Potential NZ MEGA Event 2012 - is there sufficient interest?

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Would you attend a NZ MEGA Event proposed for Christchurch 2012 (indications only)

Poll ended at 04 January 11 10:46 am

Yes - I'd attend - there's only one person in my group
22
15%
Yes - two of us would attend
39
26%
Yes - three or more of us (eg a family group) will attend together
37
25%
I'm unsure - 2012 is just too far away
31
21%
I'm unsure - I'd prefer somewhere else in NZ
1
1%
I'd rather not attend thankyou
18
12%
I've already voted on this question in another online geocaching forum
3
2%
 
Total votes: 151

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Re: Potential NZ MEGA Event 2012 - is there sufficient interest?

Post by The Coffee's » 08 December 10 6:06 pm

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"If you build it, they will come"
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Funny that is what I said during the state election.

I would love to visit NZ and I have been getting
prices over the last 6 months. Airfares are around $250 - $280 economy return per person, A Maui campervan is
around $1400 for a week sleeping 4, petrol is around $1.90nz for unleaded and around $1.40 for diesel. I have
estimated it would cost my family of now 4 adults around the $5,000 for 2 weeks. I know there are specials
on offer but I have not seen any for Easter(s) as most are booked long in advance.
Unfortunately I will have one in year 12 and one in year 11 and school study timetables makes it difficult.
What is the usual weather at Easter?

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Re: Potential NZ MEGA Event 2012 - is there sufficient interest?

Post by Richary » 08 December 10 6:46 pm

I agree that accomodation is more of an issue. It was obvious at Wagga that quite a number of people camped because like me they could, in fact it would be interesting to know the numbers that camped vs the numbers that stayed in town.

NZ is a problem for those of us that need to fly over. I obviously can't throw a tent, sleeping bags, car fridge and so on in the checked luggage. So those from Oz would need a caravan park with onsite cabins or a reasonably priced hotel, combined with transport to the event unless it is near the middle of town.

One thing that may have affected some of the Wagga attendees was it's location out of town, for those that like to have a drink while socialising the need to drive back to accomodation would have limited how long they would hang around during the evening. As I camped I can't comment, perhaps someone who was in that boat can comment whether it detracted from the experience.

I know some scout camps have cabins and beds available (byo bedding) so that could be an option as well.

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Post by squalid » 08 December 10 9:48 pm

A lot of kiwis seemed to come over here for mega wagga. It might pay to ask them what their thoughts on accomodation/rental etc are. Probably wouldn't take much to hire/(buy?) a tent and rent a car for a week or so. All depends on the available facilities I suppose.

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Post by Hoojar » 09 December 10 10:17 am

Richary wrote:NZ is a problem for those of us that need to fly over.
I've been to NZ hiking before, this is no different really. Leave the luxuries at home and live out of a hiking pack! I was well under the baggage limit too. I can camp for two (plus) weeks with what I can fly over in a pack.

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Post by The Coffee's » 09 December 10 12:48 pm

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I've been to NZ hiking before, this is no different really. Leave the luxuries at home and live out of a hiking pack! I was well under the baggage limit too. I can camp for two (plus) weeks with what I can fly over in a pack.[/quote]
Surely you can't be serious. what about the cappuccino machine?. I love camping but just a backpack for over two weeks is pushing the limits.
I would be interested in what you pack?

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Post by JABs » 09 December 10 1:19 pm

[quote="Mr.Coffee and the Clan]Surely you can't be serious. what about the cappuccino machine?. I love camping but just a backpack for over two weeks is pushing the limits.
I would be interested in what you pack?[/quote]
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Re: Potential NZ MEGA Event 2012 - is there sufficient interest?

