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My husband& Ihave 6.5 days over Thanksgiving/end Nov. in NZ after a few days in Sydney. For background, we LOVE beaches(mexico, caribbean islands, greek islands, hawaii, thailand for comparison). We are struggling with our NZ plan. Yes, this trip short& we ARE ambitous, but we are good at traveling quick to fit it all in. If we like certain areas, I'm sure we'll get back to spend more time.Though we are beach people, we love a trip that we get to sample local food/wine, scenery, activity and culture.We can't imagine visiting NZ without seeing Milford Sound,so Queenstown&MS is a strong must. with lack of time, less interested in glaciers, whales or vineards, as we have been to Napa Valley many times & plan to do alaska in the future. We are flying out of Auckland back to USA. How do we decided btw Abel Tasman, Coromandel,Rotorua, Napier, Wellington-Picton Ferry. Help.... what should we pick& how do we do it? Car,boat, flight, train are all options.
Milford, Auckland, Routora, North Beaches... Is Auckland area not too impressive? Trip ideas below.
1-2 day: Queenstown and Mildford Sound-2 days
3 Fly Auckland
4 Routora day trip
5 Coromandel day trip
6 Day trip North, west beaches or bay of plenty ??? Open to ideas
7 Fly home
OR #2 Milford, Ferry, Routra and Auckland
1-2 day: Queenstown and Mildford Sound-2 days.. .Is the ferry experience worth all the traveling?
3 Fly to Picton, ferry to Wellington, overnight
4 drive to Routora via Taupo or Napier, stay overnight
5 Routora all day
6 Drive to Auckland, stay overnight
7 Fly home
OR #3Are the Able Beaches worth all the driving?
1-2 day: Queenstown and Mildford Sound(scenic flight)
3 drive north along west coast, Franz Josef
4 drive north along west coast, Punakaiki ~ 3 hours, then to Marahu ~ 3.5 hours)
5 Abel Tasman National Park
6 Abel Tasman National Park or Picton to Wellington Ferry
7 Fly to Auckland, then home to USA

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