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Suggested Route for South Island Car Tour in 8 days

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Suggested Route for South Island Car Tour in 8 days

We'll be in New Zealand at Christmas time this year and will be spending 2 weeks. We fly into Christchurch and would like a suggested itinerary for about 8 days on the south island. Can anyone give us the "don't miss" sights to cover in about 8 days? Thanks much.

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1. Re: Suggested Route for South Island Car Tour in 8 days

Welcome to the NZ Forum. What are your interests, budget, travel style etc. Why are you only giving 8 days to the SI? It is barely enough time for a small circuit of the lower SI. Do you need to be back in Chch at the end of the 8 days? Will you have flown in from the US on day 1? Will you be self-driving?

1. Arr CHC, relax

2. Chch to Franz Josef Glacier(2N)

3. Explore glaciers

4. FJG to Queenstown(3N)

5. Queenstown

6. Day tour to Milford Sound

7. Qtn to Mt Cook

8. Mt Cook to Chch

You will need to pre-book all accommodation at that time of year.

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2. Re: Suggested Route for South Island Car Tour in 8 days

Are you planning on 6 days in the North Island?

To see the main sights of the South Island takes a minimum of 2 weeks. Most visitors to NZ plan to spend 1/3 of their time in the north, 2/3 in the South Island.

With two weeks over both islands you could;

1 arrive Chch, fly to Queenstown

2 explore

3 bus to Milford, cruise, scenic flight to Q'town - ultimate Milford trip

4 drive to Wanaka, explore Mt Aspiring National Park

5 drive Lindis Pass to Aoraki/Mt Cook, explore Tasman glacier and icebergs

6 drive to Chch

7 drive Lewis Pass to Abel Tasman National Park

8 hike/kayak

9 drive Queen Charlotte Drive to Picton, ferry to Wellington...

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