Post by Hoojar » 09 December 10 2:26 pm

For fear of totally hijacking this thread...
Mr.Coffee and the Clan wrote:
I've been to NZ hiking before, this is no different really. Leave the luxuries at home and live out of a hiking pack! I was well under the baggage limit too. I can camp for two (plus) weeks with what I can fly over in a pack.
Surely you can't be serious.
Absolutely, almost every year I go hiking with a group of friends for between 10 and 15 days. In a few short weeks we are headed back to SW Tassie for a 15 day trip through the Western and Eastern Arthur Ranges. SW Tassie is my favourite part of Australia. This will be my fourth expedition down there.
Mr.Coffee and the Clan wrote:what about the cappuccino machine?
Hoojar wrote:Leave the luxuries at home
Mr.Coffee and the Clan wrote:I love camping but just a backpack for over two weeks is pushing the limits.
Two weeks is the outer limits without organising a food drop. A standard two week hiking pack for say NZ or SW Tassie would be around 25-30kg on the first morning.
Mr.Coffee and the Clan wrote:I would be interested in what you pack?
Everything that you need to survive for two weeks in the bush ;-) (And nothing that you will not need)

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Re: Potential NZ MEGA Event 2012 - is there sufficient interest?

Post by Moneydork » 09 December 10 4:36 pm

Relax - we'll sort out food and may even manage to arrange coffee...??? it may be instant though?
That way you can squeeze more undies and socks into your packs and so stay longer.

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Post by The Coffee's » 09 December 10 10:07 pm

Moneydork wrote:Relax - we'll sort out food and may even manage to arrange coffee...??? it may be instant though?
That way you can squeeze more undies and socks into your packs and so stay longer.
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Instant...Nooooooo!
Thinking about it I need a camping planner to organise my packing, 14 days include: 14kg of coffee beans, 1kg limit per day, grinder, 1 group cappuccino machine, 6 cups, 6 teaspoons, 9 litres full cream milk, milk jug, 2400w power inverter, 2kg sugar, coffee grounds bin, 1kg chocolate powder, irish whisky, rum, kahlua for liqueur coffee, 2 cans whipped cream, nutmeg, 14 bottles of port for around the campfire and a few sets of ear plugs for sleeping (not for me).
One last thing, it may be hiking or camping but socks and underwear = the amount of days away, 14 days 14 sets.. :lol:

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Post by Bundyrumandcoke » 09 December 10 11:07 pm

Naah, 14 days hiking only needs 3 pair of jocks, you get 4 days out of each pair, and by day 13, the first pair are good to go again.

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Post by The Coffee's » 10 December 10 12:01 am

Bundyrumandcoke wrote:Naah, 14 days hiking only needs 3 pair of jocks, you get 4 days out of each pair, and by day 13, the first pair are good to go again.
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My mum said you need a clean pair each day in case you get hit by a bus. I have always wondered why she said it but hey
maybe by changing each day I avoid that bus :shock: :shock:

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Post by Moneydork » 10 December 10 5:27 am

Mr.Coffee and the Clan wrote: My mum said you need a clean pair each day in case you get hit by a bus. I have always wondered why she said it but hey
maybe by changing each day I avoid that bus :shock: :shock:
She didn't own shares in an undie and sock factory, did she? :mrgreen:

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Re: Potential NZ MEGA Event 2012 - is there sufficient interest?

Post by bshwckr » 10 December 10 7:57 am

Mr.Coffee and the Clan wrote:
Moneydork wrote:Relax - we'll sort out food and may even manage to arrange coffee...??? it may be instant though?
That way you can squeeze more undies and socks into your packs and so stay longer.
<p>

Instant...Nooooooo!
Thinking about it I need a camping planner to organise my packing, 14 days include: 14kg of coffee beans, 1kg limit per day, grinder, 1 group cappuccino machine, 6 cups, 6 teaspoons, 9 litres full cream milk, milk jug, 2400w power inverter, 2kg sugar, coffee grounds bin, 1kg chocolate powder, irish whisky, rum, kahlua for liqueur coffee, 2 cans whipped cream, nutmeg, 14 bottles of port for around the campfire and a few sets of ear plugs for sleeping (not for me).
One last thing, it may be hiking or camping but socks and underwear = the amount of days away, 14 days 14 sets.. :lol:
I have had a coffee in New Zealand before so I know you will be covered. Cant get a decent kebab though.

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Re: Potential NZ MEGA Event 2012 - is there sufficient interest?

Post by sushilord » 11 December 10 10:31 am

Depends on timing, I will be heading over to NZ for a bike ride in the NI in March 2012 (timimg to be confirmed). I'll be up for a bit of fun if the timing works out.

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Post by GhostGums » 11 December 10 11:07 am

I hope the impending announcement of the next Australian mega event doesn't put off a NZ event, as I like many would be keen on the idea of one being in NZ. :D

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