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My first New Zealand Trip

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My first New Zealand Trip

Hi All,

I am coming to New Zealand for 12 days, travelling solo using public transport in February/ March.

I have researched using the search engine with helpful advice from this forum to come up with itinerary with my interest.

Thank you for all the helpful advice on the top questions.

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1. Re: My first New Zealand Trip

My Itinerary is as following

Auckland ( Ho ho bus)

Bus to Rotorua

Rotorua to CCH fly

CCH to Queenstown by tour passing Mt Cook

Queenstown to Milford sounds Tour

Queenstown to Wanaka bus

Wanaka to Franz Josef tour bus

Franz Josef to Greymouth bus

and bus to CCH

Fly to Sydney

I did want to spend extra day in Te Anau but I found it difficult to connect using local transport so I am spending extra days in Queenstown and Wanaka.

I am doing Wai O Tapu tour for 3 and half hours in Rotorua. Should I also do Te Puia as well?

I will go for thermal spa as well.

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2. Re: My first New Zealand Trip

Hi LD, welcome to the Kiwi forum :)

it would help if you signal which days you are doing what -

day 1 arrive Auckland

day 2 bus to....

etc

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3. Re: My first New Zealand Trip

Hi LD,

Even with one of your planned activities for Rotorua, you'd be hard-pressed to achieve this comfortably before flying to Christchurch the same day. You really do need 2 full days in Rotorua for Wai o Tapu and Te Puia with sufficient space between to relax (Polynesian Spa) and explore other sights/activities as well.

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4. Re: My first New Zealand Trip

Sorry I did not have the detailed itinerary when I posted.

Day 1 Arrive at Auckland from LA at 8 am taking the airport bus to Best western Hotel. Then take the Ho Ho bus from sky at 9.45 am. I plan to see the views from Mt Eden and the museum.

Day 2 Arrive at Rotorua by bus @ 12.15 pm walk around Ohinemutu lake, park and go to Polynesian Spa

Day 3 Rotorua to CCH Flight at 16.35 pm. Taking the morning tour of Wai o Tapu and I still have time to do Te Puia for 1 and half hours before my flight. Should I do both?

Day 4 CCH to Queenstown by tour passing Mt Cook

Day 5 Queenstown either gondola or trail depends on how I feel that day.

I can walk easily for 10 miles.

Day 6 Queenstown to Milford sounds Tour

Day 7 Queenstown to Wanaka bus reach at 10.15 am

Day 8 Wanaka either do trail or just relax.

Day 9 Wanaka to Franz Josef tour bus reach @ 4.10 pm

Day 10 Franz Josef to Greymouth bus

Day 11 Greymouth to CCH by bus

Day 12 Fly to Sydney

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5. Re: My first New Zealand Trip

I have questions -

- why spend an entire day getting to Franz then not allow any time to explore once there?

- why stay a night in Greymouth?

why not;

9 bus to Franz Josef

10 explore

11 bus to Chch

12 fly out

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6. Re: My first New Zealand Trip

Thank you WLinz and Franzipani for your replies.

I am arranging a airport transfer from Rotorua for NZ $ 20, is that standard. I will bring a medium size luggage with four wheels so it is easy for me carry around.

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7. Re: My first New Zealand Trip

Thank you Wlnz ,

I did try to find the bus straight from Franz Josef to Christchurch but I could not get the connecting flight on the day.

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8. Re: My first New Zealand Trip

On 7th March If I can get straight bus from Franz Josef to CCH then I am happy to stay one more night in Franz Josef. I will cancel the Greymouth bus, I do not care if I do not get refund.

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9. Re: My first New Zealand Trip

I'm not sure what 'the connecting flight' has to do with bus travel to Chch?

Intercity will get you from Franz to Greymouth and then a connecting BUS to Chch in one day - depart 9:15am, arrive 6:05pm

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10. Re: My first New Zealand Trip

Thank you WLnz for your helpful advice, I can see the connection now. I could not find this connection with intercity before, I must have been tired that day.

I have been looking after my disabled mum so I have not been able to travel last few years, But my mum passed away so I am fulfilling my wish that once in my lifetime I would go around the world trip.

My bus from Franz josef to Greymouth is with Intercity and Greymouth to CCH with atomic shuttle as I was trying to connect the buses on the same day but then I got worried that as they are two different companies and if intercity bus gets delayed then I might miss the atomic shuttle so I decided to spend a night in Greymouth. I have flight on 8th March to Sydney.

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