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9 Day South Island

Sydney, Australia
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9 Day South Island

Hi All,

Will need fellow travellers' input on the proposed travel plans for my 9 days trip to NZ.

Appreciate everybody's kind feedback to see if its sensible.

D0: Arrive CC @ midnight , sleep

D1: Easy day at Christchurch

D2:Set off Christchurch to Franz Josef

D3:Day at Franz Josef Glaciers

D4:Set off Franz Josef to Wanaka

D5: Wanaka-> Arrowtown->Queenstown

D6 Queenstown -> Milford Sound - > Te Anau

D7: Te Anau- > Queenstown

D8: Day at Queenstown

D9: Depart in the afternoon

Very fuzzy about the Queenstown part , not sure what's the best sequence once I set off from Wanaka.

Will be great if everyone can share their insights ! Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: 9 Day South Island

Te Anau is not too far to drive from Wanaka, so it would make more sense to go there first and then back to Queenstown, rather than staying in Queenstown twice. Or consider doing a day to tour to Milford from Queenstown, preferably coach - cruise - fly, as you don't have much time.

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2. Re: 9 Day South Island

I agree with the above, base yourself in Queenstown and do Milford Sound as a day trip in a luxury coach. This will make better use of your limited time.

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3. Re: 9 Day South Island

4 drive to Wanaka

5 drive to Te Anau - glow worm caves? Ata Whenua?

6 explore Milford Sound, stay te Anau

7 drive to Queenstown

8 explore

9 depart

happy travels :)

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4. Re: 9 Day South Island

Hi All,

Thanks for your kind input. So the revised schedule should be :

D0: Arrive CC @ midnight , sleep

D1: Easy day at Christchurch

D2:Set off Christchurch to Franz Josef

D3:Day at Franz Josef Glaciers

D4:Set off Franz Josef to Wanaka

D5: Wanaka-> Arrowtown->Te Anau

D6 Te Anau -> Milford Sound->Te Anau

D7: Te Anau->Queenstown

D8: Day at Queenstown

D9: Depart in the afternoon

or

D0: Arrive CC @ midnight , sleep

D1: Easy day at Christchurch

D2:Set off Christchurch to Franz Josef

D3:Day at Franz Josef Glaciers

D4:Set off Franz Josef to Wanaka

D5: Wanaka-> Arrowtown->Queenstown

D6 Queenstown ->Milford Sound (Day tour) ->Queenstown

D7: Day at Queenstown

D8: Day at Queenstown

D9: Depart in the afternoon

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5. Re: 9 Day South Island

I like Te Anau so would go for option 1

It still gives you two full days in Queenstown.

Enjoy :)

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