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Dunedin-Catlins-Glenorchy itinerary pacing

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Dunedin-Catlins-Glenorchy itinerary pacing

How does this beginning portion of our South Island itinerary flow?

Dunedin - 2 nights - flight from Auckland arrives at 9:40 AM

Catlins - 2 nights - Curio Bay overnight (Nugget Point Lighthouse, Purakaunui Falls, Cannibal Bay, Curio Bay)

Glenorchy - 5 hour drive from Curio Bay - stop off in Queenstown for supplies for home rental. 8-10 nights. Explore area and get ready for coming Milford & Routeburn walks.

Key question - should we break up the drive from Curio Bay to Glenorchy and overnight along the way? suggestions? see our following plan....

After Glenorchy, walk The Classic - combo of Milford Track and Routeburn Track - 8 days/7 nights plus 1 night in Queenstown pre & post walk. Between the Milford & Routeburn walks, there is a rest day in Te Anau.

After The Classic & the post night in Queenstown - go to Wanaka - total rest and recuperation!

And continuing on....

Thanks bunches!

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21. Re: Dunedin-Catlins-Glenorchy itinerary pacing

Really helpful information - thanks for the info on Catlins pacing as well as trees - those in the area and Wanaka - I'm a tree person and will drive a long distance just to see a tree! Delighted to learn that the one in Wanaka is so easy to locate.

Thanks to you all, I've decided to slow the trip down in the Catlins - we'll spend 1 night at Owaka and 2 at Curio Bay. We're also going to overnight at Kingston at a neat B&B on the lake there. We're slowing the pace to enjoy the wonders. I needed the feedback to realize this again - travel in NZ is seductive - there is just so much beauty and so many choices!

With appreciation for your comments and time!

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22. Re: Dunedin-Catlins-Glenorchy itinerary pacing

You are shaping up a pretty impressive trip J :)

Dunedin's Orokonui Sanctuary has what was for a time described as the tallest tree in Australasia, then it shrank to being the tallest tree in NZ, and now I think it's merely called a bloody tall tree. And wouldn't you know it, it's an Aussie import - a gum tree! But the bird sanctuary is well worth a visit.

http://www.orokonui.org.nz/

Edited: 13 May 2013, 22:58
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23. Re: Dunedin-Catlins-Glenorchy itinerary pacing

WL - I like your sense of humor! I'm laughing.... I'm making a note about that tree & we'll find it! Now, it has a story and is a must see. This is important information! I had the Orokkonui on our itinerary for Dunedin but I wasn't in the know about seeking out this tree. My husband Harvey, is used to this about me!

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24. Re: Dunedin-Catlins-Glenorchy itinerary pacing

The Niagara Falls Cafe in the Catlins is a fantastic place to dine, they will open for dinner as long as you make a reservation.

http://www.niagarafallscafe.co.nz/

Edited: 15 May 2013, 02:02
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