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Old May 20, 2012, 09:19 PM
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Not sure If I will be there when everyone else is going unless we have some dates in place. Im kind of thinking of going mid December and returning the first week of Jan. A two week stay sometime during that period. What do you guys think?
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Old May 20, 2012, 10:01 PM
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Not sure If I will be there when everyone else is going unless we have some dates in place. Im kind of thinking of going mid December and returning the first week of Jan. A two week stay sometime during that period. What do you guys think?
Possibly to close to christmas given family commitments etc' also note the first week of Jan would be school holiday peek

I was thinking early December
Old May 20, 2012, 10:22 PM
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Awesome plan Alex! I very much doubt I could make it, which is a real shame, but I will try. I miss my home country for sure and the chance to DS with you and your mates, catch up with good friends in CHC and meet the RCG guys, absolutely brilliant.

For those planning to visit NZ from afar, book 4 weeks (if you can). The more time the better but minimum 3 weeks if you also want to explore the country, do some touristy things, go fishing, surfing, diving, hiking, climbing, chill out on some secluded beaches or crystal clear fresh water lakes. There is so much to do and time will race by. It also takes up to a week to get over the time zone change. Bear this in mind if you are going to be doing lots of 300+ It might be 3am where your body is set to and you will therefore feel less than sharp on the sticks - or on the roads where the USA boys will be driving on the 'wrong side'.

If I can sort something out with work, I will find my way there. Even if i'm only there for a few days. Best wishes all. Hope to meet you all at the end of the year.
Old May 20, 2012, 10:48 PM
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I'm not setting any firm dates, as different times will suit different people. Which is fair enough.

Like the recent DS trip to the US, people were coming and going over the space of a month. So the month of December on the whole should work.

I will try set one MAIN week same as the recent US trip, maybe 2nd week of December???

And like mentioned above, don't just come for the flying. This is one of the most touristy countries around, and for a reason!
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Old May 20, 2012, 11:39 PM
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Yes, I wasnt asking for exact dates. The month of December is close enough for me. I was really asking for others who plan on going when is good for them. We know your gonna be there Alex.

Yeah, I want to stay for at least two weeks. I plan to do some fishing, sightseeing etc. My wife and I will likely be driving from Auckland to Christchurch. We would enjoy the two day drive I think. We are very much looking forward to the trip. One question though. Is there any need for 4WD? Wondering what kind of vehicle to rent. SUV for sure but 4WD?
Old May 21, 2012, 12:52 AM
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Possibly to close to christmas given family commitments etc' also note the first week of Jan would be school holiday peek

I was thinking early December
+1 Early Dec would be better for getting flights, accommodation, avoiding the xmas rush, etc.
Old May 21, 2012, 02:02 AM
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We haven't been up Tekapo yet, so not sure if you need 4WD there. But all other sites I can access with my Mazda 3. So 2WD will work IMO
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Old May 21, 2012, 02:09 AM
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Wait. It is not possible to drive from auckland to Christchurch is it? Looks like that plan isnt going to happen. Im such an idiot.
Old May 21, 2012, 02:13 AM
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Nevermind. Looks like there is a ferry from Wellington to Picton.
Old May 21, 2012, 02:51 AM
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Don't worry, when travelling in strange places, such as NZ (aka Middle Earth), being "such an idiot" is par for the course and at least half the fun.

At the moment the only thing holding me back from joining in is the sure knowledge that with so many pilots in NZ the weather in Aust will be perfect for flying
Old May 21, 2012, 03:17 AM
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I'll come on down to be a part of this. Should be fun! Maybe even make it a holiday with the wife and spend some time doing the holiday thing.
Old May 21, 2012, 06:07 AM
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I've been looking at Tekapo springs as a holiday spot. Not bad accommodation costs either down there. The wife wants to spend some time down there after showing her

Best place for finding Accommodation costs is on www.travelbug.co.nz Remembering that prices are in NZ dollars! So don't be shocked
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Old May 21, 2012, 06:25 AM
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Tekapo is perfect and central. As anyone who hasnt must fly into milford sound from queenstown. And see all around that area. .
Old May 21, 2012, 07:16 AM
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We took some of the family over there a few yrs ago for nearly 3 weeks. It was beautiful. My wife is still organizing the many hundreds of photos! We hired a 6 berth campervan ... with 4 of my kids in the back it was hell on wheels but the country is just amazing. I really want to go back. I agree, take as long as you can. We kept on the move but there's heaps we didn't get to see. We started in Auckland - Bay of Islands - West Coast, wandered to Rotorua then Lake Taupo, past Tongariro (that's a walk I want to do), spent some time in Windy Wellington then caught the ferry, eyeing off the hills for DS opportunities as we departed for Picton. Landing at sunset and driving down that east coast I couldn't see the huge hills rearing up on our right in the dark and rain, but believe me the wind we got hit with was world record breaking stuff. Then about 10 days going thru Kaikoura (spectacular), Christchurch, Dunedin and right to the bottom, Queenstown and Milford sound, and up the west coast and over Arthurs pass. It's all so close, and so much incredible scenery packed in.

When I went over to Socal in April, the one good day we had in the first week I still felt jet lagged and flying at close to 300 didn't feel good! For you USA guys who fly that fast all the time you might be fine but I didn't like it! So I didn't push it, thinking save up for other days. But we never got another day as good! Still, better than planting the DSX due to brain fade.
Old May 22, 2012, 07:47 PM
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Anyone's welcome to crash at my place, 1/2 hour away from Tekapo, and of course I have modelling facilities available if repairs needed. Also have a 7 seater 4WD.

Mt John in tekapo doesn't need 4WD, it's a sealed road to the top, but any other hills in the area probably would need 4WD. Most roads go through the valleys and only farm tracks go up the ridges.

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