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We have 11 days in NZ, starting in Queenstown, where we will be for 4 days with friends. We need to fly out of Auckland. Would it be worth taking 7 days to drive to Auckland or should we rather stay on the South Island for 6/7 days and fly to Auckland. Our interests are basically just sightseeing and would stay in motels/b&b's.

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You'd end up spending a lot of time driving if you drove all the way from Queenstown to Auckland, and not really get a lot of sightseeing time. It would be better to drive around the South Island, perhaps ending up in Christchurch to fly to Auckland. You might want to spend a day or two in Auckland as well.

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I agree that a flight from CHC to AKL would be the most effectent use of time:

5. Drive to Wanaka

6. Drive Haast Pass to the glaciers

7. Explore/heli-hike etc

8. Drive to Punakaiki or Chch

9. Fly CHC to AKL

10. Explore

11. Fly home

If you aren't interested in the glaciers, you could drive up the middle via Aoraki/Mt Cook, and perhaps include Kaikoura, for the whales/dolphins.

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Agree with Selsey, better to remain in the South Island this trip. As you live across the ditch, there's time to explore other parts of NZ on your next trip.

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How can I call myself a traveller without visiting the land of the long white cloud but need some help.

We will be spending 1 week each on North and South Island in Feb 2015 and would like to base ourselves in one area and take day trips out from there but NZ has so much diversity it's proving difficult to decide where to base ourselves. We like wild scenery, beaches, mountains, lakes, rivers but also like our creature comforts and want to be near a few bars/restaurants - any advice gratefully received thank you.

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5. Re: new zealand

Hi GUARDSMAN,

For the North Island, consider Wellington, Napier, Taupo, New Plymouth or Whangarei. While these places or main centres don't have everything at close range, they are surrounded by, or near to a mix of your interests providing for comfortable day trips.

For accommodation, ensure you book in advance as February is a popular month for travellers; both domestic and international. Same with your rental car(s).

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