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4 weeks in NZ

Shrewsbury, United...
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4 weeks in NZ

We are planning on spending 4 weeks in NZ end of January most of February 2019. We are 2 couples..us in our 60’s and daughter and husband in their 40’s. All of us pretty active. We want to do as much as we can of both North and South. First thoughts are to hire camper van but would we miss out on exploring the more ‘out of the way’ places? Would a 4WD and Airbnb/motels be cheaper? Is this a busy time of year for accommodation? All advice and itineraries welcome!

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Christchurch, New...
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for Zhuhai, Christchurch, South Island
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1. Re: 4 weeks in NZ

Do bear in mind that this is the busiest time of the year for tourism in NZ - just like August in the UK. What ever you decide you need to have book last month (!!)

Camper vans do enable you to get to out-of-the-way places but with only 4 weeks you aren't going to have a lot of time to get off-the-beaten-track. They are extraordinarily expensive in peak season but would at least solve half of the accommodation problem. You'd still need to book camp sites for most nights & read up on the Freedom Camping laws.

You don't need a 4WD in summer, but a sedan and AirBnb or motels would certainly be cheaper & more comfortable, but you'll need to finalise your itinerary & book everything ASAP.

Make a list of all the places & activities that are on your wish list & come back to us with a draft itinerary & we'll tweak it before you make any mistakes.

Sydney, Australia
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for Fiji
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2. Re: 4 weeks in NZ

Here is an idea of a 21 day itinerary of both Islands.with an extra week you could add in the Catins and Dunedin.

1. Arr AKL(2N)

2. Explore (Waiheke Island?)

3. Pick up rental car & drive to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves (2N)

4. Explore Rotorua

5. Drive to Turangi or Tongariro NP via Taupo and Wai-o-tapu

6. Drive to Wellington (2N)

7. Explore

8. Ferry to Picton;

9. Drive to Nelson/Tasman (2N)

10. Explore ATNP

11. Drive to Punakaiki

12. Drive to Fox Glacier

13. Drive to Wanaka (2N)

14. Explore

15. Drive to Te Anau (2N)

16. Day trip or tour to Milford Sound

17. Drive to QTN (2N)

18. Explore

19. Drive to Mt Cook

20. Drive to Chch via Lake Tekapo.

21. Fly out

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3. Re: 4 weeks in NZ

Rented 4WD vehicles are subject to the same driving restrictions as a regular 2WD sedan. You wouldn't be able to go "off road" in them. So they are a waste of money and you have the added bonus of higher petrol costs as well.

The roads to out of the way places are formed roads. Some are unsealed. The rental car will have certain roads that are forbidden, such as Skipper's Canyon Rd. They usually aren't many and can be easily avoided.

Edited: 07 September 2018, 22:57
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