This forum is amazing! Thank you Melnq8 and other experienced travelers for your comments.
Here is our plan. We will fly from Washington DC - we already have tickets DC to Aukland and Christchurch to DC. We did not book any hotels, flights or rental cars yet. Please give us advice.
Nov 2: at 12:50 pm arrive to Aukland then fly to Nelson. Night in Nelson
Nov 3: All day in Abel Tasman Park. We are planning to take a bus from Nelson to park and relax. Night in Nelson
Nov 4: Rent a car. All day (about 6 hours) drive to Franz Josef. Night in Franz Josef
Nov 5: Spend half a day in Franz Josef. In the evening Drive to Wanaka (about 3.5 hours). Night in Wanaka
Nov 6: All day relax in Wanaka. Night in Wanaka
Nov 7: Drive to Mt. Cook and back. Night in Wanaka
Nov 8: Drive to Queenstown in the morning (about 1.5 hours). Spend most of the day in Queenstown. Night in Queenstown
Nov 9: Spend most of the day in Queenstown. Drive to Te Anau in the evening (about 2.5 hours). Night in Te Anau
Nov 10: All day in Milford Sound. Night in Te Anau
Nov 11: Spend half a day in Te Anau. In the afternoon drive to Dunedin (about 4 hours). Night in Dunedin.
Nov 12: All day on Otago peninsula. Night in Dunedin
Nov 13: All day in Dunedin. Night in Dunedin
Nov 14: All day drive to Christchurch (about 5 hours). Night in Christchurch
Nov 15: Spend half a day in Christchurch. Fly home at 6:35 pm.
I feel like we want to do too many things in too short time, but it was not easy for me and my husband to get 2 week vacations...
Recent ActivityView all Australia & the Pacific activity »
- 1 Aurora dazzles Kiwis
- 2 14 day South NZ Trip
- 3 Gold Coast - places to visit and stay
- 4 GOR & Otway zipline together
- 5 Best national park around Sydney
- 6 1 night stay around GOR
- 7 First time in NZ. Need advice on Dec trip itinerary pls.
- 8 7 days in New Zealand
- 9 One-day hike in Milford area
- 10 NZ: Northland & Bay of Islands 10 days
- 11 New Zealand and Australia at last!
- 12 NZ repeat visitors
- 13 Looking for tour for 30 something's
- 14 South Island Suggestions
- 15 Best spot for first time SCUBA
- 16 Fairly easy cycling on the South Island
- 17 Trip to Bora Bora Australia in January
- 18 Oz air carrier recommendation
- 19 Challenges of readying Christchurch-Kaikoura-Picton road by Xmas
- 20 NYTimes: trouble along the Great Barrier Reef
- 21 New Zealand Car Rental
- 22 Sun, sandflies & sauvignon blanc: A short trip to the spectacular NZ SI
- 23 What exactly is a NZ sound?
- 24 4 weeks in New Zealand
- 25 An interesting read re driving to Milford Sound