Hello. I am in the process of planning a 4-5 week excursion to New Zealand and Australia in April 2018. The folks in the Australia forum have already convinced me to travel independently instead of an organized tour. However, I am somewhat following the pattern of the tour I was interested in. Here is link to tour. https://www.gate1travel.com/asia-pacific/aus…
As there are numerous local flights during this trip, I'm wondering where I can cut out a destination. I have 4 stops in Australia that I'm really dedicated to (Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Ayers Rock). Aukland, NZ will be my first stop following the international flight from the US. My real interests here are Queenstown and Dunedin. No doubt I will be exhausted and attempting to adjust to the 12 hour time zone difference.
I'm considering just flying straight to Queenstown from Aukland airport, and staying here for 4 or 5 days instead of getting accommodations in Aukland. Will I miss much by not staying in Aukland?
Thanks for your comments.Edited: 05 May 2017, 17:48