Jump to content

Questions about travel in NZ over xmas


  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 Velvetta

Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:16 AM

A few miscellaneous questions: we are going for two weeks in Dec over xmas through to new year.

1. Eftpos or credit card - can we just use our regular CBA cards or should we take a bundle of cash? Is there a higher charge on card use in ATMs in NZ? either for cirrus/maestro or for the credit card?

2. Should we book day trippy things ahead, such as the Milford Sound boat trip, the glowworm caves, sea or lake kayaking etc, or would that be more expensive than just booking when we get there. We don't want to miss out but we don't want to be paying 20% higher for middlemen booking agents.

3.   Still not sure about the weather and what to take - we start in CC, stay 2 nights in Akaroa, then lake Tekapo, head south on the coast to Dunedin (xmas day), head for Te Anau to a camp site cabin,and do the Sounds, then Wanaka, Timaru, home. Some of the places we are staying in don't supply bedding - will a sleeping bag each be warm enough? What about clothing - ?  a cardie? a coast? sandals or boots and socks?

4. Best way to manage phones? Just buy a sim card there or get something before we go? (DH is taking his Galaxy iphone, that's all)

5. Is it worth taking my tablet ( a Motorola Xoom) - is there much free wifi there?

6. Any other tips?

Thanks so much.

#2 Liv_FERAL_sh

Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:27 AM

OK...

YOu can just use your normal cards in NZ so don't worry about taking wads of cash!

For that time of year it's generally wise to pack for all types of weather - I went skiing in NZ on Christmas day one year! You should be OK with just a sleeping bag, but pack beach wear and jumpers - it might be scorching or freezing!

Personally I wouldn't worry about booking ahead, or using middle-men. Just rock up to the things you want to go to, there are usually a few operators, so if one is busy there will usually be another - and kiwis are generally really friendly and helpful so they will try and accomodate you as much as possible!

Not sure about phones, I hate mobiles so I never bother with taking mine!

NZ has good wifi, loads of places have free wifi so take your tablet

Other tips - watch the roads, christmas on the roads in NZ can be quite busy and dangerous and kiwi driving scares the sh*t out of me (I'm a kiwi myself and I don't mind saying that!).
I went to uni in Dunedin, it's a great place, make sure you go out to port chalmers it's great there!

#3 KrisMs

Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:50 PM

We found lots of free wi-fi earlier this year, especially in Dunedin.  I think I googled NZ free wifi prior to going just to check.

if you have time and inclination, can highly recommend the Nature Sail on Fox II jn Akaroa if it is operating at that time of year.  Couple of hours on a beautiful sailing ship, on a great Harbour and more sea life/ bird life than you can poke a stick at.  Loads of little dolphins, Hector's dolphins from memory, swimming with the sailing boat.  Fantastic experience and not too pricey from memory either.

#4 Velvetta

Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:00 PM

Thanks, are you sure about using cards there? No extra charges for using an aussie card?

KrisMs, would a 4 year old be safe on that sailing boat?

Edited by Velvetta, 08 November 2012 - 04:01 PM.


#5 Liv_FERAL_sh

Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:04 PM

At ATMs you pay whatever your bank charges for overseas transactions - which is a total crock!

I've never experienced any extra charging and I always just carry my debit/credit card, I hate organising cash in advance!

#6 PrincessPeach

Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:25 PM

Buy a sim there - we bought a 2degrees pre-paid sim & it was fantastic. We spent $20 on top-ups & that lasted us the entire 10 days we were there & we made a lot of phone calls (DH's brother was getting married - there was lots to organise).

As for what to pack - we were on the North Island in early December (wedding was the 5th of December) & we found it to be as cold, if not colder than winter here in Qld. Although the locals were all in Jeans & T-shirts, we still had jumpers on. However definatly pack stuff for warmer weather as two days after we left, Auckland had a heatwave!

Also if you get a really sunny day - you get sunburnt really fast over there. So pack some sunscreen.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

How to talk about your pregnancy at work

The workplace isn't always a friendly place for pregnant women. Yet working women inclined to conceal a pregnancy from prying coworkers may be better off opening up and carrying on, according to a new study.

Tell us your story to win!

To celebrate Mother's Day this year we are giving you the chance to win one of five great prizes simply by telling us your story.

Where to get help to help your baby sleep

There is so much pressure about having a baby who sleeps 'all night' , it's no wonder you worry about your baby if she wakes in the night.

Vintage baby names having a comeback

What makes some names have comebacks while others silently fade into oblivion? A few factors come into play.

When your partner doesn't want you to breastfeed

Dads can have many reasons for not wanting their partners to breastfeed their baby, but both parents should learn more about it before making a final decision.

Model mum Sarah Stage shares post-baby selfie

Most new mums would recoil at the thought, but Sarah Stage has shared a post-pregnancy selfie just four days after giving birth.

