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Things See And Do In NZ South Island.

Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:12 pm

I'm planning a short trip to the South Island towards the end of April for approximately 4.5 days. I was wondering what would the best places to visit on this short trip? Would 4.5 days be enough to see Christchurch, Greymouth and and Queenstown??

I've tried to search some deals on NZ travel websites but come up with nothing. So any information you have would be of great help

Looking forward to your responses. Thanks in advance  Smile
 
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RE: Things See And Do In NZ South Island.

Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:23 pm

Not sure why you would want to see Greymouth specifically. The West Coast is pretty cool though.

4.5 nights is a bit short to do it properly. One night in Christchurch is plenty. Head to Queenstown and base yourself there. From there, I would recommend:

Mountainbike on the central otago rail trail
Fly over to Milford Sound
Jetboat
Pubs & Clubs in Queenstown
Drive around Lake Wanaka
Do the Shotover Jet

Have fun!
 
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RE: Things See And Do In NZ South Island.

Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:50 pm

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 1):
Not sure why you would want to see Greymouth specifically

The TranzAlpine train journey. I was think of Getting a ride to Greymouth thenspend the day there and catch the Tranz Alpine back

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 1):
4.5 nights is a bit short to do it properly

I know I wish I could stay a bit longer

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 1):
Mountainbike on the central otago rail trail
Fly over to Milford Sound
Jetboat
Pubs & Clubs in Queenstown
Drive around Lake Wanaka
Do the Shotover Jet

Thanks for the Info  thumbsup 
 
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RE: Things See And Do In NZ South Island.

Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:06 am

Defintley head to Dunedin, and get aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway. Really good trip.

Dunedin is really good. If it was me i would give the west coast the flick, unless you do the Tranz Alpine. Which is a whole day. Queenstown is way overated and very expensive, as much as i love it, it has become a very overpriced and overated town which is a real shame.

If it was me id do it this way:

Day 1:Tranz Alpine, drive down to Dunedin that night you get back
Day 2: Jump on the taieri gorge, usually leaves about lunch time, so you could go to larnach castle etc in the morning, then you get back at night, plenty of things to do in Duneding at night.
Day 3: Drive to Queenstown early in the morning, Go the Roxbrough, Alexandra, Cromwell way. Thats the better way. Get into Queenstown at about 1pm depending on traffic, road conditions etc etc
Day 4: Do what you want to do in Queenstown
Day 5: If you only have a half day, you could do the Queenstown Gondolas and Luge that day, but that will only be open if there isnt any snow.

Dont waste time by driving to Greymouth, its not that exciting and when you get there, there aint much there. Do the Tranz Alpine return.
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RE: Things See And Do In NZ South Island.

Fri Mar 23, 2007 2:24 am

Milford Sound is absolutely beautiful - I would love to revisit...


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Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:46 am

Milford sound is great stuff. Very scenic scenery. Also give Queenstown a look, a few thouristy things to do there. If you are into treking then I suggest the Milford track. Very scenic and 'awsome sights' I've been told
 
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Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:27 am

Catch a flight to Auckland and go kick Jafa39 in the nuts  wink 
 
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RE: Things See And Do In NZ South Island.

Fri Mar 23, 2007 3:20 pm

Last week there was an explore New Zealand TV show on TV1 and it had a bit about Greymouth, and the surrounding areas. Some parts of the road to/from Greymouth, the views looking out towards the Tasman Sea are breath taking, especially when you reach the area of where there are something like 20-30 big, tall and skinny rocks, which kind of looks like a very mini course that you have to complete from the air. One place I would recommend is the Able Tasman National Park in Nelson. Grab a kayak and hit the waters around the park and enjoy the golden sands, blue waters with excellent views of the sea life.

Enjoy your trip

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 3):
Defintley head to Dunedin,

Only good thins I can think of about Dunedin is the gorge rail which departs from the 100 year old railway station in DUD, which is the most photogrpahed building in New Zealand. Cadbury Factory and the Albratross colony at the Dunedin heads. I think that would last a day
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RE: Things See And Do In NZ South Island.

