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My family of 2 adults and 1 child (10 yrs old) intend to visit the South Island from late November to early December. Appreciate your feedback on our proposed itinerary. Thanks you.

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch late morning.

Day 2: Take Tranz Alphine train to Greymouth, accommodation in Greymouth and explore Pancake rock as a day trip.

Day 3: Drive to Franz Josef, do Twin Glaciers Scenic Helicopter Flight

Day 4: Drive to Wanaka, do Wild Hills 4WD Safari with Ridgeline Adventures and maybe Puzzling World (any other suggestions?)

Day 5: Drive to Queenstown, do Shotover Jet - Canyon Jet Boat Ride (11.15am)

Day 6: Free & easy in Queenstown, any suggestions?

Day 7: Drive to Te Anau, do Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (we have been to the one at Waitomo cave, is it still worth doing the one at Te Anau?)

Day 8: Drive to Milford Sound for cruise and then back to Te Anau

Day 9: Drive to Dunedin, do Cadbury World

Day 10: Join Otago Peninsula Wildlife full day tour including Larnach Castle

Day 11: Drive to Mt Cook, do Glacier Explorers Mt. Cook and Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre (will be staying at Hermitage Motel)

Day 12: Drive to Akaroa, explore (any suggestions besides dolphins?)

Day 13: Drive to Christchurch, explore.

Day 14: Fly back home

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1. Re: Feedback on itinerary

Welcome back. You have a great trip planned, with one or two tweaks necessary to get the best out of your time.

Day 4 is a problem - it takes most people a full day to travel from FJG to Wanaka, so you may not fit even one activity into this day.

Driving from Dunedin to Mt Cook is less scenic than Queenstown to Mt Cook, so rescheduling:

5. Wanaka to te Anau

6. Milford Sound

7. Te Anau to Dunedin

8. Dunedin

9. Dunedin to QTN

10. QTN

11. Drive to Mt Cook

12. Drive to Chch or Akaroa (this is a very long drive)

13. Chch (or day trip to Akaroa).

14 Fly home.

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2. Re: Feedback on itinerary

and to tweak even further -

4 drive to Wanaka - allow 6 hours for drive with a couple of short stops

5 explore

6 drive to te Anau

7 explore Milford Sound, stay Te Anau

8 drive to Dunedin

9 explore

10 drive to Queenstown

11 explore

12 drive to Aoraki/Mt Cook - fab drive

13 drive to Chch

14 home

happy travels :)

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3. Re: Feedback on itinerary

Thanks for the advise WLnz and Zhuhai2007.

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Another option that we are considering is to drive instead of taking the Tranz Alpine train to Greymouth. Could you please advise on the various stops and activities that we can explore long the way. Thank you.

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5. Re: Feedback on itinerary

Hi,

The Tranz Alpine is one of the "great train journeys of the world", if you are a train buff. The down side is the train passes through a number of tunnels which kind of ruins the view. The road trip is spectacular in winter and quite scenic in spring/summer.

The Lodge at Arthurs pass is a great place to stay and there are some wonderful walks in the area.

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Greymouth is a mining town and a place to fill the car's tank and empty yours. I wouldn't stay there if I had a choice and you do! If you want to stay near the Pancake Rocks stay at Punakaiki.

Cheers,

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6. Re: Feedback on itinerary

Nov/Dec the drive is the more scenic option.

Stop at Arthur's Pass for lunch. The kea - world's only alpine parrot - will entertain. Plus some good walks to enjoy …govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/…

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7. Re: Feedback on itinerary

Castle Hill is another nice stop. It was the filming site for Narnia.

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8. Re: Feedback on itinerary

Remember if crossing the Haast Pass the road is closed from around 4.30pm to 8am every day

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Regarding the gloworm caves I havent seen Waitomo so cant compare but We recently did the Te Anau gloworm caves and I really loved it.

We took the 7pm tour so it was dark as the ferry crossed the lake but the stars were out and it made it more magical as we walked from the boat jetty to the start point.

When we went there werent actually many glow worms I dont know if this is typical or not but the actual cave system you walk into is one of the coolest things Ive ever seen.

The water rushing through the amazing rock formations it was just awesome:)

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10. Re: Feedback on itinerary

Thanks all for your advise and sharing.

We intend to rent a Toyota Corolla (mid sized sedan), will it be good enough for all coastal drive and that to Mt Cook?

For Wanaka, if we want to drive up Matukituki Valley to Mt Aspiring National Park, Rocky Mt, Mt Iron etc, do we need 4WD?