We are planning a trip to NZ next January or February. We will arrive in Auckland, and then will drive to the Bay of Islands. After staying there for 2 or 3 days, we want to go to the Thames/Coromandel area. That is a long stretch. Should we break the drive somewhere and stay overnight? If so, where? We would have already seen Auckland.
Hi guys can anyone give me some advice please?
My husband and I are travelling from the UK to tour both Islands in March/April next year to celebrate my 50th Birthday. Unfortunately this is the one and only time we will be able to make this journey and we only have 17 nights in which to see as much as we can :(
We are working on our itinerary and at the moment it looks like this:
Day 1 Auckland
Day 2 & 3 Coromendal - Hot Water Beach & Cathedral Cove
Day 4 Waitomo - Glowworm caves
Day 5 Rotorua - Geothermal park
Day 6 Napier - Wine
Day 7 Martinborough - Wine
Day 8 Wellington - City sightseeing
Day 9 Ferry to South island then to Westport
Day 10 Franz Joseph - Glacier walk
Day 11 Queenstown
Day 12 Milford Sound - Overnight cruise
Day 13 Queenstown
Day 14 Oamaru - Penguins
Day 15 Kaikoura - Whales
Day 16 Christchurch
Day 17 Home
I know people are going to say this is too much to try and pack in but we don't really have a choice and have tried to make sure we are doing no more than 3 hours a day driving, it is our intention to rise early do the drive and then have the day at whatever we are doing. The exception to this is Day 14 going from Oamaru to Kaikoura which I know is about 5 hours but I can't really see a way to go whale watching otherwise, is it worth doing this journey?
My main query is that we are planning to take a coach from Queenstown to Milford (to take a break from the driving) but are not sure whether it is worth taking up the time (and expense) to do an overnight cruise as I believe the boat leaves the dock at 4.30pm and returns by 10.30am the following morning and as I believe that it gets dark around 6.30pm is it worth spending approx. $400 for the overnight when we could do a day trip including a 2.5 hour boat trip for around $125 and save a night that we could use elsewhere?
Any thoughts anyone?
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