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Whats to see and stay from Wanaka to Greymouth?

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Whats to see and stay from Wanaka to Greymouth?

Travelling in late September with 3 young teenagers. Leaving Wanaka on the 30th Sept then travelling to Greymouth to catch the late tranz alpine train to Christchurch on the 3rd of October.Would love some suggestions of where to stay and what to do in these few days. Should we only spend 1 night in fox glacier.

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1. Re: Whats to see and stay from Wanaka to Greymouth?

With teenagers, my recommendation would be 2 nights at Fox, allowing a full day for a glacier hike. Even the "half day" hike can knock out a full day. Others might recommend breaking the long Wanaka-Fox drive - otherwise allow a full day & stop for well-signposted short walks at Gates of Haast.

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2. Re: Whats to see and stay from Wanaka to Greymouth?

There are lots to see and do Wanaka to Greymouth

If you are traveling in a camper, plenty of camping opportunities by small bush clad lakes or by te beach.

If you are staying in hotel, motel, cabin accomodation, not so much on offer but there is haast, fox glacier, FranzJoseph, Harihari, Mahiniapua pub, Hokitika and Greymouth.

Things to do

- Bush walks to waterfalls

- swatting sandflies

- beach walks

- glacier walks and guided hikes

- photography (reflections in lakes, native bush water falls, awesome sunsets over the Tasman sea, brilliant full moon rising over the snow cald mountains, weka etc)

- visit Okarito Lagoon you may see a white heron

- Bushmans center at pukekura

- Mahiniapua Pub, (the oldest publican in NZ)

- Hokitika (glass blowing, jade carving, even do it yourself at Bonz-n-stonz, Gold nuggets, Live kiwi and aquarium)

With three young teenagers here are my hints when transporting them for long distances

- seperate them where possible. If you hire a van, you in the back, you in the middle, you in the front. then swap around at each stop if so desired.

- As Parents are regarded as a mobile ATM machine, find al the free things to do like walks etc

- there is no cell phone coverage over 80% of the travel, so be imaginative for other activities like adding up te numbers on every number plate you see, counting possums on the roads, counting water falls, finding something for each letter of the alphabet, finding car number plates each letter of the alphbet etc

- Give each of them a responsible duty to take care of.

They think they are always hungary, buy bread , margarine, and toppings and make sadwiches at rest stops.

and have fun

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3. Re: Whats to see and stay from Wanaka to Greymouth?

Wanaka to Fox is just over three hours driving but there are lots of great short walks to enjoy enroute. Even your kids will ejoy the swing bridge at the Blue Pools (30 minute return walk). All the walks are well signposted, or you can get a great map showing all the sights from DOC (Dept of Conservation) in Wanaka. Another favorite short walk is the 5 minutes stop at Fantail Falls.

At Makaroa stop to enjoy a hokey pokey ice cream... perfect in any weather.

As mentioned, spending two nights at Fox might suit you best.

happy travels :)

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