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recommendations for 8 days in South Island?

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recommendations for 8 days in South Island?

We are two women in our 60's (fun loving and adventuresome) who have just 8 days to spend in South Island. Low budget/no desire for fancy accommodations or too much structure. Don't really like the tour bus approach. Will be arriving last week of September, flying into Christchurch and departing from Nelson.

On our bucket list: Milford Sound (can we do a short hike on the track this season): possibly Doubtful Sound, Queen Charlotte Sound and environs; Queenstown, Mt Cook/glaciers. We don't necessarily plan to spend much time in Christchurch. Our hiking will need to be moderate in nature.

What can we reasonably accomplish in this time frame? What is a "must see" and what should we avoid? What shall we expect weather-wise? What will driving conditions be like?

Any tips/advice will be most appreciated!

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1. Re: recommendations for 8 days in South Island?

Welcome to TA, Kathie.

This is a very tall ask for only 8 days. What you want to see would normally take 2 weeks! Just for starters, counting Chch & Nelson, for obvious reasons, you have 9 destinations on your bucket list. These couldn't be further apart so there is effectively another 7 days just travelling between them = 16 days!!

So you have to delete one of the fIords for time reasons & I will delete the glaciers for the same reason.

1. Arr CHC; fly to Queenstown (2N)

2. Explore QTN

3. Day trip to Milford or Doubtful Sound

5. Drive to Mt Cook (4hr) - sihort walks

6. Drive to Chch (4:30-5 hr)

7. Drive to Picton (5hr)

8. Drive to Nelson

As you can see this is very tight & I think you should drop Nelson & Picton to allow for time to actually

sightsee around Queenstown, Te Anau & Mt Cook. Then you could dro the flight to QTN & include the glaciers in a round trip.

Edited: 07 July 2014, 05:00
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