So excited to be asking for help on Fodor's. It means we're going some place fun - yay!
In March, we are going to visit American relatives who live in Kiama, NSW (100 miles south of Sydney). No kids on this trip. 11 days in AU, then fly over to New Zealand for a week. First time visitor to this part of the world. We've decided that we will be back again someday, so we're not trying to unrealistically check off the entire bucket list in one trip. Just looking for "can't miss" day or overnight trips out of our Kiama hub, as well as any additional NZ ideas. We are adventurous and love outdoor activities/wildlife. Not big on laying around on a beach all day (but relaxing with a glass of wine and a great view after a cool experience sounds luxurious - ha!).
Here is our WIP itinerary:
Australia: 3/2 - 3/12
3/2, 3/3, 3/4: Arrive Sydney. Staying in Sydney 3 nights.
Sydney ideas: All-day ferry pass, Watson's Bay, Manly, Opera House area, Sydney Harbour Bridge climb, Bondi Beach walk, Botanic Gardens, Torango Zoo, Bush walk...
3/5, 3/6, 3/7: Rent car, drive down to Kiama.
Kiama Day Trips: ?
3/8, 3/9, 3/10, 3/11: Thinking Canberra (by bike?) and/or the Blue Mountains/Katoomba.
Canberra ideas: A museum or two might be fun. Worth the trip?
Blue Mtns./Katoomba ideas: ?
3/12: Drive to Sydney, Fly Sydney to Christchurch.
New Zealand: 3/13 - 3/20
3/13: Christchurch/Rent car at airport. Drive Christchurch to Aoraki/Mt. Cook Village (4:00)
3/14: Drive to Queenstown (3:30 via Wanaka)
3/15, 3/16, 3/17: Queenstown. Milford Sound (Bus/Boat/Fly)
Queenstown ideas: Shotover River jet boat; Lake Marian, Fiordland; Bike trail; Hike Ben Lomand...
Other can't miss ideas: ?
3/18, 3/19: Wellington. Fly Queenstown to Wellington.
Wellington ideas: Te papa museum, Zealanda/botanical gard, Hike Mt. Victoria...
Other can't miss ideas: ?
3/20: Depart Wellington.
Thanks. Appreciate all your ideas!
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