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if you had 21 days in new zealand, what should you do?

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if you had 21 days in new zealand, what should you do?

Hi, my husband and I are going to new zealand between feb 9 - marc 2, 2013 for our honeymoon. We're planning on landing in Christchurch and leaving from Auckland.

With the 21 days we have, what are the things that we must do while we're there? Keeping in mind money isn't a real concern and where we're from, driving 4-6 hours is a common travel time between destinations? We'd like to do as much as we can but it would be nice to hear what everyone recommends

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1. Re: if you had 21 days in new zealand, what should you do?

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your honeymoon :)

Three weeks is a good amount of time to explore and you have organised the flights well.

One possibility;

1 arrive Chch

2 drive Lewis Pass to Nelson

3 explore Abel Tasman National Park- kayaking and beach walks

4 drive to Punakaiki

5 drive to Franz Josef

6 explore glaciers

7 drive to Wanaka

8 explore Mt Aspiring National Park

9 drive to Te Anau, glow worm caves

10 explore Milford Sound, stay Te Anau

11 drive to Queenstown

12 explore

13 drive to Aoraki/Mt Cook, explore Tasman glacier and icebergs

14 drive to Chch

15 drive to Picton, ferry to Wellington

16 explore

17 drive to Taupo

18 drive to Rotorua

19 explore

20 drive to Auckland

21 fly home

hope this helps :)

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2. Re: if you had 21 days in new zealand, what should you do?

WL is the real "expert" here but just to give you an alternative - to lessen the driving, you could return your rental car in CHCH on day 14 of her itinerary and FLY to Wellington (takes 1 hr vs 9 hr for the road/ferry combination). This will give you an extra day in WLG or time to include Napier on Day 16 (wineries/art deco architecture etc):

Day 14. Drive Mt Cook to Chch; evening flight to WLG

Day 15. Explore WLG

Day 16. Drive to Napier

Day 17. AM expore Napier; PM drive to Taupo;

Day 18. AM explore Taupo (Huka Falls etc), early PM drive to Rotorua via Wai-o-tapu themal area.

Day 19. Explore Rotorua

Day 20. Drive to AKL via Waitomo Caves.

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3. Re: if you had 21 days in new zealand, what should you do?

would this itineary be as feasible starting very late in November? I am worried about driving in inclement weather. Thank you.

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4. Re: if you had 21 days in new zealand, what should you do?

This itinerary will be just fine for starting in late November. Our summer starts in December, so you can expect reasonably good weather, although it's always good to be prepared for rain.

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6. Re: if you had 21 days in new zealand, what should you do?

I really don't think you need to pay someone to create an itinerary for you as suggested in #5. There are plenty of suggestions here on the forum and any questions you have can also be answered through here.

Keep your money for spending on your actual vacation. You'll have a ball.

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7. Re: if you had 21 days in new zealand, what should you do?

Rosiebuchanan, the question was posted in 2012 for a trip due to take place in in March 2013. You are a little bit late with your comment!

Half the fun of going on a holiday like this is the preparation and taking on board all the helpful advice picked up on TA, that way you can custom make a trip to suit yourself.

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