Australia & the Pacific Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Australia & the Pacific activity »
  1. 1 Travel passes within Australia
  2. 2 Help with New Zealand Itinerary
  3. 3 New Zealand tenative 18 day itinerary
  4. 4 Milford Sound Cruises
  5. 5 Sydney-Things to Do
  6. 6 Palm Cove in Feburary
  7. 7 3 weeks in Aus in March
  8. 8 drive or fly?
  9. 9 NZ Honeymoon in February -14 days
  10. 10 first time to Australia and new Zealand
  11. 11 I've been given my assignment: Fiji and...?
  12. 12 Nelson, New Zealand
  13. 13 Trip Report Melbourne City Holiday Apartment
  14. 14 10-12 days in Tasmania
  15. 15 Is Jetstar really that bad?
  16. 16 French Polynesia - Cruise or Land?
  17. 17 Sydney Public Transport Opal Card?
  18. 18 3 days in Gold cost , where to stay
  19. 19 I Need Help Deciding Which Way To Go Around Australia
  20. 20 30 Day Australia Itinerary Feedback
  21. 21 Nevis Bungy & Swing
  22. 22 Sydney & Palm Cove in November
  23. 23 Tahiti or Raiatea?
  24. 24 NZ 10 day honeymoon, driving NI and SI
  25. 25 Boat charter Raitea
View next 25 » Back to the top

NZ - Trip of a lifetime. Help!

Jump to last reply

We've been planning this for a few years now and have put it off. Now we have decided to bite the bullet and do NZ in March'14. DW and I. Without kids. We're both 37. We may be joined by my brother and SIL.

The plan is to do both islands. Maybe 6 nights in NI, 12 nights in SI. 3rd week of March into April. We will rent a car and drive around. Interests are around experiencing NZ this being our first trip, natural beauty, doing rather than seeing, outdoors, culture, etc.

Questions for NI:
We want to do Rotorua and Wellington for sure. Maybe 2 nights each. The other 2 nights juggling between Bay of Islands/Reinga or elsewhere. Does Auckland warrant a stay? Heard both sides of the argument. Suggestions?

The other question is if we take a bus point to point for the entire NI portion of the trip, does it work out more economical than if I were to rent a car?

SI - Pretty straightforward. Taking west coast route from Picton.
2 nights in wine country in Blenheim/Renwick
1 in Nelson. Then straight shot to FZ. Is this a long drive?
1 in FZ
2 in Wanaka
3 in QT
2 in Te Anau and onto Milford
1 night spare to fit in somewhere inbetween.

We plan to fly out of QT.

Thanks a lot in advance.

25 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.