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Wanaka as a base for 3 nights??

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Wanaka as a base for 3 nights??

Planning a 14 day trip In November on the South Island.

Trying to minimize in and out by picking a few spots to do day trips from

Would like to know if Wanaka makes sense for 3 or more nights and suggestions for day trips or if you think 3 nights is too long then suggestions.

Please feel free to suggest other good spots for at least 2 nights??

Thanks so much!!

1. Re: Wanaka as a base for 3 nights??

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2. Re: Wanaka as a base for 3 nights??

Depending on what you hope to do, often basing yourself in one or two spots actually results you in driving more than a road trip does,

Spots to consider - Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park - Wanaka - Aoraki/Mt Cook - Te Anau - Dunedin

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3. Re: Wanaka as a base for 3 nights??

There is plenty to do in and around Wanaka for a week or two, especially if you like hiking. It doesn't have the same range of activities on offer as Queenstown (you could stay there for months without doing everything on offer), but is very unspoiled and to my mind a much more pleasant base. Unless you like nightlife, crowds and hustle, of course ... :)

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4. Re: Wanaka as a base for 3 nights??

It really depends on what you like to do and see. We spent 3 nights in Wanaka, 3 nights in Glenorchy and 1 night in QTN. My husband couldn't wait to get out of Queenstown. Too crowded, especially after spending our first two weeks in New Zealand without even seeing a traffic light! Actually, we didn't even see one in QTN, except for a construction light for a one way bridge. IMO, that doesn't really count.

If you want to go to Mildford Sound, it probably makes more sense to base in Queenstown but if that isn't on your agenda or you don't like a tourist central atmosphere, you could easily stay in Wanaka and make a day trip to QTN for to drop some fast cash.

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