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I am planning a trip to NZ in January/February 2017, and would love any advice or criticisms of my itinerary. We will have a rental car the entire trip, and I know its a lot of driving, but so much to see!

"via" means those are places I am considering staying along the way.

29 - land at 9 am in Auckland, visit and stay in Auckland
30 - stay in Rotorua (via Waitomo caves, maybe Te Waihou)
31 - stay in Taupo (via Waimanga, Waotapa, Orakei Koraka, Kerosene Creek)
1 - return and stay in Rotorua
2 -…

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We will be flying to the South Island on Dec 16 2016 from Sydney Australia. On Dec 25 2016, we will fly to Auckland to visit our friend.

We can fly into and out of Queenstown or Christchurch. Cost wise, there is not too much difference between the two airports. Please let us know which airport makes more sense based on the areas we would like to visit below.

We are a family of four (two adults and two older teens). We enjoy hiking, nature/wild life and we have a very modest budget. I have…

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Hi Guys! I am thinking about starting up a business specialising in travel products for people backpacking, cruising or just the 'everyday' holiday/vacation. I am wanting to sell products that are good quality, sensible, helpful and at a reasonable cost. I am going on a backpacking trip to Europe and the UK in a few months time and I found the most difficult thing here in NZ was finding out what I was going to need for my trip, sourcing quality products and at a good price. I have spent a lot of…

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So - here's the basic question.

I'm flying to Queenstown and hiking the Milford Track in December (already booked). Spending a night in Milford Sound at the end of the track and then I've got 5 days before I've got to be in Rotorua. (Spend a partial day there and then 1 day making my way back to Auckland for a flight home).

So, there's only really time to check out some of what the North or South Island has to offer. My friend and I are going to be pretty tired after the track and are looking…

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Hi everyone, I am extremely excited about the upcoming road trip in south island.
Appreciate and welcome and comments or suggestions on my itinerary! :D

Period: Late April to Mid May
Number of Days: 15 (including flight)

Day 1: arrive in Christchurch @ 1.30pm, spend a day in Christchurch
Day 2: Collect vehicle in early morning and drive to Franz Josef Glacier for the Glacier tour (2pm). Spend a night in Franz Josef.
Day 3: Morning sky dive (8am). After-which, drive to Wanaka via haast pass. Spend…

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My partner and I have revised our trip a bit. If you can provide any tips or help it would be appreciated. Landing in AKL early morning we have rented an Airbnb in the Ponsonby neighborhood for 2 nights. We will have a car and plan on exploring the AKL area while nursing some jet lag.

We are not really museum type people. We love beautiful drives. What parts of town show the best of AKL?

The next 2 nights we have decided to stay in the town of Coromandel. Then we head over to Whangamata for…

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I'll be driving between Auckland - Wellington in early July and was curious if the roads are anything to worry about. I read the "Desert Road" stretch near Taupo can sometimes close due to snow in July. Does anyone have experience with this?

Thank you!

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Hi all!

I am going to New Zeeland, next year and I starting to plan already,I have planned these tours soo far:

  1. Rotorua ( Rotorua Maori Hangi )
  2. Taupo ( ( Full-day Tongariro Alpine Crossing Hike )

Is there something else good to see or do hiking ?

The town list so far:

Auckland – Christchurch – Wellington – Dunedin – Queenstown –Hamilton – Tauranga -

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Hello! My husband and I are planning a 9 day trip to NZ in February 2017. Due to time restrictions, we'd like to stay on the North Island. We will be renting a car and plan on driving to each of the locations. We are early in the planning process, but here is the rough itinerary we have so far:

Full Days 1-2: Auckland & Waiheke Island
Day 3 Drive to Rotorua
Day 4: Spend full day in Rotorua
Day 5: Leave Rotorua, drive to Thames, then Coromandel (stay in Coromandel)
Day 6: Check out Cathedral Cove &amp…

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I will be travelling from Perth to NZ in mid-October with my 75 year old grandmother and I'm wondering how much time to invest in both the North and South Islands? She cannot do any serious hikes, or walks that aren't paved and or flat. She is in good shape but doesn't do particularly well with high altitude or uneven surfaces. She is able to walk a good bit though as long as it's not too strenuous. A day full of activities is just fine. We will wake early and take advantage of full days, using…