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Trip Report New Zealand-Trip Report-30 Days North & South Island

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Trip Report - New Zealand October 15, 2015 to November 14, 2015. My husband and I are in our 60s from Northeast USA. We like road trips and exploring new towns each day with some down time too. We had reservations for the first 21 nights, then we made plans day by day at the end of the trip. I just outlined the trip to show the pace of our travels and listed some highlights.The Motels and B&Bs that we stayed in were clean and adequate. Some were nicer than others, but I would recommend all of them.

1 - Arrived Auckland - Budget Rental car - Cotswold Cottage in Thames
2 - Coromandel Peninsula, Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach - Breakers Motel in Whangamata
3&4 - Sport of Kings Motel in Rotorua - Luge at Skyline, Museum, City Park, Eat Street, Blue & Green Lakes, Buried Village (just ok) Waiotapu Thermals, Tamaki Maori Village
5 - Aratiatia Rapids, Huka Falls, Taupo - the Nautilus in Napier
6 - Greytown, Masterton, Paua World - the Claremont Studios in Martinborough
7&8 - Austinvilla B&B in Wellington - Drive around peninsula, Mt Victoria, Botanical Garden, Te Papa
9 - Ferry to Picton (Premium Lounge) Queen Charlotte Rd, Cullen View Point - The Sails in Nelson
10&11 - The Sails in Nelson - Saturday Market, Center of NZ, Mapua, Abel Tasman (Wilson's boat from Kaiteriteri to Anchorage, hike to Pitt Head)
12 - Buller Gorge Swing Bridge, Cape Foulwind - Buller Court on Palmerston in Westport
13 - Punkaiki Rocks - Scenicland Motel in Greymouth
14 - Arthur's Pass, Hokitika Gorge, Glow Worm Grotto - Annabelle Motel in Hokitika
15 - Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier - Sunset Motel in Fox Glacier
16 - Haast Pass - Wanaka View Motel in Wanaka
17, 18 &19 - Glebe Apartments in Queenstown - Cardrona, Skyline Star Gazing & Luge, Glenorchy, AJ Hacket Bridge Bungy, Chard Farm, Gibbston Valley Wine & Cheese, Shotover Jet Boat, Arrowtown, Coronet Peak
20, 21 &22 - Blue Thistle Cottages in Te Anau- Fiordland Movie, Southern Discoveries Nature Cruise in Milford Sound, Go Orange to Doubtful Sound
23 & 24 - Amross Motel in Dunedin - Olveston House, Otago Peninsula, Larnach Castle, Baldwin Street
25 - Moeraki Boulders, Blue Penguin Colony, - Highfield Mews in Oamaru
26 - Maori Rock Paintings, Elephant Boulders, Benmore Dam, Hike to Kea Point and Tasman Glacier View - Aoraki Court Motel in Mt Cook Village
27 - Mt John Univ. Observatory - Methven Resort in Methven
28 & 29 - stayed at Centre Point on Colombo in Christchurch - Cardboard Church, Container Mall, Akaroa, Lyttleton
30 - Drop off rental car - stay at Airport Gateway Motel (free shuttle)
31 - Fly home

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