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2 weeks in NZ - Is below Itinerary loaded/ towards North ???

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2 weeks in NZ - Is below Itinerary loaded/ towards North ???

We have two weeks in NZ and arrive Auckland early Feb. Below itinerary is heavily loaded towards North island (8 days) versus South Island (5 days) . But South island does not miss much highlights - I think.

Can you suggest whether we drop off something in North for the South. and if so what to add in South??

9-Feb G&S arrive Auckland 5:00 am , Rest relax, Mission Beach- dinner in the evening

10-Feb Drive to Paihia - 4 hours drive from Auckland - relax evening in Paihia

11-Feb Paihia - Sea activity - dolphin watch/cruise/kayak etc & Kerikeri

12-Feb Drive to Hokiuanga port, Opononi Tane Mahuta, Kauri Waipoua forest and arrive Auckland

13-Feb Visit Rangitito island volcano - ferry/cruise overnight Auckland

14-Feb Drive to Taupo 4 hours and Relax at Taupo

15-Feb Drive to Rotorua 1 hr each way - visit sulphur springs and overnight at Taupo

16-Feb Drive to Hobbiton/Matamata, Hamilton, Waitomo caves and reach Auckland for overnight Auckland

SOUTH ISLAND

17-Feb Fly to Queenstown - Relaxing - evening to Cable Car Summit etc

18-Feb Queenstown - Drive to Milford Sound and back - LOOONG…….. DRIVE DAY

19-Feb Queenstown - Relax in Queenstown - White water rafting or may be do Lake Wanaka?

20-Feb Drive to Mount Cook via Lake Pukaki - Helicopter flight to Fox Glacier - Alps walk? Lake Takepo & back

21-Feb Relax in Queenstown

22-Feb G&S depart Queenstown for Auckland

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1. Re: 2 weeks in NZ - Is below Itinerary loaded/ towards North ???

Hi,

With only two weeks IMHO you only have time to sample some of the attractions of either island not both !

The North Island has the thermal wonders, extant Maori culture, the larger cities (not what NZ is about) and some wonderful scenery and activities.

The South Island has Fiordland, The glaciers, Stewart Island, The Otago Peninsula, Hanmer Springs, "drop dead" gorgeous scenery and more activities than you could undertake in several life times. You could easily spend your entire trip in the Queenstown/Wanaka area and just sample some of the activities and attractions.

Why are you intending to fly from Queenstown to Auckland? Why not drive from Queenstown to Christchurch via Mt Cook and back to Australia from there or fly home direct from Queenstown.

Cheers,

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2. Re: 2 weeks in NZ - Is below Itinerary loaded/ towards North ???

Thanksfor your post. We will fly back directly from Queenstown to Australia

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3. Re: 2 weeks in NZ - Is below Itinerary loaded/ towards North ???

Queenstown to Milford, cruise, back to Queenstown takes 13 hours by bus and should never be attempted by car. driver fatigue is the main cause of NZ road accidents and the Miflord Road is a high number of accidents through faulty planning such as this.

Either do the trip over 2 or 3 days or bus there/back.

Please plan wisely and travel safe.

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4. Re: 2 weeks in NZ - Is below Itinerary loaded/ towards North ???

I think your itinerary looks pretty good. It will give you a taster, and hopefully leave you wanting to see more.

There are some geothermal attractions on the road between Taupo and Rotorua that you could visit. In the Bay of Islands, you can also visit the Treaty grounds at Waitangi and take the ferry across to Russel.

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5. Re: 2 weeks in NZ - Is below Itinerary loaded/ towards North ???

These two points have already been stated, but I'll chime in some other factors to consider. Driving yourself Queenstown to Milford Sound and back is 10 hours on the road. The driver will be concentrating on road conditions and not able to enjoy the scenery. By the time you pay for gas, it isn't much more to take a coach trip and both of you can relax! If you have the funds, the better option is to take the coach-cruise-fly option.

If you are going to drive to Mount Cook, you will be almost halfway to Christchurch. Check airfares. You will probably find that Christchurch-Australia flights are a bit cheaper than Queenstown-Australia fares. There will be more options to choose from as well.

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6. Re: 2 weeks in NZ - Is below Itinerary loaded/ towards North ???

I like your plans for the North Island. February is a wonderful month to enjoy coastal scenery, marine activities and beaches. While the thermal region has excellent year round attractions. You have chosen a good itinerary for this island.

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7. Re: 2 weeks in NZ - Is below Itinerary loaded/ towards North ???

In your trip to Taupo you are doing a lot of unnessasary travel. I would recommend you go to Hobbiton on the way down and stay the first night in Rotorua. Then go to Taupo on second night and go to Waitomo on way back to Auckland. Alternatively go in the opposite direction

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