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Old 14-02-2017, 06:18 PM   #1111
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Ok, my initial planning is more or less done:

as such:
day 1: touch down christchurch, drive to hokitika and spend the night there
day 2: drive from hokitika to FJG and spend the night there
day 3: drive to queenstown and spend the night there
day 4: take coach from queenstown to MS (day trip)
day 5: spend the day in queenstown (skydive)
day 6: spend the day in queenstown
day 7: queenstown to mount cook and spend the night there
day 8: mount cook to Lake Tekapo and spend the night there (star gaze)
day 9: Lake Takepo to Christchurch and spend the night there
day 10: christchurch to Spore home sweet home

hopefully this is not too ambitious
just remember to pace yourself and know your limits lor. best if you and another driver can rotate duties. and depending on what time you touch down, you might have jet lag, so just be aware.
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Old 15-02-2017, 12:17 AM   #1112
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Cool , thanks for the details !

I just went to north face to take a look. There is a sales now with most prices between $200 to $300 after discount. May I know which model you bought and the rating ?
I got the Manchu 2 hoodie one rating was 650 or 750... I really can't remember haha

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Old 15-02-2017, 07:47 AM   #1113
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Ok, my initial planning is more or less done:

as such:
day 1: touch down christchurch, drive to hokitika and spend the night there
day 2: drive from hokitika to FJG and spend the night there
day 3: drive to queenstown and spend the night there
day 4: take coach from queenstown to MS (day trip)
day 5: spend the day in queenstown (skydive)
day 6: spend the day in queenstown
day 7: queenstown to mount cook and spend the night there
day 8: mount cook to Lake Tekapo and spend the night there (star gaze)
day 9: Lake Takepo to Christchurch and spend the night there
day 10: christchurch to Spore home sweet home

hopefully this is not too ambitious
FJG to QTN is a damn long journey. Search for nz distance/time calculator online, and +20-30% more

Why don't you stop by wanaka before going QTN.
MT cook and Tekapo same sky, unless u want to hike.
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Old 15-02-2017, 09:05 AM   #1114
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I went NZ and drove a campervan 2years back. Went for 11days and did the anti clockwise route. It was really touch and go but we had fun because we stayed in campervan and camped out. You're going in June which have very little daylight (<8hrs). You should not drive at all in the dark, very dangerous. So I recommend you to either take FJG from chc to Queenstown or Mt cook/tekapo route and fly out from Queenstown back to chc or home.

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Old 15-02-2017, 09:08 AM   #1115
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Personally I would prefer tekapo & mt cook than FJG. FJG is overrated and too commercialise IMHO. Although the coastal drive was beautiful and we actually camped by the sea overnight.

You should try the hooker's valley trek as the scenery is super beautiful.

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Old 15-02-2017, 11:43 PM   #1116
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I went NZ and drove a campervan 2years back. Went for 11days and did the anti clockwise route. It was really touch and go but we had fun because we stayed in campervan and camped out. You're going in June which have very little daylight (<8hrs). You should not drive at all in the dark, very dangerous. So I recommend you to either take FJG from chc to Queenstown or Mt cook/tekapo route and fly out from Queenstown back to chc or home.
Driving at night was not too bad... Traffic was very sparse, roads are pretty wide and properly maintained..... You only have to watching out for occasional bunnies and sheeps hoping out from the side of the roads into your path when they see your headlights.

Bear in mind not to jam brake..... in case the roads are a little icy.... Experienced travelers tend to advice drivers to just run them over..... (Mai quote me for intended roadkill) If you see a flock of sheeps then........ pray hard lolx.
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Old 16-02-2017, 09:03 AM   #1117
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Driving at night was not too bad... Traffic was very sparse, roads are pretty wide and properly maintained..... You only have to watching out for occasional bunnies and sheeps hoping out from the side of the roads into your path when they see your headlights.

Bear in mind not to jam brake..... in case the roads are a little icy.... Experienced travelers tend to advice drivers to just run them over..... (Mai quote me for intended roadkill) If you see a flock of sheeps then........ pray hard lolx.
We had to drive from QT to Te anau it was scary. Lots of speeding huge tankers and foggy with totally no lights. Opposite direction vehicles using high beam blinds you every now and then. Us Singaporean drivers are to pampered here.

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Old 16-02-2017, 12:26 PM   #1118
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We had to drive from QT to Te anau it was scary. Lots of speeding huge tankers and foggy with totally no lights. Opposite direction vehicles using high beam blinds you every now and then. Us Singaporean drivers are to pampered here.
Reminds me of driving in outfield, passing tanks and tonners
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Old 16-02-2017, 12:28 PM   #1119
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Personally I would prefer tekapo & mt cook than FJG. FJG is overrated and too commercialise IMHO. Although the coastal drive was beautiful and we actually camped by the sea overnight.

You should try the hooker's valley trek as the scenery is super beautiful.
While I have not been there, I did drop Fox Glacier from my itinerary after doing some research. There's nothing much to do there and you can only go up by heli, whereas in mount cook there are plenty of hikes you can do without going for a heli/plane ride.
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Old 16-02-2017, 07:44 PM   #1120
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Agree. I didn't include FJG too.

While I have not been there, I did drop Fox Glacier from my itinerary after doing some research. There's nothing much to do there and you can only go up by heli, whereas in mount cook there are plenty of hikes you can do without going for a heli/plane ride.
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Old 17-02-2017, 12:32 AM   #1121
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While I have not been there, I did drop Fox Glacier from my itinerary after doing some research. There's nothing much to do there and you can only go up by heli, whereas in mount cook there are plenty of hikes you can do without going for a heli/plane ride.
Um... the hikes at Mount Cook... hahahahaha ... For me, we hiked just a little only to see some dirty looking ice bergs... quite fun but don't hold too high expectations lol. When at Mount Cook, do head out to see the skies.
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Old 17-02-2017, 08:30 AM   #1122
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Um... the hikes at Mount Cook... hahahahaha ... For me, we hiked just a little only to see some dirty looking ice bergs... quite fun but don't hold too high expectations lol. When at Mount Cook, do head out to see the skies.
Which route did you took? Did you try hooker's valley?

I camped on mt cook and the night scenery was awesome.

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Old 17-02-2017, 09:46 AM   #1123
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Um... the hikes at Mount Cook... hahahahaha ... For me, we hiked just a little only to see some dirty looking ice bergs... quite fun but don't hold too high expectations lol. When at Mount Cook, do head out to see the skies.
the glacier near the end of its trail will always be "dirty" looking because it has mixed with the gravel/soil already...
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Old 17-02-2017, 10:05 AM   #1124
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Um... the hikes at Mount Cook... hahahahaha ... For me, we hiked just a little only to see some dirty looking ice bergs... quite fun but don't hold too high expectations lol. When at Mount Cook, do head out to see the skies.
Did you get to see lake tasman? Theres a pretty waterfall in that area too.
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Did you get to see lake tasman? Theres a pretty waterfall in that area too.
actually nz got lots of waterfalls haha. there's even one in auckland central isthmus which is near a residential area. you just have to know where to look
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