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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-25-2006, 03:48 PM
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Interesting. I never thought of new Zealand as a place that skiing would be all that popular
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post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-25-2006, 07:52 PM
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Oh yeah, they've got some awesome mountains in the Southern part of the country (Known as South Island). Queenstown is the most popular tourist destination for skiing and snowboarding.
post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-25-2006, 11:25 PM
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have any of you been to new zealand?

how is it money wise? is it expensive?
i was >>this<< close to taking a trip and working there but never went through.
post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-26-2006, 01:46 AM
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Rox,
I've been there twice... the first time on business so the company paid the most expensive piece, the flight. Second time I went on vacation and because of the remoteness of the country, flights can be pricey. However, once you're there, the exchange rate b/ween the NZD and most countries is quite favorable so much of your expenses are reasonable. Depending on your preference for lodging, you can find some pretty darn reasonable hotel options. Everything else is pretty inexpensive thanks to the exchange rate.

I'm not sure where you're located, but if you don't like to fly, be prepared. From the East Coast of the US, it could range from 19 to 22 hours, depending on your stop-over.

Personally, I highly recommend it... I don't know anyone whose gone and has NOT enjoyed themselves.
post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-27-2006, 12:01 PM
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Yeah i feel you, but then again when has a person ever been to a place they never been to and not enjoy themselves? (kids aren't included) well thanks for your review on new zealand!
post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-28-2006, 03:45 PM
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Hmmm... I've been to a few places I'd rather forget having gone to. I won't mention places so as to not insult anyone who might be from there
post #17 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-28-2006, 04:18 PM
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I never thought of New Zealand as a place for winter sports. Although, now that I think of it, were not those snowy mountain scenes from Lord of the Rings shot in New Zealand?
post #18 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-29-2006, 06:12 PM
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Yes Crassus, you are correct, Lord Of The Rings mountains were in NZ. They are also known for containing natural mud springs... It's like mother nature's rejuvinating spa treatment. I've never been to one, but I've heard they're tremendous!
post #19 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-18-2006, 01:18 AM
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I went skiing there in august, had a blast, plenty of powder and good runs.

I spent 10days in queenstown and went to 3 different mountains

The Remarkables
Coronet Peak
Cardrona

I spent 1 day at Remarkables, nothing too flash + a long trip

6 days at Coronet Peak, and really liked it, good runs and good snow

1 day at cardrona was also great fun but couldnt be botherd going that far and paying extra each time. I was limited in my $$
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