Jump to content
NZ - 16 days starting in Queenstown
7 replies to this topic
Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:32 PM
Hi all! Just before Christmas we'll be travelling to NZ with family (us, my sister's family & our parents, our kids will be almost 7 & 3, my neice will be 2.5yo) to celebrate my Dad's 70th birthday. After the initial 10 days with the extended family we'll have an extra 2 weeks on our own to explore. We'll be flying in & out of Queenstown and will stick to the south island (will do North Island another time) so we're not stretching ourselves too much. I'm hoping you lovely ladies can offer some suggestions for must sees and nice (not over the top) accommodation. We're going to see what our itinerary might look like then weigh up car hire & accomm vs campervan. So - hit me!
Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:31 AM
Hi - here is an itinerary (ex Christchurch but you can modify) that I put together with 17, 4 & 2 year olds in mind. It is based on a trip I did with some friends a few years ago, so there are probably more things to do and I have also added in a few more days here and there to accommodate the toddlers. It might still be too ambitious, I'm not sure...maybe a NZ expert can advise? The accommodation is based on the properties that could offer 3 bedroom apartments or 2 bed + sofa/rollaway. They are mostly 4-5 star.
Day 1 - Christchurch (Peppers Clearwater Resort)
Day 2 - Lake Tekapo (Peppers Bluewater Resort or Mantra Residence)
Day 3 - Lake Tekapo
Day 4 - Mt Cook (Hermitage Hotel 2 rooms)
Day 5 - Queenstown (The Rees Apartments)
Day 6 - Queenstown
Day 7 - Queenstown
Day 8 - Queenstown
Day 9 - Te Anau (Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas)
Day 10 - Day trip to Milford Sound then overnight Te Anau
Day 11 - Wanaka (Wanaka Luxury Apartments)
Day 12 - Franz Josef Glaciers (Glenfern Villas)
Day 13 - Franz Josef
Day 14 - Christchurch (Peppers Clearwater)
Day 15 - Christchurch
Things to do:
Christchurch - Christchurch gondola, Botanic Gardens, Science Alive (check what attractions will have reopened after earthquake damage by the time you travel)
Lake Tekapo - Springs & Hot thermal/tubing, breathe in fresh air!
Mt Cook - Glacier Explorers tour & short walks around the area
Queenstown - Kiwi Birdlife Park, Skyline Gondola & Luge, Queenstown Gardens (and adjacent playground), Kawarau Jet, Kingston Flyer train, Steamship, farm & BBQ lunch tour
Te Anau - Glowworm Caves tour
Milford Sound - Cruise (it's quite a long drive there and back, so planning to make some stops)
Wanaka - Puzzling World
Franz Josef - walk to Glacier base, Heli tour (not sure about this with kids)
Anyway, that's the basics. I've been to all the places listed so I can thoroughly recommend, but I do also have a 21 day itinerary which I put together that visits, Nelson, Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs which will probably be waaaay too ambitious for my kids. I can always dream though....
Hope this helps!
Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:44 AM
We did Franz Josef glacier and I loved it. We walked up the glacier and it was amazing, not very kid friendly I'm afraid! Still I thought I'd mention it as it was my favourite activity of our NZ trip.
Hanmer springs was wonderful, they had the thermal pools which were wonderful (and I'm sure the kids would enjoy).
I've heard Milford Sound is not to be missed. Due to budget and time constraints we missed it but it is apparantly well worth the trip.
Can't remember details, but on the drive to Queenstown we stopped at a puzzle park that had a great big maze and all sorts of bits and bobs that kids would love.
Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:45 AM
Ugh, sorry....deleting what I just wrote in my second post...
Edited by facetious-beast, 09 February 2013 - 06:47 AM.
Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:59 AM
There is a great sky wire (and quad bikes) near Nelson.
The Abel Tasman area has lovely beaches, walks kayaking etc.
We stayed in this 2 bedroom B and B.
Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:09 AM
Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I wasn't as clear as I could have been in my OP, we'll be based just out of Queenstown for the first 10 days so will see that area & surrounds then. After that we have a further 2 weeks to look further afield
Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:28 PM
I love South Island roadtrips! I would suggest that you go from Queenstown and include stops in Franz Josef, Punakaiki, Kaiteriteri (spend several days there, so much to see in that area!), the Marlborough Sounds, Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs, Christchurch, Akaroa, Lake Tekapo, and Mt Cook...
