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Travelling to SI TOMORROW! excited! last minute changes??

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Travelling to SI TOMORROW! excited! last minute changes??

Hi! We're going to travel to explore SI tomorrow! Read that the snow comes early this year. Have somewhat confirmed our route but did not expect snow this early. Do we need to change anything?

5/28/2014 - Depart from SG

5/29/2014 - Arrive Christchurch

5/30/2014 - Drive pass Arthurs Pass(short trek ), camperpark greymouth

5/31/2014 - Look at franz/fox unguided, Freedom camping at bruce bay Franz Josef

6/1/2014 - Wanaka, watch movie at night?

6/2/2014 - morning wanaka skydive / drive to Te Anau, at night glow worm tour

6/3/2014 Te Anau, (Rosco's Milford Kayaks), anything we can do at night?? movie??

6/4/2014 Te Anau, watertaxi to kepler to hike up luxmore hut.

6/5/2014 horse ride in morning, Queenstown (Gondola/star gazing)

6/6/2014 Mount cook,

6/7/2014 hooker's valley track in the morning, Lake tekapo

6/8/2014 Mt john summit in the morning?, Christchurch (return vehicle by 4pm), any advice what to do from 5pm till midnight before we head to the airport???

6/9/2014 Early morning flight (staying in airport after midnight)

Edited: 27 May 2014, 10:39
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1. Re: Travelling to SI TOMORROW! excited! last minute changes??

Do check the road conditions everynight and again every morning. Arthurs Pass was closed by a rock fall over theweekend and there may still be delays for a few days as they repair it. Pay attention to wind forecasts if you are in a camper van - and make sure you have loads of extra blankets or duvets. It certainly is unseasonably cold ( MINUS 3 in Chch this morning when I went to work!)

On the 4th, have you checked that water taxis are operating in winter?

On the 7th, do check with DoC about snow & track conditions before you go tramping.

8th. Why not have a nice dinner? About the only warm place open after dinner apart from movie theatres will be the Casino!

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2. Re: Travelling to SI TOMORROW! excited! last minute changes??

The snow will clear away in a few days. Apart from in the mountains, the snow only falls a few times a year, clearing away in between. The weather is VERY cold at present, so there is a lot of frozen snow on the roads.

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3. Re: Travelling to SI TOMORROW! excited! last minute changes??

thank you zuhai for the great advice! Yes I've checked for a private water taxi. The big ones won't be operating.

Any nice dinner places for vegetarians that open till late? Also have buses for us to get to the airport.

Anyone can suggest anything for us to do at greymouth, wanaka and te anau at night? other than watching movie at the cinema.

Thanks telly for the advice too!

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4. Re: Travelling to SI TOMORROW! excited! last minute changes??

Travelling can be tiring. After dinner all you will probably want to do is sleep.

Safe travels :)

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5. Re: Travelling to SI TOMORROW! excited! last minute changes??

Where is your midnight flight going? What time do you have to check in?

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6. Re: Travelling to SI TOMORROW! excited! last minute changes??

Yes, we are into winter temperatures now and it is cold. Make sure you have plenty of warm clothes, including hat, scarf and gloves.

There is not much to do at night at Greymouth except perhaps go for a walk or to a pub and chat to the locals. Probably the same at Wanaka and Te Anau. You could always write up your daily trip report for us! :-)

Have a good trip Kailunnn!

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7. Re: Travelling to SI TOMORROW! excited! last minute changes??

Keep your plans flexible as the weather conditions will determine what activities you can do and where you can go. Do we need to change anything ? A = a high probability if present weather persists.

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8. Re: Travelling to SI TOMORROW! excited! last minute changes??

We'd love to hear how it all turns out!

At least the humidity will be about the same as Singapore's however you might find the temp a little warmer.

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9. Re: Travelling to SI TOMORROW! excited! last minute changes??

Hi Kailunn, you may wish to look at the following link re sleeping at the airport.

christchurchairport.co.nz/en/…

Enjoy your trip to the South Island, it is quite a few degrees cooler than Singapore. We were in Singapore for 2 weeks earlier this month and found coming home rather cold.

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