My partner and I travel to New Zealand in Feb, it's likely to be our only trip for some time, maybe forever. We start in the North and will spend 6 days getting to the south island in our Base Jumper 2!
I don't want us to spend hours driving and looking at nothing and realise there's no way we can fit everything in but want to make the most of our time there. The original version took us from Wellington to Kaikoura (whale watching or dolphins?), across country via hammer springs but then down the coast to the Frans Josef, onto queenstown, Milford road, doubtful sound and then across the bottom to work our way back up to Christchurch
Then we revised it after hearing that Greymouth and the coast wasn't very exciting and was full of annoying sand flies! I also felt we were missing some beach R&R time, now revising it again to miss out the Catkins coast as its a long way and seems not to be the best use of our time
We both love scenery and LoR but relaxing is also important! Swimming and beaches are essential, So....revision 3 or maybe 4 is where we are....
Can you help.
here's our thinking;
16th Collect bus 11am
16th PM - Bay of islands 3hrs OVERNIGHT here
17th Bay of Islands OVERNIGHT here
18th AM Waipoua Forest - Tana Mahuta 1hr 15m
18th Head to Waitimo 5 hours OVERNIGHT Nelson maybe?
19th AM - Waitomo Caves
19th PM - Rotorua & Wai-o-Tapu 2hrs OVERNIGHT here
20th AM - Rotorua & Wai-o-Tapu
20th PM - Lake Taupo & Tongarino 2hrs
20th LATE - Wellington 5hrs OVERNIGHT here
21st AM - Ferry Wellington to Picton 3hr crossing - do we need to book?
21st PM - Nelson & Kaiteriteri - beach, 3hrs OVERNIGHT here
22nd AM beach time
22nd PM - on to Kaikoura 3hrs OVERNIGHT
23rd AM Dolphin Swim do we need to book? Recommend this or the whales?
23rd PM - Coast drive to Moeraki Boulders 6hrs OVERNIGHT somewhere along the way
24th AM visit Boulders etc
24th PM - head to Queenstown 3hrs 20m
25th Queenstown for the day
26th Milford Sound Road - all day OVERNIGHT Manapouri
27th Join overnight cruise of Doubtful Sound - I'm guessing we need to book
28th leave cruise head to mount Cook OVERNIGHT here
Is this leaving enough time in this area.
29th Frans Josef Glacier - do we need to book?
29th Overnight somewhere between here and Arthur's pass?
1st Head back to Christchurch via Arthur's pass
2nd fly to Auckland for a 5 day rest and wedding
We need to be back in Christchurch for a morning flight on 2nd March, happy to get there the evening before as I don't think we need any time in the city
Please help add some sanity here, we will compromise, already have in the North and in Marlborough (my fave Sauvignon region!), we would welcome some help!
Many many thanks