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3rd Time to NZ- need help

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3rd Time to NZ- need help

Hi All,

My boyfriend and I are traveling to NZ October 8th- 15, 2011.

The first year we spent our time on the South Island--flew from Auckland to Christchurch then onto Hokitka to Fox Glacier to Te Anau to Milford Sound and flew out of Queenstown back to Auckland.

The second year we were all over the northern part of the North Island- drove from Auckland to Whangarei to KeriKeri to Bay of Islands to Waipoua Forest and back to Auckland.

This year we have added another companion- my bf's mother.

We are having such a difficult time picking a route this year; being this will be my bf's mother's first time in NZ; we are trying to explore other parts of NZ we have not seen, but also want to highlight some places that his mom has got to see. We are absolutely willing to take her to places we have already been to. Any advice would be wonderful, our only concerns would be the weather at that time of the year and what places would be appropriate for his mom who is not a very big fan of hiking due to her bad knees.

Kind Regards,

Matt & Nicole

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1. Re: 3rd Time to NZ- need help

Mmmm, a tough one really and to be honest you might want to try and not over think this as any decision you make will be a good one.

You could consider something like Wellington and the Hawkes Bay and Rotorua. This would be something new for you both and still very scenic and interesting for the first time visitor.

Wellington is my favourite NZ city, very chic, great coffee/cafe culture, museums, boutique shopping etc. The Hawkes Bay is wine and food country, there is a great wine/food trail you can follow that essentially starts in Wellington goes north-east via Martinborough to Hastings and Napier.

Then Rotorua which is as different as you can get, bubbling mud, shooting geysers and easily accessible Maori culture as well.

Otherwise head back down to Queenstown, visit Doubtful Sound instead of Milford and head out east to Dunedin for something a bit different. A quick loop ex Christchurch could include Dunedin, Doubtful Sound, Queenstown and Mt Cook, back to Christchurch - easily done in the time you have.

Hope that helps. At the end of the day you could get 100 different suggestions here and so it is easy to become overwhelmed. Just pick somewhere and explore and enjoy.

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2. Re: 3rd Time to NZ- need help

How about a few days in Rotorua then fly down to Queenstown and explore. Then hire a car for a few days and drive back via Mt Cook and fly out of Christchurch?

As rbmm says, the possibilities are endless.

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3. Re: 3rd Time to NZ- need help

Thank you for the suggestions and as you mentioned, any where we go, it will be magnificant.

Here is what out tentative itinerary will be:

Day 1: Fly from AKL to Wellington

Day 2: Wellington (any must see suggestions?)

Day 3: Fly Wellington to Queenstown

Day 4: Queenstown/Glenorchy

Day 5: Te Anau to Doubtful Sound

Day 6: Te Anau to Queenstown fly to AKL

Day 7: Auckland

Does this trip sound doable?

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4. Re: 3rd Time to NZ- need help

You will be here while the Rugby World Cup is on therefore you will need to book any accommodation, ferry trips, plane tickets etc. and things will be very busy indeed.

Wellington has lots to do and see depending on your interests and how long you have to look around. The city is easy to walk and explore.

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