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Old 03-07-2016, 11:25 PM   #796
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Day 3 - do you have an idea how long the drive from Lake Tekapo to Te Anau is? And to go on a cruise at Milford Sound? A 7 hour drive easily. The last cruise probably leaves at 3pm not considering it is winter now. And Milford Sound is not exactly at Te Anau BTW. Another 6 hours drive including mandatory stops along the way.

Day 6 and 7
Your flight on Day 7 is at noon.
You are staying at Fox Glacier for night of Day 6.
A 7 hour drive minimum via Arthur's Pass (likely in the night).

Do your research.
No point going for a 6 night "holiday" to NZ.
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I will be going in dec which will be summer.
Ya i know its quite tight, but wife insist on going there for honeymoon even thou she only can take 1 week holiday

I think i make a mistake.
Issit idea if i make queenstown the main base, and everyday drive to those places for the activities? Like te anau, fox glacier etc
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Old 04-07-2016, 07:55 AM   #797
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I will be going in dec which will be summer.
Ya i know its quite tight, but wife insist on going there for honeymoon even thou she only can take 1 week holiday

I think i make a mistake.
Issit idea if i make queenstown the main base, and everyday drive to those places for the activities? Like te anau, fox glacier etc
Will be better, but you will stil have to leave some attractions out. Take a look at the map to work out ur itinerary. Pls also note that driving duration will b longer than expected due to sights along the way!
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:46 AM   #798
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Day 3 - do you have an idea how long the drive from Lake Tekapo to Te Anau is? And to go on a cruise at Milford Sound? A 7 hour drive easily. The last cruise probably leaves at 3pm not considering it is winter now. And Milford Sound is not exactly at Te Anau BTW. Another 6 hours drive including mandatory stops along the way.

Day 6 and 7
Your flight on Day 7 is at noon.
You are staying at Fox Glacier for night of Day 6.
A 7 hour drive minimum via Arthur's Pass (likely in the night).

Do your research.
No point going for a 6 night "holiday" to NZ.
tekapo to te anau willtake about 1.5 to 2hrs. please do not speed as there will be mobile traffic camera. they hide and go after you
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Old 04-07-2016, 12:20 PM   #799
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Lake Tekapo to Te Anau in 1.5 to 2 hours?

You cannot even reach Queenstown in that amount of time.

I leave that for other forum members to comment. No point arguing.
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Old 04-07-2016, 07:27 PM   #800
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tekapo to te anau willtake about 1.5 to 2hrs. please do not speed as there will be mobile traffic camera. they hide and go after you
Please don't give wrong advice, it might spoil someone's holiday. 1.5 to 2hrs can only bring you from Queenstown to Te Anau. Tekapo is several times the duration
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Old 05-07-2016, 10:50 PM   #801
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lucky you check here, if you chiong with your plan confirm late for your flight back by few days. i'd like to suggest for you to take morning flight back from QT to CHC on last day.
Day1:CHC- no need to see the town, save energy for next morning drive
Day2:FranzJosef/Fox Glacier. Hopefully you reach afternoon. If no flight, can try next morning
Day3:Wanaka
Day4:Arrowtown, QT
Day5:QT
Day6:Take daytour package to MilfordSound
Day7:Flight back to CHC

Cons: Drop Lake Tekapo, pay more for flight QT-CHC(exp), pay more for one way car rent
Pros:Can see Milford Sound and Glacier, flight out from QT is beautifull
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Old 06-07-2016, 02:18 PM   #802
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Lake Tekapo to Te Anau in 1.5 to 2 hours?

You cannot even reach Queenstown in that amount of time.

I leave that for other forum members to comment. No point arguing.
Sorry, it's my mistake, I remember wrongly I drove from mount cook to te anau. It took me about 7 hours plus to reach. Still remember I ate the miles better pies
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Old 06-07-2016, 02:20 PM   #803
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Please don't give wrong advice, it might spoil someone's holiday. 1.5 to 2hrs can only bring you from Queenstown to Te Anau. Tekapo is several times the duration
Sorry, it's my mistake, I remember wrongly I drove from mount cook to te anau. It took me about 7 hours plus to reach. I did couple of short pee stop. Still remember I ate the miles better pies when reached te anau.
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Old 15-08-2016, 08:49 AM   #804
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Self-drive

Hi, those who self-drive, do you bring your GPS for use in NZ or you rent from car rental company? Will Marbella GPS work in NZ?

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Old 15-08-2016, 04:01 PM   #805
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For South Island, no need GPS (personal experience). The touristy routes are pretty straightforward and well sign-posted. Otherwise download NAVmii app to your mobile which works without data.
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Old 17-08-2016, 12:04 AM   #806
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Noted only credit card/ATM cards with 4-digit pin work in NZ? But most credit cards and ATM cards have 6-digit pin. Any advice?

Is it scary to drive on the road in NZ where you are the only car on the road? Any possibility of getting lost?

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Old 18-08-2016, 11:08 AM   #807
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Noted only credit card/ATM cards with 4-digit pin work in NZ? But most credit cards and ATM cards have 6-digit pin. Any advice?

Is it scary to drive on the road in NZ where you are the only car on the road? Any possibility of getting lost?

Thanks again.
Can't help you with the card.

Driving alone in NZ is not scary but shiokkkk. You can totally feel freedom, however please be careful and give way as once in awhile there will be locates passing by. Hard to get lost if you stick to the main road (for south island)

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Old 24-08-2016, 01:59 PM   #808
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Very nice place to visit. The best is to travel round the South Island..
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Old 03-09-2016, 08:24 PM   #809
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Noted only credit card/ATM cards with 4-digit pin work in NZ? But most credit cards and ATM cards have 6-digit pin. Any advice?

Is it scary to drive on the road in NZ where you are the only car on the road? Any possibility of getting lost?

Thanks again.
wouldn't you be carrying cash around mostly? if credit card, no need PIN de ma. their PIN is for EFTPOS, which is NZ version of NETS.
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Old 05-09-2016, 02:17 PM   #810
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In New Zealand , which type of credit card is widely accepted ? Amex , VISA , MasterCard or Union Pay ?

Their hotel or resort got provide free wifi connection ?

Thanks in advance for answering.
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