I’ve been checking the forum the last few days/weeks, and also studied some itineraries of organized self-drive tours …
Based on those – and on my first trip (2.5 weeks in 1996) - I started making my own.
I’ll be visiting with a friend in March 2014, arriving in Christchurch and departing from Auckland. We’re planning to rent a car and to stay in hostels and maybe once or twice in a B&B. We both enjoyed LOTR very much, but it’s not the main focus for the trip (maybe aside from Hobbington), that would probably be the stunning NZ scenery.
I started putting together my route both from the start and the end. However now I have three days (17/18/19) in the middle, that I’m not sure where it would be best to put them … e.g. add extra city days (Wellington, Dunedin, …) or extra days / additional stops somewhere along the route (i.e. Mt. Cook, Caitlins, or somewhere on the North Island) – Are there some stops we shouldn’t miss?
And, about the Coromandel and in the Bay of Islands parts – what is best – to stay in one location or to stay in multiple locations (suggestions would be welcome)
Many thanks in advance!
1 = 10:35 Arrive Christchurch Airport (pickup car, explore city)
2 = Christchurch - Methven - Lake Tekapo
maybe 10:45 Methven Edoras Tour (5,5 hrs.)
3 = Lake Tekapo - Twizel - Lindis Pass - Queenstown
4 = Queenstown
Maybe LOTR tour
5 = Queenstown
Glenorchy, Arrowtown, Kawarau Bridge
6 = Queenstown – Manapouri
12:00 Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise [o/n Boat]
7 = Manpouri – Te Anau / Milford Sound
return 11.45 Manapouri
Option 1: Drive to Milford Sound for Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruise (16:30)
Option 2: explore Te Anau
[o/n Boat or Te Anau]
8 = Te Anau / Milford Sound - Southern Scenic Route – Invercargill or a little further ?
Depending on previous day:
Option 1: returns 9:15, drive to Invercargill
Option 2: Te Anau – Milford Sound for ~11:00 Scenic Cruise - Invercargill
9 = Invercargill - Southern Scenic Route - Dunedin
10 = Dunedin - Wanaka
Moeraki Boulders (tides?)
11 = Wanaka
12 = Wanaka - Franz Josef/Fox Glacier
13 = Franz Josef/Fox – Punakaki
14 = Punakaki - Motueka/Kaiteriteri
15 = Abel Tasman NP [o/n same as 14]
16 = Motueka/Kaiteriteri - Nelson - Picton – Wellington
Queen Charlotte Drive
17 = ???
18 = ???
19 = ???
20 = Wellington
21 = Wellington - Napier
22 = Napier - Taupo - Roturua
23 = Roturua
24 = Roturua - Matamata - Waitomo – Hamilton
Hobbington, Waitomo Caves
25 = Hamilton - Coromandel [o/n ?]
26 = Coromandel [o/n ?]
27 = Coromandel [o/n ?]
28 = Coromandel – Auckland
29 = Auckland - Bay of Islands [o/n Paiha / Russel ?]
30 = Bay of Islands [o/n ?]
31 = Bay of Islands - Auckland
32 = Auckland
explore city, i.e. Waiheke Island
33 = Auckland
Explore city, do some last shopping, get to airport the evening
34 = 00:50 Depart Auckland AirportEdited: 07 June 2013, 22:22