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Old 19-08-2014, 01:04 PM   #496
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I went in winter when the water is at the most calm period. having said that, the water at milford is generally very calm as its not really open sea with waves. The waves normally comes from the cruise ship and the instructor will guide you. I would say 0.01% of capsizing if you don't purposely flip. The kayak they used are slightly bigger than the ones i used before so its really stable.

Its pretty tiring tho as you'll be kayaking for few hours and best to at least have one person (the one at the back) with kayak experience.
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thks for ur helpful reply!
wow...kayaking for few hrs... i was thinking it will be a v relaxing & leisure kayaking experience... i not v fit n my fren & i both no kayak experience.

so e instructor will guide u to kayak to different places of milford sound? i was thinking of taking e cruise too...but doing both kayaking at cruise seems to b repetitive? if i do only kayak, i dun tink i wont b able to experience e whole sound? which do u suggest for firstimer to NZ - cruise or kayak better?

i m also considering doubtful sound...hahaha... thinking if i shld do both sounds...
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Old 19-08-2014, 01:05 PM   #497
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i wanted to heli hike franz josef but the weather was no go.
I did a heli hike from milford back to QT instead. It was awesome. Definitely worth my money.
i only knew helihiking at franz josef and fox glacier... didnt know milford to QT also got helihike.

good...if suay suay e weather also cmi when i m there, at least i know a backup plan now!

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Old 19-08-2014, 01:11 PM   #498
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i check SQ NZ air tic prices.. woah cost $2.1k per pax. no promotion now, only flexi tics...

anyone can advise roughly how cheap can the tics to NZ go down to (assuming there is some promo)? 1.5K or lower?

not v interested to consider other airlines due to e lengthy stopovers...
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Old 19-08-2014, 01:42 PM   #499
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you check SQ of course cost you a bomb...

Changi to Seletar also cost a bomb with Sq
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Old 19-08-2014, 02:02 PM   #500
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sq is the only airline direct to NZ right? other airlines gt stopover one, of cos cheaper...
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Old 19-08-2014, 04:33 PM   #501
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i flew jetstar
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Old 19-08-2014, 06:11 PM   #502
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hi sellun
thks for ur helpful reply!
wow...kayaking for few hrs... i was thinking it will be a v relaxing & leisure kayaking experience... i not v fit n my fren & i both no kayak experience.

so e instructor will guide u to kayak to different places of milford sound? i was thinking of taking e cruise too...but doing both kayaking at cruise seems to b repetitive? if i do only kayak, i dun tink i wont b able to experience e whole sound? which do u suggest for firstimer to NZ - cruise or kayak better?

i m also considering doubtful sound...hahaha... thinking if i shld do both sounds...

No experience should be fine, but I think you should just ask rosco's directly and they will give you the best advise. I believe kayaking will allow you to see more than cruise. You'll be going to places nearer to waterfalls, shallow water where cruise can't enter and etc. heard cases of people kayaking along side with dophins and seals (must be v lucky)
Doubtful is another beautiful place, if you have the time, why not! But it MAY look somewhat similar with Milford for some people. I would suggest you to do one of the walks/hikes to see something different. Kepler track is something doable with one day.

i check SQ NZ air tic prices.. woah cost $2.1k per pax. no promotion now, only flexi tics...

anyone can advise roughly how cheap can the tics to NZ go down to (assuming there is some promo)? 1.5K or lower?

not v interested to consider other airlines due to e lengthy stopovers...
I flew jet star there, cost only about 850, but I heard jetstar stopped going to South Island.. Sq cheapest also about 1.5k.. Another option you can explore is scoot to Sydney and tour 1-2days before flying jet star to nz. Aussie to nz very very cheap.
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Old 19-08-2014, 06:37 PM   #503
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Whoa. I was planning on a trip to the north island, but having seen this thread, I'm having second thoughts. Hahaha. Nice photos everyone! Hope to make use of the info here when I finalise booking of my air tickets!
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Old 20-08-2014, 02:42 PM   #504
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jetstar has stopped their flights to nz alrd.
if you dare can take MAS. 800+ return
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Old 20-08-2014, 02:48 PM   #505
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jetstar has stopped their flights to nz alrd.
if you dare can take MAS. 800+ return

erm

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Old 20-08-2014, 07:39 PM   #506
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erm

checked just now

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Whoops I didn't word properly.
Jetstar stopped their direct flights to NZ from SG.
Cheapest flights to Asia axed - news - travel | Stuff.co.nz

Might as well fly full carrier? I can't imagine myself cramped in a budget airline flight for ten over hours

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Old 20-08-2014, 07:58 PM   #507
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I flew jet star there, cost only about 850, but I heard jetstar stopped going to South Island.. Sq cheapest also about 1.5k.. Another option you can explore is scoot to Sydney and tour 1-2days before flying jet star to nz. Aussie to nz very very cheap.
Actually aus to nz isn't very cheap. (that's what we thought at first as well)

My boyfriend got his sydney- akl flight for 240aus 1 way no baggage (virgin airline on sale. I have been stalking the airfare for 6 months to get this price)

his christchurch to sydney flight was 190nzd no baggage (airnz on sale)

and his sydney flight return via scoot was about 650sgd no baggage

Scoot delayed their bloody flight, and up he had to forfeit his virgin flight from syd - akl and had to rebook which costed extra $260aus. He also had to camp in the airport for 17hours.

Would rather have spent the money on full carrier airline instead. No need camp in airport, no need scared of one of the flight delay.
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Old 20-08-2014, 08:05 PM   #508
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Actually aus to nz isn't very cheap. (that's what we thought at first as well)

My boyfriend got his sydney- akl flight for 240aus 1 way no baggage (virgin airline on sale. I have been stalking the airfare for 6 months to get this price)

his christchurch to sydney flight was 190nzd no baggage (airnz on sale)

and his sydney flight return via scoot was about 650sgd no baggage

Scoot delayed their bloody flight, and up he had to forfeit his virgin flight from syd - akl and had to rebook which costed extra $260aus. He also had to camp in the airport for 17hours.

Would rather have spent the money on full carrier airline instead. No need camp in airport, no need scared of one of the flight delay.

It really depends on how you plan, and also sometimes... luck...
If I were to go full budget, I can get 700+ return if I really plan carefully.
Scoot to sydney + jetstar to CHC.
I would have 1 extra day at sydney to offset any delay (if delay more than 6hrs can claim insurance), can just tour sydney.

Nevertheless, I flew jetstar to CHC (transit @ auckland) @ SGD850 before. They used airbus A330 for their long distance which is very acceptable for me (maybe i have lower expectation)
$850 VS $1200+++++, I would take jetstar anytime.
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Might as well fly full carrier? I can't imagine myself cramped in a budget airline flight for ten over hours
you are not flying A380 first class...economy has the same legroom on all Airbus A320 whatever..

this idea that budget airlines = mcm India's 3rd class trains is hard to extinct
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Old 21-08-2014, 03:47 PM   #510
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