Adam and I have a rough itinerary for New Zealand! The Type A personality in me can finally chill out a bit. Although maybe I shouldn’t call the itinerary “rough” because that would mean I’ve left room for flexibility, but with 14 days and wanting to see everything, our schedule is pretty jam packed. As much as we’d love to spend longer in New Zealand and explore more leisurely, it is one of the more pricey destinations on our list.
We are scheduled to land in Auckland, New Zealand on January 2, 2013, and will spend around 4 days on the North Island, with the remaining 10 days on the South Island.
Day 1 – Jan 2: Auckland
Day 2 – Jan 3: Rotorua (geothermal geysers, mud pools, hot springs); Taupo
Day 3 – Jan 4: Taupo to Wellington; Lake Taupo, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu en route (also known as Mount Doom ;D)
Day 4 – Jan 5 Wellington
Day 5 – Jan 6: Wellington to Picton via the Interislander ferry; Kaikoura
Day 6 – Jan 7: Kaikoura; Akaroa
Day 7 – Jan 8: Akaroa; drive through Arthur’s Pass to Greymouth
Day 8 – Jan 9: Greymouth to Franz Josef; Fox and Franz Josef glaciers (skydiving?!)
Day 9 – Jan 10: Franz Josef to Te Anau
Day 10 – Jan 11: Te Anau (Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound)
Day 11 – Jan 12: Te Anau; Queenstown
Day 12 – Jan 13: Queenstown
Day 13 – Jan 14: Queenstown to Christchurch
Day 14 – Jan 15: Christchurch
There’s going to be a lot of driving ahead of us, but many travel blogs have advised that it’s the best way to see New Zealand. We also plan on switching drivers every hour, so hopefully that will make things easier.