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Would love some feedback on my husband and I's 12 day itinerary Nov 23rd- Dec 4th. Would also like recommendations of when to sprinkle in more extreme activities (swimming with dolphins, boat cruise, kayaking, canyoning, paragliding, etc.) Thank you!

  1. Christchurch (arrive midday and try to stay awake until a reasonable bedtime!); Pick up rental car. Night in Christchurch.

  2. Christchurch (What do we do in Christchurch? Do we need this additional day and night here besides for jet…

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I toured NZ South Island by car in 2013 doing occasional short treks and now plan to do some of the great walks (Abel, Heaphy, Milford and Routeburn) hiring a campervan in between (for freedom of movement and from snoring between walks) . Has anyone done this without leaving their expensive rental campervan for days in the lot whilst out trekking? If so please could you share your experience? The planning/logistics gives me brain-ache every time I sit down to work it out!

Many thanks!

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Hey guys! I'll be flying in to New Zealand from October and staying until January. I don't have much planned for this trip, but I do plan on hiking, camping, and doing various activities. I do want to start in Auckland and work my way down south and perhaps go to Fiji and Australia. If you'll be in NZ around this time feel free to connect with me.

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Hello fellow travelers,

I am going to New Zealand (South Island majorly) for my honeymoon this December. I have already booked my flights (Reaching Auckland on 10th Dec afternoon, Flying out from Christchurch on 19th Dec night). Few of the things that we have decided we want to do necessarily :

  • Bungee at Queenstown
  • Milford Sound (preferably drive from Queenstown via Lake Te Anau)
  • Trans Alpine (between Christchurch and Greymouth)
  • Glacier experience at Franz Joseph glacier (helicopter…
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My husband and I are planning 3 wks in New Zealand arriving beginning of January. It's the busy season, so really wondering if it's necessary to having accomodations pre booked along with excursions. Is it necessary to do this or can we get accomodations as we go with no problem at that time of year.
thanks so much

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I'm being told that I am trying to fit too much in my 28days traveling from Auckland to Christchurch. What are your suggestions to help me reduce some of my drives to enjoy my destinations more? What should I eliminate to help me sleep more, be able to enjoy and actually rest. I want to enjoy my trip, have good meals, and not be exhausted driving from location to location and not feel so rushed. I would really appreciate so solid advice. Thanks in advance. Here's my plan so far:

DAY 1…

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Hi guys!

So we're researching a trip to NZ and will be renting a car to tour both islands during one month.

The original quote from Apex was $1400 dlls and now we found this RentalCarManager.com website offering a quote for $600. We think the catch is that they don't really tell you the model of the car you're getting, though they do offer roadside assistance.

We're wondering if this is a scam because we're stoked it's half the original quote. Experiences with these guys?

Thanks!

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Hi,

My fiance and I are getting married on NYE 2016, and are planning to have our 2 week honeymoon to New Zealand immediately after. We've focused most of our research on the South Island thus far, and had a few questions. We're not crazy adventurous people (i.e. no bungy jumping, etc.), but we're open to trying activities that are not THAT extreme.

1) Does anyone have any suggestions for romantic getaways/activities that we can do on the South Island?

2) Would we miss out on a lot if we…

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Hello,

In less than a month I'll be in New Zealand, spending about a week in the north Island before heading from Wellington to the South Island. My plan so far is 3 nights in Nelson, visiting Abel Tasman National Park from there.
I have a place reserved in Queenstown about a week after leaving Nelson. The question is how to spend those 6 or 7 days between Nelson & Queenstown.. (I probably won't be renting a car, as I'll be on my own, so probably do long distance coach, Intercity, Naked Bus…

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I am looking for a company to share car cost and driving. I have a travel plan for both islands. I plan to visit all national parks and some hot springs. I arrive to Auckland and leave from Christchurch. Tatyana