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Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by ShavedBadger, Apr 30, 2018.
Benji Marshall's hometown.
It's not that bad.
Quade coopers too.
Toks Hard! (Im from Taupo haha)
There are plenty of towns in the south island that look like ****ing beach resorts compared to some places in the north island.
Invervegas aint so bad. Just weird rules about booze.
Westport is great. I went out there with my brother for his 40th birthday before i moved to queenstown about 11 years ago. Had to remind him that both his mum and our dad was from there so we shouldnt shag anything. Stayed out till closing smashing shots, was great haha
FYI Anyone here who enjoys Satire and NZ should check out Shit towns of New Zealand on facebook. Fantastic.
Ok. It is fine if you are rotten drunk, but almost anywhere is fine if you are rotten drunk
Right then, so the trip is sorted, but anyone want to offer advice on skiing Coronet Peak? I've been there before, but back in those days I was barely able to fall down a gentle slope, whereas these days I'm capable of handling blue and early black runs (the CFO is more of a straight blue-run skiier and will get cranky with me if I lead her into ungroomed stuff).
So, any tips/advice/must see spots? Oh and what are the food/beverage options like at Coronet Peak?
Tip: Take a pair of gardening gloves, old raincoat and a groundsheet (to kneel on) to use when putting chains on, so you don't destroy your ski clothes/gloves. Check weather day before first drive up to see what to expect on the roads. If snow is on the forecast.........practice putting chains on the hire car at your accommodation the day before driving up the mountain.
Coronet sounds like your ideal hill TBH, with the added bonus of being relatively quiet these days. F&B is fairly straightforward, Heidi's Hut can be nice.
If no one has suggested it yet - take the time to walk up the worlds steepest street in Dunedin. Bucket List and all...
It looks amazing, keen to head there.
Is it feasible to drive (a Rav4) Christchurch to Te Anau (probably a Monday), then drive Te Anau to Milford (do a cruise) then drive to Queenstown (on the Tuesday).
I drove 2200kms on last years trip in a 6m motorhome, so have some experience driving around the South Island in winter, I also drove Kaikoura to Wanaka in 1 day, so have no problem doing a long stint in 1 day. Just dont know what the driving is like for the Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford part, hence the question.
Yeah you'll be fine.
Most of the road is pretty good, just a few gorgey/lakeside bits. South of Kingston the road to Te Anau is sweet. The Milford road is a bit more involved, but staying in Te Anau gives you plenty of time to take it easy. IMO the drive in is at least as good as the cruise, so you don't want to rush it.
Oh yes, that's definitely on the list. There are a few streets in the centre of Newcastle (my hometown) that would have to run them close - it'll be an interesting comparison.
Excellent. Why quiet though? Where have the crowds gone?
Ah, yeah Skiwiland dictates we are skiing at Coronet Peak.
Anyone got any dining suggestions for Arrowtown, or Dunedin for that matter?
What are you after?
In Arrowtown, Slow Cuts is good, and the Fork and Tap (good pub feeds and good beer).
There is ****ing heeeeaps of good food in Dunedin. What do you feel like? A personal favourite is the Portsider in Port Chalmers, or Esplanade (on St Clair beach), otherwise you can't go far wrong with pretty much anywhere down town.
Lots of good cheap asian places thanks in part to the big student population.
Kinda after either good local fish/meat/produce, without spending a squillion. Not too fussed re Asian options as we have quite a few of them at home too. Oh and have to be somewhat kid friendly. Not playground & chips with everything type fare, but probably not uber fine dining either.
PS I'd love it if one of them had really good Venison
Yeah, try the Port Sider, Plato, Emersons Brewery. It's hard to recommend a single option, but these are worth looking out for as they are slightly off the beaten track. But yeah, so many good options.
This place is pretty good and known for their wild venison: https://www.no7balmac.co.nz/ but dunno if it's the best option with kids.
Thanks for the tips.
Is Speights worth a visit?
IMO, meh. There are much better breweries in town.