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14 day itinerary of leisurely self drive tour

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14 day itinerary of leisurely self drive tour

Would welcome any suggestions of itinerary for me n my wife. We r both retired and flexible on duration of trip as we want to do it at a leisurely pace. Would also appreciate advise on rental car / company we should use who r reputable/ reliable.Have already done Milford sound during a recent cruise so excl. it frm yr list. Also advise on accomodation at various stops would be appreciated.

Many thanks

Bryan

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1. Re: 14 day itinerary of leisurely self drive tour

Hi Bryan

Your brief is somewhat vague.

which month do you plan to visit?

any places you hope to include?

with 14 days at a leisurely pace you have a choice of the upper, the middle or the lower South island - what appeals?

which airport will you enter/depart?

the more you tell us, the better we can help you :)

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2. Re: 14 day itinerary of leisurely self drive tour

My apologies I guess a senior moment. As we r retired which is the best month of the yr. when it is not to cold/hot.

We plan to begin frm. C/Church. Ideally we would like to visit the Fran Joseph glacier, Queenstown, and others places that you can suggest within this region. Time frames are flexible so if you think we should spend more time in some places pls. Feel free to advise us.

Finally how long would we need to do all regions. If we decided to make more than one trip where do you suggest we begin upper,middle or lower.

Many thanks

Bryan

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3. Re: 14 day itinerary of leisurely self drive tour

It's always great to remain flexible in your travels... and leisurely :)

Here's on possibility - you can add or subtract days as needed...

for Feb through mid-April travel- (Feb/Mar is lovely, Apr is a bit chilly overnight)

1 arrive Chch

2 drive Arthur's Pass to Punakaiki

3 drive to Franz Josef

4 explore glacier

5 drive Haast Pass to Wanaka

6 explore Mt Aspiring National Park

7 drive to Dunedin

8 explore Otago Peninsula

9 drive Catlins

10 drive to Te Anau, glow worm caves? - or drive directly to Queenstown

11 drive to Queenstown

12 explore

13 more

14 drive Lindis Pass to Aoraki/Mt Cook - lovely drive

15 explore Tasman glacier and icebergs

16 drive to Chch, fly home

if time permits add two nights to Stewart Island - a birdwatchers paradise.

Hope this helps :)

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4. Re: 14 day itinerary of leisurely self drive tour

Many thanks. You have been a great help. One more question if I may I.e. which reputable hire car co. / co,s wud u recommend.

Cheers

Bryan

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5. Re: 14 day itinerary of leisurely self drive tour

Apex or Ace.

Safe travels :)

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6. Re: 14 day itinerary of leisurely self drive tour

A big thank you.

Cgpheers

Bryan

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