2 weeks - To take in New Zealandsâ€™ both North and South Island.
1st proposal: End April 2010
2nd proposal: Mid November 2010 - coincide with Hari Raya Haji
- To be within New Zealandsâ€™ â€™shoulderâ€™ period for travelling(before/after summer). From Lonely Planet guide book: October/November,April/May.
- To coincide with Malaysian Public Holiday to minimise days of leave.
- Flight: Air Brunei (est. RM2,500)
- Campervan + Interislander Ferry: (est. NZ 3,000++ => RM6,600 divide by 6 person = RM1,100) current exchange rate
- Food, Admission to campervan sites, General Admission, Souvenirs, Miscellaneous (est. RM 1,400)
Auckland - Mata Mata - Waitomo Gloworm Caves - Rotorua/Taupo -Tongariro National Park - Wellington - Picton - Nelson - West CoastHighway - Franz Joseph/Fox Glacier - Queenstown - Te Anau/Milford Sound- ChristChurch
Auckland: Largest city in NZ, International Airport
Mata Mata: Hobbiton movie set
Waitomo Gloworm Caves: Cave glow worms, black water rafting, abseiling
Rotorua/Taupo: VolcanicHot Springs/Thermal area, cultural village, skydiving, white water rafting
Tongariro National Park: Best one-day tramping/hiking route in New Zealand, LOTR filming location for Mordor
Wellington: Capital of New Zealand, location of various LOTR filming sites, ferry terminal for Interislander
Interislander: best 3 hr transit/cruise (allegedly)
Picton: Interislander ferry terminal
Nelson: LOTR jewellery maker, wine region scenery
West Coast Highway: blowholes, cliffs, rock formations scenery
Franz Jospeh/Fox Glacier: Glacier scenery, helihike
Queenstown: Gorge scenery, AJ Hackett bungy jumps, white water rafting, adventure capital of the world
Te Anau/Milford Sound: Fjord scenery, cruises
ChristChurch: South island largest city, transit back to Auckland/KL.
Driving license I read that a valid license with your home country is enough. Judging by the time I first drove in Australia, a Malaysian license shouldn't be a problem, our license actually has a little English translation that says it's a Malaysian Driving License. Maybe jack208 can verify this with his friend?
Anyway, if you still want to go for an international licence, it will cost you around RM150 for a one year validity. No driving tests required. Just submit a form, with photocopies of M'sian driving licence & 2 passport photos at any JPJ. Can get it within the same day - half an hour wait if you are lucky.
No need for international license. A valid malaysian driving license with at least 6 months left on it is sufficient.
I drove around in Rome, Paris, London, the US, New Zealand, australia etc. without any problems. I even got stopped by a police once for overtaking a bus on a narrow street in Rome and I produce my Malaysian driving license and passport. No problems there as I got off with only a warning for the traffic offense.
Word of advice, don't try driving in Rome or even China/hong Kong for that matter. If you think driving in KL is bad, then you haven't meet the crazy italians or the daredevil chinamen on the road. Think F1 racing circuit, minus the safety barriers at the side and a bunch of stupid pedestrians walking all over the place.
Have fun in New Zealand ('cue the LoTR theme song').
Hi sklc, notice this is your first post! Welcome to Boardgamecafe.net!! Maybe you shud intro yourself a bit.... or have we played boardgames before just that I didn't know your nick? 
Thnks for the info on the intl driving license.
friedricetheman: thanks for the headsup again. Lonely Planet writes that Auckland drivers are 'daredevil' drivers. I thought New Zealanders drive like Malaysians, or was it Malaysians drive like New Zealanders...
Wow you're very observant!
I'm one of those people who can play board games for hours, always willing to try new games... but unfortunately me and my kaki sometimes clash in timing, so can't meet up for regular sessions. We try, we try...
Plus I'm one of those crazy people who tries to make board games (innovate from what is already available in the market)... for personal enjoyment... it's a hobby, just feel happy to have my own deck of cards or bag of tokens - a weird kind of hobbycraft I guess... making do with whatever silly resources I have.
Next question is probably "where do you stay?" hehe...
I have an offer from a gamer from Wellington, who was from Kuantan, to meet up during our NZ outing. I was thinking we could meet up on an evening to chit chat/light gaming or have him show us around in Welly before crossing on the Interislander to South Island.
on May 30th, 2009 at 7:13 am
Hi Heng, Iâ€™ve been reading your blog for a while and noticed that you are planning for a trip to NZ! Iâ€™m living in Welly NZ (originally from Kuantan) and thought that if you were passing through it would be fun to meet up, even for some games?
yes, yes, we are always on the look out for fresh meat.... eerr... i mean gamers, yes. 
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