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Richard31
Post subject: Re: Tests
PostPosted: 17:19 on 21st Jun 2012

Joined: 23:14 on 29th Dec 2011
Posts: 38
booked the flights all three test!! happy days
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fernando
Post subject: Re: Tests
PostPosted: 17:56 on 21st Jun 2012

Joined: 12:48 on 25th Apr 2008
Posts: 1890
Richard31 Wrote:
booked the flights all three test!! happy days



Likewise,with Emirates. :D :D
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Hector
Post subject: Re: Tests
PostPosted: 18:01 on 21st Jun 2012

Joined: 19:34 on 29th May 2008
Posts: 1230
Location: Somerset
Huey Lad Wrote:
19 days off work for a month in New Zealand leading into Easter.

Perfecto.

Smiley face x 4.


I guess having the tests finishing just before easter is a double edged sword. You can sneek a couple of extra days away, but I guess flights returning over the easter period will attract a premium.
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peterw
Post subject: Re: Tests
PostPosted: 20:04 on 21st Jun 2012

Joined: 23:05 on 21st Jan 2011
Posts: 104
Another intending to go to all three tests.. to celebrate my Five 0 !

Co incidentally I visited the local Flight Direct shop and asked in general for a cost against flights and hotels in those three test venues....

I also asked about the cost of potentially flying back over the Easter period... I was told that the price reflects when you fly out, i.e. in my case the 1st March ( Stopping off in Hong Kong ) and not when flying back ....... no real reason to disbelieve them unless someone else knows something different ?

Intend to stop over in HK both ways so of course will add to the cost and time away, but as I have always fancied visiting HK, the chance is too good to pass up.....

Travelling with a fellow Surrey member, who has been before so will hopefully be using his previous knowledge and experience

Quick questions, given my love of real ale, I understand there are a few micro breweries in and around cetainly Auckland and Wellington. Anyone got any experience of this and can recommend a brewery or two ??
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Boddingtons
Post subject: Re: Tests
PostPosted: 19:13 on 21st Jun 2012

Joined: 16:03 on 29th Sep 2009
Posts: 387
Location: Manchester-cum-Hong Kong
peterw Wrote:
I also asked about the cost of potentially flying back over the Easter period... I was told that the price reflects when you fly out, i.e. in my case the 1st March ( Stopping off in Hong Kong ) and not when flying back ....... no real reason to disbelieve them unless someone else knows something different ?


That is incorrect. The price of ticket will depend on availability.

If for example you book a cheap O class ticket on your outbound and O class isn't available for your return date, you will need to purchase the higher fare, H class. Your price is then constructed by halfing the O class fare and adding that to half of the H class fare. You are bound by the most restrictive terms of the ticket, i,.e those of the O class fare.

Some airlines may not allow split class bookings and may insist you book solely in the higher fare class.

The agent was partly correct in that fare class are seasonal and the price for a O class fare will be more expensive in August than it would be in June, for example.

Those letters are just random, but fares are aligned to fare codes and those a represented by letters.
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Bikini
Post subject: Re: Tests
PostPosted: 03:23 on 22nd Jun 2012

Joined: 00:15 on 17th Jun 2008
Posts: 96
peterw Wrote:
Quick questions, given my love of real ale, I understand there are a few micro breweries in and around cetainly Auckland and Wellington. Anyone got any experience of this and can recommend a brewery or two ??


Galbraiths pub at the top of Mount Eden Rd (Symonds St end), is the best place in Auckland to get real Ales they have their own brewer on site and is in an old Enngland style format. Not too far from the ground either, 5 min taxi or 20 min walk.

In Wellington ther is a Welsh bar near Courtney place which is a converted old public toilet, even so it is a great bar to be in. Last time I was there they had Brains on tap so that could be a good spot to converge upon.
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rosedaph
Post subject: Re: Tests
PostPosted: 21:10 on 22nd Jun 2012

Joined: 07:57 on 23rd May 2008
Posts: 14
peterw Wrote:
Quick questions, given my love of real ale, I understand there are a few micro breweries in and around cetainly Auckland and Wellington. Anyone got any experience of this and can recommend a brewery or two ??


Peter, as it happens my "knowledge" is more about Dunedin - because of the tragic Christchurch events, I got "stranded" there for quite some time in the Rugby World Cup. Assuming you're OK with keg craft beer. Dunedin has some rare treat bars in my opinion. My two favourites were Tonic http://www.tonicbar.co.nz/ up near The Octagon & Eureka http://www.eurekadunedin.co.nz/ which is very much on the route back from The University Oval to town. Trust me, if you dive in and try a few, even the Pilseners (Emersons for eg) you'll enjoy them - try beers from Moa, brewed up near Blenheim. PHIL
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peterw
Post subject: Re: Tests
PostPosted: 09:07 on 23rd Jun 2012

Joined: 23:05 on 21st Jan 2011
Posts: 104
Thanks for the advice guys

Given the news on another thread regarding accommodationin Dunedin, I will be happier when I have actually got hotels etc booked and hoping to do that this week

The beer advice is excellent, will note those places down and will make a reall effort to visit whilst on tour.
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