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Bucket list of South Island too much to see, too little time

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Bucket list of South Island too much to see, too little time

Hi - we arrive in Chch late on the 9/4 spend 2 nights then want to spend the next 9 nights seeing as much as we can in a rental car. General advice seems to head straight to the west coast via Arthurs Pass,south to Haast, inland to Wannaka and Queenstown. Finishing off back in Chch. Where should we stop and spend nights and for how long. We are in our 40s so no children to consider. Should we try and cram Dunedin in as well?

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1. Re: Bucket list of South Island too much to see, too little time

Welcome. You will be racing but 9 nights is good for the route you plan;

11/4 drive to Punakaiki via Arthurs Pass.

12. drive to Franz Josef or Fox Glacier (2N-depends on budget & whether you want to do a hell-hike etc)

13. explore

14. drive to Wanaka

15. Drive to Te Anau (2N)

16. Day trip to Milford Sound

17. Drive to QTN (2 N)

18. Explore

19. Drive to Mt Cook

20 Drive to Chch

21 Fly home

Hope this helps.

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2. Re: Bucket list of South Island too much to see, too little time

Now if you want my bucket list on south island it would include things I have done

- guided tour on glacier. kayak milford sound. kayak pelorus river with eco adventures. hike milford track. Abel Tasman. Queen Charlotte track. Mt cook and glacier explorer. The rest would include good local foods and wines. And involve lots of wilderness adventures.

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3. Re: Bucket list of South Island too much to see, too little time

Depends on your interests - there is terrific scenery along the Kaikoura coast and lots of wineries in Blenheim area so going in that direction has its attractions. Milford Sound and Franz Josef/Fox Glaciers are scenic highlights in the south west, the Queenstown area is full of adventurous activities and scenery, etc. Dunedin is a nice place with lots of wildlife attractions around and gives access to wild coastline in the far south along the Catlins. You can't go wrong! Just mention what you like (or dislike) and you'll get lots of suggestions. Enjoy.

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4. Re: Bucket list of South Island too much to see, too little time

Ok I have worked out possible route chch to Hokatika, 1 night.

Hokatika to Wanaka, 2 nights

Wanaka to Te Anau, 2 nights

Te Anau to Queenstown, 2 nights

Either head back up to Mt cook for last 2 nights or over to Dunedin.

Hubby is fit but sadly medical conditions make me a bit tired so what are the easy to do places to see.

I can manage an hour or so on a good day, recommendations please!

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5. Re: Bucket list of South Island too much to see, too little time

We did not go to Dunedin, but the scenery on the way to Mount Cook is wonderful.

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6. Re: Bucket list of South Island too much to see, too little time

Hokitika to Wanaka is a veyr long drive on twisty roads.

I would be inclined to keep it flexible & perhaps stay a night in Fox Glacier at the expensive of one of the nights in Wanaka or Mt Cook.

Returning "up the middle" on SH 8 is a more scenic option IMO but Dunedin has lots of attractions too.

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7. Re: Bucket list of South Island too much to see, too little time

Hi,

My "bucket list" for the South Island is like poppynz's, they are all things we have done and would like to do again save the heli-hike where the weather keeps beating us:

Fiordland cruise.

Fiordland scenic flight and glaicer landing.

Heli-hike Fox glacier.

Heli ski.

Ski The Remarkables, Cardrona and Treble Cone.

Shotover Jet.

Skippers Canyon.

Dinner at the White House in Wanaka.

Puzzling World in Wanaka.

Soak in a pool at Hanmer Springs.

Soak in a tub at Onsens in Queenstown.

Walk some of the tracks at Aoraki/Mt Cook.

Tasman Glacier explorer.

Winery tour in Cromwell area.

Otago Peninsula.

Christchurch Museum.

Great Southland Museum.

Cheers,

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