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fernando
Post subject: What to do.
PostPosted: 18:53 on 22nd Jun 2012

Joined: 12:48 on 25th Apr 2008
Posts: 1875
In between the Tests?

There's 4 days between each of the tests(If they go the full 5 days) What are people doing?,trips etc.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: What to do.
PostPosted: 18:12 on 22nd Jun 2012

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2154
Location: Preston UK
Sitting in my tent wishing I could afford another beer.
Seriously, good question. It seems theres an enormous amount to do but time will be the devil. Strict planning needed.
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babs pinn
Post subject: Re: What to do.
PostPosted: 19:53 on 22nd Jun 2012

Joined: 11:44 on 25th Feb 2012
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Were all off to Queenstown on the rail and bus conection then on to millford sound next day ,train leaves Dunedin at 9.30 arriving at Queenstown 5 pm the price for a one way ticket ia approx £ 80.00 each,just checked to fly would be £ 190 !!!!!! .The day trip to Millford Sound is costing £ 118 each and last for 12 hrs pick up at 7am.
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whiteensign
Post subject: Re: What to do.
PostPosted: 19:17 on 22nd Jun 2012

Joined: 22:13 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 1268
Location: Redditch/Sydney
babs pinn Wrote:
Were all off to Queenstown on the rail and bus conection then on to millford sound next day ,train leaves Dunedin at 9.30 arriving at Queenstown 5 pm the price for a one way ticket ia approx £ 80.00 each,just checked to fly would be £ 190 !!!!!! .The day trip to Millford Sound is costing £ 118 each and last for 12 hrs pick up at 7am.


Supposed to be beautiful, but we opted for the bus, which is about $30 each and quicker!!!
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babs pinn
Post subject: Re: What to do.
PostPosted: 08:18 on 23rd Jun 2012

Joined: 11:44 on 25th Feb 2012
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I saw that but the " queen " wanted a bit of sightseeing in between tests and this seemed like a decent day out,chance to get over the hangover !!!!!!!!
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: What to do.
PostPosted: 13:55 on 23rd Jun 2012

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2154
Location: Preston UK
Shared car hire ? Got to be feasible especially since they drive on the 'right' side.
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JV1977
Post subject: Re: What to do.
PostPosted: 19:40 on 23rd Jun 2012

Joined: 01:35 on 26th Apr 2008
Posts: 27
Can fully recommend Milford sound. The price quoted above looks a bit steep. I went on one called Milford sound select and just checking their website it looks more like £70.

Kaiikoura for some whale watching is really nice, and queenstown is a great place to chill for a few days!

Can also recommend the coastal rail journey and ferry from picton to Wellington although I spent most of the Ferry trip in the bar!!

The south island is truly awesome so I recommend you maybe try to do some days before the Dunedin test if time/ budgets allow.

JV
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DavidC
Post subject: Re: What to do.
PostPosted: 14:12 on 24th Jun 2012

Joined: 21:08 on 9th Feb 2011
Posts: 80
Between Dunedin and Wellington the obvious thing is to do the costal train stopping off at Christchurch and going over Authers Pass then on to Kaikoura for whale spotting then up to Picton to get the ferry accross to Wellington. They use old North Sea ferries that have a great outside bar.

Planning to hire a car whilst in Queenstown, for the warm up game, and do Milford Sound then.
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MrPhelps
Post subject: Re: What to do.
PostPosted: 14:32 on 26th Jun 2012

Joined: 16:13 on 17th Jan 2011
Posts: 99
I'd also suggest that Milford Sound is worth a visit.

Doubtful Sound is also interesting - it's more remote and thus a bit quieter - the drawback is that it can only be got to by boat over Lake Manapouri but the excursion did include Doubtful plus Lake Manapouri plus a visit to an underground power station (if you like that sort of thing).

The only caveat I'd give for the whale watching is that it's heavily weather dependent. We arrived on what seemed to be a lovely sunny calm day and were told that it was too rough to go out which is a pain if you've only set aside one day to do the trip.

I've enjoyed both the coastal train and the Picton/Wellington ferry but haven't tried the Arthurs Pass train yet (planning to do this time round).
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: What to do.
PostPosted: 23:02 on 4th Jul 2012

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2154
Location: Preston UK
Rob what are your plans ? Pmd you but assume you don't have old site now. Think you have my email.
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