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BS: Visiting New Zealand Nov-April - Advice?

GUEST,Fossil at work 18 Sep 11 - 02:29 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: Visiting New Zealand Nov-April - Advice?
From: GUEST,Fossil at work
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 02:29 AM

Oh, forgot to mention: buying a campervan is pretty easy. many backpackers use old vans and sell them on when their time in NZ is up. Our own van, a very cosy Toyota Lucida 4WD was bought off a desperate German lad who was on the plane the next day. Needless to say we drove a hard bargain, but repaid him in other ways by introducing him to a law firm in Brussels where he now has a job...

When I get home I'll put up the URL of a backpackers site on which many vans are advertised. You should be able to find someone who's leaving soon and the prices asked tend to be directly proportional to the length of time the vendor has remaining in NZ. Bargain like crazy and you will probably be rewarded.

The other possibly is www.trademe.co.nz, the NZ auction site which has thousands of cars and vans for sale. Prices here are general values and while the possibility of finding a steal exists, it isn't quite as likely, since you are in competition with everyone else in NZ who's looking for a ride.

The thing to look out for in NZ - apart from the general cautions which go with buying an elderly vehicle anywhere - is that the WoF (Warrant of Fitness) is current, and hopefully that it covers the time of your stay. This also applies to the registration, but if you have a WoF on the vehicle, getting or renewing a rego is easy and (by UK standards) fairly cheap. Make sure that the vendor is prepared to go through the transfer of ownership, or you will have bureacratic problems.

Unless you are a very competent mechanic, avoid like the plague any vehicle described as "rego on hold" (= no WoF, probably no hope of getting one); "as-is-where-is" (= a junker).

Good luck!


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Subject: RE: BS: Visiting New Zealand Nov-April - Advice?
From: GUEST,Fossil at work
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 01:28 AM

If you are here that long, you will *not* want to stay in or around Auckland (or "dorkland" as it is known anywhere else in NZ...). You will want to do the trip around the very scenic bits of the North Island - of which there are lots - and then get yourselves to Wellington to do the trip over to the South Island, the sublime Marlborough Sounds, the Remarkables, the tramping tracks and everything else that you have seen in tourist photos.

Which means you will pass my door at some point. PM me and I'll fill you in on what to do in the Wellington area, there's heaps of folkie stuff going on *all* the time. And if you can coincide your trip with Labour Day, w/e of 22-23-24/10/11, there's the Wellington Folk Festival, which is generally a lot of fun.

And whenever, if you want to stay over a while, you're welcome.


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Subject: RE: BS: Visiting New Zealand Nov-April - Advice?
From: Little Robyn
Date: 17 Sep 11 - 06:44 PM

Mike Morony has written some advice for folkies touring NZ which may be helpful - also on the Kiwifolk site.
Click here.

Robyn


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Subject: RE: BS: Visiting New Zealand Nov-April - Advice?
From: Little Robyn
Date: 17 Sep 11 - 06:30 PM

Apart from 'Art Deco' buildings and general tourist stuff, Hawke's Bay doesn't offer much for folkies except a Wednesday night session at The Rose and Shamrock in Havelock North and even that is turned off when sport is on - for example, World cup rugby.
As Chris has suggested, check the Kiwifolk site - here.
As long as you start in Auckland, contact Roger and Hilary at Devonport and go from there.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: BS: Visiting New Zealand Nov-April - Advice?
From: vectis
Date: 17 Sep 11 - 04:58 PM

Whare Flats festival is over the New Year on South Island.

Mondays at The Bunker in Auckland very good

Fridays Titirangi singaround near Auckland friendly crowd.

Auckland Festival is already on this thread.

Tauranga area has a couple of sessions that are supposed to be good.

Nelson Folk Club on alternate Fridays, lovely crowd.

Hamilton Folk Club - not been there yet but the organisers are lovely.

Check out "Kiwi folk" as an online database for the many other clubs and sessions.


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Subject: RE: BS: Visiting New Zealand Nov-April - Advice?
From: Wolfhound person
Date: 17 Sep 11 - 04:12 PM

Contact Little Robyn.
See how many possums you can convert to roadkill.

Have a great time.

Paws


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Subject: RE: BS: Visiting New Zealand Nov-April - Advice?
From: Gurney
Date: 17 Sep 11 - 03:59 PM

Kiwifolk.com.

Auckland Folk Music Festival at the end of January. See you there.


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Subject: RE: BS: Visiting New Zealand Nov-April - Advice?
From: gnu
Date: 17 Sep 11 - 01:32 PM

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Subject: BS: Visiting New Zealand Nov-April - Advice?
From: Bob the Postman
Date: 17 Sep 11 - 01:01 PM

Mrs. the Postman and I will be making our big post-retirement antipodean odyssey (while we still have our health, dear) to New Zealand and environs from November 2011 to April 2012. We are given to understand that, according to ancient Mayan prophecies, the world will end during this time period, but we will not let this cramp our style. We plan to buy a clapped out camper-van and tour around pretty much everywhere. We are outdoorsy young codgers so tramping and birding are top of our list of things to do. Any advice?

Then there's music. I'm your typical grey-bearded amateur folkie, good for a couple of songs at an open mike but you might not want to sit through a whole set of me. I'd like to check out folk-club/coffee-house/song-circle venues wherever I happen to be. And I'll need to buy a budget guitar when I get to Auckland.

Any and all tips will be gratefully received.


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