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Old 02-02-2017, 09:30 PM   #1036
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i've only done the 1st portion before... from anchorage bay to marahau...

iirc we took the boat to anchorage bay then walk backed to marahau...

there's a few points along the way u can see the coast... the waters/islands... but half or more than half the time is walking through bushes/trees... not much to see...

i cant say for the subsequent portions of abel tasman since i havent been there so it may be better?





Thanks for the photos. I'm planning to the the full track. When did you go and how was the weather like?
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Old 02-02-2017, 11:10 PM   #1037
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Thanks for the photos. I'm planning to the the full track. When did you go and how was the weather like?
we did south island in july... cold... even at abel tasman we had to wear proper jackets...

how much time do u have for ur whole trip? whole track can take a few days u know right?
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Old 03-02-2017, 10:38 AM   #1038
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we did south island in july... cold... even at abel tasman we had to wear proper jackets...

how much time do u have for ur whole trip? whole track can take a few days u know right?
My entire trip is 3 weeks, will be going end feb, autumn just starting so should still be warm I hope.
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Old 03-02-2017, 10:43 AM   #1039
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My entire trip is 3 weeks, will be going end feb, autumn just starting so should still be warm I hope.
that is a wrong assumption, you will get a shock thinking that.

The wind is the one that make you cold even the temp is 27~28. By night it will drop to 16~18 degree.

You don't need to bring long john for summer but at least a wind and rain resistant jacket is needed for the whole year of NZ.

There will always have a chance of Snow even during summer at South Island due to southerlies.

Lastly Feb is not a right season to see the best of NZ. Most of the lupin should have die off. Feb will be either sunny or rainny. Well up to individual.

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Old 03-02-2017, 11:45 AM   #1040
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that is a wrong assumption, you will get a shock thinking that.

The wind is the one that make you cold even the temp is 27~28. By night it will drop to 16~18 degree.

You don't need to bring long john for summer but at least a wind and rain resistant jacket is needed for the whole year of NZ.

There will always have a chance of Snow even during summer at South Island due to southerlies.

Lastly Feb is not a right season to see the best of NZ. Most of the lupin should have die off. Feb will be either sunny or rainny. Well up to individual.
Thanks for the heads up, I'll be packing layers. Reason why I picked end feb is that I figured it will be the time less people are visiting and the weather will still be good. I'll definitely expect rain, but that's just part of the fun anyway.
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Old 03-02-2017, 10:07 PM   #1041
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Well, you have to decide on what is a good deal for you. We drive normal sedan, book 15 days with GPS and full insurace cost the same as you book Merc for 10 days. But do factor in fuel which is expensive and for Merc I believe should be more thirsty than your typical Japanese car.
Many thanks for your input.
i have go ahead with the merc, and its a disel car. Finger crossed.

Anyway is ibis hotel the nearest and cheapest hotel to airport auckland/
because i will touch down in auckland at 11.30pm. so i need a nearby hotel.
any recommendation?
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Old 04-02-2017, 06:57 PM   #1042
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You touch down at 1130pm, you also can't pick up your car right?

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Old 04-02-2017, 10:23 PM   #1043
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My entire trip is 3 weeks, will be going end feb, autumn just starting so should still be warm I hope.
is it a must to do abel tasman?

i think most time shld be spent in south island from the st arnaud area down to milford sound, especially if u r a scenery person and wans to hike or do many trails here n there... if u were to split the south island into 4 quarters... i would prioritise the middle 2 quarters...

otherwise i suggest dun do the whole abel tasman, pick part(s) of it... u can take the water taxi (boat) to various bays along the trail and start from there...

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Old 05-02-2017, 01:16 AM   #1044
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for those who have been to mt cook and glenorchy in the south... how is my schedule like?

i've been to all areas about 5 years back for except mt cook and the Glenorchy area of queenstown...

up for advice/comments around mt cook n glenorchy...
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Old 05-02-2017, 04:14 PM   #1045
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is it a must to do abel tasman?

i think most time shld be spent in south island from the st arnaud area down to milford sound, especially if u r a scenery person and wans to hike or do many trails here n there... if u were to split the south island into 4 quarters... i would prioritise the middle 2 quarters...

otherwise i suggest dun do the whole abel tasman, pick part(s) of it... u can take the water taxi (boat) to various bays along the trail and start from there...
Its actually my first time doing a multi-day trek(if don't consider outfield trainings) and I'm doing it for a very personal reason. It was between Abel Tasman and Milford Track and I decided to go with Abel Tasman.

I still have two weeks to visit the rest of the island so I'm not too worried
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Old 05-02-2017, 04:19 PM   #1046
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up for advice/comments around mt cook n glenorchy...
That's a very long drive from TA to MC. I realise you put 4 days for wanaka(albeit 2 is with queenstown), mind sharing what you'll be doing there?
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That's a very long drive from TA to MC. I realise you put 4 days for wanaka(albeit 2 is with queenstown), mind sharing what you'll be doing there?
yea after TA it's always a long drive...

wanaka and queenstown would be a bunch of tracks.... mt roy, rob roy, isthmus peak and ben lomond, mt alfred...
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yea after TA it's always a long drive...

wanaka and queenstown would be a bunch of tracks.... mt roy, rob roy, isthmus peak and ben lomond, mt alfred...
Hmm, your itinerary looks OK, though if you wanna spend more time at MT cook/Glenorchy then I would suggest not going fox glacier, then don't need to loop back to CHCH. Can just end at qtn, fly domestic to chch
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Old 06-02-2017, 06:31 PM   #1049
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Hmm, your itinerary looks OK, though if you wanna spend more time at MT cook/Glenorchy then I would suggest not going fox glacier, then don't need to loop back to CHCH. Can just end at qtn, fly domestic to chch
I plan to do a loop... Cc to Arthur's pass then west coast then wanaka and so on... Arthur's pass has some nice tracks too...

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Old 06-02-2017, 07:39 PM   #1050
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What is the price range for beer and wines in NZ at the supermarket and restaurants?

For duty free alcohol, Is it cheaper to buy at changi to bring onto the plane, or buy at duty free upon arrival?
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