I am currently planning my 5 week honeymoon to NZ. I've spent a lot of time over the last few weeks reading all the helpful posts in this forum, and have come up with the below draft itinerary....
I would be grateful if you lovely people could please review and let me know if my provisional plans are feasible? All suggestions / thoughts welcome!
Background: We are a quiet couple, late 20’s, interested in all activities (but not bungee jumping / skydiving). We love the outdoors & nature, and hope to make time for walking, kayaking, swimming with dolphins & relaxing on the beach (weather permitting). We are also LOTR and Hobbit fans. We arrive in Auckland (from UK) on 8th December and plan to spend time with family for the first 3 nights. We fly out of Christchurch on 11th January. We’ve booked a car for the duration of our stay, and plan to stay in a mix of motels/B&Bs/Hotels.
I’m aware we are travelling to NZ during peak season and so hope to book accommodation / activities in advance.
May thanks in advance for your help!
Sun 08-Dec – Arrive Auckland. Stay with family
Mon 09-Dec – Auckland. Stay with family
Tue 10-Dec – Auckland - Stay with family.
Wed 11-Dec – Drive to Bay of Islands. Explore. Stay Paihia.
Thu 12-Dec – Explore. Stay Paihia.
Fri 13-Dec – Explore. Stay Paihia.
Sat 14-Dec – Drive to Coromandel. Explore. Stay Whitianga.
Sun 15-Dec – Explore. Stay Whitianga.
Mon 16-Dec – Drive to Rotorua. Visit Hobbiton. Stay Rotorua.
Tue 17-Dec – Explore. Stay Rotorua.
Wed 18-Dec – Explore Rotorua. Drive to Taupo. Explore & stay Taupo.
Thu 19-Dec – Explore. Stay Taupo.
Fri 20-Dec – Explore. Drive to Tongariro National Park. Stay Tongariro.
Sat 21-Dec – Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Stay Tongariro.
Sun 22-Dec – Drive to Wellington first thing. Explore. Stay Wellington.
Mon 23-Dec – Ferry to Picton (2:05pm). Drive to & stay Kaiteriteri.
Tue 24-Dec – Explore Abel Tasman Park. Stay Kaiteriteri.
Wed 25-Dec – Explore Abel Tasman Park. Stay Kaiteriteri.
Thu 26-Dec – Explore. Drive to Punakaiki. Stay Punakaiki.
Fri 27-Dec – Drive to Franz Joseph. Afternoon Glacier hike. Stay FJ.
Sat 28-Dec – Drive to Wanaka. Explore. Stay Wanaka.
Sun 29-Dec – Explore. Drive to Te Anau. Stay Wanaka.
Mon 30-Dec – Drive to Milford Sound. Day Cruise. Stay Te Anau.
Tue 31-Dec – Drive to Manapouri. Doubtful Sound overnight cruise.
Wed 01-Jan – Drive to Dunedin. Stay Dunedin.
Thu 02-Jan – Drive to Queenstown. Stay Queenstown.
Fri 03-Jan – Explore. Stay Queenstown.
Sat 04-Jan – Explore. Stay Queenstown.
Sun 05-Jan – Explore. Stay Queenstown.
Mon 06-Jan – Drive to Mt Cook. Stay Mt Cook.
Tue 07-Jan – Explore. Stay Mt Cook.
Wed 08-Jan – Drive to Lake Tekapo. Stay Lake Tekapo.
Thu 09-Jan – Drive to Hammer Springs. Stay Hammer Springs.
Fri 10-Jan – Drive to Akaroa. Stay Akaroa.
Sat 11-Jan – Drive to Christchurch Airport. Depart.