Fri Mar 23, 2007 4:06 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed the South Island when we were there about 4 years back.

Our route took us from Christchurch down to Dunedin (which I thought was a strange place to be honest), then on to Invercargill and Bluff via some of the great rugged beaches and lighthouses. From there, we went to Te Anau via the coast road from which you can see some more stunning scenery such as this ....

http://www.pbase.com/60542k/image/49769058/large.jpg

After Te Anau, we went onto Queenstown then Wanaka, Haast Beach and Franz Joseph galcier before driving across Arthur's Pass back to Christchurch.

A thoroughly enjoyable trip. made even more special by the upgrade on Air NZ between NRT and CHC!

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RE: Things See And Do In NZ South Island.

Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:03 pm

Quoting Cxsjr (Reply 8):
Dunedin (which I thought was a strange place to be honest),

What was wrong with it?

But then im from Dunners so im biased  Smile

The only bad place in NZ is Auckland.....wont even get started on those ones.

Thats why we have the wonderful saying JAFA and F defintley doesnt stand for Friendly  cheeky 
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RE: Things See And Do In NZ South Island.

Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:31 pm

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 9):
Thats why we have the wonderful saying JAFA and F defintley doesnt stand for Friendly

JAFA - Just Another F------ Aucklander

Hmm, if it's not 'friendly' then I wonder what the 'F' stands for  Wink  Yeah sure  Big grin
 
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RE: Things See And Do In NZ South Island.

Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:36 pm

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 9):
What was wrong with it?

No, don't get me wrong, there was nothing 'wrong' with it, I arrived early evening and the whole place just seemd a bit old fashioned and deserted. We stayed at the only hotel we could find with availablilty and not charging a fortune - The Southern Cross - which was again a bit old fashioned.

I guess it just wasn't what we expected.
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Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:47 pm

As someone born and raised in New Zealand / Auckland ( they are really both the same place anyway    ) I would like to put paid to this ludicrous story about some mythical "South" Island . I find it very distressing that people would try to fool unwitting tourists into visiting a non-existent place , very unethical .   

When you see photos of this alleged "South Island" it is clear that they have all been photoshopped . No single place on earth could possibly have all those dramatic mountains rising directly from sea level , those stunning fjords , the amazing seal , penguin and albatross colonies , the world's steepest street etc etc , as for Queenstown ! clearly faked - how could a place look that great ( they gave themselves away a bit by calling the fake mountain range "The Remarkables" ) Do you not think that if there was such a place only a hour or two flight from AKL that Aucklanders would have heard about it ? or even , dare I say , posted a trip report about it .

In fact when you visit the only* terminal at AKL you will clearly see flights listed to all sorts of real places such as SYD/LAX/HKG/LHR etc but no sign at all of any flights to the South for the obvious reason that the furthest South is it possible to travel in New Zealand is the Mumbai ( fomerly Bombay ) Hills

I urge the perpetrators of this elaborate hoax to come clean once and for all .


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Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 9):
Thats why we have the wonderful saying JAFA and F defintley doesnt stand for Friendly


Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 10):
Hmm, if it's not 'friendly' then I wonder what the 'F' stands for

everyone knows F stands for "fabulous!"


* don't even get me started on the other ludicrous urban legend about some alleged "domestic" terminal .

[Edited 2007-03-23 10:50:44]
 
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Fri Mar 23, 2007 11:29 pm

Quoting Cxsjr (Reply 11):
No, don't get me wrong, there was nothing 'wrong' with it, I arrived early evening and the whole place just seemd a bit old fashioned and deserted. We stayed at the only hotel we could find with availablilty and not charging a fortune - The Southern Cross - which was again a bit old fashioned.

I guess it just wasn't what we expected.

Yeah the southern cross isnt the nicest hotel, although they done it up a couple of years ago.

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 12):

 rotfl  lol
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RE: Things See And Do In NZ South Island.

