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Thinking of visiting the South Island some time next year in a hire car and wondering what are good routes around the South Island?  I've checked out the interwebs and have an idea of some routes but nothin like local knowledge hey bro :thumbsup:

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All you need to know is the east coast is a sh*t hole. Cold, rainy, have sex with your cousin type stuff.
I grew up in the top of the south but I rekon best car trip would be Queenstown- up the middle to Tekapo- out to Christchurch - up the east coast for whales n sh*t - via Blenheim if wines your thing- then across to nelson/golden Bay and the able Tasman national park

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Thanks mate - I'll keep this route in mind.  Looks like a good one to get down south from Picton/Blenheim and also make our way back towards the ferry at Picton to Wellington in the North Island.  Sounds like we should be driving it from Queenstown by the way you described it.  It's a farrkn long drive 906km 11 hours - fark me and I thought it was a little island.  Looks like a 2 day thing cos the place is so scenic (am bound to want to stop and take pics/vids :roflmbo: )

 

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I heard that Christchurch - Arthurs Pass - Greymouth - Fox Glacier is a good cruise as well?

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Qantas have a deal on that moment $208 one-way Melbourne to Christchurch that finishes on 18 Mar.  For travel 7 Oct - 21 Nov.  

 

I'm thinking of visiting from 7 Oct to 15 Oct (take in 2 weekends to maximise time).  Would be great to do an over-night cruise with some of the locals.  I'll be in a hire car.  Route thinking about Christchurch-Arthurs Pass-Hokitika-Buller Gorge-back to Fox Glacier/Franz Josef Gacier-Wanaka-Queenstown-Omarama-Timaru-Christchurch.  Roads look good through there.

 

I hear Sep-Nov is whitebait season and Hokitika is your green jade carving capital.  Also avoids the busy touristy Dec-Jan period.  Accomodation should be more reasonably priced in Oct as well.

 

 Would there be any interest in organising an overnight cruise for you New Zealunder folks?

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Hey - I'm still keen to do a cruise around South Island somewhere around Oct 7 and Oct 15 that week.  I'm okay to do it by myself - but if there were some guys on here that were also keen - maybe we could get together and do a cruise?  I'd be in a rental car - so probably not have the same pace as you locals.

 

Prices on Jetstar look good - farrk me it was cheaper than getting over to Tassie on the Spirit - around $450 return on those dates.  But guess need to factor in rental car costs.

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May have to do some *cough* drive testing *cough* of my product around Queenstown sometime in July.  Anybody in that area on this forum?

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You do realise how cold it that time of year right? Cut glass with your nipples type of weather.
Also just realised in a previous post I mucked up and told you the east coast was av. It's the west that's sh*t, east coast is mint. But I would still recommend a warmer time. Some of those southern roads are shut in winter to cars and it rains heaps.
Can still avoid the busy Dec-Jan. November or Feb is nice. Still warm and the rods are abit quieter.
And Na havnt seen anyone here from Queenstown. I think there was a fella on here from Christchurch and one from Palmerston north. Havnt seen em on here in a while though

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1 hour ago, bamk2f6tornado said:

You do realise how cold it that time of year right? Cut glass with your nipples type of weather.
Also just realised in a previous post I mucked up and told you the east coast was av. It's the west that's sh*t, east coast is mint. But I would still recommend a warmer time. Some of those southern roads are shut in winter to cars and it rains heaps.
Can still avoid the busy Dec-Jan. November or Feb is nice. Still warm and the rods are abit quieter.
And Na havnt seen anyone here from Queenstown. I think there was a fella on here from Christchurch and one from Palmerston north. Havnt seen em on here in a while though

So you'd say witches tit over nuns nasty? 

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Shall find out tomorrow ...

 

Alas not going to Christchurch - its like farrkn 6 deg C max in Queenstown though :omg:    Thank farrk its at least ummm sunny and not pissing down Sunday there.

 

Not going for leisure though - work work work ...

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Spent all of 18 hours in Queenstown then had to fly up to Auckland - 4 days and 3 of them on planes LOL.   Farrrk I want to go back to Queenstown again to actually drive the roads around there.  Here's a snapshot from the plane as we were coming into Queenstown - absolutely glorious :omg:  Farrrk me I soooo wanted to drive those mountains ...

 

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I have a customer who has their testing labs in Christchurch - looks like I get to visit there more.  I'm do want to head over in maybe early Oct and get a hire car.  Can you believe it only cost me NZD $203 to fly one way Auckland to Sydney :omg: 

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No ink on tongue - not legit

 

 

edit: catch up with Evil instead of sticking your pointy bit out at me

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Got a Naruawahia girl snoozing on my couch, tainui tribe in my shed and eldest of the eldest in my back pocket - 

 

 

Can you let me know your mailing address so I can send them back?

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Farrk me Queenstown is sooo beautiful - I do wanna drive the South Island.  But tell you what after driving a Toyota Corolla all around Sydney last week - it was just great to get back into the F6 again at Melbourne airport :roflmbo:

 

@tazzanz when I'm back in Auckland (maybe sometime in next 2 months) I'll give you a PM for a Steinlager bro :thumbsup:

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Saw this in The Age website today

http://www.traveller.com.au/six-of-the-best-australasian-mountain-drives-gx39va

 

TREBLE CONE, WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND

The Swiss might claim rank on lake and mountain combinations, but this one will put them back in their banks. From Wanaka, follow the Mount Aspiring Road along Lake Wanaka, passing pieces of paradise like Glendhu Bay, where the lake laps away at the shore and the peaks of New Zealand's Southern Alps reach up to catch the sky in the distance. When the road leaves the lake, it rises a little over a ridge and into the Matukituki Valley, where you soon take a left to Treble Cone for a typical gravel, switchback, NZ mountain road, with views of the braided Matukituki River expanding with every metre you climb. Road use to access TC is free.

 

MOUNT OLYMPUS, CRAIGIEBURN RANGE, NEW ZEALAND

You need a sense of adventure to ski this charming club field, and to drive to it. About 3½ hours from Christchurch, the road passes the little town of Windwhistle and then rolls through virtually every Lord of the Rings scene – farmland ripe and green, vast grassy plains, rocky hills, a lake framed by mountains and then the final stretch up Mt Olympus. The game is up when you arrive at "Bottom Hut" and see the sign that reads: "stop here and radio Top Hut". They mean it – it's an often-icy single lane gravel road painted onto the mountainside and you don't want to meet another car half-way. Road access is free.

 

I see that the above talks about gravel roads.  Probably okay but I'd like to stay on sealed roads where possible.

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Poor little rental Corolla - only had a few  thou on it but after today - prolly feels like it has just done 80 thou :roflmbo:   Kept the revs up most of the way from Queenstown over Haast Pass :drivingalong:  

 

Didn't go any earlier than today due to work and snow closing off roads (Milf was still closed off).  O M G the driving scenery is just spectacular.  It was like Swiss Alps, Great Ocean Road, Vic Alpine Cruise, Tassie cruise and Snowy's Cruise all rolled into one !!!   

 

I do want to do this again - maybe as a forum cruise (though Ford XRs are a bit hard to come as rentals nowadays ... )

 

I'll throw up some pics and stuff later on.

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Some Pics - Enjoy  :beerchug: 

Near Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

 

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Haast Pass, South Island, New Zealand

 

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Glenorchy, South Island, New Zealand

 

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Well finally found some time to scratch myself this weekend and put this little vid together for your enjoyments lads :thumbsup:

 

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