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South and North Island in 8 days?

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South and North Island in 8 days?

Would love any input on our itinerary. Is it doable in time allotted? Are we spending our time in wise ways? Other suggestions?

Sunday, Oct. 6th

MEL to Queenstown

Explore Queenstown

Monday, Oct. 7th

Queenstown to Te Anau

Details: Skydive, then drive to Te Anau

Tuesday, Oct. 8th

Te Anau to Milford Sound

Wednesday, Oct. 9th

Drive back to Queenstown fly to Auckland

Thursday, Oct. 10th

Auckland to Waitamo Caves to Tongariro

Friday, Oct. 11th Tongariro Crossing

Saturday, Oct. 12th Rotaroua

Sunday, Oct. 13th Explore Auckland

Fly out at 7:45 PM

Caverns & Caves
Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
Caverns & Caves, Geologic Formations, Hot Springs & Geysers, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Ruakuri Cave
Caverns & Caves
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Caverns & Caves, Bodies of Water
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1. Re: South and North Island in 8 days?

This is workable but very rushed.

On the 8th are you staying a 2nd night in Te Anau? If so it is a short drive back to QTN on the 9th

On the 11th, I assume you are staying 2 nights in, or close to the NP. You have a very narrow window of opportunity to hike the TC. Please pay attention to the weather forecast and seek advice from the DoC if in doubt.

12th. AM drive Tongariro to Rotorua; pm visit a Thermal Park; evening Maori Concert/hangi

13th. Drive to AKL; fly home

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2. Re: South and North Island in 8 days?

Thanks for your response! Yes, we are planning to stay the 8th in Te Anau. We planned on staying both the 10th and the 11th at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel.

I realize it is rushed. Here are our priorities, Milford Sound then Tongariro and Rotorua. Any possible revisions you would suggest?

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