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Old 20-05-2013, 02:17 PM   #376
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Very very nice pictures and sceneries. I enjoy reading.

Need to save $ first and will follow your itinerary when I go.
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Old 22-05-2013, 09:56 AM   #377
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Guys, I don't drive. Does anyone know of a reliable tour operator there so I can book a land tour over there?
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:35 PM   #378
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Can anybody advice me.. I'll be going nz south island for 2 weeks. I have booked all accomodations but have yet to book for activities such as skydiving, milford cruise and heli hike. Should i book them in advance or not?

Also, would it be better to pay via credit card or cash? i do know that there is an additional 2.5% transaction fee. So i'm thinking maybe to pay everything by cash?
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:08 AM   #379
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If you feel ok to carry all the cash around for the trip, go ahead with paying in cash... I paid most stuff with CC.
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Old 17-06-2013, 03:13 PM   #380
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Hi,

How much petrol do I need for a drive around South Island?

My itinerary will include driving from Greymouth down to Milford Sound, and then up across to Kaikoura, and finally back to Christchurch.

I assume the gas prices are about the same as SG's?
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Old 17-06-2013, 03:33 PM   #381
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Hi,

How much petrol do I need for a drive around South Island?

My itinerary will include driving from Greymouth down to Milford Sound, and then up across to Kaikoura, and finally back to Christchurch.

I assume the gas prices are about the same as SG's?
It really depends what sort of car you rent - obviously an SUV will consume more petrol than a small hatchback.

And do note that petrol prices in NZ are not fixed like our fake "free market" system. The prices vary between stations and towns. You can check out pricewatch.co.nz to see which places have cheaper petrol and plan to top up there.
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Old 17-06-2013, 06:28 PM   #382
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It really depends what sort of car you rent - obviously an SUV will consume more petrol than a small hatchback.

And do note that petrol prices in NZ are not fixed like our fake "free market" system. The prices vary between stations and towns. You can check out pricewatch.co.nz to see which places have cheaper petrol and plan to top up there.
I should be renting a small economical car. There are only 2 of us and we don't want to spend too much on the car rental.

From google map, it seems I may need 4 -5 tanks of petrol. Is that an underestimate?
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Old 17-06-2013, 07:24 PM   #383
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I should be renting a small economical car. There are only 2 of us and we don't want to spend too much on the car rental.

From google map, it seems I may need 4 -5 tanks of petrol. Is that an underestimate?
NZ roads are mostly clear of traffic, so you can assume highway type of consumption, probably anywhere from 12km/l to 15km/l for an economy car.

You can just total up your distance covered by your route, add maybe 10-20% more for driving around towns and getting lost Then divide by the estimated consumption and you get the number of litres you should be burning off. Then multiply by the average price per litre of petrol and you get roughly what you will spend on petrol.
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Old 24-06-2013, 11:14 AM   #384
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NZ roads are mostly clear of traffic, so you can assume highway type of consumption, probably anywhere from 12km/l to 15km/l for an economy car.

You can just total up your distance covered by your route, add maybe 10-20% more for driving around towns and getting lost Then divide by the estimated consumption and you get the number of litres you should be burning off. Then multiply by the average price per litre of petrol and you get roughly what you will spend on petrol.
thanks. I'll do that.
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Old 28-06-2013, 11:37 AM   #385
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Jetstar got promo to NZ. Auckland is around $690 - 2way. If go during Sep school holiday is it cold? Thinking of doing campervan again. Last time, I did campervan in Sydney....
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Old 28-06-2013, 01:20 PM   #386
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Jetstar got promo to NZ. Auckland is around $690 - 2way. If go during Sep school holiday is it cold? Thinking of doing campervan again. Last time, I did campervan in Sydney....
mar-apr book was 2-for-1 promo, works out to S$550 each.
pls do camper, in a more rugged manner.
And do update your sydney thread, though I am only other supporter.(same for mine..lol)

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Old 03-07-2013, 06:30 PM   #388
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Hello guys, I'm thinking of going south nz next year June. As me and my friends are still students, we can only afford 3k Max. Thinking of doing campervan road trip.
Rental (6 berth) and fuel will be shared by 4-5 person.

since June is winter, the rental will be quite cheap.
We wanna do mostly free camping and will not eat out.
Skipping all paid tour and attractions, mainly focus on sceneries.

Possible? Do you guys thinking it's doable with 3k for maybe 14-20days?
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:16 PM   #389
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Hello guys, I'm thinking of going south nz next year June. As me and my friends are still students, we can only afford 3k Max. Thinking of doing campervan road trip.
Rental (6 berth) and fuel will be shared by 4-5 person.

since June is winter, the rental will be quite cheap.
We wanna do mostly free camping and will not eat out.
Skipping all paid tour and attractions, mainly focus on sceneries.

Possible? Do you guys thinking it's doable with 3k for maybe 14-20days?
So here you are, without my reply there...sorry.
tot you are doing aussie 1 month, and now is NZ-20 days?
Will talk to you at the campervan thread for more exclusivity..lol
But din i advise you not to go 6-berth, have 2x 3-berths instead?

June in NZ may be a tag too cold to enjoy, but on the other hand lo-season, lower cost, and caught more snow, if you like.

Nz is a land of both sceneries and adventures..So you shdn;t just skip the latter, though I must admit it is getting very costly at $180-$270 for a 5 seconds jump, and >$1000 for a-hr flyover or >1500 for heli-sightseeing. Perhaps just go for farm buggy-rides, or heli-hikes, choosing the less commercialised places. Such activities are available islandwide, not just in Queenstown.

Also, it is not mentally healthy to eat in and car-camp non-stop 1 month.
Eat out, and check in cabins/motels every few days for a thorough cleanup and top-up, unless you really have a superb chef amongst you.

But I can say, booking your flight at the right time, your $3k can be enough for you 1 month in NZ, without having to stinch, just thrift, and see more than what most others see and xp.

See you at : http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/au...r-4258792.html

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Old 03-07-2013, 08:10 PM   #390
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not advisable to do campervan during winter period...

nz with campervan during april also quite cold at night liao...

i did campervan in the north island in april and used a normal sedan for the south in june+stay in backpackers...
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