Sat Mar 24, 2007 7:57 am

The Tranz Alpine is a great trip and can be done return in a day. If you are in to rail at the bottom of Lake Wakatipu maybe an hour from Queenstown there is a vintage steam train, the Kingston Flyer, that runs on a short length of track



The trip between Christchurch and Queenstown passes through the McKenzie country which is pretty spectacular, at Lake Pukaki (provided its a clear day) NZ's highest peak Mount Cook / Aoraki can be seen:

The trip between Christchurch and Queenstown would take the better part of a day.

If you have time I would also go to Fiordland (the Southwest corner of the South Island). If you can spare the cash I would recommend a trip to take a cruise on Doubtful Sound, you can only get there by a boat trip across Lake Manapouri and it is just that little bit more special than Milford Sound (Milford Sound is probably cheaper -it is accessible directly by road- and still very beautiful all the same). Trips to Doubtful or Milford Sound are a (full) day trip ex Queenstown - remember to bring the insect repellent (sand flies).

Doubtful Sound from Wilmot Pass


You could fly one-way in to or out of Queenstown to save some travel time. Air travel within NZ is not too expensive CHC-ZQN is $89 generally oneway and on special I have seen $59 recently (QF flies B733, NZ mix of ATR72 & B733). That would give you time to travel to Fiordland which I think would rate as the most scenic area of the country.

If you had some more time I would recommend catching the Tranz Alpine in one direction and travel between Greymouth and Queenstown via the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers (travelling via the Haast pass). There are also great views of the "back" of Mount Cook / Aoraki from the West coast. From Christhchurch-Queenstown would be two days via this route.

View from Lake Matheson:


(Pics are from Panaramio via Google Earth - there are loads of photos of New Zealand on there now and is worth a look if you haven't already)
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RE: Things See And Do In NZ South Island.

Tue Apr 03, 2007 2:32 pm

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 3):
Day 1:Tranz Alpine, drive down to Dunedin that night you get back

Taken this advice. I've booked the train tickets to Greymouth return and my father managed to secure a rental car so we will drive to down to DUD.




Just one more question is there a way of seeing the sites of Christchurch without a rental in one day?? Any info you can share or websites you know would be of great assistance  Smile
 
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RE: Things See And Do In NZ South Island.

Tue Apr 03, 2007 2:53 pm

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 15):
Just one more question is there a way of seeing the sites of Christchurch without a rental in one day?? Any info you can share or websites you know would be of great assistance

I'm not sure what would constitute "sites" in Christchurch. It's an OK city but is essentially a gateway to the South Island. Have a look at the Avon, watch the Crusaders at Jade Stadium.....there's some nice English style architecture but I would suggest spending half a day of site seeing and then getting on the road. If you had more time overall I'd say stay longer but there will be better things to spend your time on than Christchurch.
 
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Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:15 pm

You could just stick to the central city, take a ride on the city circuit tram. Canterbury museum (entry by donation) is along the route as well as the Art's centre (it has a market on the weekend), Art Gallery (free entry), Cathedral square and the botanic gardens (-why Christhchurch is referred to as the "Garden City"). http://www.christchurch.org.nz/Activities/#Attractions (city council vistor's website)

The Air Force museum at Wigram Aerodrome: http://www.airforcemuseum.co.nz/main/ChCh/ and Port Hill's Gondola in the Heathcote valley http://www.gondola.co.nz/ are reachable by bus. Christchurch Bus routes/timetables: http://www.metroinfo.org.nz/city_route_map.html

If have time to kill before your flight back you could go to the International Antarctic Centre, extremely close to the airport, you could easily walk there in 10 minutes.
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RE: Things See And Do In NZ South Island.

Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:31 pm

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 15):
Taken this advice. I've booked the train tickets to Greymouth return and my father managed to secure a rental car so we will drive to down to DUD.

 Smile

Are you going to go on the Taieri Gorge Railway? I would reccomend doing the Cadbury Factory tour in the morning if you were to do it that way. If you had time the Tairoa Heads albatross centre is cool as well and Larnach Castle is a good tour as well but bloody expensive.

