suggestions thanks....
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Old 01-04-2019, 10:32 PM   #2628
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Will like to check for Singaporean visiting nz with tour group for 1 week stay, is it donít need visa? Tour agency say donít need but I tot I read only Australians can go nz without applying visa
Singaporean go NZ no need Visa.
Singaporean go NZ transit Via Australia (if not more than 8 hrs) no need visa...
Beyond 8hrs requires Transit Visa (Valid up till 72hrs).

got pple also apply Aus ETA Visa...
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Old 02-04-2019, 11:25 AM   #2629
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Hi guys, we are going to south NZ as a group .. will be driving...would like to check with bro here for singapore travel insurance got valid use in driving in NZ? if car damage can claim from singapore insurance co?
I will also buy comprehensive from the car rental co. but on top of that, should i still buy in singapore too? thanks.
u need to read the clause in the travel insurance u bought, coz it may vary.

for me, i will still get travel insurance no matter whether getting from car rental coy or not. travel insurance is to cover for other situations, such as flight delays, luggage lost, medical etc.
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Old 02-04-2019, 06:44 PM   #2630
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Yes..Dam Sian..... hv actually book the Heli flight at Franz Josef...now Highway 6 is impassable and Weiho connecting bridge has collapsed!
I'm not optimist that the bridge can be rebuilt in 14 days as reported... I 'm flying from 25 Apr... finger crossed.
Hv check the eastern side all hotels fully book due to other tourists suffer the same predicament! Jialet!

Any one can kindly offer a alternative suggestions thanks....
25 April is quite a safe date. I don't think you should change your plans for now. The livelihood of the ppl in West Coast depends on tourism and fixing the bridge is their top priority now.
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Old 02-04-2019, 08:44 PM   #2631
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I will not risk it. Remember your luggage will have to be transfer to another plane. if the initial flight is delayed, you can kiss the connecting flight goodbye.
Thanks, Angy.
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Old 02-04-2019, 08:45 PM   #2632
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Singaporean go NZ no need Visa.
Singaporean go NZ transit Via Australia (if not more than 8 hrs) no need visa...
Beyond 8hrs requires Transit Visa (Valid up till 72hrs).

got pple also apply Aus ETA Visa...
Thanks, Waterlucky.
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Old 09-04-2019, 05:21 PM   #2633
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Seem that Waiho bridge is on track to reopen by next week after repair.
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Old 09-04-2019, 09:14 PM   #2634
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west coast are losing it shines by the year. used to be really a nice place to visit with the highlight of glacier. It had retreated so much, missing it doesn't make much of an impact. Alternatively going to mount cook for 1 or 2 nights stay is more interesting!

Been to South island 3 times and if i will to do it again, skip west coast.

Btw, I was few hours before Waiho bridge collapsed. Got stranded in Hotitika for a night and had to make a big detour back to Wanaka. Quite of an experience this time.
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west coast are losing it shines by the year. used to be really a nice place to visit with the highlight of glacier. It had retreated so much, missing it doesn't make much of an impact. Alternatively going to mount cook for 1 or 2 nights stay is more interesting!

Been to South island 3 times and if i will to do it again, skip west coast.

Btw, I was few hours before Waiho bridge collapsed. Got stranded in Hotitika for a night and had to make a big detour back to Wanaka. Quite of an experience this time.
Been to South Island a few times too and yes I agree, the glaciers really losing its beauty after retreating so much
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:31 AM   #2636
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Iím not active in this thread thus for future first timer travellers to South, consider

- skipping west coast and use Lindis Pass instead.
- 1 or 2 nights at Mount cook bundle with heli from inflight to complete glacier view.
- if must do Milford sound, consider taking flight to and fore. Staying twonights in Te Anau for the transit can waste too much time and effort. Do some calculation and you may realise itís a better option to fly. Half day itís done and have a better view.
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Old 12-04-2019, 12:31 PM   #2637
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Iím not active in this thread thus for future first timer travellers to South, consider

- skipping west coast and use Lindis Pass instead.
- 1 or 2 nights at Mount cook bundle with heli from inflight to complete glacier view.
- if must do Milford sound, consider taking flight to and fore. Staying twonights in Te Anau for the transit can waste too much time and effort. Do some calculation and you may realise itís a better option to fly. Half day itís done and have a better view.
Going in May and is my 1st time visiting NZ. I thought Arthur pass is a good scenic drive and planned a anti clock wise direction trip from CC to hokitika, wanaka, queenstown and then travel northward toward mount cook and back to CC in 10 days. Will be Skipping both glaciers as I have been to the one in Iceland.

That why I am considering whether I should just skip Arthur pass and Hotikita and travel toward Southward from CC.
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Old 13-04-2019, 11:20 AM   #2638
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i did that before anti-clockwise. Well if it is the drive that interest you, then can do it. Since you aren't keen in the glacier then it is just driving for the scenery. Do take into consideration that if it rains which is common in West Coast, then you will not get to see what you want.

I would rather spend more time in Wanaka and Queenstown. Driving Cardona valley in winter is amazing. Glenochy is a nice drive on a good day. Mount cook is a good place to stay for a night or two.
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Old 14-04-2019, 03:14 PM   #2639
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Waiho River bridge connecting Franz josef and Fox glacier has reopened

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Old 21-04-2019, 05:58 PM   #2640
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I know we have an unlock iphone. However when Iím checking my mobile compatibility with skinny it seems that they are not compatible? Which telco do u all get instead then?

Iím using XS max.
I tried on an iPhone X and it works with skinny. But not XS max
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