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First Timer Visiting NZ

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First Timer Visiting NZ

Hi

We are visiting NZ this sept, n just wondering about a few things, we have like 9 Days, there are 6 adult, 2 children (3 yo)

1. How many days should we spend on the north n on the south island?

2. Is it better to travel by car or motorhome, moneywise?

3. Is it true that the food (raw) is expensive there?

4. Can anyone advise a MUST visit place while we there?

TQVM

xoxo

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1. Re: First Timer Visiting NZ

Welcome to the Kiwi forum K :)

1 - choose either the north or the South Island - you need a minimum of 3 weeks to see the main sights of both.

2 - You will need approved car seats for your two 3 year olds. Car seats use more space than the average adult so you might want to consider two cars or a 12 seater van - you won't all fit in an 8 seater van. 2 cars or one 12 seater van will be less costly than 2 motorhomes.

3 - food is more expensive than in Malaysia but is no more expensive than Sydney, New York etc.

4 - the South Island is a gem

happy planning :)

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2. Re: First Timer Visiting NZ

Hi,

My answers to your questions are as follows:

1. You don't have enough time to visit both the North and South Island. Do some research and pick the places and activities that interest you in either or. Not both. The North Island has the larger cities, thermal wonders, great scenery and extant Maori culture. The South Island has amazing scenery, glaciers, Fiordland, more adventure activities than you can believe and is the only plce on the planet where you can walk from rainforest to the terminal face of a glacier.

2. With a group of your size you will need two cars or a mini bus or a bellowing behemouth of a motor home. In NZ there mus be a seat and seatbelt for all passengers. Infants must be in approved child seats and small children in approved booster seats.

3. No!

4. Fiordland

Cheers

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3. Re: First Timer Visiting NZ

With only 9 days and children it would be much better to stick to only one island unless you plan on lots of domestic flights.

Option 1:

1. Arr AKL, fly directly to CHC

2. Pick up rental car & drive to Punakaiki (3-4hr)

3. Drive to Franz Josef Glacier

4. drive to Wanaka (4-6 hr depending on how many stops you make)

5. drive to Te Anau (3-4 hr) - 2N

6. Day tour to Milford Sound

7. Te Anau to Queenstown (2N)

8. QTN to Mt Cook (4 hr)

9. Mt Cook to Christchurch (5 hr;) Fly home

You could cut down on the driving by staying nights 5-7 in QTN and only some of the adults making the day trip to Milford Sound from QTN on either day 6 or 7.

Option 2 - more flights, less driving:

2. Coach tour AKL to Rotorua (2 N)

3. Explore Rotorua;

4. flight to Queenstown; drive to Te Anau (2 hr)

5. Milford Sound day tour

6. Drive to Queenstown (3 N)

7 & 8 Explore QTN/ Glenorchy/ Wanaka

9. Fly home

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4. Re: First Timer Visiting NZ

Would it be costly to travel with a motorhome? Would it be difficult to find a parking spot (if we choose to travel with a motorhome? Is the fuel expensive? So much question (sorry)

Tq in advance :-)

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5. Re: First Timer Visiting NZ

Zuhai...

Ur option of driving n taking flight.. Which is more economic? And child friendly?

tq

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6. Re: First Timer Visiting NZ

Clearly flying is more child friendly as the times are short. The economics will depend on

(a) can you get discounted flights for the dates you wish to trvael ( www.grabaseat.co.nz)

(b) what vehicle(s) you end up renting. Eg a minibus might be cheaper to rent but heavy on fuel

(c) two campervans would be expensive to rent; you need to pay for camp grounds each night; the children MUST be in seatbelts all thetime - they cannot lie down during long drives!

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7. Re: First Timer Visiting NZ

OP,

You mean self-cater food ? Sphagetti and sauces, brocoli and carrots, hams and bacons(in the cities) are all cheaper than in Malaysia. Eggs, instant noodles, all other vegetables, asian cooking ingredients are all much more expensive.

Only coffees in cafes are cheaper than in Malaysia. Less than rm10 for a cup of coffee but 5 times more coffee than Malaysia's Starbucks.

As for attractions, just concentrate around Queenstown, all activities are costly. All other

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9. Re: First Timer Visiting NZ

Hmm, was gonna help out, but after last post.....

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10. Re: First Timer Visiting NZ

Flashpack, you are being a bit harsh on NZ! I have a few Malaysian friends and they love the greenness of NZ; the quiet; the clean water; beaches, National Parks etc. Beside, things don't have to be " better" from one country to another, just different!

It is not nessary to do lots of costly activities. On most of my recent trips I have spent money on nothing but food, rental car & accommodation. I walk a lot, take photos, visit National Parks (7 in the past two years). Apart from water taxis in ATNP & Rakiura, I have not spent any extra money.

If you buy fruit & veg in season, they are not too expensive. Just remember that NZ is far from the rest of the world so out-of-season F & V come a long way, often by air! Try the lamb & fish!!