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Short amount of time... how to make most of it?

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Short amount of time... how to make most of it?

Hi,

4 guys traveling to N.Z around Thanksgiving and all well traveled. Thinking we should spend more time on S.I. vs. N.I. from what we've heard. Older guys, so no partying aspirations. More interested in the scenery. Really only have 9 days. Land on a Thursday am then fly out a week Saturday pm. Any specific things we should do? Pretty good sized budgets.

Thanks in advance for your advise!

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1. Re: Short amount of time... how to make most of it?

Welcome to the forum :)

Scenery = South Island, you simply don't have time for both islands.

Are you flying directly from the US? - which means arriving Auckland then flying to the South Island

or popping over from Oz so you can land Christchurch or Queenstown?

What are you interests? will you be fishing, hiking, kayaking, bungee jumping?

the more you tell us, the better we can help you :)

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2. Re: Short amount of time... how to make most of it?

For the most leisurely trip, fly into Queenstown and out of Christchurch. Plan to stay a few days in Queenstown, then visit Milford Sound, Wanaka, and Mount Cook.

Or you could fly in and out of Christchurch and do a loop:

Christchurch

Punakaiki

Fox Glacier

Wanaka

Te Anau (Milford Sound daytrip originates here)

Queenstown

Mount Cook

Christchurch

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3. Re: Short amount of time... how to make most of it?

Well, flying direct from L.A. to Auckland get in at 9:30 then was going to spend a day in Auckland then head to Nelson, kayak for 1/2 day in Abe, then drive to Queenstown down the west coast past the glacier then through Wanaka then ultimately flying back from Queenstown direct to Auckland and out. Interests are pretty much all scenary related. One guy wanted to drive down to the glow worm caves the one day on N.I. then head to nelson by flying the next day.

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4. Re: Short amount of time... how to make most of it?

OK - looking at the logistics:

1. Arr AKL 9:30 am; Please do not consider driving while jet lagged. Better to save time by flying on to NSN (2N);

2. Kayak in ATNP;

3. Drive to Punakaiki

4. Drive to Glaciers (it seems you don't want to hike or take a hell-flight here?)

5. Drive to Wanaka

6. Drive to QTN (2N)

7. Explore

8. Fly to Rotorua

9. Drive to Waitomo Caves & on to AKL

10 Fly home.

You could do the Akl-Rotorua leg at the beginning if you took a coach tour to Waitomo Caves-Rotorua.

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5. Re: Short amount of time... how to make most of it?

Well, 2 arrive at night, overnighting at airport hotel then pick up the other 2 guys next afternoon. Thought of driving to Rotorua then next am fly to nsn. do the kayak in the am, then stay at Westport that night then drive to glaciers stay there a night, drive to Queenstown, fly to milford then fly back to Auckland to leave.; renting a car in Auckland and nelson and was planning on dropping the cars off in rotorua and queenstown respectfully.

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