I have been doing some research for a trip my partner and I have planned for New Zealand.
We have about 17 days from July 5th 2014 onwards starting from Auckland.
I was planning on hiring a car for the North island but the conditions didnt sound ideal for driving on the south unless anyone suggests otherwise? We will also not have any issues with jet lag as we are hopping over from Melbourne.
Day 1 Waiheke island wine tour 10-5pm, dinner in the sky restaurant, wander round Auckland overnight auckland
Day 2 Drive to Te Kuiti (2 hr 40) for glow worm caves and black abyss caving tour overnight te kuiti
Day 3 Drive to Hobbiton (1 hr 45) for the tour then onwards to rotorua, explore and overnight rotorua
Day 4 Waimangu geothermal hike overnight rotorua
Day 5 Kaituna white water rafting, half day biking in redwood forest overnight rotorua
Day 6 Drive to Ohakune early (3 hrs), afternoon intro to skiing Mt Ruapehu, overnight Ohakune
Day 7 Skiing / exploring, overnight ohakune
Day 8 Drive to wellington (4hrs) Te Papa museum, overnight Wellington
Day 9 Zealandia and???, overnight Wellington
Day 10 Fly to Christchurch Lake Pukaki, Overnight Christchurch
Day 11 Transalpine express to Greymouth then on to Fox glacier, overnight fox glacier
Day 12 Glacier hike, overnight fox glacier
Day 13 Fox glacier to Queenstown, overnight Queenstown
Day 14 Skiing, overnight Queenstown
Day 15 Milford sound day tour, overnight Queenstown
Day 16 Skiing, overnight Queenstown
Day 17 Flying Out
I know its a bit jam packed but I think the first half flows quite nicely but the South island seems so much travelling all on public transport. Any comments on the pace or anything i'm missing? I was told most of the usual hiking routes are hazardous at this time of year.
I wouldn't mind seeing either milford and doubtful sounds or staying over but this seems quite costly/ I also wouldn't be too opposed to hiring a car in Queenstown as long as the roads aren't treacherous.
I hope it doesn't sound too ridiculous and I look forward to your input