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

New Zealand self-drive trip

Jump to last reply

My wife and I are just starting our planning for our trip to New Zealand. We land in Auckland on Sunday October 28 at 7:20 AM. Our return flight leaves Auckland on Tuesday November 22 at 7:30 PM. October 28 will be a recovery day. Beyond that we have not made any plans.

We our both in our 70’s. Adventure sports, hiking, fishing, resorts, wine tastings are definitely not items on our agenda. Our vacations are self-drive staying either one night or two in on location. Our normal plan is reserve a room for the first night and last night. In between we make the reservations as we travel along.

We plan on renting a car and I will do all the driving. I have driven on the “wrong” side of the road in Australia and Ireland (twice) so that should not be a problem.

Our main interest while traveling is photography. That makes our travel times much longer than what shows up in the GPS or Google Maps.

We have looked at the following route.
Auckland
Rotorua
Wellington
Ferry to Blenheim
Blenheim
Greymouth
Franz Josef Glacier
Queenstown
Christchurch

Google Maps has this as 26 hours (2078 KM) plus the ferry ride. Is this too much driving in 22 days? If so where do were cut off some miles based on what I have stated above?

18 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement