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Wellington and road trip - 12 days

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Wellington and road trip - 12 days

We (family with 7 and 1 yr old children) will be landing in Wellington for 12 days in June. We plan to spend 2-3 days in the city and the rest on a road trip out of town.

We are keen to explore the New Zealand scenery, national Parks, farmstays, etc.

Would appreciate any advise on locations to visit as well as road conditions to expect in June.

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1. Re: Wellington and road trip - 12 days

June is one of the least pleasant months, unfortunately. Not the coldest but with the shortest days.

What are your interests? Do you want to ski? The nearest National Parks to Wlg are Taranaki & Tongariro, both are a long day's drive from WLg. Assuming 9 days consider this:

4. Pick up rental cra & drive to Whanaganui

5. Drive to New Plymouth (2N)

6. Goblin Forest and Govatt- Brewster/Len Lye gallery

7. Drive to Rotorua, possibky via Waitomo Caves (4-5 hr) 2N

8. Explore Rotorua thermal parks

9. Drive to Tongariro NP via Wai-o-tapu & Taupo (2N)

10. Short hikes eg Taranaki Falls; drive up the Bruce Rd to view Mt Doom

11. Drive back to Wellington

12. Fly home

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2. Re: Wellington and road trip - 12 days

Here is an award-winning farmstay, located south of Tongariro NP and Taihape, on your way back to Wellington. Rangitikei is often featured on NZ TV programs, and from what I've seen of the owners labour of love at this farmstay, an experience there would be most enjoyable - http://www.rangitikeifarmstay.co.nz/

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3. Re: Wellington and road trip - 12 days

We are from Singapore (really hot all year round), so we actually prefer the cold when we holiday. Short days aren't really an issue since the kids tire out early after a full day..

Interest wise, we do want to ski, scenery like any mountains / valleys that we can drive to and take short walks to lookout points etc.. and should we be expecting snow or road closures in such areas?

Would such sights be located more on the South Island or North Island?

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4. Re: Wellington and road trip - 12 days

Short days ARE an issue when you plan lots of driving.

Most of the mountains, lakes etc are located in the SI, except for the two areas I gave you in post #1; but you don't have time to drive down to QTN with only 9 days. You would have to fly.

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5. Re: Wellington and road trip - 12 days

Thanks for the tips. We'll probably leave SI for another trip and focus on NI. I found a blog with a 7 day itinerary from Wellington to Auckland. It's basically :

1) Wellington to Tongariro

2) Tongariro to Taupo

3) Taupo to Rotorua

4) Rotorua to Coromandel Peninsula

5) Coromandel Peninsula to Tuaranga

6) Tuaranga to Hamilton

7) Hamilton to Auckland

It looks feasible on paper but the writer took the trip in the summer. Would the itinerary be doable in winter with perhaps 2-3 days additional for a return trip?

If so we would probably add a few more days to the trip ..

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6. Re: Wellington and road trip - 12 days

These are all 1 N stays, so you'd be driving every day. Is this fair on your children? It also has 2N at beaches, which are really better in summer. It doesn't fit with your stated interests apart from the part day at Tongariro for skiing, but ideally you don't want to drive after skiing!

It would work if you dropped Coromandel & added a night at Tongariro & a night at Rotorua & a couple of nights in Auckland, then fly back to Wellington.

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7. Re: Wellington and road trip - 12 days

Thanks! Yeah, was just using it has a base and need to study the itinerary and adapt it to the interests and season..

I get your point about the Long drives but we've been doing long drives for all our holidays and the kids are used to it. We've been lucky to have kids who are good Travellers:) They usually expend all their energy during the activities and use the driving time to nap and recharge.

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8. Re: Wellington and road trip - 12 days

For skiing, as amateurs and beginners, we should go to Whakapapa correct? Where would be the best place to stay the night?

Also, I have driven through snow conditions before but never parked overnight when it snowed. If it snows overnight, what are precautions or thing I should take note of? Ie ice on wheels, frozen radiator fluids, etc..

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9. Re: Wellington and road trip - 12 days

Where on earth are you planning to park overnight in the snow? I hope you aren't planning to sleep in your car on the ski field? There won't be snow in any of the towns you are visiting!!

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10. Re: Wellington and road trip - 12 days

Well, this will be my first time there so I wouldn't know if it snows where we will be staying.

Anyway, thanks for letting me know.

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