What else have you decided to do whilst over the ditch?
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RE: Things See And Do In NZ South Island.

Wed Apr 04, 2007 12:00 am

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 16):
watch the Crusaders at Jade Stadium.....

sadly there is no game on while i'm in town

Quoting SpinalTap (Reply 17):
Heathcote valley http://www.gondola.co.nz/ are reachable by bus.

The gondola ride looks nice especially having lunch at the top

Quoting SpinalTap (Reply 17):
If have time to kill before your flight back you could go to the International Antarctic Centre, extremely close to the airport, you could easily walk there in 10 minutes.

should be enough time to pay visit considering the flight leaves in the early evening

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 18):
Are you going to go on the Taieri Gorge Railway?

Just saw the website http://www.taieri.co.nz/index.htm and the scenery is breathtaking so I might book some tickets

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 18):
What else have you decided to do whilst over the ditch?

Visit either Milford or Doubtful Sound, Queenstown and definately visit Mt. Cook hopefully with aerial tour
 
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RE: Things See And Do In NZ South Island.

Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:21 am

I suggest the day tour to Milford sound. You get a coach to MIlford followed by a lunch time cruise. The scenery is very good and this package is well worth the money IMO
 
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Wed Apr 04, 2007 3:48 pm

Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 20):
I suggest the day tour to Milford sound. You get a coach to MIlford followed by a lunch time cruise. The scenery is very good and this package is well worth the money IMO

or better still do a fly/cruise in from Queenstown to Milford Sound - you get spectacular views and dont spend hours on a coach
 
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Wed Apr 04, 2007 6:52 pm

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 21):
or better still do a fly/cruise in from Queenstown to Milford Sound - you get spectacular views and dont spend hours on a coach

Now that you mentioned it, the Coach-Cruise-Fly option would be good. I recomend going at least one way on the coach. You stop at some very nice points along the way
 
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Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:05 pm

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 19):
Just saw the website http://www.taieri.co.nz/index.htm and the scenery is breathtaking so I might book some tickets

I've been on the trip hundreds of times and its always a good trip. My grandfather is a driver and my uncle is a driver as well.

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Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:13 pm

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 12):
When you see photos of this alleged "South Island" it is clear that they have all been photoshopped . No single place on earth could possibly have all those dramatic mountains rising directly from sea level , those stunning fjords , the amazing seal , penguin and albatross colonies , the world's steepest street etc etc , as for Queenstown ! clearly faked - how could a place look that great ( they gave themselves away a bit by calling the fake mountain range "The Remarkables" ) Do you not think that if there was such a place only a hour or two flight from AKL that Aucklanders would have heard about it ? or even , dare I say , posted a trip report about it .

In fact when you visit the only* terminal at AKL you will clearly see flights listed to all sorts of real places such as SYD/LAX/HKG/LHR etc but no sign at all of any flights to the South for the obvious reason that the furthest South is it possible to travel in New Zealand is the Mumbai ( fomerly Bombay ) Hills

And thats the perfect example of what the 'real' New Zealand thinks of those pesky Aucklanders

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 12):
Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 9):
Thats why we have the wonderful saying JAFA and F defintley doesnt stand for Friendly


Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 10):
Hmm, if it's not 'friendly' then I wonder what the 'F' stands for

everyone knows F stands for "fabulous!"

*Cough cough splatter splatter* Excuse me, just needed to get that nasty cough out of my system
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Fri Apr 06, 2007 5:01 pm

Quoting 777ER (Reply 24):
*Cough cough splatter splatter* Excuse me, just needed to get that nasty cough out of my system

I know, fabulous my ass!  Wink

Only a few decent Aucklanders and they arent Auckland Natives eg. JAFA39  Smile

I always laugh, if Auckland did go up in smoke with an earth quake or a volcano going off under the city like everyones predicting where would they all move to? hmmmmmm
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Fri Apr 06, 2007 7:59 pm

Have a good time here VHVXB whatever you do.
Personally I would recommend Milford Sound, Queenstown and the transcenic railway.
Christchurch is ok and does have some stuff but really its just another city. Dunedin is barely a city but does have a good night life as it is full of University students. Wouldn't even bother with Invercargill unless you were here for a few weeks.
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Fri Apr 06, 2007 8:08 pm

I'm planning to fly down to ZQN, get a rental car and drive towards Haast, Fox-and Franz Josef Glaciers and back to CHC via Arthurs Pass. This will be at the start of June. Are there anything I should be on the lookout for? Would anyone recommend this route I intend to take?


