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27 Days | 26 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Mary Vallier-Kaplan Mar 07, 2015 at 12:08 PM

A couple of reflections from recent Feb trip. What to take? You might want to add binoculars especially if you like birds. Do not need washcloths, hairdryers, or toiletries in any of the hotels. Wished I had taken a light weight fleece vest to wear in the cool mornings and evenings. A walking stick is useful.


Bob & Judy Ervin Feb 12, 2015 at 07:33 PM

To clarify, we are in the November 2015 group. I misquoted the recent departure as Feb 2014 when it should read Feb 2015.


Bob & Judy Ervin Feb 07, 2015 at 06:14 PM

Bob & Judy Ervin here. Now that we have the Feb 2014 group on its way, we look forward to posts from others on the November departure. Our home town is Gladstone Oregon, a suburb of Portland, and we'd like to meet via email our fellow travelers. Good advice and info Mr. David Owens - thanks for that.


Karin Salomon Jan 25, 2015 at 10:12 PM

Thanks for all the input. I have another question regarding the electric converter. I bought one via Amazon, but it is so heavy. Am wondering - are we all taking one? Or can we share? I only want to recharge my camera, I don't have the 'modern' phone, only an old flip phone, which I won't take. The plug I hope will have by time we leave. Any thoughts? LOL 80º t-shirts! I live along the CA coast and I usually wear long sleeves.
Linda Reid Jan 25, 2015 at 10:23 PM

Maybe you should start thinking about it as 24 degrees.
Charlotte Drayer Jan 25, 2015 at 11:17 PM

Karin, you'll probably only need the plug adapter because most cameras and computers have a voltage converter built into their chargers. That's what the box on the computer cord is. We didn't need converters for phones, cameras or computers, just the plug adapter when we went last year. I also took a hair dryer that has the option of 120 and 240 volts, though I generally used the hair dryer in the hotels. Regarding temperatures, it will vary dramatically, but be generally warm except when it's cool and raining. The only time I was really hot was hiking toward the Franz Josef glacier..


Mary Vallier-Kaplan Jan 22, 2015 at 04:21 PM

Regarding carry on bags, AirNZ website said that bag must weigh 15 lbs or less which is not very much. A friend of mine has a daughter who lives in NZ. She said they have never weighed her carry on bag on the flight over but when she was flown within NZ they have. Do you notice it was 80 degrees in Auckland this week????
Carl Benz Jan 23, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Good morning. 80 degrees sounds delightful, sez this SoCal boy. Regarding carry-on within NZ, you might want to contact RS travel, as they have arrangemenets with AIr NZ for this travel. Nevertheless, thank you for the heads-up, I will keep mindful of your advice.


Karin Salomon Jan 20, 2015 at 08:00 PM

I am glad I read the postings about a water proof jacket, I had been planning on taking the water resistant type. I am on the 2/4 trip arriving in LAX 4pm Delta-I'd better get out shopping! I have advised to take bug spray or repellant by a New Zealander, as the no-see-ums are deadly. After reading AirNZ baggage, we have to check our carryon bags? Do we know the fees? I didn't see it on the ANZ website.
David Owens Jan 20, 2015 at 08:47 PM

Karin, We just got our itinerary for this trip from RS (even though we're not leaving until November 11!). The itinerary was in the form of a link to "Check My Trip" by amadeus. In the details for each trip, they say "baggage info not available" -BUT if you expand the drop-down under 1st passenger name, it says "baggage info - https://bags.amadeus.com. There it says for New Zealand Air, Carry-On is one bag, free, 15 lbs max, 46.5 in max. 1st checked bag is free overseas flight, 20 NZD domestic legs. This sounds similar to our Qantas flight to Australia last year - carry-ons free and did not have to be checked. Haven't yet tried finding this info on the Air NZ site. BTW, this amadeus page says we leave LAX from "Terminal B" - but LAX doesn't have a "B" - just 1 through 8 plus the Tom Bradley International Terminal. I'm guessing that it's really TBIT we're leaving from.
Karin Salomon Jan 20, 2015 at 08:55 PM

Thanks David, I will do more investigation.
Carl Benz Jan 21, 2015 at 02:03 PM

The Feb 4th trip is leaving from the TBIT, and by calling RS, I discovered that we need to check-in to get our boarding pass. We are allowed one free checked bag, one carry-on and one "bag" that can go under your seat - - as David said. If you have any other questions, Air NZ is very helpful as is RS Travel. Karin, Thanks for the heads-up about "no-see-ums", I had not heard that. Good info!


Carl Benz Jan 16, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Hiking Poles - info you should know. I inquired from Air NZ about bringing collapsible hiking poles in carry-on luggage. That is not allowed, as they could be dangerous. They must be with checked-in luggage.


Carl Benz Jan 14, 2015 at 01:56 PM

Mary, thank you for your note. Regarding clothes, based on what I have learned from other NZ travelers, I agree with the comments already posted. I will bring one nice shirt for going out, and nice (black) jeans. I don not plan on bring anything dressier - trying to avoid bulk. Layers is the key, especially items that can dry quickly or wick moisture away from your body, in addition to t-shirts, etc. I'm also bring camping Zip-off pants as a second pair of pants that can convert to shorts -- for obvious reasons. My fleece will be one that has a nylon outside so it can serve as a wind breaker plus a backpacking rain jacket. I have some trail running shoes I will bring - I do have a bad ankle but based on what I have read so far, as long as I bring my ankle brace, I should be OK.
Thanks for the info regarding reading material. I am planning to buy and begin reading "Bone People", as it sounded intriguing. The idea of swapping books is great - however, as I am a slow reader, I dare not imply that I will have a book to share, unless of course I am reading "The Little Golden Book of New Zealand Wildlife." Looking forward to hearing more about those attending our Feb trip as well as from those experienced mates!
PS I am bringing small collapse-able hiking poles - - extra support for my ankle.


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