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Itinerary Questions-Okarita, Wanaka, Milford

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Itinerary Questions-Okarita, Wanaka, Milford

We (a couple and our 26 year old son) will be on the South Island in Feb for 9 days, flying into Christchurch and out Queenstown. Our plan is to drive over Arthur's Pass (night 1), down the West Coast (glaciers), east thru Wanaka to Queenstown , Te Anau and Milford Sound. I am having problems finding accommodations in Okarita and am wondering if we are missing much by skipping Okarita and going straight to Franz-J area (night 2). We plan to spend 2 nights later on in Te Anau and take the kayak trip into Milford Sound--we love the outdoors, adventure and wildlife but don't want to miss the really special spots of the South Island. Any suggestions appreciated!

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1. Re: Itinerary Questions-Okarita, Wanaka, Milford

Hello,

Okarita ??? Nothing much there - a few houses and not much else. A long drive in as well. Better beach area at Hokitika and less sandflies.

Suggest you spend 2 nights in Franz J or even a night in Hokitika then 1 at Franz J. Hokitika has lovely accommodation at Shining star Beach accommodation right on the beach and great places to explore such as Hokitika Gorge, Lake Kaniere, and more. Checkout these websites:

1. http://www.accommodationwestcoast.co.nz/

2. hokitika.org/activities/activity_guide.aspx

Skip Okarita - much more to see elsewhere!

cheers

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2. Re: Itinerary Questions-Okarita, Wanaka, Milford

Yeah, I say skip Okarito too. You've no time to try to do everything.

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3. Re: Itinerary Questions-Okarita, Wanaka, Milford

Then skip it I will! Thanks for your input.

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