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Ski
09-11-2005, 12:07 PM
So the big holidays are round the corner and i am contemplating to go to Kiwiland for a holiday. After much thought i have decided to see South Island on wheels meaning rent a car and lodge in the many "bed and breakfast" on the way. I love nature and countryside so i have decided the South.

How about some feedback, views and experiences from those who have been to NZ. Will apperciate to hear.

TQ

yvonnefoong
09-11-2005, 12:18 PM
hey! tumpang! lol! just kidding...

fatslab
09-11-2005, 01:11 PM
ski, right choice to the South Island. If you are going to Queenstown, you can renew your marriage vow again by doing the bungy jump!!!! together with your wifey..... :D (remember Titanic, YOU JUMP, I JUMP)

It's definately a beautiful place to visit.

Ski
09-11-2005, 02:36 PM
ski, right choice to the South Island. If you are going to Queenstown, you can renew your marriage vow again by doing the bungy jump!!!! together with your wifey..... :D (remember Titanic, YOU JUMP, I JUMP)

It's definately a beautiful place to visit.

Thanks alot and oh!! no, too old for bungy jumping, might not return alive ;) Did you enjoy your trip?

Cheerz

mon
09-11-2005, 03:12 PM
Thanks alot and oh!! no, too old for bungy jumping, might not return alive ;) Did you enjoy your trip?

Cheerz

Ski! Don't listen to Fatslab. Bungy jumping is so dangerous..unless you bring me along lar..then I could jump on your behalf.. :D

Ski
09-11-2005, 03:16 PM
Ski! Don't listen to Fatslab. Bungy jumping is so dangerous..unless you bring me along lar..then I could jump on your behalf.. :D


Wow, you can jump ah! very daring, I like that. Actually how is it done?

fatslab
09-11-2005, 04:50 PM
Thanks alot and oh!! no, too old for bungy jumping, might not return alive ;) Did you enjoy your trip?

Cheerz

Oh, yes! simply the best place for relaxing and enjoy the beautiful weather and landscapes. It's very unlike Europe where places you visit are monuments, churches, palaces and etc.

Find one fine one we hang out and can tell you more ........ gotta go back to work !!!!!

hmckl
09-11-2005, 05:38 PM
Driving yourself is the best way to see NZ ...... did it three times already....
The good news is Malaysian driving license can be used in NZ ... no need to convert to international driving permit........
Many choices of car rental.... but would recommend bigger company ... Budget , AVIS .......... car rental can be done online and just collect your car when you arrive ........... plenty of choices and occasionally some bargain. You can even book your hotels online also ...or take a chance and find the hotel when you arrive in the place (with small risk of sleeping in the car overnight .. done that , no sweat)
To see south island properly needs minimum two weeks .... if you have a week, then you can only see the popular place (like Christchurch, Queenstown Milford sound) If possible, try to drive through Arthur's pass
scary driving along the road with cliff beside you and the best part, no road bend protection whatsoever. Enjoy!

Voter
09-11-2005, 06:51 PM
Did that in 2002. Superb! We spent 3 weeks. Rented a Camry but was upgraded to Holden Commodore because 3 weeks. In fact we spent a week in North Island too. Try the Bluff oysters and green mussles. Lovely. When passing through cook mountain, make a detour to the salmon farm. Fresh! Even fried proved superb. On the way back, try Arthur Pass, scale the Glaciers, tiring but fun. I did it at >55 years! Give up the car at Greymouth and try the Trans Alps Train. Now getting summer so you get more daylight hours to see the lovely rugged country side. We did it in April, late Autumn, so sun set earler. So did not get to see the most lovely part of the train ride as it was already dark by 5 something.

It may be good to take some risks but not having pre-booked accommodation. Motels are plentyful and good choices, but only thing is now is Summer peak season, may be full.

Wish you a happy hoilday.

Ski
09-11-2005, 07:05 PM
Thanks alot guys, you make it sound so interesting and exciting.
Yup I have the zest and energy for this adverture and looking forward to it
But i do need to have to the necessary tourisit information before i go
Could i get it the necessary info from the High Commisioner"s office?

Tq

adriene
10-11-2005, 04:23 AM
ski, if u don't mind, do post pictures online for us to see when u come back. new zealand has always been a dream destination for me. will go myself soon in future :)

safe journey!

CCY
10-11-2005, 09:52 AM
Which month or period would be best to visit. Have to rule out those months that is as hot as here 28-32 degC lar.

Ski
10-11-2005, 09:58 AM
Now is peaking to summer and yet it be nice and cool I suppose...Dec will be a pleasant but maybe too many tourisits.

mon
10-11-2005, 02:54 PM
Wow, you can jump ah! very daring, I like that. Actually how is it done?

Dear Ski, I'm sure it's gonna be a lovely trip for you & mrs! And nay, I have not jumped before...wanna..and if given the dare, the best way I would know how to do it or get it done is with at least one eye wide opened and probably crying for dear life..:D

Have a good time anyway..and seriously, don't do what I would do. :p

PJS
10-11-2005, 03:05 PM
You can't do bungee jumping if u have hypertension, heart problems, back problems, epilepsy, neurological problems, orthopedic, problems, psychological problems, mosquito bites, acne, etc, etc... they'll spell it all out for u to sign on the dotted line on the 'sign-your-life-away' agreement b4 u jump! Heheheheh :D

*just kidding on the mosquito bites & acne* :D

Have fun down under, Ski. :)

Ski
10-11-2005, 03:12 PM
Thanks Mon and Pjs for your humour, I hope all goes well with my planning. Still got lot of time
Gathering information from you nice ppl.

