South Island 6D5N Itinerary for approval
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 27, 2012 12:46 PM Last Post By: dajackal
Nov 15, 2012 4:54 AM
South Island 6D5N Itinerary for approvalHi, will be travelling to South Island next week with my partner. Been pretty much reading posts/articles all day and came out with this itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch. Breakfast and a bit of sightseeing. Drive to Methven (a cafe heaven from what I read) for lunch, then straight to Mt Cook to catch the sunset. Overnight there.
Day 2: Mt Cook via Oamaru to Dunedin. Cadbury Factory (we're cadbury junkies, despite the bad reviews from people telling its not worth going) Larnach's Castle and that steep street. Overnight at Dunedin.
Day 3: Dunedin to Queenstown (not sure which route is better - appreciate advice). Overnight in Queenstown until last day.
Day 4: Milford Sound cruise. (Initially thinking of return self-drive and cruise. But read that its 10 hours of driving. If by coach maybe too expensive? We are keen drivers, but 10 hours maybe too much. Appreciate advice here as well. Even on bookme not so cheap)
Day 5: Activities at Queenstown
Day 6: Morning flight back home. Is there any place we can go around Queenstown early morning about 6am just to hangout before going to the airport? Just to utilize our time there.
Franz Josef/Fox Glacier look pretty tempting too, should we switch the other route instead?
Very much appreciate thoughts and advices!
Nov 15, 2012 5:26 AM
1That's heaps of driving, but it can be done. You won't have a lot of time to do activities. The main change I'd make is
Day 3: Drive Dunedin to Te Anau
Day 4: Milford Sound then drive to Queenstown (or drive to Queenstown the next morning)
Day 5: Queenstown activities
Personally I wouldn't make the big detour to Dunedin on such a short trip. I'd rather spend more time around Mount Cook, Queenstown/Wanaka, and Milford Sound.
Nov 15, 2012 9:28 AM
2Methven is a nice spot but as a ski resort is VERY quiet in the summer - we got hostels to ourselves. A cafe is a cafe is a cafe, you are on a tight schedule so don't detour.
Mt Cook sunset - presumably not up the mountain! :-) Where are you planning to be?
Milford is 10 hours driving whether on coach or by car from Queenstown. Much better to visit from Te Anau.
I enjoyed the chocolate factory tour too. But with your tight schedule I would leave it until another time when you happen to be in Dunedin and have time to do lots of other things as well.
Nov 15, 2012 6:25 PM
3I may be missing something but this strikes me as one of the worst itineraries I've seen for NZ. Sorry for being blunt, but on a 6 day trip, the idea you'd waste any of this on Dunedin, the Cadbury Factory, Oamaru, Methven etc strikes me as crazy.
Now the rant is out of the way a couple of spikes for you:
You CANNOT do the glaciers in your remaining 3 days AND see Queenstown and Milford Sound
Milford Sound is a 5 hour drive each way, and a 2 hour cruise, so this is a 12 hour day.
It's a further 5 hour from Queenstown to the glaciers
So, somehting has to give here. If it were me that would be everything I bagged earlier. If you're not prepared to skip these, then you can see Queenstown, and with an insane travel day, Milford Sound, but nothing else.These roads are slow, winding, scenic and filled with camper vans going 80 KMH.
Nov 18, 2012 4:38 PM
4The South Island has so much to offer it's hard to narrow it down. However, if you want the most scenic option it would be to forgo the Oamaru/Dunedin (East Coast) leg and go down the stunning West Coast so you can do the glaciers. The Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers are well worth the effort - they are unique in that they carve down through temperate rainforest and sadly they're not going to be there forever. (Whereas Dunedin & Oamaru will be!) Being a (West) Coaster - I might be a bit biased but the West Coast of the South Island is a really special part of the world!
I would recommend:
Day 1 Arrive ChCh - Arthur's Pass
Day 2 Arthur's Pass - Franz Josef
Day 3 Franz Josef - Queenstown
Day 4 Queenstown - Milford Sound (Day trip from Qtown)
Day 5 Queenstown/Arrowtown region
Day 6 Depart from Queenstown
You could swap Days 4 and 5 if you want a day off travelling to explore the Queenstown area. There is HEAPS to see and do and if you're looking for a quieter place to hangout before you fly out then the quaint little historic gold mining town of Arrowtown is ideal - just 20 mins from Queenstown and only 15 from the airport.
Hope this helps - will give you food for thought anyway!
Nov 27, 2012 12:46 PM
5South Island 9D8N itinerary for approval
Hi, planning a trip late January and was hoping to get some feedback on the following itinerary. I am going with my missus to celebrate our anniversary.
Day 1 Depart Sydney. Arrive ChristChurch early afternoon. Pickup rental car. Drive to downtown and explore city. Overnight ChristChurch.
Day 2 Drive to West Coast via Arthur's Pass. Stop at Castle Hill for boulders. Day hike???. Overnight Greymouth
Day 3 See the Glaciers at Franz Josef/Fox Glacier. Overnight at Franz Josef.
Day 4 Wanaka and Wanaka Puzzling World. Overnight at Wanaka
Day 5 Explore Queenstown/Arrowtown. Bob's Peak via Skyline Gondola. Overnight Queenstown.
Day 6 Queenstown adventure activity (TBC). Overnight Queenstown.
Day 7 Te Anau. Te Anau Glowworms. Overnight Te Anau.
Day 8 Milford Sound Cruise. Overnight Te Anau.
Day 9 Return to Queenstown. Fly back to Sydney.
- Worthwhile to make a trip to Akaroa on Day 1 or morning of Day 2?
- Any good short hikes around Arthur's Pass for Day 2?
- Too long in Te Anau?
Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. It will be our first time to New Zealand and we really want to see all the major highlights on South Island without being rushed.
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