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Hector
Post subject: Re: Anybody doing the Queenstown Friendly?
PostPosted: 18:40 on 22nd Aug 2012

Joined: 19:34 on 29th May 2008
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Location: Somerset
blueandy1mac Wrote:
Bikini
I definetly will be doing the MS tour but was thinking of getting on one of the tour op buses. Was it not a tiring day, all that driving or is it less so as your at your own pace rather than shuffled around ? Cost of car hire/juice a consideration or roughly the same ?
Cheers


A mate of mine was in NZ for the last tour. He did the coach trip to Milford Sound and said it was a very long day.

4 hours each way driving a car along the most dangerous road in the country? I'll pay the premium and go by plane.
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Richard
Post subject: Re: Anybody doing the Queenstown Friendly?
PostPosted: 21:31 on 22nd Aug 2012

Joined: 22:35 on 18th Nov 2008
Posts: 108
Hector Wrote:
blueandy1mac Wrote:
Bikini
I definetly will be doing the MS tour but was thinking of getting on one of the tour op buses. Was it not a tiring day, all that driving or is it less so as your at your own pace rather than shuffled around ? Cost of car hire/juice a consideration or roughly the same ?
Cheers


A mate of mine was in NZ for the last tour. He did the coach trip to Milford Sound and said it was a very long day.

4 hours each way driving a car along the most dangerous road in the country? I'll pay the premium and go by plane.


You could always break up the journey by stopping at Manapouri or Te Anau. The scenery is so spectacular in that area that you will regret only doing Milford Sound as a day trip from Queenstown.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Anybody doing the Queenstown Friendly?
PostPosted: 22:53 on 22nd Aug 2012

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
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Location: Preston UK
Due to distances time, only have time for the 'one-dayer'.
Into Auck 2nd Sat pm. Fly to Queenstown 3rd and rest of day sightseeing locally, tour 4th, road trip to Dunedin 5th for test 6th.
Not much to spare, hindsight is a marvellous thing.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Anybody doing the Queenstown Friendly?
PostPosted: 23:02 on 22nd Aug 2012

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
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Location: Preston UK
Just compared, £220+ for a day trip is a bit steep for my budget.
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FEL1948
Post subject: Re: Anybody doing the Queenstown Friendly?
PostPosted: 08:04 on 23rd Aug 2012

Joined: 08:40 on 3rd Jan 2012
Posts: 56
Please see links below for coach tours from Queenstown.

www.awesomenz.com/

www.greatsights.co.nz/

Looks as if these are very similar.
However, the awesomenz one seems much cheaper

Erik
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Bikini
Post subject: Re: Anybody doing the Queenstown Friendly?
PostPosted: 07:19 on 24th Aug 2012

Joined: 00:15 on 17th Jun 2008
Posts: 96
[quote="blueandy1mac"]Bikini
I definetly will be doing the MS tour but was thinking of getting on one of the tour op buses. Was it not a tiring day, all that driving or is it less so as your at your own pace rather than shuffled around ? Cost of car hire/juice a consideration or roughly the same ?
Cheers[/quote

The roads are honestly not that bad, we had a yaris and it was great. I split the driving with my brother we swapped at te anau had a coffee and some food. I like tracking at my own pace and stopping where I like. The busses all seemed to stop and take pics in the same places which looked like a bit busy for me.

The last bit after the tunnel is a little windy but you will get trapped behind a camper can or a tourbus so won't be able to go any speed to risk damage. It is a long day with the driving but if you split it then all is good. Book a 12.45 ferry and you can have. Fairly lazy morning drive out and be back for dinner or stop somewhere on the way home
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Bikini
Post subject: Re: Anybody doing the Queenstown Friendly?
PostPosted: 07:22 on 24th Aug 2012

Joined: 00:15 on 17th Jun 2008
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blueandy1mac Wrote:
Just compared, ¿½220+ for a day trip is a bit steep for my budget.


They are $179 for a day trip in NZ. Other include food etc at a higher price tea and coffee was free on the one went one!
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MrPhelps
Post subject: Re: Anybody doing the Queenstown Friendly?
PostPosted: 10:38 on 24th Aug 2012

Joined: 16:13 on 17th Jan 2011
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Bikini Wrote:
blueandy1mac Wrote:
Bikini
The last bit after the tunnel is a little windy but you will get trapped behind a camper can or a tourbus so won't be able to go any speed to risk damage.


Last time we were there we had to wait twenty minutes while they filmed a BMW advert :(
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Bikini
Post subject: Re: Anybody doing the Queenstown Friendly?
PostPosted: 21:38 on 27th Aug 2012

Joined: 00:15 on 17th Jun 2008
Posts: 96
Bloody Germans, first they steal our Mini then delay our fans
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MrPhelps
Post subject: Re: Anybody doing the Queenstown Friendly?
PostPosted: 09:00 on 13th Sep 2012

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Bikini Wrote:
Bloody Germans, first they steal our Mini then delay our fans


Don't get me started on the German "Mini"
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