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5 Days - South Island - Honeymoon

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5 Days - South Island - Honeymoon

Hi guys,

We're flying into CHCH for the first part of our honeymoon.

We've got about 5 days to spend on the South Island before we head up north and we were wondering whether it's ambitious of us to 'wing it' and go where the wind takes us or if it's better to pre-book.

We want to visit Queenstown and go back up to Picton/Marlborough. Is there public transport that we can use or should we drive a rental?

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1. Re: 5 Days - South Island - Honeymoon

Whether or not you should wing it depends upon time of year...ski season, World Cup, school holidays, etc.

I think you'll find it difficult to fit in QT and Marlborough in five days unless you plan to fly...or do some sort of fly/drive one way combo. Renting a car is the only way to see NZ IMO, but then again, I've never tried to do it in only five days. Taking public transport (bus) will eat into your limited time.

Edited: 25 July 2011, 07:56
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2. Re: 5 Days - South Island - Honeymoon

Have you looked at a route mileage/travel calculator like the one provided by the AA? www.aamaps.co.nz

Just to drive from Queenstown to Marlborough would take 4 days. (and that doesn't count the 2 days it would take to drive south (or one very long day by bus). Do you really want to spend your entire honeymoon on a bus, bound by their 7:30 or 8 am departure schedules?

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3. Re: 5 Days - South Island - Honeymoon

what time of the year are you planning on comming. If it is during or directly after the rugby world cup, then pre booking is strongly advised.

Having only 5 days consider flying to Queeenstown, then visit places like Millford Sound (take a coach tour) Walter peak station on the TSS Earnslaw steam ship.

You then have a couple of option to travel back up to Christchurch, either take a rental or buses / coaches via either the west coast or lindis pass / tekapo

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