I'll admit it: I have last child parenting fatigue

If you're a new mum and feeling ignored by the older mum/the old hand/the has-been, please know, it's not you, it's me. Blame the last child parenting fatigue.

Exhaustion is not the same as tiredness

Having a new baby isn't tiring - it can be downright exhausting.

Five posterior babies, four home births

I was on a high. I'd done it all by myself with no help from anyone.

Mum's list of birthday gift demands goes viral

We're big fans of kids' birthday parties - but this is one bash we're glad we didn't get an invite to.

Kate Middleton to receive 'loyalty discount' for second birth

Everybody loves a bargain - including the Duchess of Cambridge.

Fish & chip shop owner's sad note goes viral

A lengthy note put on the window of a fish & chip shop has gone viral due to the writer's serious doubts about the romance of travel.

Pregnant women need good nutrition advice, not judgment

Pregnant women are under pressure to do all the "right things" to have a healthy child. It results in women feeling judged about their decisions.

When your child wants you to have another baby

Giving your child a sibling when you don't want to have another baby can be a complex issue.

William Tyrrell's mum speaks out: 'We hope he is still alive'

The mother of missing toddler William Tyrrell says she has a vision that somebody "picked him up and moved him on ... that's the only way ... to explain for him not to be there".

Family comes first for 23-year-old Tommy Connolly

Most 23-year-old blokes spend their hard earned cash on fun times with mates or romantic dinners with their girlfriend, but not Tommy Connolly.

Newborn all-girl quintuplets 'doing great'

The first all-female quintuplets born in the United States were delivered last week, at 28 weeks and two days.

Model mum's big baby silences critics

He may be less than a week old, but baby James Hunter has already helped his model mum silence her critics.

Jammy, Hula Hoop, Rage: Reddit reveals most unusual baby names

A recent Reddit thread has revealed some of the more creative names in the world.

Woman awakens from coma, learns she gave birth

A US woman awakened this week from a four-month-long coma that doctors had feared would be permanent and learned that she had given birth to a baby boy, according to her family.

'Give us a break': mum sent shocking letter over Facebook baby pics

Posting a lot of baby photos doesn't make you a bad person. It may make your Facebook feed a little irritating, but it doesn't make you a bad person.

In defense of the dads who do so much

It's time to shift the focus off what dads aren’t doing and shine it on what they are.

The modern cloth nappies too cute to cover up

If you're only just joining the modern cloth nappy movement, or would like to spruce up your collection, we have to introduce you to Designer Bums.

How breastfeeding can affect your libido

When you’ve just had a baby, having sex isn’t usually top priority. In fact, for a lot of women it rates about as appealing as changing another dirty nappy.

Should pregnant women be allowed to use 'parent and child' car parking spots?

Is it acceptable to use these car parking spots when pregnant? How many of us would admit to doing it?

Healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man died

Fertility doctors have described their "most extraordinary case" - creating a healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man had died.

Sign up to our 30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Last chance to win a year's supply of toys

You have less than a week left to win your child one of five Fisher-Price toy packs valued at over $600 each - hurry, enter today!

Childcare is a big problem, but there's more to it

Let’s keep talking about these issues and not allow them to be put into a neat little box that’s labelled ‘Fix childcare and everything is solved’.

Pink's awesome response to body-shaming trolls

When trolls felt the need to comment on 35-year-old singer-songwriter Pink's weight, her answer was an awesome ode to body love.

Fertility clinic offers egg donors $5000

A national chain of fertility clinics is offering egg donors a $5000 payment to cover their expenses, a first for Australia which is raising concerns the money could act as an inducement.

Baby boy abandoned in India amid fresh surrogacy concerns

Australian officials could do nothing to stop an Australian couple from abandoning their baby son, born through surrogacy in India, after they decided they did not want to bring him to Australia.

Herd immunity and community responsibility: how free-riders can make kids suffer

Individual choice works for haircuts and handbags, but not for preventing infectious diseases that kill kids.

Photographer captures 'unexpected beauty' of birth

If there is one thing Leilani Rogers knows about childbirth, it is that no two deliveries are ever the same.

Expectations vs the reality of making a toddler's clothes

Note to self: less sewing, more life. Not the party dress, but the party. The toddler, as usual, has it all figured out.

Mum meets 'dead' daughter 49 years after birth

In 1965, Zella Jackson-Price was told her premature baby girl had died shortly after birth.

How pregnancy probiotics can help you and your baby

New research suggests that taking specific pregnancy probiotics could be the answer to a range of common pregnancy side effects.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

 

ENTER NOW!

Win a year's worth of toys

Last week to submit a picture of your baby at play for your chance to win. Visit the Play Wall to view our recent entries.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.