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Feedback on Itinerary: 13 days on South Island

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Feedback on Itinerary: 13 days on South Island

Hello! Would love anyone's feedback on our current itinerary. We don't want to drive for too long each day, and we don't want to rush! Hence the 2-3+ nights in one place so we can use that as a base for day trips, etc. Thanks!

Day 1-2: Fly Auckland to Christchurch. pick up rental car and drive to Akaroa for 1 night.

Day 2-4: Drive to Geraldine and onwards to Lake Tekapo. 2 nights at Lake Tekapo. maybe do a Night Tour with Earth & Sky? Visit to Mt John? Hikes?

Day 4-6: Stop at Lake Pukaki on the way to Mt Cook for 2 nights. do some walks/hikes, heli hiking?, Hooker Valley?

Day 6-9: Make our way passed Wanaka to Waiorau Homestead for 3 nights. during this time, maybe visit wineries near Tarras, detour Cromwell, do some hikes like Rob Roy Trail?, Haast Pass, Wanaka Lake... ?

Day 9-13: Onwards to Queenstown for 4 nights, stop by Arrowtown. during this time, maybe do an overnight at Milford or Doubtful Sound, visit Lake Wakatipu, explore Queenstown... Then fly from Queenstown back to Auckland for departing flight home.

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1. Re: Feedback on Itinerary: 13 days on South Island

Welcome to the NZ Forum. What time of the year are you visiting? With only 3 nights in Cadrona/Wanaka I doubt you'll have time to go to Haast Pass (over 2 hours away).

Are you arriving in AKL on day 0, or early on day 1? Please don't drive with jet lag. The road to Akaroa is quite twisty and requires full attention. Stay in Chch for the first night. You won't miss anything by taking a night off Tekapo - most of us consider it a toilet & photo stop, although the star-viewing is becoming increasingly popular.

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