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my parents are comin to nz for 4wks over xmas need help??!!

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my parents are comin to nz for 4wks over xmas need help??!!

hey, my parents are coming out this dec 19/2013 to jan 21/2014, they fly in and out of Auckland and I live in wellington. they are coming over from Ireland and its there first time doing a trip like this (first time my dads been on plane!!!). there are both late sixties but active and enjoy anything that's outdoors love walking, beaches, both gardeners etc. I haven't travelled much of the south island, so was thinking it might be a nice place to spend over xmas day and possibly get a holiday home, bbq dinners etc.

there are so many options I want them to get a good feel for nz but not be totally exhausted from travelling. I was thinking of maybe getting a holiday home over the week of xmas and that we could use it as a base to see other spots, but I cant decide where would be good.so overall I was thinking maybe two weeks or more in south island and then up to wellington and do rotorua and maybe corromandel.

I will hire a car for south island, but we will have our own transport in welly. I would like to have all of the accommodation sorted over xmas and new years. we have people to visit and stay with in rotorua and Hamilton.

I would be so very grateful to any ideas on an itinerary for this, as it is pretty much going to be the biggest thing they have done in years, so just looking to give them a true kiwi experience and send them home smiling.

cheers gem

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1. Re: my parents are comin to nz for 4wks over xmas need help??!!

Hi Gem :)

You will need to book a place for Christmas quite smartly - many places will already be booked for the holiday season as the same families return each year.

Two areas I suggest

Abel Tasman National park - excellent beaches, walks, kayaking, glorious weather - consider Kaiteriteri - it will be busy but not anywhere as crowded as you would see in Europe.

Wanaka and Queenstown - Queenstown has the more stunning scenery but also the larger crowds. Wanaka is a wee gem beloved by Kiwi families for it's relaxed lifestyle.

Check holiday homes, bookabach etc for possibilitlies and book asap. Once you have that booked you can then craft a trip around the fixed dates.

Happy planning :)

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2. Re: my parents are comin to nz for 4wks over xmas need help??!!

hey thank you so much. iv booked a holiday home in Wanaka for the week of Christmas so happy days. jeez people do book early here- I was starting to panic!! so hopefully we will get to see plenty by doing small trips around. then we are gonna head off up haast pass and spend from sun 29 dec till about the 4th jan driving up towards picton to get the ferry, not sure where would be good for new years thou, any ideas??

tanx a million for the help :)

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3. Re: my parents are comin to nz for 4wks over xmas need help??!!

Well done, you will love Wanaka :)

29 drive Haast Pass to Franz Josef

30 explore glaciers

31 stay put or drive to Punakaiki - book accommodation in either place asap!!

1 recover, drive to Neslon

2/3 explore Abel Tasman National Park

4 drive to Picton, ferry to Wellington

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4. Re: my parents are comin to nz for 4wks over xmas need help??!!

Punakaiki would be a lovely place to spend New Years. We also enjoyed a few days at Westport one summer holiday. Also, anywhere in the Nelson area is lovely too. If you had the time, Golden Bay would be definitely worth a visit. Another more out of the way alternative would be Karamea. This is north of Westport and 'end of the road'. It is an interesting area and very scenic at that time of year. Hope you enjoy your Christmas in Wanaka, and that the weather is awesome! Good choice indeed :)

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