NZ South Island itinerary- please help! :-)

Jun 27th, 2019, 01:08 PM
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Hi Bel,

This is where we stayed in FJ - it's not luxurious but it had a kitchen area and was very quiet and central.

And this is where we stayed in Wanaka: CriffelPeak View - Stylish accommodation in Wanaka, NZCriffelPeak View | Stylish accommodation in Wanaka, NZ It's set a short walk away from the centre of town and again is very quiet. We liked the communal breakfasts, the afternoon tea, the friendliness of the hosts, and their willingness to help their guests in any way they could. Also we were lucky enough to be offered the house at the top the garden rather than a room in the main house; I'm sure the rooms were fine but we enjoyed the extra space and the use of the washing machine and drier.
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Jun 28th, 2019, 01:31 AM
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Sure! Here it is:

Mon 11th - arrive Nelson airport midday, drive Motueka or similar for accommodation (3N)
Tue 12
th – Abel Tasman all day hike and explore
Wed 13
th – Abel Tasman all day hike and explore
Thu 14th – Drive to Punakaiki, spend the night
Fri 15th - drive to Franz Josef, spend the night
Sat 16th – Short hike in area in the morning, early afternoon drive to Wanaka via Haast Pass, take the whole rest of the day to drive this (3N)
Sun 17th – Wanaka, explore area
Mon 18th – Wanaka, explore area
Tue 19th – Drive to Te Anau (2N)
Wed 20th – Milford Sound, depart early for boat tour, then drive back to Te Anau with a hike and stops on the way
Thu 21st – Te Anau to Mt Cook, long drive, but make an early start (2N)
Fri 22
nd – Mt Cook, leave later in the day for Christchurch to drop off car, have dinner, early night
Sat 23
rd – Fly out 6.25am flight

Annhig - thanks for the accommodation tips!

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Jun 28th, 2019, 06:17 AM
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Okay then.

I can recommend these places:

Motueka area - Tasman Green Studio (located in Tasman Village, between Nelson and Motueka)

Franz Josef - 58 on Cron

Wanaka - Clear Brook Apartments

Te Anau - Birchwood Cottages, The Croft B&B, Amber Court Motel

Mt Cook - Akoraki Court
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Jun 28th, 2019, 10:46 AM
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THANK YOU! For all your help!
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Jun 29th, 2019, 01:22 AM
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At Aoraki Court Motel in Aoraki Mt. Cook, rooms 21-26 have unobstructed views, i suggest you request one of these rooms.
We've stayed there three times, last time being put in Room 6. The mountain view in this room was minimal. Mostly our view was of other accommodation and, as it was an "accessible" room (which we did not request or need), the water ran all over the bathroom when we showered. We learned how to deal with this after the first time, but that first time necessitated sopping up puddles.
Also. on the way to Aoraki Mt. Cook, you'll pass a couple of salmon farms/outlets, don't be tempted to buy raw salmon to cook at Aoraki Court Motel, as they have a rule about not cooking smelly foods, like fish or curry. As we'd stayed there before we were aware of this rule, so brought venison medallions to cook for dinner. You can also dine out, of course.
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