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Old 16-10-2019, 10:25 AM   #2821
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Direct 1098 I think cheap Liao but must also see you travelling which month.

If only 12-13 days I suggest just go either one. Don't go both. Too rush.

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1098 for the month of May. Autumn going winter. weather should be okay right?
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Old 16-10-2019, 12:44 PM   #2822
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Noted on that as I was looking through the various flight times. The arrival time to Christchurch is 0930hrs (depart 19:50 the day before from Changi). Departing from Christchurch 10:30am. 14 Days will become a 12 Day due to time differences and flight journey.

Thanks, I will focus on the South as this will be our first time there. Is $1098 ~ $1398 a good deal for direct flight on SQ to Christchurch? Cheapest i find is $1098. Thank you
$1098 SQ direct is considered not bad. Usually it is $12xx to 13xx.

Read that your intended travel date is May. That was the same date I travelled to South island this year. I bought the air ticket from SG to CC for $900 during 2018 Nov black Fri sale with qantas airline. Not direct as there was a transit in Melbourne and reach there at 1pm after depart SG night.

I would say May is very good month to travel NZ. It is considered off peak season. Weather is cool about 15 deg to 18 deg in day and fall as low as 5 deg at night.
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1098 for the month of May. Autumn going winter. weather should be okay right?
Then maybe normal pricing? If it's nearer end of year then should consider cheaper. U can take a look at Google flights to see flight price history then you will know cheap anot liao.

Not sure on weather. Will be cold but also see how u can tahan cold weather.

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Old 16-10-2019, 02:42 PM   #2824
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$1098 SQ direct is considered not bad. Usually it is $12xx to 13xx.

Read that your intended travel date is May. That was the same date I travelled to South island this year. I bought the air ticket from SG to CC for $900 during 2018 Nov black Fri sale with qantas airline. Not direct as there was a transit in Melbourne and reach there at 1pm after depart SG night.

I would say May is very good month to travel NZ. It is considered off peak season. Weather is cool about 15 deg to 18 deg in day and fall as low as 5 deg at night.
I read about that, May is shoulder off-peak season, autumn going winter. Last check few months back, the direct flight cost $1400+. So i think $1098 is good deal.

15 degrees to 18 Degrees is cool for the day. 5 Degrees at night is just right.

How is the trip going for you?

Then maybe normal pricing? If it's nearer end of year then should consider cheaper. U can take a look at Google flights to see flight price history then you will know cheap anot liao.

Not sure on weather. Will be cold but also see how u can tahan cold weather.

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end of the year? I though end of the year (Summer) should be more expensive? Normally summer more expensive right?
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I read about that, May is shoulder off-peak season, autumn going winter. Last check few months back, the direct flight cost $1400+. So i think $1098 is good deal.

15 degrees to 18 Degrees is cool for the day. 5 Degrees at night is just right.

How is the trip going for you?


end of the year? I though end of the year (Summer) should be more expensive? Normally summer more expensive right?
Except of 1 day of heavy shower throughout the day, the rest of the weather was very good for me. Either Cloudy and sunny.

On that rainy day. Lucky that I was driving from Hotikita to wanaka where I have no plan to visit any attractions along the way and It took me about 6 hours plus to reach there.

For Queenstown. U can save your parking fee by parking at park Street or the garden car park beside it. It is free for passenger cars. It is just a leisure 10 mins walk to the town centre. But if u rent a campervan. Then I can't help u liao. But there is car park for motor home at the town area but it is usually in high demand.
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I read about that, May is shoulder off-peak season, autumn going winter. Last check few months back, the direct flight cost $1400+. So i think $1098 is good deal.

15 degrees to 18 Degrees is cool for the day. 5 Degrees at night is just right.

How is the trip going for you?

end of the year? I though end of the year (Summer) should be more expensive? Normally summer more expensive right?
Yeah. I said that the pricing you mentioned is cheaper if it's end of the year

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Except of 1 day of heavy shower throughout the day, the rest of the weather was very good for me. Either Cloudy and sunny.

On that rainy day. Lucky that I was driving from Hotikita to wanaka where I have no plan to visit any attractions along the way and It took me about 6 hours plus to reach there.

For Queenstown. U can save your parking fee by parking at park Street or the garden car park beside it. It is free for passenger cars. It is just a leisure 10 mins walk to the town centre. But if u rent a campervan. Then I can't help u liao. But there is car park for motor home at the town area but it is usually in high demand.
nice. I'm locking in the dates soon and book air tickets. Thereafter, I need to consider whether campervan or car. I have roughly 8 people. I'm considering campervan.

But looking on other alternatives is to rent car and stay in hostels or guesthouse along the way. Not sure which is better or more comfortable.
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nice. I'm locking in the dates soon and book air tickets. Thereafter, I need to consider whether campervan or car. I have roughly 8 people. I'm considering campervan.

But looking on other alternatives is to rent car and stay in hostels or guesthouse along the way. Not sure which is better or more comfortable.
Every passenger needs a seatbelt so you might have problems with 8 in a campervan as the max I have seen is only 6 passengers.
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Every passenger needs a seatbelt so you might have problems with 8 in a campervan as the max I have seen is only 6 passengers.
I will probably get 2 campervans, so more spaces to sleep in. Should be okay right
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I will probably get 2 campervans, so more spaces to sleep in. Should be okay right
You will have to factor in costs (rental, fuel, Holiday parks), number of drivers in your party and family composition. If you have never tried a campervan, NZ is a good destination to try as the infrastructure for motorhome travel is very good.
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2 campers would double the costs of campsite fees. Electricity, fuel etc. Do consider. NZ is quite nice by camper and, some of the trips are a bit long, if you have 2 drivers per campervan, it'll be ideal.
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You will have to factor in costs (rental, fuel, Holiday parks), number of drivers in your party and family composition. If you have never tried a campervan, NZ is a good destination to try as the infrastructure for motorhome travel is very good.
Thanks. I am now trying to estimate the cost of campervans for the trip. Rental, Insurance, Petrol, campsites (fees).

I've read that some campsites are payable by per person? This would greatly increase the costs if we were to park at campsites with around 8 people.

Heard about freedom camping sites which can camp for free, but the campervan must be self-contained right?

Thank you all for the advise.
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Old 16-10-2019, 11:03 PM   #2833
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For those interested in the FJ glacier valley walk and Fox glacier walk, may refer to the this link with daily updates

https://www.glaciercountry.co.nz/dailyupdate.pdf

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Thanks. I am now trying to estimate the cost of campervans for the trip. Rental, Insurance, Petrol, campsites (fees).

I've read that some campsites are payable by per person? This would greatly increase the costs if we were to park at campsites with around 8 people.

Heard about freedom camping sites which can camp for free, but the campervan must be self-contained right?

Thank you all for the advise.
Most campsites have a base fee for 2 adults and additional fee for every adult/child. I signed up for a membership with Top10 Holiday Parks which then gave me discounts, effectively paying for the membership fee and more. I didn’t try freedom camping because my family members are huge water and electricity consumers, so didn’t feel confident about lasting the night out there
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2 campers would double the costs of campsite fees. Electricity, fuel etc. Do consider. NZ is quite nice by camper and, some of the trips are a bit long, if you have 2 drivers per campervan, it'll be ideal.
Noted on that, thanks. Because there are around 8 people travelling on this trip, hence was thinking to get 2 campervans. Not sure if 8 people can fit in one campervans or should I go for bigger motorhome instead.
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