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Booking advice

Hello,

I'm in New Zealand for 3 weeks in March, with 5 days in the Abel Tasman in the middle.

I want to take the Overlander from Hamilton to Wellington before crossing to the south island.

Would you recommend booking this now? Do the trains often book out?

I have the same question for the ferry really, I need to get from Wellington to Nelson on the 12th as I'm being picked up on the morning of the 13th.

Do the ferries/buses book up well in advance?

Many thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Booking advice

Hi Jonesy, welcome to the forum :)

You know when you want to travel so there is nothing to gain by delaying your booking.

March is a fabulous time to visit and five days in Abel Tasman will be amazing.

Have a great trip :)

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2. Re: Booking advice

Thank you!

My itinerary is looking like this at present.... any tips/advice you guys can offer would be very much appreciated.

This is my trip of a lifetime - I've never flown outside Europe, and never on my own!!

Fly into Auckland - 3 days to explore.

Auckland to CoromandelPeninsula - 2 days.

Rotorua (by bus) - 2 days.

Bus from Rotorua to Hamilton to pick up train to wellington.

Wellington to Nelson for Abel Tasman pick up - 5 day walk.

Nelson to Blenheim - afternoon wine tour.

Blenheim to Kaikora - overnight stay and whale trip.

Kaikora to Christchurch by train.

Christchurch to Arthurs Passage return day trip.

2 days remaining in Christchurch before flying out to Sydney.

I'm after a relaxing break and I'm trying to avoid any really long bus journeys. I really enjoy train travel and would really like to fit in the 3 long distance routes so I get the best of the scenery as I travel.

I'm getting so excited - I booked my flights last night and it all seems very real now!

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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