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Hector
Post subject: Flights and travel details
PostPosted: 21:17 on 1st Jul 2012

Joined: 19:34 on 29th May 2008
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Location: Somerset
The great thing about New Zealand is that it is literally the other side of the world. As a consequence all routes lead directly to your destination. Go via Rio, Rangoon or Russia it doesn't make any difference; you're always headed in the right direction.

As a consequence there are lots of airlines to choose between (which isn't good if you are terminally indecisive like me). Last year I flew to Singapore with Emirates and they were top notch. Was hoping to use them again but they were too expensive. I'm not in favour of waiting for a seat sale so decided to go with Malaysia airlines. £870 return to Auckland, with a stop over in KUL on the way home (Emirates were £300 more without the stop). So the plan is;

1) Arrive AKL at 00:05 on 2nd March, airport hotel and then the £65 Jetstar services to Queenstown (arrives 13:50).

2) Bus to Dunedin on 5th

3) 11th - Was thinking of going overland to Wellington, but time is tight. Will probably end up sampling the delights of Mount Cook Airlines (masquerading as air New Zealand).

4) 19th to 22nd - drive to Akl via Rotorua

5) 22nd return flight to KUL for 6 day stopover. Looking for a cheap Air Asia flight to somewhere with a nice beach.

Thought about doing all 3 tests but decided on the stopover instead.
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Bikini
Post subject: Re: Flights and travel details
PostPosted: 00:09 on 6th Jul 2012

Joined: 00:15 on 17th Jun 2008
Posts: 96
Was trying the best place to put this info and thought that this is as good as anywhere else.
If you are looking at traveling by car in NZ keep an eye on the www.transfercar.co.nz it gives you the oppotunity to move smaller camper vams and cars around the country for free. I have had a look today and there are 13 from Christchurch - Auckland and 7 from Queenstown - Auckland. these give you 4-6 days to drive them up and include the cost of the ferry. All you pay for is petrol. Not sure how far in advance they advertise them tho.
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Hector
Post subject: Re: Flights and travel details
PostPosted: 09:06 on 7th Jul 2012

Joined: 19:34 on 29th May 2008
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Location: Somerset
Bikini Wrote:
Was trying the best place to put this info and thought that this is as good as anywhere else.
If you are looking at traveling by car in NZ keep an eye on the www.transfercar.co.nz it gives you the oppotunity to move smaller camper vams and cars around the country for free. I have had a look today and there are 13 from Christchurch - Auckland and 7 from Queenstown - Auckland. these give you 4-6 days to drive them up and include the cost of the ferry. All you pay for is petrol. Not sure how far in advance they advertise them tho.


Interesting concept.

Do you know why the list of starting points is so limited (nothing showing out of Wellington)
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peterw
Post subject: Re: Flights and travel details
PostPosted: 09:39 on 7th Jul 2012

Joined: 23:05 on 21st Jan 2011
Posts: 99
Trip booked, all flights and accomodation. Dunedin was a challenge but got there in the end.......

Some of the prices quoted for accomm in Dunedin were simply stupid...... I understand supply and demand but never the less !

Keep the tips for what to do etc coming...

Got to start saving for beer money now !
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fernando
Post subject: Re: Flights and travel details
PostPosted: 11:02 on 7th Jul 2012

Joined: 12:48 on 25th Apr 2008
Posts: 1873
peterw Wrote:
Trip booked, all flights and accomodation. Dunedin was a challenge but got there in the end.......

Some of the prices quoted for accomm in Dunedin were simply stupid...... I understand supply and demand but never the less !

Keep the tips for what to do etc coming...

Got to start saving for beer money now !


I'm all booked up,flights and digs. The long wait begins.
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Bikini
Post subject: Re: Flights and travel details
PostPosted: 11:48 on 7th Jul 2012

Joined: 00:15 on 17th Jun 2008
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With regard to accom look on bookabach.co.nz I have booked a house not far from town that a bunch of us from here aus uk etc are all going to be staying in and will work out much cheaper that hotel and backpackers.

with respect to the transfer car I think it is more a last minute thing. It depends on where people drop their hire cars. The concept is that people here a car then drop it off else where and the hire companies let people take them back to the origin for free to remove the need for them to hire transporter trucks or send via boat.
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Hector
Post subject: Re: Flights and travel details
PostPosted: 16:09 on 7th Jul 2012

Joined: 19:34 on 29th May 2008
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Location: Somerset
peterw Wrote:
Trip booked, all flights and accomodation. Dunedin was a challenge but got there in the end.......

Some of the prices quoted for accomm in Dunedin were simply stupid...... I understand supply and demand but never the less !


Still plenty of motels in Dunedin showing as available at reasonable prices. Flights prices are going up though. I booked 10 days ago at £870, now there is nothing below £1000.
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peterw
Post subject: Re: Flights and travel details
PostPosted: 19:32 on 7th Jul 2012

Joined: 23:05 on 21st Jan 2011
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Hope to catch for a pint or two in speights !
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fernando
Post subject: Re: Flights and travel details
PostPosted: 20:03 on 7th Jul 2012

Joined: 12:48 on 25th Apr 2008
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Hector Wrote:
peterw Wrote:
Trip booked, all flights and accomodation. Dunedin was a challenge but got there in the end.......

Some of the prices quoted for accomm in Dunedin were simply stupid...... I understand supply and demand but never the less !


Still plenty of motels in Dunedin showing as available at reasonable prices. Flights prices are going up though. I booked 10 days ago at £870, now there is nothing below £1000.


My flight cost just short of £1200 when i booked it on the day the itinerary was out. That was with Emirates from Manc- Dub,short stop off in Brisbane then to Auck. There was no way i was going anywhere near Heathrow. Last 2 occasions i stopped off there on the way back,i'd no luggage when i got back to Manc. ;)
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Hector
Post subject: Re: Flights and travel details
PostPosted: 10:48 on 8th Jul 2012

Joined: 19:34 on 29th May 2008
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Location: Somerset
fernando Wrote:
Hector Wrote:
peterw Wrote:
Trip booked, all flights and accomodation. Dunedin was a challenge but got there in the end.......

Some of the prices quoted for accomm in Dunedin were simply stupid...... I understand supply and demand but never the less !


Still plenty of motels in Dunedin showing as available at reasonable prices. Flights prices are going up though. I booked 10 days ago at £870, now there is nothing below £1000.


Last 2 occasions i stopped off there on the way back,i'd no luggage when i got back to Manc. ;)


Things could be worse. They could have lost it on the way out!
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