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School Holiday Help

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School Holiday Help


Quick question, because of my job at an airline and the ability to fly standby. I am wondering what would be a better time to come to New Zealand this April..... April 17th- May 4th? ( I know this falls at the end of the School holiday) or waiting to come until April 23rd-May7th??

Does this time of year get very crowded? ( school holiday) should I be concerned either way? Or will I still be able to move around someone easy if I come on the earlier dates? Or should I put it off a week?

Thanks so Much!!!

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1. Re: School Holiday Help

Please don't be concerned about April school holidays. The peak holiday season for Kiwi kids is over summer - 7+ weeks! Although some children will be enjoying family-time exploring the countryside, you will still have plenty of room to move around NZ without facing crowds and queues during your visit.

The earlier you arrive , the less chance of colder weather - hopefully! It is autumn at present and each day becomes a little cooler temperature wise, and the days shorter too leading into NZ winter. NZ daylight saving ends this weekend.

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About the only venue where the school holidays might present some annoyance is on the Wellington - Picton ferry.

We were on the ferry during school holidays, there were a million kids running about.

Fortunately, we booked into First Class where the minimum age allowed is 18, very quiet, snacks, bar and comfortable seating, also 2 free Internet stations.

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The school term starts on 23rd April so you would have a week here whilst schools are on holiday if you were to come earlier but this would not be a problem and I would not be at all concerned. On the plus side, in Auckland at least the traffic is noticeably less congested during the school holidays.

I think a more important consideration would be the earlier the better at this time of year i.e. autumn

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