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New Zealand Trip: Late September/South Island/10 days.

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In late September of this year, I'll be traveling to New Zealand's South Island with 10 full days to spend. I'll be flying into and out of Christchurch after spending 4 days in Sydney. I don't think I'll get to visit everywhere I'd like to go. Could those of you who have been there help me with a plan? To avoid sandflys I was considering spending the majority of the time to the east of the Alps. I hope to visit some wineries and do some shorter outdoor walk with varied scenery. I was considering visiting four areas, but I think I'll only have time for three likely: 1. Areas North of Christchurch (wineries), coastal walks with wildlife, etc. 2. Arthur's Pass--spend a few days in the area with a few good walks. 3. Lake Tekapo 4. Queensdown/TeAnau area. In the end I'll have to get back to Christchurch for an early flight back to Sydney and the US. I'm trying to figure out where to base my self for each leg. I'll be renting a car for travel.

Day 0: Arrive Christchurch late and stay at airport near hotel

Day 1/2: Christchurch/Kaikoura/wineries

Day 3/4/5: Arthur's Pass area

Day 6/7/8: Lake Tekapo area

Day 9/10: Queenstown area (maybe day trip to Te Anau or the Southern Tip)

Day 11: Early flight back to Sydney and connect to the US.

I think I'll have to get rid of one leg of this trip. Are Arthur's Pass area and Lake Tekapo similar? Or would it make sense to get rid of the Queenstown end of the island.

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