28 days ...
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Sep 7, 2012 7:21 AM Last Post By: kereru
Sep 3, 2012 12:21 PM
28 days ...Hi everyone,
After taking some fantastic advice I have started building my itinerary. I have done a rough draft for the north island and thought I'd ask people's opinions on timing and destinations before finishing my south island itinerary. I am looking to hire a car drive down to Wellington across to Picton on a car ferry before finishing at christchurch and flying back uptoAuckland ... Please take a look and give me any suggestions ....
Land Auckland 20/09/12 stay two nights
22/09/12 travel upto the bay of islands > 2 1/2 hours drive
23/09/12 Waipoua forest for a night trek
24/09/12 travel to Cormandel 5 1/2 hours drive
25/09/12 trek around taupo
27/09/12 spend a couple of days at Wellington
29/09/12 get the ferry to picton using the interisland ferry.
This gives me 18 whole days to play with in the South Island ... Thank you
Sep 3, 2012 9:13 PM
1For what you have planned for the Far North, much as I like the area, it really isnt worth the drive up there for the small amount of time you are allowing. Your calculation of driving times heading north then back down through Auckland to Coromandel seem to be a bit on the low side.
Sep 4, 2012 11:22 PM
2I think you aren't giving yourself any time to actually see anything or do anything. The drive from Northland down to Coromandel - do you mean the peninsula or just the town? It is a long way and really the fantastic things to see are more on the east coast of Coromandel peninsula. The roads a round here aren't fast but it is beautiful. maybe you are going to hot Water Beach which has suddenly become very popular.
Trek around Taupo?
have you gone into google maps and had a good look at distances.
Are you just going to Waipoua to see Tane Mahuta? While not as big you will have the chance to see lots of kauri trees in the coromandel.
18 days in the South island sounds great and i don't want to be a killjoy but maybe you need to leave out either Northland or Coromandel
Sep 5, 2012 1:42 AM
3That's really helpful thank you, not a killjoy at all, I have no previous experience with travelling so am really going on advice and research.
I really want to go up Waipoua forest so maybe I should scratch Coromandel of the list, Do you think it wise for me to drive? or are buses better?
I didn't realise how large Taupo was, I don't intend to trek the whole area just spend some time there as I've hard its really hard to get authority to hike much in the south island due to popular demand and minimum spaces, where would you suggest as a good place to hike I'm not an experienced hiker but would love the opportunity to trek for a couple of days whilst in New Zealand.
Sep 5, 2012 1:54 PM
4Buses are really going to be limiting, especially as you really want to do Waipoua Forest. But you could pick up a cheap rental for a couple of days and that would make it easier. And if you still want to go to Taupo, then take a bus. But most things around Taupo are out of the town a little so gou're going to have the problem of how to get around. But have a look at some of the rentals for relocations and see if theres one from Auckland to Wellington when you're here. You might be lucky and that would allow you an overnight in Taupo.
Sep 7, 2012 7:21 AM
5You are going to be limited for tramping in the SI with only 18 days. Many of the Great Walks won't be open yet for the season but thos e that are won't be heavily booked in early spring so I don't know who told you that! The walks that require pre-booking are usually 3-4 day affairs. You don't need to book any one day walks. On the 25 th how are you going to get from Coromandel TO Taupo & still have time for a tramp somewhere? - National Park is still another hour or more further south.
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