Australia & the Pacific Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Australia & the Pacific activity »
  1. 1 14 day South NZ Trip
  2. 2 GOR & Otway zipline together
  3. 3 Aurora dazzles Kiwis
  4. 4 Best national park around Sydney
  5. 5 1 night stay around GOR
  6. 6 First time in NZ. Need advice on Dec trip itinerary pls.
  7. 7 7 days in New Zealand
  8. 8 One-day hike in Milford area
  9. 9 NZ: Northland & Bay of Islands 10 days
  10. 10 Trip Report New Zealand and Australia at last!
  11. 11 NZ repeat visitors
  12. 12 Looking for tour for 30 something's
  13. 13 South Island Suggestions
  14. 14 Best spot for first time SCUBA
  15. 15 Fairly easy cycling on the South Island
  16. 16 Trip to Bora Bora Australia in January
  17. 17 Oz air carrier recommendation
  18. 18 Challenges of readying Christchurch-Kaikoura-Picton road by Xmas
  19. 19 NYTimes: trouble along the Great Barrier Reef
  20. 20 Gold Coast - places to visit and stay
  21. 21 New Zealand Car Rental
  22. 22 Trip Report Sun, sandflies & sauvignon blanc: A short trip to the spectacular NZ SI
  23. 23 What exactly is a NZ sound?
  24. 24 4 weeks in New Zealand
  25. 25 An interesting read re driving to Milford Sound
View next 25 » Back to the top

2 week New Zealand south island trip in summer

Jump to last reply

Hello,

Planning a trip with wife and 11-month old during Jan 2017 for 2 weeks. After some research, here's a tentative itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive CHC from Sydney (no jet lag concern). Drive to Tekapo. Stay overnight.
Day 2: Relaxed drive to Mt cook.
Day 3: Tasman Glacier. Overnight Mt cook.
Day 4: Drive towards Dunedin. Moeraki + Penguins. Overnight Dunedin.
Day 5 : Drive to Te Anau.
Day 6: Milford Sound. Overnight Te Anau again.
Day 7: Drive to Queenstown.
Day 8: Queenstown (Glenorchy drive)
Day 9: Queenstown
Day 10: Wanaka
Day 11: Drive to Franz with stops on haast pass.
Day 12: Walk to glacier/helihike/neither? Drive to Punakaiki. Stay overnight.
Day 13: Drive to Kaiteriteri. Small detour to St. Arnaud if time permits (?). Overnight Kaiteriteri.
Day 14: Abel Tasman boat+small hike+boat back. Drive to Nelson.
Day 15: Flight out from Nelson.

Was looking for some feedback on the itinerary from the experts here.

1) Are the drives on days 11-14 too much with an infant? We have driven long distances before here in the US, but not in hilly terrains and not with the baby.
2) Penguins/wildlife in Dunedin sounds enticing, but should I skip Dunedin in favor of an extra day in ATNP? In that case I would do Mt Cook-> Queenstown->Te Anau-> Wanaka

Thanks in advance!

10 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement