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Help with 3 week travel itinerary

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Help with 3 week travel itinerary

Planning a self-drive tour of NZ in Jan/Feb for three weeks. I have picked out some places of interest and put together a very rough itinerary. Looking for a mix of nice scenery, some not too taxing hikes, nice cities and some time for relaxing.

For two people we currently have a budget of up to 6000 NZD (although it would be nice if we came home with some left over!). Is the budget we have set out reasonable?? Will be staying in hostels and motels and hopefully cooking a lot of our own meals.

Flights are booked and our rough itinerary is..

15th – 17th Christchurch

17th – 19th Mt Cook (stop off at Lake Tekapo en route)

19th - 21st Queenstown

21st – 24th Te Anau/Milford Sound

24th – 25th Wanaka

25th – 27th Fox/Franz Josef Glaciers

27th – 30th Abel Tasman NP/Nelson

30th – 1st Wellington

Like I said it’s a very rough itinerary and I'm open to any suggestions regarding routes or time scales.

The north island is where I'm struggling. Flying out of Auckland on the 6th and can’t decide how best to spend the time. Tongariro NP and Rotorua are options. Also like the look of Waiheke island for some beach time before we leave!


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1. Re: Help with 3 week travel itinerary

My only comment is that you will have to break up the drive from the glacier area to Nelson/Abel Tasman. Punakaiki or Westport would be a good midpoint.

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2. Re: Help with 3 week travel itinerary

Waiheke Island is a good destination, with its mix of activities and relaxation. But also it's very handy to the transport systems to reach the airport. Island bus services/taxis - ferry - Airbus all within easy reach of one another.

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