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Old 21-08-2014, 04:05 PM   #511
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Hi all
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saw that there are many activities to do in NZ, but they are all rather ex (>100). dun tink i have e budget to do as many activties as i want, so i planning to select just a couple of activities.... Any recommendations on activities which you have really enjoyed?
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I am currently considering the Milford sound cruise. I also saw Helihiking @ fox/franz josef glacier, it looks fun, bt really ex... worth e $ to go?

My fren recommended Walter peak cruise+farm tour...
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Heli Hiking landed on glacier ? You'll regret if you don't do
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Old 21-08-2014, 06:23 PM   #512
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Go for both helihike at franz josef and glaciers walk with fox glaciers. No regrets!

I also went for Walter peak cruise+farm tour at Queenstown too. If you go early, can just linger around the farm whole day and keep joining the new groups of visitors every time and eat free cakes buffet and take pics with farm animals the return cruise timing is totally up to you.
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Old 22-08-2014, 09:35 AM   #513
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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
I have to apologise for my lack on insights since i have never taken budget long haul before. I can only imagine myself taking the same plane I took to KL going to Auckland. You might want to consider the lack of baggage and food and drinks as well. Personally, I wouldn't mind forking out extra hundred over for a full carrier. To each his own.
I am still kind of bummed I didn't get to go on the glacier at all due to the bad weather. Bookme.co.nz is a good website to get some amazing deals, I personally book my horse riding in glenorchy and LOTR tour with bookme. Very good deal. I was afraid at first it would turn out to be some flaky groupon deals like what you may get in Singapore.
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Old 22-08-2014, 06:27 PM   #514
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I am still kind of bummed I didn't get to go on the glacier at all due to the bad weather.
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We almost didn't make it as well.
On the day we left FJ, the sun came out & nice blue sky.
We joined the 9am walk. After the walk (4hrs), quick lunch then rushed to Haast Pass before it closed at 4pm.
A lady in our group was in FJ for a week to join the walk because of the bad weather.
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Old 27-08-2014, 11:41 PM   #515
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i'm going to South around end november.. can advise if summer time theres still heli hike? (my impression is that glacier starting to melt when coming to summer).. i've got no stamina so i wonder if i can take the ice hike..
how cold is it around end nov?

i read pages of this forum that bad weather means no heli hiking.. so if i planned that whole day for heli hike and the weather is bad,i need plan B?
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Old 28-08-2014, 10:06 AM   #516
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i'm going to South around end november.. can advise if summer time theres still heli hike? (my impression is that glacier starting to melt when coming to summer).. i've got no stamina so i wonder if i can take the ice hike..
how cold is it around end nov?

i read pages of this forum that bad weather means no heli hiking.. so if i planned that whole day for heli hike and the weather is bad,i need plan B?
Glacier does not melt that much in summer... So yes there will be heli-hike in end nov. heli-hike depends on the weather, so it is best to have 2 days there, just in case you meet lousy weather on day 1.

That's what happen to me, the day which I arrange for heli-hike, it rained! The only day in my whole entire trip that rain, and it has to be this day. So, since I had not given extra day, I just had to carry on. Need to go back there again...
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Old 28-08-2014, 10:39 AM   #517
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i looked at past weather in November and temp is like below 10 deg.is it really that cold?means i gotta bring winter clothes?! was thinking of travelling light instead.

theres NATAS fair this weekend. will it be cheaper booking car rental there or online or on the spot at NZ?

are there any deals website besides grabone/groupon/bookme?

Glacier does not melt that much in summer... So yes there will be heli-hike in end nov. heli-hike depends on the weather, so it is best to have 2 days there, just in case you meet lousy weather on day 1.

That's what happen to me, the day which I arrange for heli-hike, it rained! The only day in my whole entire trip that rain, and it has to be this day. So, since I had not given extra day, I just had to carry on. Need to go back there again...
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Old 28-08-2014, 12:59 PM   #518
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I booked my car via Apex NZ website for my honeymoon in march. They have promotion sometimes. What I did was to keep visiting the site once a week until I saw the promo. If I recall it was free insurance and GPS and discount on daily rate.

Since I rented for almost 18 days, it saved me alot!

The car was also in great condition and I achieved about 14-15KM/L throughout the 3300KM drive..
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Old 28-08-2014, 02:31 PM   #519
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i'm going to South around end november.. can advise if summer time theres still heli hike? (my impression is that glacier starting to melt when coming to summer).. i've got no stamina so i wonder if i can take the ice hike..
how cold is it around end nov?

i read pages of this forum that bad weather means no heli hiking.. so if i planned that whole day for heli hike and the weather is bad,i need plan B?
There should be but not so sure about now and it is really weather dependent. When I was there during winter, the guide did mention that the glacier has been melting (even during winter) I suppose due to global warming all ? Yes, you should have a plan B incase of no go weather. But there is nothing else to do in the glacier county to be honest.
i looked at past weather in November and temp is like below 10 deg.is it really that cold?means i gotta bring winter clothes?! was thinking of travelling light instead.

theres NATAS fair this weekend. will it be cheaper booking car rental there or online or on the spot at NZ?

are there any deals website besides grabone/groupon/bookme?
You should definitely bring a waterproof windbreaker. For me, it is only cold when the wind blows. Bring some warm clothing to layer, so you can layer if its cold and take it off when it gets too warm for you.

If you are travelling during Summer, book everything online because they get booked out fast.
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Old 28-08-2014, 03:56 PM   #520
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Random picture from my trip

View of Mt Cook outside my hotel - Aoraki Court Motel


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Awww.. These pictures bring back fond memories..

Nicely taken. Pls post more if possible..
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:05 PM   #522
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i am thinking of taking tranzalpine. can anyone recommend if " Greymouth to Christchurch " is more scenic or picton to christchurch view?

lets say i depart picton, stopover kaikoura for 4-5 hrs for whale watching and continue train journey to Christchuch, is this possible? I saw the website and the train departure timing are all fixed so im not sure if i have the 5 hrs to stopover at kaikoura?
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:07 PM   #523
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