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Still sorting my trip to South Island

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Still sorting my trip to South Island

To all you experienced travellors how do you think this would this work? I have ten nights.

Picton - Nelson 1 night

Nelson - Punakaiki 1 night

Punakaiki - FG 1 night

FG - Queenstown 3 nights

Queenstown - Timaru 1 night

Timaru - Christchurch 3 nights

Any comments or alternative suggestions?

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1. Re: Still sorting my trip to South Island

I would drop at least one night in Christchurch and add that into the Nelson stay as there is loads of things to do up there. You might want to also consider switching Timaru with Dunedin, Dunedin offers a lot more in the way of attractions for the visitor and it is still an easy enough drive from Dunedin to Christchurch.

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I suggest you skip the East Coast, and instead travel up the middle of the country, past our highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook. I've also added another night to Franz in order for you to explore the glaciers. If this doesn't appeal, then I would suggest you plan another night in Queenstown. I'm presuming you plan to visit Milford Sound from Queenstown?

Nelson 2 nights

Punakaiki 1 night

Franz 2 nights

Queenstown 3 nights

Mt Cook or Tekapo 1 night

Christchurch 1 night

btw, what dates are you planning to travel?, as that can affect drive times.

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If you're breaking the journey from Queenstown to Christchurch, I'd stop in Tekapo. There's a great Winter Park - outdoor ice skating and hot pools overlooking the lake and mountains. We went in the evening and it was a unique and fantastic experience.

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