Two weeks is a good time frame in which to see all of the above.
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users
Kelly Clarkson has shown off the first photos of her son, Remington Alexander Blackstock.
Birth is an unpredictable, mysterious process that intrigues us all, and there is a lot of misinformation out there.
A US mother has been shot by her toddler while driving on a highway in Wisconsin.
The seven-minute-work out is old news. Research shows the effectiveness of going hell-for-leather for just one minute.
Pregnant woman in country Australia will help Adelaide researchers figure out why cases of type 1 diabetes have doubled over the past two decades.
It's the perfect solution to combat those toddler meltdowns when they no longer want to be in a pram but can't walk long distances.
A pit bull mix that fatally bit a 3-day-old infant last week has been euthanised, authorities said.
While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.
Members of a popular forum are fiercely debating whether it is acceptable to dislike a friend's child.
A pregnant woman who unexpectedly gave birth on a flight has named her new baby after the airline, Jetstar.
Children living in foster care can feel like their future is less than clear. But that uncertainty disappears the day they are adopted by their "forever family"
When the cramps started to kick in, Klara Dollan just assumed a painful period was starting.
Kerryn has a unusual present planned for daughter Imi's 13th birthday celebrations - she hopes to be able to be able to give the soon-to-be the teenager her first ever photo of her dad.
Our houses are cleaner than ever before. But how clean is too clean? Could a sterile home be putting your family's health at risk?
Here's a puzzle that grows with them; the Puzzle Grow Pack by Millions of Monkeys.
If you grew up in the 90s you might want to look to the genre of Britpop music for baby name inspiration.
When you catch a bug that causes acute infectious gastroenteritis (gastro), your stomach and intestinal tract become inflamed, causing diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and pain. The last thing you probably feel like doing is eating.
Would I have survived if I hadn't crossed that street?
Caitlin is a firm believer in the importance of immunisation to protect children from harmful and deadly diseases.
There is no make-up or special outfits and hairdos, but the five-year-old boy who took this picture captured the essence of motherhood as well as any professional photographer.
Studies have shown that infants in the first months of life try to avoid dealing with social wrongdoers - for example, sharing less with them and helping them less - and they expect others to, too.
Top 5 Articles
Bethani Webb was excited to find out she was pregnant, but the first time mum did not realise she was carrying four babies not one.
A Sydney cafe is offering breastfeeding mums free cups of tea in a bid to show support for the right of women to nurse their babies wherever they choose.
Jamie Oliver, who considered a vasectomy, is to be a father again. A fellow dad reflects on his own decision 11 years ago
To everyone's surprise, Kristen Miller "kept doing better each day", keeping her second baby safe.
Before my son was born I was given a lovely baby book full of blank pages waiting to be filled with weights and heights and first words.
There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.
When Alison Johnson put her 18-month-old Caleb down for a nap, she had no reason to believe her son was in any danger.
All my panic and tears aside, my biggest question looking back is about the kind of security measures used in the maternity ward.
Everyone who visits a mum in hospital in the days following childbirth wants to get a photo with the new baby.
Finally, there's a way to keep warm while breastfeeding through winter.
What to do with this information? My advice would be to try not to think about it during the throes of passion.
From niplash to tight boobs, biting to milk supply issues, Pinky McKay looks at common breastfeeding issues and how to solve them.
Six months on we're all still alive, and the more we get to know each other the easier the days become.
Kirsty Carrington thought nothing of giving her newborn son a kiss, little did she know it would leave the baby fighting for life.
After children, 'me time' looks a little different.
A stroller can make or break travelling with a baby or toddler. Here are 15 great single travel stroller options.
It always pays to remind yourself of how terrific toddlers can be - they're little like this for such a short time
This is the comp for you! We have $800 worth of Myer gift cards and boxes of Australian Bananas to be won. Entry is simple: just post a pic of your little one enjoying a banana in the comments of the FB post to enter.