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A little South Island advice

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A little South Island advice

I have finished planning our North Island trip - with many thanks to the information from all the great posts on the Forum. Here is my dilemma.

We cross over on December 8 at 8:30 am from Wellington arriving 11;45 Picton. We fly from Queenstown to Christchurch late on Dec 16.We were thinking of staying in Blenheim but decided not to. Should we stop in Kaikoura to see the whales? And what about CHristchurch and Akaroa? We thought about just driving to Mt Cook but too far and we want to go up there in the morning and spend the night. We have 3 days planned in Queenstown - Milford Sound one day and Hobbit stuff another and a day to wander around and find local beer!

We have accepted we probably wont get to Dunedin or Invercargill but we could if we made the trip along the coast and not see Mt Cook, Tekapo, Wanaka. Am I missing anything here? We thought about going to Franz Jospeh and along the glaciers as well. But we want to maximize our time as best as possible.

But we do have a bit of wiggle room in the schedule.

What a wonderful thing to have too many incredible choices!! Love New Zealand and I have not even arrived!

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1. Re: A little South Island advice

8 ferry to Picton, drive to Kaikoura

9 drive to Akaroa or Chch

10 drive to Aoraki/Mt Cook

11 drive to Wanaka

12 drive to Queenstown

13 - 15 explore

16 fly to Chch

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2. Re: A little South Island advice

Thank you! At the risk of being to pushy :) Any lodging beer or food recommendations? Or anything not to miss that might not be in the forum or posts?

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3. Re: A little South Island advice

There is not much point recommending accommodation when we don't know where you are going or what your budget is, or even how many you are.

Do try the local salmon - sea-raised at Akaroa & mountain river-raised at Lake Pukaki & Twizel (both near Mt Cook). Down south the Blue Cod is wonderful. While I'm on the seafood topic - green-lipped mussels from Marlborough & Rock Lobster from Kaikoura. Are you interested in wine? Central Otago Pinot Noirs and Reislings & Pinot Noirs from Waipara (north of Chch) plus the world famous Sav Blancs from Marlborough!

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4. Re: A little South Island advice

Regarding beer, any interest in visiting a brewery?

In Wanaka:

http://www.wanakabeerworks.co.nz/WB/Home.html

In Greymouth:

https:/…the-brewery

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5. Re: A little South Island advice

Thank you dear responding people!

Yes hubby is a Beer King! There are only 2 of us and on north island we are staying at home stays, bed and breakfasts, and hotels. We are still discussing whether or not to try for greymouth. But we are definitely staying in christchurch/akaroa, Mt Cook and queenstown. We will probably eat lunch/dinner in Blenheim. And probably overnight in kaikoura - tho

We just wonder what the likelihood of not seeing whales is in Kaioura and if we should skip it in favor of getting a little West coast time like the train from christchurch to greymouth and back.

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