I have been pouring over the forum over the past few weeks. All the posts have been incredibly helpful with the creation of my proposed itinerary. I just love Tripadvisor and all the amazing people that help us travel round the world successfully.
Of course, now I'm ready to share my NZ trip ideas, and I'm also fully prepared to get comments / critiques!
I know it's a lot - but I can hustle, trust me... and I don't know when I'll get back to NZ. Trust me, I left out plenty of things I'd like to see & do (like Nelson, it sounds beautiful).
Anyway, my trip is planned for either mid-Oct '08 or early Nov '08 so I have plenty of time to tweak. Thank you in advance!
Day 2: Early ferry to Waiheke Island; spend the day & night.
Day 3: Take ferry back to Auckland, pick up car and drive to either: Tauranga, Bay of Plenty OR the Coromandel. Spend the day exploring the beachside. Overnight.
Day 4: Drive to Rotura in the late afternoon, night in Rotura.
Day 5: Day & night in Rotura.
Day 6: Drive to visit friend in Whakapapa Village by way of Lake Taupo; spend the night at friend’s house.
Day 7: Drive to Wellington in the AM, arrive about 2pm. Sightsee in Wellington. Overnight in Wellington.
Day 8: Another day & night in Wellington.
Day 9: Ferry to Picton; Transcoastal train to Christchurch; overnight in Christchurch.
Day 10: Day & night in Christchurch.
Day 11: Leisurely drive to Wanaka, overnight in Wanaka.
Day 12: Drive to Queenstown; spend day & night in Queenstown
Day 13: Another day & night in Queenstown.
Day 14: Drive to Manapouri / Te Anau; Doubtful Sound / Glow worm caves. Overnight in Te Anau.
Day 15: Milford Sound visit; back to Te Anau or Queenstown.
Day 16: In the late morning, fly from Queenstown to Auckland; evening flight back to NYC.