Itinerary is for total 34 days in North and South Islands of New Zealand. I don't see a forum for North Island, so I am posting here - but inviting people from both islands to comment. Please pardon any miss spellings. Also note the daylight will be long and I'm taking advantage of that. Welcome over all comments, routing comments, towns to sleep in enroute, if you think some days can be combined, and any and everything else. Also- do you think we need Auckland zoo since we see alot of animals on rest of tour? And do you think Nov 26 is impossible?
Many of you have answered my prior questions on forum. Some of that info has been used in this tour. My apologies for the good info given to me that I have not been able to include. I have only so much time. Hopefully it will benefit others who read this forum.
Thanks to all.
Nov 21 -arrive 6AM. See downtown Auckland-walking self tour
Nov 22 - sail harbor or Waiheke Island
Nov 23 - Auckland Museum - highlights tour, maori exhibit, cultural performance. If time-zoo for native animals.
Nov 24 - drive to Northland, stops Matahoke museum, a beach - maybe Mangawai cliff walk and beach, esp if low tide, Kauri Park in Whangarei
Nov 25 - Perfect Day Ocean Cruise w snorkel out of Tutukaka
Nov 26 - Cape Reinga, walk to Pandora Beach, see 9 mile beach,( if possible Kauri Forest at twilight)
Nov 27 - drive to Waikato Country -short stops in northern Kings Country, maybe see Cambridge, be at Maungatautari Island for evening tour
Nov 28 - morning at Maungatatautari Island, then drive to Rotorua, maybe evening cultural experience
Nov 29 - Rotorua - thermal village, Wai-O-Topu, hot baths
Nov 30 - drive to Waitomo Caves area, see caves, maybe other stuff in area. Maybe drive to New Plymouth or else drive in AM.
Dec 1 - New Plymouth bike coast, see downtown
Dec 2 - hike Taranaki if not cloudy. If cloudy, drive south and go up Whanganui River Road
Dec 3 - Wellington downtown
Dec 4 -Te Papa
Dec 5 - give back car, take ferry, get car...
Dec 6 - Abel Tasman - Sea Kayak - A Fab Tour
Dec 7 - Abel Tasman -water taxi to northern point of park, hike and return beaches north of Totaranui, return water taxi
Dec 8 - Marlborough Sounds mail tour or boat to Ships Cove. Drive to Blenheim afterwards, or in next morning.
Dec 9 - wineries.
Dec 10 - drive to ChCh via Kaikoura, stop for whale watch / beach walk in Kaikoura.
Dec 11 - see ChCh downtown and restoration tour, prep for tomorrow, return car
Dec 12 - AM - Tranzalpine Rail to Greymouth, get car, drive and Hotikia shops, museum, gorge
Dec 13 - finish Hotikia, drive to Fox glacier, land tour or self land tour of glacier
Dec 14 - Fox heli in AM, afternoon at Lake Matheson (hike, cafe)
Dec 15 - Drive to Queenstown with stops enroute.
Dec 16 - Queenstown -gondola and bike down
Dec 17 - try to see large sheep farm - Nikomai.
Dec 18 - Drive to Milford Sound with stops enroute, hike enroute, then late kayak (Rosco twilight) or late boat cruise (Mitre, around 4:30PM), drive back to Te Anua to sleep
Dec 19 - Doubtful Bay overnite cruise
Dec 20 - AM - return from Doubtful overnite, PM -drive to Catlins, some stops and be at Curio Bay by twilight.
Dec 21 - Drive thru Catlins w many stops
Dec 22 - Drive to Dunedin. Drive low and high roads to Otago Peninsula, See albatross center.
Dec 23 - Drive to ChCh ( probably via Oamaru to Route 83 to Route 8, passing lake area)
Dec 24 - Fly ChCh to AKL, depart 7:30PM AKL to SF, etc.