Tq

mon
10-11-2005, 03:16 PM
You can't do bungee jumping if u have hypertension, heart problems, back problems, epilepsy, neurological problems, orthopedic, problems, psychological problems, mosquito bites, acne, etc, etc... they'll spell it all out for u to sign on the dotted line on the 'sign-your-life-away' agreement b4 u jump! Heheheheh :D

*just kidding on the mosquito bites & acne* :D

Have fun down under, Ski. :)

yes, bluff..bluff :D

but who knows, perhaps Ski under pleasure..oops sorry, under pressure, from wifey etc.. would take the dare to bungee jump leh!!? Maybe Fatslab could enlighten us, that is, if he has REALLY done it before. :p

uchangeng
10-11-2005, 03:24 PM
20 years ago was when I was there in Wellington!

Nice place, but, people there were not so friendly. They looked at you Asians like you were going to rob them of their jobs! Sad, but that was the impression of the day.

The Whiteman was like " Hey, we were here first!"

The aborigines were friendlier, may be they faced the same racist brunt from the Whiteman.

It is funny that we see racism in a nice country like the NZ.!

newbies
10-11-2005, 04:27 PM
So the big holidays are round the corner and i am contemplating to go to Kiwiland for a holiday. After much thought i have decided to see South Island on wheels meaning rent a car and lodge in the many "bed and breakfast" on the way. I love nature and countryside so i have decided the South.

How about some feedback, views and experiences from those who have been to NZ. Will apperciate to hear.

TQ


BESTnya....I am jealous....Have fun (am sure you will)... :)

Ski
10-11-2005, 04:39 PM
20 years ago was when I was there in Wellington!

Nice place, but, people there were not so friendly. They looked at you Asians like you were going to rob them of their jobs! Sad, but that was the impression of the day.

The Whiteman was like " Hey, we were here first!"

The aborigines were friendlier, may be they faced the same racist brunt from the Whiteman.

It is funny that we see racism in a nice country like the NZ.!


Sad you say this, everybody knows that Kiwis are such loveable warm and hospitable people..I dont think they are like some of our Asians.
Sorry for you if you had a problem with them, I am sure I wont. They are very nice to tourisits, I understand.

Harmony
10-11-2005, 06:40 PM
The good news is Malaysian driving license can be used in NZ ... no need to convert to international driving permit........


Know why?? They are not worried being run over by Malaysian drivers as the sheep will provide "protection" for the ppl there.... :p
Don't you dare to run the sheep over....the Greenpeace will hunt you to your graves... :D

echua
10-11-2005, 09:32 PM
Another option is to join a tour (air-fare cheaper since inclusive!) to NZ. Need not be a group tour but an arranged tour via a local agency. What happens is that you get a standard tour schedule but you can plan the number of days in each place. You can make a break in the shedule and re-join. Eg. A South Island standard tour covers the northern part only, but you can break half way then self-drive/bus to the southern most part and return to re-join the schedule. All this can be arranged by the tour agency. Why this is possible is because of the efficient bus system and internal scheduling.

Did the above when I visited NZ.

Let me know if you need further info.

hmckl
10-11-2005, 09:56 PM
ski, sounds like you are still young .... Do not join the tour , the schedule is not as flexible as on your own. All the roads are in good condition (only occasionally some so called mountain road .... maximum speed 40 km/hour!)
in fact some car rental prohibit you to drive on the mountain road .... but I never bother, just be a bit careful and keep to speed limit.
Spend 1 and 1/2 years in NZ, lovely people... very few racists. Their 'aborigines' are called Maori ... tough guys, also very friendly. Overall, better than Australians.
Summer is a good time to tour, sunset is at 10 pm in Queenstown....make you feel that the day never end. Temperature just nice not too hot, maximum 24 degree only. Most information for tourists can be found online , or just spend some time in MPH reading the tour guide re NZ.
The way I enjoyed my tour in NZ is 'do not plan everything' , have some surprises (pleasant or not) during the tour.

fatslab
10-11-2005, 10:16 PM
yes, bluff..bluff :D

but who knows, perhaps Ski under pleasure..oops sorry, under pressure, from wifey etc.. would take the dare to bungee jump leh!!? Maybe Fatslab could enlighten us, that is, if he has REALLY done it before. :p

Ski, no worries, your adrenalin rushes before you take the plunge! I did it 8 years ago, when I was weighing 2 digit (now 3 digit BUT going back to 2 digit) :D , single, young & carefree...... One WORD describes the entire act, TERRIFYING!!!! not the moment I took the plunge but when the bungy cord retracted, not knowing which direction I was forced to go and hence with my body totally up side down.

Oh, yes, one thing I remember very well, the Crew who was in charge of the Plunging Platform, he said "On the count of 3, you jump". Then I said "OK, COPY." He did the counting, and man,..... on the 2nd count, he pushed me down liao!!!! so, man, my 3rd count was after the plunge !!!!!!! :eek:

Ski
11-11-2005, 10:36 AM
Thanks All for your extensive information will go soon to MPH to refer to my favourite travel book Lonely Planet for some information ;)

Nice to hear Fatslab that you are on target to lose weight..and maybe after that you can take your lovely wife for a holiday too :)

Cheerz

fatslab
12-11-2005, 01:16 AM
Nice to hear Fatslab that you are on target to lose weight..and maybe after that you can take your lovely wife for a holiday too :)

Cheerz

Ski, yeah man, I've lost 8kg in less than 6 weeks. :D To be honest I'm halfway there. But don't know wifey appreciates or not. She hasn't been looking at me for weeks! :D Anyway, enjoy your trip and remember New Zealand's agriculture law. They are very strict on that.