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General Advice


I am in the very early stages of planning a trip to New Zealand and was hoping for some advice!

1. We are hikers so our ideal weather would be sunny but not overwhelmingly hot, with relatively low rainfall and we'd prefer to travel off-peak away from the crowds. What month/s would you recommend us visiting in?

2. We will have 3 weeks in total. How realistic would it be to spend one week on the North Island and two on the South? Or would we be better spending all 3 on the South Island? So far I have just read about the more "obvious" attractions but think I would like to visit Milford Sound, Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, Mount Cook, the Remarkables, Queenstown... does this sound feasible for 3 weeks? We would be hiring a car and obviously staying in different locations as we travel.

Thank you in advance for your tips!

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1. Re: General Advice

Best months are probably pre christmas (November December) or March, but whatever you choose it's going to be a shot in the dark. It never gets extreemly hot, but when tramping it doesn't need to be hot to raise a sweat.

1 week north & 2 weeks south sounds about right, but as you will be travelling outside the peak season you could leave your timetable open. March will be busier than November/December in the tourist areas, but you should have no problem finding accommodation.

If you want to do some of the 'Great Walks' you should book these fairly soon, and then plan your other activities around this.


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2. Re: General Advice

1. February is goof, because Nz kids go basck to school and weather is great.

2. 3 weeks is ok, more would be better, but what can you do? 1 week NI is not sufficient to take in NI, but you can get a taste of it. Auckland - Bay of Island - Kauri forest- Tane MAhuta - Coromandel-Rotorua- Taupo-Tongariro Crossing-Wellington.


Picton-PAihia-Hokitika-Franz Jozef- Fox glacier- Haast- Queenstown- Milford Sound- Lake Pukaki- Kaikoura- Christchurch.

Thats the route we took . 3 weeks in a rental car and it was great. Amazing sights, great foot, nice, friendly people. A perfect vacation.

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