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11 Day Self Drive Itinerary

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11 Day Self Drive Itinerary

10 Day south island itinerary. Doable? Weather worries - will it be cold, rainy, gray?

April 23 Morning ferry into picton, Drive to Christchurch.via coast rodeOvernight in Christchurch

April 24 Arthur's Pass, sites, walks, overnight Hokitika

April 25 Pancake Rocks, Down to Franz Joseph, Fox Glacier Overnight

April 26 2nd Overnight Franz Joseph/Fox Area walks, sites

April 27, 28, 29 Queenstown area (would it be wiser to stay outside the city, where is a reasonable (less than 200.00 nite place with a view?)

April 30, May1 Overnight Te Anau area

May 2 Open for contingency planning

May 3 Flight from Queenstown to Auckland, overnight there for flight out May 4th

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1. Re: 11 Day Self Drive Itinerary

Welcome to the forum :)

Your trip looks fine - but it would flow nicely if you add Wanaka -

23 ferry to Picton, drive to Christchurch

24 drive Arthur's Pass to Hokitika

25 drive to Punakaiki then Fox

26 explore

27 drive Haast Pass to Wanaka

28 drive to te Anau

29 explore

30 drive to Queenstown

1/2 explore

3 fly to Auckland

4 fly home

for accommodation - take a look at motels - they are excellent value for money and offer more space than most hotels. Check www.wotif.com for availability.

hope this helps :)

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2. Re: 11 Day Self Drive Itinerary

Great, I will check out the link for motels. I am just starting to do some bookings. What do you think about the weather? We picked this time of year for crowd avoidance, but I am concerned about missing out on the west coast sites due to cold and rain. Are we likely to catch the fall foliage or more likely to encounter gray skies and chilling weather.

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3. Re: 11 Day Self Drive Itinerary

You should make the tail end of the autumn colours. Autumn is often lovely weather with overnight frosts and brilliantly clear skies and abundant sunshine (though not much strength to the sun) through the day in Wanaka and Queenstown.

There might be early frostings of snow on the mountain tops which makes it all the more spectaculer.

Wanaka/Queenstown has a very dry climate (low rain and low humidity) so it is seldom chilling - the low temps are best described as crisp - blue skies, sunshine, but a nip to the air morning and night.

The West Coast and Fiordland have high rainfall so expect some rain there - plus I think Auckland is usually raining more often than not.

Enjoy :)

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4. Re: 11 Day Self Drive Itinerary

Good to hear - thanks so much for your quick response!

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5. Re: 11 Day Self Drive Itinerary

Do be aware that 25th April is a public holiday, ANZAC Day. As a war memorial day all shops will be closed in e morning. Suggest you fill up with petrol the night before.

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