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Leaving Car overnight at Milford Sound

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NSW Australia
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Leaving Car overnight at Milford Sound

I'm booked on the overnight Milford Sound Cruise and I was planning to drive my rental car there and park it overnight. Is this safe?

I've read elsewhere that a lot of rental cars get broken into all over NZ. We'll be travelling early Jan 09.

Your thoughts on where to store any valuables eg laptop...

Te Anau
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1. Re: Leaving Car overnight at Milford Sound

I wouldn't say a lot of rentals get broken into, but it happens, as it does anywhere. Take the obvious precautions like not leaving valuables in plain view, and get a sedan rather than a hatch so you can lock your bags in the trunk

Milford is not noted as being a hot spot for break ins, in fact in my experience there has not been one - yet, but you don't want to be the first.

After the buses have departed you may be able to leave your car in the coach park beside the terminal, which is a bit more secure; ask when you check in.

If you are seriously concerned you could leave your car in the secure parking in Te Anau, and take the coach into Milford.

Perth
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2. Re: Leaving Car overnight at Milford Sound

We parked our car in the coach/bus parking are as there was no-one else there, however didn't leave anything in it.

We carried our valuables, including laptop with us in backpacks/overnight luggage as you can lock your cabin door on board. Our suitcases were left locked with our accommodation venue from the night before in Te Anau (Blue Thistle Cottages) - were happy to keep them overnight and we collected on our way out.

NSW Australia
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3. Re: Leaving Car overnight at Milford Sound

Just a follow up:

They let us park our car overnight in the coach/bus parking right out side the departure "lounge".

We ended up taking our valuables with us onto the boat. We carried/pulled a full-sized airline case onto the boat. There was enough room in the cabin, and it was handy to have the laptop to download and look at all the pictures - there is a powerpoint in the cabin, but of course, there is no internet.

Te Anau
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4. Re: Leaving Car overnight at Milford Sound

Thanks for the heads up, John. Glad you enjoyed your trip.

Cheers,

Barry

5. Re: Leaving Car overnight at Milford Sound

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