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Sep 22nd, 2013, 05:28 PM
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Help! First trip to New Zealand

Hi!

My husband and I are planning our first trip to New Zealand. Following is the itinerary we came up with:

Day 1: Auckland
Day 2 and 3: Rotorua and Thermal Attractions
Day 4: Fly to Queenstown
Day 5 and 6: Queenstown
Day 7: Doubtful Sounds
Day 8: Te Anau
Day 9: Milford Track
Day 10 and 11: Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers
Day 12: Punakaiki to Abel Tasman
Day 13: Abel Tasman
Day 14: Abel Tasman to Kaikoura
Day 15: Kaikoura to Christchurch

Is this a reasonable itinerary? Any input is appreciated. We are planning on going there early December. What will the weather be like?

Thanks!
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Sep 22nd, 2013, 05:38 PM
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I assume you plan to walk just a section of the Milford Track as a day walk?

I assume you plan to drive from Milford to Franz and Fox?

Don't do this in only one day - that's about nine hours of solid driving. Better to break up the trip in Wanaka.

Your itinerary is very busy and involves a lot of driving, but the SI portion seems doable, other than the drive from Milford to the glaciers.
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Sep 22nd, 2013, 09:37 PM
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Make sure to swing by Napier to see the town and drive up on the Bluff, it's a unique town.
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Sep 24th, 2013, 04:31 PM
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About the weather - who knows? Summer will have started, but in Taupo it will be cooler than at lower elevations of course, beyond that - it's up to mother nature.
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