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Sat Apr 07, 2007 8:10 pm

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 25):
I always laugh, if Auckland did go up in smoke with an earth quake or a volcano going off under the city like everyones predicting where would they all move to? hmmmmmm

Oh well no harm done there if Auckland does suffer one, as if the REAL New Zealand cares about what happens to AKL, after all all those pesky Aucklanders care about is getting more $$$ for their already aweful roads and those Aucklanders don't want to pay for a 'National Stadium' that would benefit Auckland more then south of the Bombay hills. Maybe if someone bombs that hill then Aucklanders can see the real world. I remember watching a TV show about what would happen to Auckland and how Aucklanders would cope/survive with a volcanoic eruption, and I just couldn't help but laugh when a computer generated volcano erupted.

Quoting SA7700 (Reply 27):
This will be at the start of June. Are there anything I should be on the lookout for? Would anyone recommend this route I intend to take?

Well as its the start of New Zealands winter then I would recommend a 4WD like Toyota Rav4, Mitsuishi Pajero etc due to the snow down that area. Some of the areas you will be driving throu can get bad with snow
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:08 pm

Quoting 777ER (Reply 28):
Well as its the start of New Zealands winter then I would recommend a 4WD like Toyota Rav4, Mitsuishi Pajero etc due to the snow down that area.

I have done that, thanks!


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Sun Apr 08, 2007 2:48 am

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Heres a portion of that graphic.....i think i can see JAFA39's house in that  wave  wave 

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/video_popup_windows_skin/957963?bandwidth=128k


 cheerful   Wink

Only kidding


Would be a terrible shame if Auckland was covered in ash lol
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 7:34 am

Quoting SA7700 (Reply 27):
I'm planning to fly down to ZQN, get a rental car and drive towards Haast, Fox-and Franz Josef Glaciers and back to CHC via Arthurs Pass. This will be at the start of June. Are there anything I should be on the lookout for? Would anyone recommend this route I intend to take?

Yes a 4WD might be useful as it does snow around the place, but half the time if it snows on the Pass's then they are closed anyway even to 4WD. You should be fine tho... it doesn't happen that often.
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 10:06 am

Quoting SA7700 (Reply 27):
Are there anything I should be on the lookout for? Would anyone recommend this route I intend to take?

Take the boat cruise in Milford sound. Very nice
 
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 10:59 am

Quoting Pilotdude09 (Reply 30):
Would be a terrible shame if Auckland was covered in ash lol

*Cough cough*, yip it would be a terrible shame. Aucklanders then wouldn't need an MP for Auckland in parliament, and we wouldn't need to hear about how Aucklands ex mayor John Banks would be a 'better' Mayor if he was elected again, mind you, it wouldn't harm Auckland if he became mayor again, cause he did a terrible job as mayor previously. Auckland needs John Banks as their Mayor again.......then the rest of New Zealand can just laugh as Auckland falls further and further behind in terms of roading, their wicked traffic jams and how much they love to cry about it all.

I love how this thread quickly turned into a bashing Auckland thread
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 9:22 pm

Quoting 777ER (Reply 33):
I love how this thread quickly turned into a bashing Auckland thread

Yeah! and no one has stuck up for the Aucklanders either!

I always laugh about their rail system, they are running DMU's that Trans Perth got rid of in the 80's due to extremely high running and general high costs of running them, they went to electric and thats the best thing that ever happened. Theres some great videos on Auckland's motorways on youtube and how they have "Anti rail" groups that would prevent any more rail infrastructure!
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