Hope you can help. I have finalised my itinerary for my 4 week trip to (South) New Zealand and East Coast Australia. I am now struggling to work out the best route in terms of flights which are both economical and also time efficient. I have 4 weeks to take off anytime between 22nd October and 9th December ish.
Below are the places that I would like to see - I'm flexible as to the order in which I see them in based on the price of the flights. I would like to get the cheapest possible flights (from the UK they are very expensive) both in terms of the long haul flight from/to London and the internal flights within Australia and between New Zealand.
The places I would like to see are:
- Franz Josef
- Abel Tasman
- Wellington (I was thinking to stay there for 2 nights but might not be able to if flights dont permit me to)
- Whitsundays (via flight to Cairns)
- Fraser Island
- Byron Bay
Like I said I'm flexible as to the order in which I see them - so I could do the following:
- fly from London to Melbourne, from Brisbane to London
- fly from London to Auckland, Melbourne to London
- fly from London to Auckland, Sydney to London
any other options?
Are any of the above places I'd like to see better to fly from one place to the next? Ie. if flights are cheap from Sydney to Queenstown then maybe it's better I fly this route, etc
With regards to overland travel, how would you recommend I do this in South New Zealand and in Australia?
If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.
For reference, this i the type of itinerary I am looking to do - this is not fixed as it depends on flights!
Day 1 Fly London to Queenstown - Night 1 - Flight - London to Queenstown
Day 2 Night 2 in Queenstown
Day 3 Night 3 in Queenstown
Day 4 Night 4 in Queenstown
Day 5 To Franz Josef - Night 1
Day 6 Night 2 in Franz Josef
Day 7 To Kaiteriteri (Abel Tasman Nat Pk) - Night 1
Day 8 Night 2 in Kaiteriteri
Day 9 To Wellington - Night 1
Day 10 Wellington - Night 2
Australia Day 11 Fly from Wellington to Cairns - Night 1 - Flight - Wellington to Cairns
Day 12 To Airlie Beach - Night 1
Day 13 To Airlie Beach - Night 2
Day 14 Whitsundays Boat Trip - Night 1
Day 15 Whitsundays Boat Trip - Night 2
Day 16 To Rainbow Beach - Night 1
Day 17 Fraser Island - Night 1
Day 18 To Byron Bay - Night 1
Day 19 Byron Bay - Night 2
Day 20 To Brisbane for flight to Sydney - Night 1 - Flight - Brisbane to Sydney
Day 21 Sydney - Night 2
Day 22 Sydney - Night 3
Day 23 Sydney - Night 4
Day 24 Fly from Sydney to Melbourne - Night 1 Flight - Sydney to Melbourne
Day 25 Melbourne - Night 2
Day 26 Melbourne - Night 3
Day 27 Melbourne - Night 4
Day 28 Fly back to London Flight - Melbourne to London
Thanks in advance for your help.