16nights trip covering both islands in August 2012
Replies: 24 - Last Post: May 22, 2012 5:37 AM Last Post By: prodizy
May 21, 2012 5:37 AM
May 21, 2012 1:26 PM
16I lived on the North Hokianga for 7 years (next door to The Tree House backpackers at Kohu Kohu) and not sure I'd do it at any time of the year if I was on a limited schedule like OPs.
Oh, and its not always the sunny north. I still needed my winter woolies up there.
May 21, 2012 5:39 PM
17You said that you wanted to see some thermal stuff, and it is worth seeing. So I would stick with your original plan and see Rotorua (or Taupo). 'The winterless north' still gets quite cold as westwood says.
Neverwinter is coming from the UK and the jetlag is at its worse from there. I think the time difference from India is six hours so it won't be as bad. Spending several days in Auckland to get over the jetlag is overkill. One night would be fine - I'd even go so far as to suggest that you'll be fine on the 30 min drive from the airport to the city as long as you aren't arriving in rush hour and take it easy - or you could find a place to stay that is close to the airport.
Lake Tekapo is a popular stop between Queenstown and Christchurch.
#13 suggested a route to the West Coast - I'd recommend the Kaikoura option. The whale watching is worth the diversion I think. Maybe stop in for at Hanmer Springs on your way to Greymouth as well if you have time? Also agree that the trip to Milford is worth it - but maybe take an organised tour rather than driving yourself?
I would avoid driving in the early morning and evening. Black ice can make the roads quite dangerous at those times of day.
Neverwinter: I was surprised that the accident rate is so high per population (the rate with number of vehicles is a more even comparison but still a lot higher than I had expected). I would hazard a guess that it's no where near India's rate though?
May 21, 2012 6:54 PM
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May 21, 2012 7:57 PM
21Could be, as you will have to go straight off the ferry into a big drive, which seems a shame to miss the scenery around that region.
BUT - it would then make the rest of the trip a lot easier.
Here's another idea - drive from Picton to Murchison. Murchison is quite a decent town, good food and accommodation and just 2 and a half hours from Picton.
Murchison to Franz Josef is a 4 hour drive, but during daylight, and you've saved a night.
May 21, 2012 8:02 PM
May 22, 2012 5:10 AM
May 22, 2012 5:37 AM
I have been told that Nelson is a good option in summers - not in winters. With stopping at Nelson and then Punakaiki, I will lose a day amd hence the chance to visit Milfor Sound :(
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