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Plan to vist both Islands, Q re destination & transportation

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Plan to vist both Islands, Q re destination & transportation

How to divide our time between north & South Island? We plan a trip of about 3-4 weeks, early Nov thru early Dec. Friends to visit in Kerikeri & Rotarua on south island. Would like some idea how to divide our time between islands. Air NZ tells us it is less costly to book our flights with our international ticket to NZ, but we would like flexility. Not up to driving long distances - thinking of 2 or 3 stops on South Island - how to choose. ChristChurch, Queenstown, Dunedin. Maybe take bus for some connections, flight for others, chosing bus when scenary is compelling.Are there local airlines that offer better fares than Air NZ? We are late 60's, but active - love sea kayaking, swim in the ocean every day at home. Thank you.

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1. Re: Plan to vist both Islands, Q re destination & transportation

Generally the best fares you will get are in conjunction with your international flight - sometimes effectively free to fly AKL to CHC or only a little more to fly AKL to ZQN.

Most of theDes here recommend a 1:2 split NI:SI as the SI is larger, more scenic & slower travelling, but as you have friends in the NI ( not SI as in your OP!!) you might want to stretch it a little to 2 weeks for each island. Eg:

Week 1 Arrive AKL; fly to Kerikeri to stay with friends for 3-4 days; visit Bay of Islands etc. Bus to AKL, stay a few days.

Week 2. Coach tour from AKL to Waitomo Caves to Rotorua; stay with friends 3-4 days; visit Taupo.

Week 3. Fly to Christchurch (2N); (you could add Akaroa); Tranz alpine train to Greymouth; coach to Franz josef Glacier(2N); coach to Queenstown (4N)

Week 4. Coach to Te Anau, overnight Doubtful Sound, day trip to Milford Sound; return to QTN; Fly back to AKL.

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2. Re: Plan to vist both Islands, Q re destination & transportation

Thank your for this quick and helpful reply

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