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5 days in North Island and 6 days in SOuth?

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5 days in North Island and 6 days in SOuth?

We are planning for next Christmas. We fly into Auckland for 5 days in North Island. What is feasible in 5 days? I was planning to spend xmas in South Island so we would leave Wellington on the 23rd/24th then 6 days in South. Should I change these proportions? Any recommendations as to where to spend xmas day with our two children? Thank you for any suggestions!!! Everything is open except the time frame. Leaving South on the 30th of December.

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1. Re: 5 days in North Island and 6 days in SOuth?

Hi sharelife,

5 days will see you drive from Auckland to Wellington, including Hobbiton - Rotorua - Napier in between. Supposing you depart Wellington by the 23rd, you could spend Christmas Day in or around the Nelson/Tasman Bay area.

Begin your search now for suitable accommodation and book well inadvance by the time you have determined what day your ferry crossing will be. I assume you plan to hire a car and drive yourselves? Either fly back to Auckland for international departure, or from Christchurch.

6 days will only see you cover a portion of the South Island (same for the North Island). One idea is to take in the west coast from Nelson down to Queenstown, or from Nelson to Kaikoura then Christchurch via Hanmer Springs.

All the best.

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2. Re: 5 days in North Island and 6 days in SOuth?

Frangipani has offered good advice above, but 6 days doesn't allow time to enjoy Christmas in Nelson/Golden Bay and also drive all the way to Queenstown.

With just 11 days in NZ, most visitors concentrate on one island.

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3. Re: 5 days in North Island and 6 days in SOuth?

Ideally you will need several domestic flights to fit in Nelson AND Queenstown in 11 days. Another option would be to fly WLG to ZQN and spend all 6 SI days around QTN, Wanaka & Te Anau, then fly back to AKL.

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4. Re: 5 days in North Island and 6 days in SOuth?

Thank you kindly for your advice!!!

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