Australia & the Pacific Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Australia & the Pacific activity »
  1. 1 ROADRUNNER {[1800:681:7208 installation CONTACT ROADRUNNER Tec*h
  2. 2 Port Douglas/ Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
  3. 3 NZ 1 week
  4. 4 Queenstown to Christchurch in 3 days
  5. 5 New Zealand Fly Fishing Recommendations
  6. 6 Trip Report SAMOA - Friendly and quirky destination
  7. 7 Queenstown vs Christchurch
  8. 8 Franz Joseph and Fox Glacier
  9. 9 Trip Report Milford Sound (Fly! Cruise! Fly!) - Travel Report
  10. 10 New Zealand South Island 15 Nights Itinerary
  11. 11 Australia for two weeks.
  12. 12 Trip Report Palau Travel Report
  13. 13 Trip Report Uluru the Outback Tour Day 1 - Travel Report
  14. 14 Trip Report Uluru the Outback Tour Day 3 - Travel Report
  15. 15 Antarctica Penguin Disaster
  16. 16 7 months in Australia and New Zealand
  17. 17 Visa
  18. 18 Trip Report Guam Travel Report
  19. 19 New Zealand Car Hire
  20. 20 Tasmania itinerary
  21. 21 McLaren Vale in South Australia as base for 4 days?
  22. 22 Research on Australian Tourism
  23. 23 Australia and NZ visit!
  24. 24 12 Days in S.I. NZ
  25. 25 Trip Report The Waitomo Caves - Travel Report
View next 25 » Back to the top

9.5 days in New Zealand

Jump to last reply

Hi all:

My wife and I booked one of those awesome fares from LA to Auckland. We have 9.5 days from wheels down in AKL to wheels up in AKL. Looking for some advice on what to make sure we hit. We are ok flying between cities in NZ and/or renting a car.

Here is a very early idea... please lend your thoughts.

Day 1: Early morning flight from AKL to Queenstown. Arrive Queenstown. Take bus to glenorchy and do the dart boat tour (we want to enjoy the scenery not necessarily do a thrill ride on the faster Jetboat). Explore Queenstown for the evening.

Day 2: Pick up rental car, drive to local hot springs (which are the best in the area?), drive Te Anau and spend the night.

Day 3: Take bus or drive to Milford sound, do cruise. Drive or fly back to Queenstown.

Day 4: Drive to Wanaka, ski Treble Cone, spend the night in Wanaka.

Day 5: Drive up the west coast to Fox/Franz Glaciers tour the glaciers and stay overnight OR drive the mountain pass towards Christchurch stopping somewhere.

Day 6: Drive to Nelson and Fly to AKL OR drive to Christchurch and fly to AKL.

Day 7: Drive to Rotorua?!? Stay overnight in Rotorua

Day 8: Hot Springs in Rotorua and drive back to AKL. Stay overnight in AKL

Day 9: Explore AKL

Day 10: Depart AKL

Overall questions would be:

Rotorua and Hamner Springs are the two hot springs I've heard most about...is there any near Queenstown? And if so should we go to one near Queenstown or the two more well known ones?

Skiing- my wife and I are intermediate level skiers and want to hit one resort for one day...what would be a good resort for us?

Winery- My wife also wants to fit a winery in here...any suggestions?

Overall thoughts on our itinerary? Anything we are missing that is a must do?

31 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement