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South Island Itinerary - West Coast concentration

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South Island Itinerary - West Coast concentration

Hello everyone!

My group of 4 are travelling through South Island in late Aug/early Sept. This is our draft itinerary. We would appreciate it if anyone could point out any major oversights in it. A few of us are amateur photographers so we would like to photograph the most scenic parts of NZ. :)

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch (CHC) late at night

Day 2: Fly to Queenstown in the morning, get rental car, explore city. Explore adventure options (luge/jet boating/etc).

Day 3: Take coach - cruise - coach option to Milford Sound

Day 4: Explore more adventure options or tour nearby towns like Arrowtown/Glenorchy

Day 5: Day trip to the Remarkables

Day 6: Drive from Queenstown to Fox/FJ Glacier

Day 7: Half day morning hike on glacier, drive to Hokitika

Day 8: Drive from Hokitika to CHC, via Arthur's Pass

Day 9: Explore CHC

Day 10: Drive from CHC to Lake Tekapo.

Day 11: Explore Lake Tekapo

Day 12: Drive back from Lake Tekapo to catch afternoon flight back from CHC

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: South Island Itinerary - West Coast concentration

Possible change is to go on day 7 to Punakaiki and stay there. Hokitika is just a West Coast town and unless going up the Hokitika gorge can be circumnavigated in 30 mins.

Worth a look at the Pancake rocks and the Truman track as well. The route to Chch can then be done back via lake moana which comes out at Jacksons (worth a stop for a great meal here at the pub) and is better than the trip up the valley from the Coast and saves repeating the Coastal sector

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2. Re: South Island Itinerary - West Coast concentration

Dear Mausgrass

Thanks for the suggestion, will check out Punakaiki!

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3. Re: South Island Itinerary - West Coast concentration

Do look around the Hokitika with some excellent shops for gold, greenstone jewlery along with glass blowing studio and even a sock making museum, live kiwi.

Rather than allocating a day to explore Christchurch, when traveling via Arthurs Pass, take the inland route down to Geraldine and on to Tekapo, stay two nigtht in Tekapo next day explore and scenic flights etc, then drive back to Christchurch. any spare time in Chch could be used to explore chch.

to do Tekapo in a one day return trip and still to catch a flight is very risky planning

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