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North & South Island in Two Weeks

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North & South Island in Two Weeks

Hello everyone,

I am planning to visit New Zealand for Christmas and New Years (two weeks). Four of us (adults) will be landing in Auckland and I was wondering what you suggest for seeing the best of both islands. The only plans so far are a hotel near a black sand beach (recommendations welcome) for the first two days. Then a trip to Matamata, Rotorua and Taupo (two days). Then I was thinking of either 1. driving back to Auckland and flying to South Island or 2. slowly meandering down through the north and south islands. Anyway, I would greatly appreciate your input, suggestions and recommendations.

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Most of the visitors are thinking 2 weeks is enough to view all the scenic scenery in NZ, but is wrong.....2 weeks is too short for traveling around the both islands. I think you should give up one island and focus on 1 island. South Island is the destination can really see the NZ scenery, why not direct fly to Christchurch.

Try to review some of the posts in this forum, you can get more information and start to do your own itinerary.

Four of you will be great number to have fun in NZ, and can share the cost equally if rent a car and stay in budget motel.

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Two weeks is not really enough time to see both islands. You could as you say meander slowly down but I would suggest that you fly - you could fly from Rotorua which would avoid your having to back track to Auckland

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3. Re: North & South Island in Two Weeks

Welcome to the forum :)

As mentioned, two weeks is not sufficient time to visit both islands. Best to stay in the North Island or fly down to Christchurch or Queenstown and tour from there.

There are many itineraries on the forum. Take a look through them and see what appeals.

happy planning :)

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