Australasia & Pacific - Australia, New Zealand & Antarctica
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I am going to Sydney on the 27th December 2012, I have booked to stay in Sydney for 5 nights and obviously will be in Sydney for NYE !! however that might be the highlight of the trip to Sydney but i would like to see Sydney. can anyone recommend any decent trips to go on? i have heard its worth a trip out to the blue mountains?
is the train/bus network really good in Sydney? (easy to get around Sydney).
I have heard the cost in Sydney is unbelievable? is there any tips on how to save money? where to go where not to go? i have heard a pint of beer is really pricey too!! any tips on cheaper places to drink? IE chain restaurant/boozers?
I know there is a lot of questions but any knowledge of the above subjects is much appreciated.
Hello. I am looking to rent a campervan in New Zealand for 2 weeks from Queenstown to Auckland. I am trying to figure out if it's worth it to get the insurance ( which is more expensive than renting the van itself). Is driving extremely risky in New Zealand? Has anyone ever had a good/ bad experience with the various insurance options that the campervan rental companies offer? Also, it seems that either Jucy or Britz or Mighty are the cheapest options- any experience/ advice when dealing with these companies? I am trying to find the most budget option. It appears as though the ferry Bluebridge is cheaper than the Interislander but the times are not as frequent. Also, is it easy to just roam around and find a campervan site to stay at without reservations? Any advice would be amazing! Thank you so much.
I'm trying to arrange a 2-3 weeks vacation for my parents (age 65) in NZ. They don't want to drive themselves, and would like to have everything (transportation, hotels etc) arranged by a local agency. Can you recommend any reliable agencies?
We are planning a trip in October which will take us from Cairns to Melbourne. We will be flying from London and will probably have a stopover, maybe Hong Kong. The problem is that most internationa flights end up at Sydney and then we will have to get a flight from Sydney to Cairns and then work our way south again. Does anyone know of any international flights which terminate in Cairns rather than Sydney
Hi I am flying from Australia to Los Angeles in a couple of weeks, and was wondering if anyone could tell me about the seats on the Air New Zealand aeroplanes. I have prolapsed discs so have problems with my back, are the seats well padded, and does anyone know if they slope backwards or forwards.
I'm planning go for a glacier trip on August 2013(i'm at Nelson, NZ recently), i think i'll do a guided glacier walk not just walk close to the glaciers for watching. i read lonely planet and there are two major companies operating guided glacier tour on fox and franz josef, one is fox glacier guiding, another is franz josef galcier guides. the full day walking package on LP is almost the same, but when i checked both websites the prices are way different. FOX one provide a full day glacier walk pricing 165NZD(with bus transporting) for about 7 hours(don't know the altitude), but franz one pricing is 299NZD(with helicopter transporting) for only 4 hours(the altitude is around 600m), franz have another more expensive one can reach you to 800m altitude.
so i wonder which one should i go for the guided glacier walk and i could just see another one by myself at somewhere near terminal ... more »
Any thoughts on where to spot opportunities to volunteer for a few weeks, north or south island?
I have about a month in nz starting next weekend (surprise vacation!) and would like to do something like helping in a school, working with disabled folks, teaching English to refugees, etc. For instance, over Christmas I spent a week out at an orphanage in Guatemala. So, preferably in social services and not woofing. Paid or unpaid is fine.
Any suggestions or leads would be appreciated!
Hi there, we are heading the outback this summer, some questions concern us:
- Anyone knows which Car rental company is cheap at Alice Springs? We do need a car to visit Uluru, don´t we?
- Is it possible to drive Uluru to Purnululu (Bungles Bungles)
- How about from this last place to Kakadu (Darwin), is it ok driving or better flying?
Recommendations, comments, ideas...??
Thanks a lot. I appreciate your help
Hi, We are planning to travel to the South Island in February, 2014. We want to see as much as possible but I don't want to overextend driving demands as we hear that the roads are a bit tiring to drive. We would like to include vineyard tours in our itinerary and it seems a shame to travel all the way there and miss the Marlborough region. However, it seems to be adding a good bit of drive time and I am wondering about skipping that and planning to do vineyard tours in the Otago region while we are in Queenstown instead. Can anyone compare the 2 vineyard regions? Thoughts on noted drive times? Lastly, is it worth trying to see Punakaiki when driving from CHCH via Arthurs Pass to Franz Josef?
Here are the 2 itinerary options:
DAY ACTIVITY DRIVE TIME
3 Arrive CHCH
4 Drive to Blenheim 4 ... more »
Im starting a job next week in Blackall.. Im just wondering if any one can suggest the easiest/best/cheapest way to get there from Rockhampton? Im currently in cairns but will be making my way down there on monday. Ive checked buses and it seems a bit of a mission, with a huge stop over etc.. is anything direct?
My husband and I want to travel around New Zealand for 14 days in November. We have been looking at hiring a camper van but reasonable quality campers are very expensive. Is it better to hire a car and stay at b&b's? Or maybe stay at campsites in cabins? Please advise.
Im planning a trip to New Zealand with my 22months daughter in Feb'14 for 10days so could you please recommend some child-friendly places & not too expensive accommodations? And based on the safety reports through google, I shld not have to worry too much right since New Zealand is one of the safest countries?
thanks in advance!
I am thinking about taking a year out and working/travelling around the east coast of Oz. However, I have a few concerns and hopefully you knowledgeable people can help!
How much money would you suggest taking initially? Money is a bit tight at the moment so I am hoping to get enough together to cover flights, visa, jabs etc for the first few months, then live off anything I earn after that. I have been told £3,000 by some people, £5,000 by others - what would you suggest?
I assume there are millions of people that move to Oz with a WHV each month all looking for work. That being said, is it pretty difficult to get a job? I am happy to do anything that gives me enough money to continue living there.
What sort of jobs would be best to start off and get my feet on the ground out there? I have been advised to do any sort of farm work/fruit pickin... more »
I am offering a heads up for those of you that are considering booking an escorted trip to New Zealand. I recently learned a week before I depart for New Zealand that my premium "Guaranteed Departure" escorted tour of New Zealand that I had paid for in full months ahead of time had been canceled at the last minute by AAT Kings, the tour operator. Their lame excuse was that they had last minute cancellations and couldn't afford to operate the tour. I guess they don't understand the definition of "Guaranteed Departure". They tried to offer me a low end substitute tour which was shorter and a free jet boat ride. A trip of a lifetime was thrown into disarray by their last minute chicanery and I am warning you to realize if they will cancel me at the last minute, they will do it to you also. I had booked the trip through Relaxing Journeys, and to their credit they saw that I was refunded i... more »
Myself and my Girlfriend will be traveling from Christchurch and ending up in Picton for the ferry after 8 days on the road.
The places we are thinking were Milford sound, Queenstown and spending little time anywhere else.
Can anyone recommend a really good route that we can follow? some people have told me to spend a few days in Queenstown because it has a lot of stuff to do there however i am not going to New Zealand to just do Sky dives etc i want to see the beauty of the south island. mountains lakes etc.
We then travel to the North Island for 9 days. can anyone recommend a route for the north? i have heard Bay of islands are amazing and hot beach.
For both islands do people recommend staying in a powered camp sight every night for safety etc? if so how can i get discounted rates as they are $30 - £40 per night.
Any comments greatly appreciated as i am w... more »
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