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Help with N. and S. Island itinerary (~1 month)

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Help with N. and S. Island itinerary (~1 month)

I'm visiting New Zealand in November and am trying to finalize my itinerary (already revised it based on great feedback here). I think this is finally where we're landing (after removing the East Cape and a couple of other spots).

Does this sound doable, and is there anything we should reconsider seeing? Many thanks

Day 1: Arrive Auckland late afternoon. Fly to Christchurch.

Day 2: Christchurch Cathedral

Day 3: Depart for Lake Tekapo (~3.5 hrs). Church of the Good Shepard. Stargazing tour.

Day 4: Drive to Lake Pukaki, lunch at Omarama (~1.5 hour drive) and continue on to QT (~3 hrs.).

Days 5-7: Routeburn. Arrange for car transport. Overnight in Te Anau.

Day 8: Milford or Doubtful Sound cruise (departs around 10:30). Drive to Wanaka (~4-5 hrs).

Day 9: Drive to Fox Glacier (~3 hours). Stop for lunch. See Lake Matheson and Gillespies Beach. Watch sunset at Okarito. Overnight.

Day 10: Glacier heli-hike. Drive to Blackball.

Day 11: Drive through Punakaiki (~1 hr). Drive to Motueka. (~3 hrs). Overnight.

Day 12-14: Abel Tasman, sea kayaking, sand dunes, Farewell Spit (3 full days enough for this?)

Day 15: Drive to Nelson (~ 1 hr). Look around wine country? Overnight.

Day 16: Drive to Picton (~2-3 hrs). Take Ferry to Wellington. (~1:15 p.m. ferry or later)

NORTH ISLAND

Day 16: Arrive Wellington via ferry.

Day 17: Te Papa, Cuba Street

Day 18: Biking

Day 19: Drive to Whakapapa

Day 20: Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Day 21: Drive to Taupo. Skydive

Day 22: Drive to Whakatane. Ohope Beach.

Day 23: White Island

Day 24: Drive to Waitomo

Day 25: Waitomo Caves

Day 26: Drive to Northland.

Day 27: Dive. Drive to Auckland

Day 28: Depart

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1. Re: Help with N. and S. Island itinerary (~1 month)

Day 20: Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Day 21: Drive to Taupo. Book morning Skydive ; lunch in Taupo ; tourist attractions on route to Whakatane (2.5hrs++ drive time only Taupo to Whakatane) ; night in Whakatane

Day 22: White Island

This would give you an extra day in Northland.

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2. Re: Help with N. and S. Island itinerary (~1 month)

Best not rely on Google maps for drive times - they are so wrong - some are impossible, many are illegal.

it will take you closer to 4.5 hours to drive Wanaka to Fox (visitors average 5.5 hours with brief stops). Which glacier are you planning to heli-hike? I question staying at Okarito and then backtracking.

day 4 I would stop at Aoraki/Mt Cook for lunch and a walk. Glorious scenery and a stunning wee drive from Tekapo.

happy travels :)

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3. Re: Help with N. and S. Island itinerary (~1 month)

Thank you both!

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4. Re: Help with N. and S. Island itinerary (~1 month)

Use this New Zealand driving times calculator to give yourself an accurate driving time. http://www.aatravel.co.nz/

Google maps is not terribly accurate for some of the distances you are planning. Enjoy your trip

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