I’m heading to New Zealand (South Island) next week and am seeking your knowledgeable advice on my two itineraries. I know it seems like I am unorganised, but it is a long story (due to a relationship ending, I was going to cancel my trip; however, I’ve decided to go at it alone, and go on the holiday anyway!).
The only booked parts of the trip I have so far are my flights and some accommodation in Queenstown.
I arrive in Christchurch at 10:20 am on Tuesday 15th.
I have already booked accommodation (St Moritz) in Queenstown from 22 – 26 June.
In Queenstown I want to do a Milford Sound tour and a jet boat trip.
I depart Queenstown for home on the 26th.
I’ve drafted up two different itineraries, and am hoping I can get some helpful tips on either, before I book the rest of my accommodation and tours. As I’m travelling on my own, I don’t want to hire a car and would prefer to rely on busses and tours to get around, even though it means lugging my suitcase around.
My first plan was to:
Arrive in Christchurch on the 15th and stay there until the 20th, doing day trips to other places.
On the 20th I would go on the Christchurch to Wanaka (via Mt Cook) one day tour offered through Viator.
I’d then stay 2 nights in Wanaka before catching the bus on the 22nd to Queenstown to check in to my pre-booked accommodation.
Is this too long in Christchurch?
And what must do day trips are there from ChCh? I was planning on doing the whole day Transalpine trip, but haven’t decided on any others.
My second plan involved a bit more travelling:
Arrive in Christchurch on the 15th and stay until the 18th.
On the morning of the 18th I’d catch the Transalpine to Greymouth (Arriving at 12.15 I think). I’d then catch a bus transfer to Franz Joseph (this leaves Greymouth at 1.45pm).
I’d stay in Franz Joseph for 3 nights (so I have 2 whole days there). I want to do the whole day glacier tour, or one of the heli/glacier tours.
On the 21st I’d catch a bus from Franz Joseph to Wanaka (departs FJ at 8am, arrives Wanaka at 2:30pm).
I’d then stay the night in Wanaka.
On the 22nd I’d catch a bus from Wanaka (departs at 2.35pm) to Queenstown, then check in to my pre booked accommodation.
Is it feasible to catch the Transalpine to Greymouth and then the bus to Franz Joseph in the same day? There is a little over an hour in between the two, however, I haven’t looked at how close they are to each other.
Does anyone have an opinion on whether I would be best moving around less and doing more day trips?
Thanks in advance for your help! I’ve travelled quite a bit, but never solo, and have never had to plan and book it all myself, so any opinions (good or bad) would be appreciated!