Australia & the Pacific Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Recent Spam Attacks
    by mkataoka Fodor's Editor | Posted on Nov 28, 16 at 01:31 PM
View all Australia & the Pacific activity »
  1. 1 Free Camping
  2. 2 Trip Report New Zealand SI and Auckland
  3. 3 Kaikoura roads update
  4. 4 NZ South Island Advice - Glaciers or Abel Tasman?
  5. 5 Maasdam (Holland America) verse Golden Princess
  6. 6 Trip Report 17 Days Around New Zealand South Island. My Jaw Dropped Everywhere I went!
  7. 7 Clever, mischievous keas
  8. 8 Trip Report Uluru the Outback Tour Day 3 - Travel Report
  9. 9 Trip Report Uluru the Outback Tour Day 2 - Travel Report
  10. 10 Feedback on my 2 month OZ/NZ itin
  11. 11 Perth, Margaret River, Albany loop
  12. 12 Trip Report New Zealand: Milford and Routeburn Tracks
  13. 13 Help with our 14-day NZ Itinerary
  14. 14 Driving Times South Island New Zealand
  15. 15 Trip Report 45-ish days Solo NZ Trip Report
  16. 16 Ohau Point Seal Colony destroyed
  17. 17 North or South after Perth in rental car?
  18. 18 Cheap and affordable car hire in port douglas
  19. 19 14 Day RV from Christchurch
  20. 20 Whales spotted off Kaikoura first time since quake
  21. 21 Translation of documents
  22. 22 SH1 to Kaikoura update
  23. 23 10 days NZ-crusie or land??
  24. 24 Cooking classes near Melbourne
  25. 25 Sunshine coast or gold coast in February
View next 25 » Back to the top

Need advice for South Island New Zealand trip

Jump to last reply

I am traveling from Atlanta to NZ for a business trip in Queenstown next February and my wife and I are planning a holiday around it. We are in our late 30s and leaving the kids at home. This board and Scott Cook’s NZ Frenzy have been very helpful in our planning. I would really appreciate any advice or suggestions on our proposed itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Queenstown 10:35, +/- afternoon activity Wanaka or QT, overnight Wanaka
Day 2: Self-guided hike to Rob Roy Glacier, return rental car in Wanaka
Day 3-5: Gillespie Pass trip with Wild Walks
Day 6: Return to Wanaka from Wild Walks trip ~4:30, transfer to Queenstown
Day 7: Full day for activity in Queenstown
Day 8: Possible AM activity in Queenstown, meeting begins in afternoon
Day 9: Full day of meetings for me, wife on her own to relax, etc
Day 10: Meeting wraps up around lunch, transfer to Te Anau
Day 11: Stirling sunriser kayak tour of Milford Sound, +/- explore Milford road on drive back to Te Anau
Day 12: Doubtful sound overnight cruise
Day 13: Complete cruise, return to Queenstown
Day 14: Depart Queenstown at 2:30 and return to USA

I’m not sure about the most efficient way to organize the Milford/Doubtful portion of the trip. Scott Cook’s book recommends having a car to explore Milford road on your own. It sounds like rental options in Te Anau are very limited (one company?) but on the other hand I’m not sure I want to commit to driving back and forth from Queenstown (and paying for four days of a car we only “need” one day).

I’ve toyed with flipping the order of Doubtful and Milford and/or taking a scenic flight either to or from Milford. I’m nervous about the flight since I’ve read weather can ground flights for days at a time and I’d hate to try to arrange ground transportation last minute (especially to return to QT in time for our flight). Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

-Matt

17 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement