My family and I are going to NZ for first time from Dec 06 to Dec 22 this year. We are a family of 5 (with children ages 15, 20 & 22). We are more of a nature lover and not so keen in shopping in big cities. We will be visiting both Islands. For north Island, we will be staying in our time share property (Kaimanawa Lodge) and renting a car to move around. The following week, we intend to fly to Christchurch and have already booked a Kea Campervan for 8 days. It would be great to get some feedback or tips as we would love to make of this trip a truly remarkable memory.
Day 1 (6th Dec) – Early flight arrival into Auckland. (rent a car from the airport. Drive down to Turangi via Matatoki ( visit The Cheese Barn) & Te Puke(visit Kiwi 360)
Day 2 (7th Dec)– Turangi (explore the area around Kaimanawa Lodge)
Day 3 (8th Dec)– Turangi - Taupo - Turangi (planning to do the Canopy Tour, visit Mamaku Blue and Te Puia)
Day 4 (9th Dec) – Turangi - Matamata - Waitomo - Turangi (visit Hobbiton, Waitomo Glow worm cave, Ruakuri Cave)
Day 5 (10th Dec) – Turangi - Rotorua - Turangi
Day 6 (11th Dec) – Turangi - Gisbourne - Hasting - Napier - Turangi (vineyards)
Day 7 (12th Dec) – Lake Taupo area
Day 8 (13th Dec) – Turangi - Auckland Airport (stay a night in Bella Vista)
Day 9 (14th Dec) – Early flight into Christchurch. Collect camper van and head for Twizel via Lake Tekapo & Blue Lake (freedom Camp @ Lake Pukaki). Will be looking out for the Salmon Farm!!!
Day 10 (15th Dec) – Twizel - Wanaka (planned activities : Movie @ Cinema Paradiso & Puzzling World & Maze)
Day 11 (16th Dec) – Wanaka - Queenstown via Cromwell & Arrowtown. Would like to try the Fergburger & Devil Burger)
Day 12 (17th Dec)– Queentown - Te Anau
Day 13 (18th Dec) – Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau (Plan to do the Rosco Milford Kayak Day Safari)
Day 14 (19th Dec) – Te Anau - Dunedin ( To visit Cadbury World & Speights Brewery)
Day 15 (20th Dec) – Dunedin - Oamaru - Christchurch
Day 16 (21st Dec) – Fly into Auckland. Rent a car & stay in Auckland City Oak. A quick tour around the city & last minute shopping
Day 17 (22nd Dec)– Flight back
I am also thinking if there is a way to slot in Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Glacier. Any recommendations?
Thanks in advance!