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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 10, 2011
Advice on how to end our New Zealand trip  (8 Answers)

I am trying to plan my New Zealand itinerary for June 2012. I have the first half of the trip planned which starts in Queenstown, detours to Milford Sound, then continues up to Haast. We spend the night in Haast and then plan to see the glaciers. Any help with the following questions, would be much appreciated.
1. We are on somewhat of a budget but still want to see the glaciers. Is it necessary to pay for a guided trip or can you get a similar idea of them by walking as far as you can without a guide?
2. After seeing the glaciers, we have three more days and and two nights left. Our ending destination will be Christchurch. Can anyone give me some highlights of the upper half of the south island? We have a rental car and don't mind driving so long as it is around two hours a day which is what we have averaged every day of the trip to this point. We are mainly interested in seeing the beauty of the island.

Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 09, 2010
Need advice and suggestions on itinerary for West Coast  (1 Answer)


I've came up with a draft itinerary as below. Appreciate some advice / suggestions on things to do along the way, and also any place I've missed out that is worth going along the route I'm traveling. Thanks in advance for your time and advice. :)

Day 1
Reach Picton by ferry from Wellington around noon
Travel to Punakaiki - probably stop by nelson on the way
Stay overnite at Punakaiki

Day 2
Visit Pancake rocks and nearby attractions. Any suggestions
Then continue on to Fox Glacier/Franz Joseph Glacier - stop by Greymouth along the way.
Stay overnite at Greymouth?

Day 3
After visiting Glacier for half day trekking, then continue journey to Christchurch via Greymouth, then Arthur's Pass.
Stay overnite somewhere between Greymouth and Christchurch?

Day 4
Continue to Christchurch.
Visit attractions in Christchurch

Day 5
Day trip to Hanmer Springs? or some other place worth going? Please suggest.

Day 6.
Fly back home from Christchurch.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 30, 2008
Gillespies Beach  (3 Answers)


My wife and I will be spending several days at Fox Glacier in late November and would like to hike Gillespies Beach to view and photograph fur seals (we keep a resptful distance). I have heard it is only hikable during certain times of the day due to tides. Any suggestions or recommendations would be appreciated.

Also, if there are any other beach hikes in the area that are worthwhile for photography I would appreciate your insight.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2007
HIV Testing in Australia  (2 Answers)

Does anyone know where an English traveller could get a HIV test down the west coast of Australia.
Cheers for ur help,

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