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Oh this is mine. Firstly, you'll want the flight path. This is available online, provided they stick to it. Others online suggest the left. This is correct. I'll now explain why. As you can see from the map, you fly over water a bit, down the coast. The only visible land is to your left. So initially, you definitely want the left. Then you'll cross ...


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As someone from Christchurch, this is my cue. I spent six months back there over summer. Sure, things have changed. The CBD is mostly closed off - although that's slowly improving as buildings are demolished and removed. However, life goes on. Businesses have relocated to other commercial zones. Schools share and build new blocks. Bars open up in the ...


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Very, very easy. Any bank in NZ will happily exchange those for you, or indeed as you step off the plane, there are several currency exchange places at all the international airports. Be aware that the airports can sometimes offer worse rates than banks in town - but it depends how much you're exchanging of course, as to whether bothering with the effort ...


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If you're willing to visit filming locations on your own, the LOTR Location Guidebook is nice. Often, local tour operators will cover the filming locations nearby or even offer specific half-day or day tours to more remote/harder to reach places. If there's anything LOTR-related to see in the area, there will always be someone more than willing to show it ...


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Wikipedia's entry on this lake has detailed information on tracks and lodges. It also provides 6 references with details. Apparently about 700 people visit annually. It is reached as a side trip of the Travers-Sabine circuit. There is a map available. The blue lake is a side trip, estimated to take 7 hours. DISCLAIMER: I haven't been there, all information ...


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I've only been to a couple of different places, but Hobbiton was pretty cool and I'd definitely recommend it. You can also take a tour of the Weta studios in Wellington. It's really neat, and best of all it's free. Good luck!


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I'm living in a high populated area (at least for NZ's standard) in Auckland, but the question goes for the whole country. Yes. Except in exceptional circumstances, NZ tapwater is universally safe to drink. Standards exist to ensure that major contaminating organisms such as Protozoa and Cryptosporidium are removed or reduced to safe levels. Auckland ...


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I am General manager of a leading online Motorhome booking agency based in New Zealand called Motorhome Republic, so know a bit about excesses and bonds and CDW options on Motorhome and Camper hire in New Zealand as we deal with all of the companies. As you have found all of the Motorhome companies like to play with excess and bond levels and set them very ...


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my name is Brando Yelavich. I'm 19 and I'm simply walking around New Zealand without using roads, so on the beaches and coastlines living off the land. You can watch my progress here http://wildboy.co.nz (facebook page). I'm 78 days in and just about at the bottom of the north island. It is going to take me about 1 1/2 years. I'm doing it solo, so no ...


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My initial thought was along the lines of 'but Maori are just part of the community' - but while that's true, there are still some options that are actually pretty awesome. And to time with the Rugby World Cup, Qualmark now has a Marae Stay Experience rating - maraes being traditional community ancestral house or meeting venue. There are some good options ...


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To answer my own question I sat on the same side of the plane there and back which would have given me a full picture (well, not really as path there and back is slightly different). Unfortunately, clouds were covering most of the view on the way back so I'll only show pictures of flying (with Jetstar) TO Queestown and sitting on the RIGHT. Just took off ...


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For large sums, rates for telegraphic transfer are usually way better than for cash, so you're almost certainly best off depositing the cash in a NZ bank and wiring it over to Canada. Of course, if you don't have a Canadian bank account yet, this gets a bit more complicated; you'd need to set up online banking and ensure that you can do a TT to Canada once ...


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Most airlines allow you to manage bookings either online or by calling up their customer care numbers. Charges may apply for making changes but more often than not they are applied for changing flights rather than changing passenger details. (N.B. Changing the passenger who will fly is almost never allowed.) Air Asia does have an online booking management ...


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This is NZ we're talking about. It's still lagging with a smaller population in terms of technology up-take and bandwidth capacity. As such, currently, there are no unlimited data plans in NZ for mobile phones (Orcon has introduced them for broadband internet at home). Why? You can read the whole discussion about what might be required for this to happen ...


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See "standard warning" at end re the inadvisability of snorkelling alone. It depends on what you want to see and do, but a brief answer is "almost anywhere that you see sea-water. Auckland is not renowned for its water clarity, but it can still be fun (speaking from personal experience). You'd want to stay away from the sewage ponds at Mangere, and some ...


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If you're into hiking (or tramping as we call it down here) I can heartily recommend getting off the road and into our backcountry. You'll be rewarded with majestic scenery while taking in Lord of the Rings locations at the same time. The country has a series of premier "great walks" which are detailed on the Department of Conservation website. For example, ...


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I would use the ATMs at the airport. I never had problems with that and the conditions should be the same as for any other ATM in Thailand. The rates should be better, unless you pay high fees for ATM withdrawal, this depends on your card and bank.


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The usual Aussie website for comparing flight prices is Webjet, but in my experience they don't list everything. Also they charge a booking fee so use it to find a flight but you might get a better price on the same flight elsewhere once you have the details.


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In the case of Singapore, there's nothing particularly unusual to beware of. According to the Crypto Law Survey on Singapore: The Computer Misuse Act [...] entitles the police [...] to require any person in possession of decryption information to grant access to such decryption information necessary to decrypt data required for the purpose of ...


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Almost without fail, swimming costumes are required. As are towels, so as not to drip everywhere. There are however, sometimes private pools you can reserve (indoors) - for example, at Hanmer Springs, and I suspect a lot of the time, swimming costumes may not be used there, although I think officially they'd be required. However, there are a few ...


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They can't go to New Zealand, or anywhere else for that matter, because children can't leave Australia without their own passports. From smarttraveller.gov.au: All Australian citizens must have a valid passport before leaving Australia and maintain a valid passport while overseas. Under Australian law, children cannot be included in an adult's ...


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Webjet.co.nz and House of Travel in my experience show the best comparisons. I also query on Kayak to double check international rates, and then have a look at the individual websites of Qantas, Air New Zealand and JetStar.


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There are a few actually, but the most well known is Lord of the Rings Tours, aptly named. While Hobbiton is cool to see the shire area, the locations in the South Island are by far the more spectacular, especially in the area around Queenstown.


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The best way is to go with a tour as the trip requires crossing Lake Manapouri and there's an hour long coach trip to Deep Cove. For more information see the NZ Fiordland webpage. There are a couple of tour options, including overnight stays on a boat, a couple of companies: Real Journeys Doubtful Sound Cruise As far as I remember the overnight stay ...


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According to the Australian department of immigration, you need a transit visa unless all of the following conditions are met: Your stop lasts no longer than 8 hours (ok). You remain in the transit area (so not ok if you need to retrieve and check in your luggage in Sydney). You must have an accepted passport. Mostly this means you are from Europe, Oceania ...


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Quoted from "People travelling to New Zealand - Information for airlines" from Immigration New Zealand: A child travelling to New Zealand must: have their own valid passport, certificate of identity, or other travel document, or be included in the passport of the parent who is travelling with them, and hold a visa, if required. So to answer the first ...


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Sounds like Rome2Rio? Doesn't show you all the possibilities, mind you, but a sensible subset, and also works in trains, buses, ferries etc when applicable.


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A tiny village on the central east coast of the north island is beginning to put together a native culture program, and while it is not really off the ground just yet, you could be one of the first to go and live with the Maori people of Porangahau and further this project by showing that there is interest. I will send your information to "Doc" whom I just ...


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Sometimes it's a lot cheaper to access the local web sites, for example, www.airnewzealand.co.nz instead of www.airnewzealand.com.



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