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Road trip in NZ

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Road trip in NZ

Hi all. I'm planning for a 5 day trip in march 2014 to south island. So far here's my plan. Christchurch - queenstown - christchurch. I'm kinda stuck at queenstown.

Day 1: arrive at chc 1500hrs. Spend the night there.

Day 2: drive to mt cook. Spend a night there.

Day 3: drive to queenstown. Skydive, jetboat, bungy, heli ride.

Day 4:

Day 5:

Day 6: flight at 1000hrs at christchurch.

Hope it's not too unrealistic. And if I drive via west coast to greymouth from quenstown, will I be on time to christchurch for my flight? If not, what other alternatives do I have? Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Road trip in NZ

Welcome to TA! 5-6 days is not enough time for the trip you have planned. How many drivers will you have? You can get to QTN in 2 days if you go via Mt Cook, but really need 3 days minimum if you wanted to return via the west coast & glaciers. My recommendation would be to FLY one way & drive the other. Given your flight times I would do this:

1. Arr CHC 3:00pm; fly to Queenstown (ZQN) at 7pm

2 & 3. Enjoy QTN (possible day trip to Milford Sound by coach; lake cruise on TSS Earnslaw or pick up car one day early & drive to Glenorchy);

4. Rent car; Drive to Mt Cook (4hr);

5. Enjoy short hikes or glacier explorers tour; drive to Chch (5 hr)

6. Fly out at 10:00 am

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2. Re: Road trip in NZ

Thanks alot for ur reply and advise, zhuhai2007! So basically I have to either extend my stay for one more day or take the flight like what u suggested. Will take note of that. Niwaes there will be 2 drivers. Will it be too taxing for them?

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3. Re: Road trip in NZ

Even by extending one more day you, I would advise taking the flight. You are going to be rushed as it is. You could easily spend one more day in Queenstown or Mount Cook.

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