Australia & the Pacific Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

March 2015 – Adventure Trip Planning – 2 Weeks in NZ

Jump to last reply

I’m starting some very advanced planning for a March 2015 trip, with a focus on scenery and adventure. After going through quite a few options, I have (I believe!) narrowed it down to two options: Chile/Argentina and New Zealand. This post is all about New Zealand as an option for a 2 week trip: I will also post a Chile/Argentina option in the South America forum.

My main focus is great scenery and adventure opportunities. I also do like great food & wine, affordable luxury hotels/inns, and wildlife viewing, but those are much lesser points of interest on this particular trip. In terms of adventure, I like that New Zealand offers such a wide array of soft and extreme adventure options. I’m most interested in surfing, day hikes, kayaking, biking, and the possibility of skydiving. I don’t want to rush too much, but do want to get to a few key locations.

New Zealand is absolutely the place I most want to go next. I’ve been interested in going since the first Lord of the Rings movie came out. My main points of concern are that even with two weeks, I don’t have enough time to properly explore, and I will likely be at the mercy of bus/internal flights since I’m a New Yorker who has not driven much and driving on the left seems a bit hairy for me.

Keeping those things in mind, I’ve crafted a rough itinerary for 13 nights in New Zealand, nearly all on the South Island (some time on NI for surfing, which I’m a novice and the surf schools sound more plentiful there, plus the water will be warmer in March). I don’t have firm dates at all, but looked at when planes depart/arrive to get an optimal schedule together:

MONDAY – land in Auckland 5:45 AM (departed NYC Saturday afternoon via SF/LAX), flight to Queenstown, afternoon/night Queenstown

TUESDAY – Queenstown / Arrowtown / Central Otago(?), night Queenstown

WEDNESDAY – Queenstown bus/car to Te Anu, night Te Anu

THURSDAY – Milford Sound kayak/cruise, night Te Anu

FRIDAY – Day hike (Milford? Kepler?), night Te Anu

SATURDAY – back to Queenstown, time in Glenorchy (?), night Queenstown

SUNDAY – Bus from Queenstown to Wanaka, night Wanaka

MONDAY – Bus from Wanaka to Fox / Franz Josef Glacier, night Glaciers

TUESDAY – Glacier exploration, skydive?, night Glaciers

(this part I am fairly ok with, but then not sure how to work the rest in where I’d like to surf. Also not sure if it makes the most sense to go to Auckland or Wellington as the base)

WEDNESDAY – Glaciers to Hokitika/Arthur’s Pass, night Hokitika/Arthur’s Pass

THURSDAY – Hokitika/Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch, fly Wellington / Auckland, night Wellington / Auckland

FRIDAY – If Wellington: city exploration/Martinborough/Kaitoke (?), If Auckland: Waiheke Island (?)

SATURDAY – if Wellington: surfing in Lyall Bay, if Auckland: surfing (wherever surf school goes), night Wellington / Auckland

SUNDAY – if Wellington: fly home (via Auckland and SF/LAX) if Auckland: day in city, fly home (via SF/LAX), land NYC 10:00 PM Sunday

How does this itinerary look for the things I’d like to do, as well as keeping the rushing around to a minimum and relying on public transportation as much as possible?

Also, if anyone has been to both New Zealand and Chile/Argentina and wants to weigh in on both experiences, I would very much appreciate it.

Cheers!

8 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Fodor's Go List 2015 Has Been Announced
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Dec 19, 14 at 05:08 PM
View all Australia & the Pacific activity »
  1. 1 Shoe Recommendations for NZ??
  2. 2 Our First Trip to New Zealand
  3. 3 Trip Report The Great Australian Adventure
  4. 4 NZ SI: Picton to Christchurch anywhere worth staying a night?
  5. 5 18 & 19 year old traveling for two weeks after 7 months in Brisbane
  6. 6 Must See/Dos in New Zealand
  7. 7 21 day New Zealand Itinerary with Milford Track
  8. 8 Songdoc - Skippers Canyon
  9. 9 7 day south island itinerary help, start/end in Queenstown
  10. 10 Moorea - Villas/House/Condo's
  11. 11 Trip Report Songdoc's Tasmanian Honeymoon
  12. 12 Great Ocean Road Itinerary
  13. 13 5 week itinerary help
  14. 14 Trip Report Beachmere Australias most Unfriendly Town
  15. 15 Help with Australia/ New Zealand plan!
  16. 16 New Zealand Trip - Solicit suggestions
  17. 17 Trip Report Margaret River, One Bite at a Time
  18. 18 New Zealand (South Island) 10 Day Itinerary - Need Advice Please
  19. 19 Ideas for holidays in Australia in January/February
  20. 20 This special community - Fodorville
  21. 21 New Zealand -help with itinerary
  22. 22 Traveling to Hawaii
  23. 23 Great food/local favorites
  24. 24 Trip Report Australia Vacation Sept 2014: Focus on WA
  25. 25 Sydney
View next 25 » Back to the top