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Our NZ Itinerary so far - welcoming suggestions fr the rest

Our NZ Itinerary so far - welcoming suggestions fr the rest

Oct 11th, 2009, 11:39 AM
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Chickie - We will be on the NI too, and flying out of Aukland. Thanks for the link.

Songdoc - I've got an enquiry in to Ocean View. My main problem at this point is reserving places in advance. I did that for the first 3 weeks or so, and people have given me good suggestions for the rest of the time on the SI. I'm thinking, even though it is the busier time of the year, that I'd like to roam around and stay wherever seems the most fun to us for an undetermined amount of days and get reservations at the last minute. I know that limits our choices and availability, but I don't want to be hemmed in for the entire 6 weeks. It sounds like your trip was well planned out for the entire time. Does anyone have an opinion on whether we'll be able to play it loose and not have to sleep in the car due to lack of reservations for the last week or two on the SI (Jan 6-?).
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Oct 11th, 2009, 06:02 PM
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If you call around a few days ahead or even the morning of you should find something. There is also wotif, which you can book even that morning.

There are a few places where accomodations tend to be tight in summer, namely the beachy resort areas, the glaciers, Mt. Cook (although you should find something in Twizel) and Te Anau. Also if you are hoping for a private room in a YHA they do tend to book up well in advance. Sometimes Christchurch can be fully booked if there is a special event, so I would call ahead there.

The YHAs have a good cancellation policy you might consider booking ahead if they have something along your itinerary route.

BTW if the weather is bad, ie rainy you may find inexpensive places fill up early in the day from campers that have decided to stay indoors.
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Oct 16th, 2009, 07:07 PM
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I think booking in advance for January especially early January would be a very good idea. A lot of businesses including mine, close down until from Christmas Eve until around the 12th January, and that is when they al go on vacation.

There has also been reports in the paper over the last few days that due to the recession more New Zealanders are holidaying in New Zealand this year rather than traveling overseas.

Things quieten down in February when schools go back.
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Oct 17th, 2009, 05:56 AM
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I can't comment re: the necessity of reservations in January. My trips always coincide with business in May (NZ Music Month).

I typically book my hotels or self-catering apartments in the cities where I'll be doing business a few weeks prior to arrival and get great "last minute" rates on wotif.com. At that time of year there are tons of available rooms.

FYI, I knew far in advance that I'd have five days off between work commitments and I was able to lock in the Ocean View chalet with the great views. I absolutely loved it.

When I return again in May it's so tempting to revisit the places I loved the most: Queenstown; Abel Tasman; the volcanic parks surrounding Rotorua. Haven't decided yet if I should make myself find new favorite places ;-)

Whatever you decide, I'm sure you'll have a terrific trip. NZ is so beautiful.
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Oct 20th, 2009, 06:08 AM
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Nelsonian- I'm booked in advance up to January 6th. So it'll be around Abel Tasman, Nelson, Wellington and north of there that I'm thinking of taking pot-luck on. I'm hoping there are a fair number of accommodations in those areas.

Songdoc - I did write to Ocean View and they have availability, so I'm hoping they still will for awhile as I don't want to commit to a particular date yet. I'm also hoping for some laqst minute wotif.com deals.

FYI- I'm in Bali right now (went online to check emails, etc.) and recommend both my hotels in Ubud. Even tho this is not the Asia board, I'd be happy to give more details if anyone is interested.
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Oct 20th, 2009, 10:54 PM
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As you have probably worked out I live in Nelson and you definitely need to book in the Nelson area, it is an extremely popular tourist area that is absolutely crowded from Christmas day through to the middle of January.
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Oct 21st, 2009, 10:48 AM
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Dunedin isn't that great. It's a college town with a nice museum. Oamaru is the gem. It's a charming town in which you can see two kinds of penguins -- blue and yellow-eyed. There are some great shops/galleries and a nice botanical garden. Make time to see it.
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Oct 21st, 2009, 01:37 PM
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I'd probably reverse the opinions on Oamaru vs Dunedin/ Yes Oamaru has a cute SMALL town center, the Whitestone Cheese Factory, and the little blue penguins. And the homestead of Janet Frame.

Dunedin has art galleries, food, the Otago Peninsula, beaches, the Chasm walk, botanic gardens, the Cadbury tour, the Speights tour, and several historic museums including the train station, plus you can take the Taeiri Gorge trip from there.
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Feb 6th, 2010, 05:59 PM
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I'm reporting back that I stayed in Stonechrubie, although I could not at the time remember where I had heard about it. I guess it must have been subliminal memories from this thread. It was also suggested by a staff member at the I-site in Tekapo. (My weather luck had basically run out after visiting Mt. Cook so I was heading toward Christchurch).

I was too late to reserve in for dinner but they offered room service..and the lamb rack I had there was the best of the trip.

So thank you, Kiwi Rob!

PS At some point I will post some kind of trip report and photos link.
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