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Advice on planned holiday

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Advice on planned holiday

It would be great if we could get some advice on our planned holiday to New Zealand next Feb. We have already looked through the forum and taken on board some great advice. Most of the trip looks OK but there are too many nights at Franz Josef (we think) and not sure of North Island stops so input very gratefully received.

We are a group of 3. We all like walking, birds, whales and the outdoors but there is a keen fisherman who is not so mad on the touristy bit. I want to take landscape photos, Lord of the Rings trip from Queenstown, etc so there is a bit of give and take although places that cater for all are tops.

We are doing a self drive.

Plan is:

1 night Auckland

3 nights Whitianga Coromandel

1 night Rotorua

2 nights Whakapapa (Tongariro )

1 night Martinborough

3 nights Nelson (1 day to visit Kaikoura and whale watch)

3 nights Abel Tasman

1 night Hokitika

4 nights Franz Josef

1 night Wanaka

5 nights Te Anau

2 nights Queenstown

1 night Christchurch (fly home)

Thanks Sue

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1. Re: Advice on planned holiday

I'm guessing the 3 nights in Whitianga are for walking and fishing, am I right? And you're planning to do the Tongariro Crossing, hence the 2 nights at Tongariro? Many visitors would stay more than 1 night at Rotorua, so you might want to think about that.

As you're a Lord of the Rings fan, you might want to stop at Hobbiton which is near Matamata, on the way to Rotorua. Between Tongariro and Martinborough, Pukaha Mt Bruce bird sanctuary would be a good stop to break up the journey.

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2. Re: Advice on planned holiday

Yes 4 nights at Franz is too much and 5 nights in Te Anau is also. Unless you have plans such as overnight on doubtful sound, milford sound trip daytrip and kepler walk during that time.

Nelson is not near Kaikoura so three nights in Nelson for a day visit to Kaikoura isnt a good plan.

Are you walking the Abel Tasman?

How are you getting from Martinborough to Nelson? Perhaps a day or two in picton/blenheim. You could then go fishing in sounds or queen charlotte, perhaps winery tour and go to Kaikoura before heading to Nelson.

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3. Re: Advice on planned holiday

Thanks a lot for replies. Very helpful.

We will take in the Pukaha Mt Bruce Bird Sanctuary and we have changed staying Nelson to staying Blenheim.

We will also not stay in Abel Tasman but just outside in Marahau and use water taxis.

Staying in Punakaiki instead of Hokitika.

Taking a day from Franz Josef and wondering if we should add a night at Aoraki Mt Cook to break the trip from Queenstown to Christchurch. Just wondering if that is doing too much.


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4. Re: Advice on planned holiday

I would consider spending time in Wellington and you definitely need a night at Aoraki/Mt Cook as QTN to Chch is no long for one day. (at least 7 hours driving).

Even Blenheim is not thta close to Kaikoura. If you stayed a night in Wellington after Martinborough, then took the 8am Bluebridge sailing you could drive to Kaikoura in the afternoon, do a whale-watch next morning and drive back to Blenheim/Nelson/Marahau.

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