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Old 21-06-2018, 04:54 PM   #2349
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On Day 1, if you arrive in Christchurch in the morning or early afternoon, can consider skipping christchurch and overnighting in arthur's pass. Same for day 11. Lake Tekapo to christchurch is a relatively short drive. Try to minimise the time spent in christchurch. Christchurch is a waste of time compared to other places in NZ.

On Day 3, I would personally prefer to overnight in Fox than Haast for two reasons. Firstly, there's nothing to do in's one of those towns people drive through on their way to other destination towns like Wanaka and Queenstown. Secondly, I like the salmon sandwich at Paringa salmon farm but I doubt you'll reach there in time before they close as much of your day will be spent at the two glacier villages and the other activities along the West Coast (e.g. Hokitika gorge walk).

On the whole, this feels like quite a rushed trip with a lot of time on the road. On Day 6, you can consider stopping in Queenstown. This will mean less driving, and will at least give you half a day in Queenstown (assuming you stop over in Arrowtown). Then on Day 7, take a complete break from driving and instead book a day trip coach+cruise to Milford Sound. Cost-wise, if you book your coach+cruise early enough, it'll be cheaper than driving to Te Anau/Milford Sound and booking the cruise yourself. Then on Day 8, you can go on to Invercargill from Queenstown.

Thanks for the input. Have decided to cut the circle small to slower down the pace in more relax mode.

How about this?

Day 1: Chrischurch arrival (night arrival)
Day 2: Chrischurch to Lake Tekapo (stay Lake Tekapo)
Day 3: Lake Tekapo and surrounding areas (stay Lake Tekapo)
Day 4: Lake Tekapo to Denudin (stay Denudin)
Day 5: Denudin and surrounding areas (stay Denudin)
Day 6: Denudin to Invercargill/Bluff (stay Invercargill)
Day 7: Invercargil to Te Anau (stay Te Anau)
Day 8: Te Anau to Milford Sound to Te Anau (stay Te Anau)
Day 9: Te Anau to Wanaka (stay Wanaka)
Day 10: Queenstown/Wanaka area (stay Wanaka)
Day 11: Queenstown/Wanaka area (stay Wanaka)
Day 12: Queenstown airport afternoon flight out
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