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New Zealand - 12 Nights Trip

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Hi, We are planning our family trip with 2 kids (3 & 7) for 12 nights to NZ. We would want to cover main highlights for both islands. Please provide your feedback so we can modify it to make it more efficient.

1. Sat, 11/22 - Fly out of EWR
2. Sun, 11/23 - In Flight
QUEENSTOWN - 4 NIGHTS
3. Mon, 11/24- Reach Auckland 6 AM, Take flight to Queenstown; check in- relax, skyline gondola
4. Tues, 11/25
- Local Queenstown
- 4-5 hour trip to Glenorchy (Definitely drive to Glenorchy while in QT. It is the most lovely drive on the planet. Excellent scenery - 45 min drive from Queenstown.)
5. Wed, 11/26- Visit Mount Cook via Wanaka & Arrowtown (3 hours & 15 min drive)
6. Thurs, 11/27 (Drive to Milford Sound is 2 hr 15 mins)
- Stop at Te Anau (Best Luge Ride)
- Explore Fiordland National Park
- Take the Milford sound cruise. (you must avoid the cruises that leave between 10am-11:30am, which are full of busloads of tourists. These copious amounts of tourists stop arriving by noon or so. We took an early afternoon cruise, and there were very very few of us on board. That was the consistent advice we got from this forum, and it was accurate - opt for the 1:50 pm Mitre Peak cruise.)
- On way back, stop at the Chasm, take the Chasm walk
FRANZ GLACIER - 1 NIGHT
7. Fri, 11/28 - Check out from Queenstown and drive to Franz/Fox Glacier (4.5 hours drive)
CHRISTCHURCH- 3 NIGHTS
8. Sat, 11/29- Check out and drive to Christchurch via Greymouth/Arthur's Pass/Christchurch (4.5 hours drive)
9. Sun, 11/30- Christchurch - lords of the Ring
10. Mon, 12/1 - Local Christchurch
AUCKLAND - 4 NIGHTS
Tues, 12/2- Fly to Auckland & Check in Auckland hotel
Wed, 12/3 - 1 day trip to waitomo Caves
Thurs, 12/4 - 1 day trip to Rotorua - polynesia spa (open till 11 pm)
Fri, 12/5- Fly Back to EWR

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