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23 to 31 Dec driving from Christchurch to South Island

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23 to 31 Dec driving from Christchurch to South Island

I am taking flight Singapore vis Sydney to Christchurch with my husband, children aged 16 & 18. Return from Christchurch on 31 Dec stop over Sydney for countdown and Singapore on 4 Jan.Intend to self drive, pls advise

23 Dec - 1.30pm arrive Chrischurch

24 Dec - Lake Tekap, Mt cook

25 & 26Dec - queen town White Water Rafting, Coronet Peak

27 Dec - Wanaka, Arrowtown, Rippon Vineyard, Balloon ride

28 Dec - fox Glacier,Franz Josef

29 Dec - Hokitika

30 Dec - arthur pass

31 Dec- christchurch to sydney ( count down)

Franz Josef

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1. Re: 23 to 31 Dec driving from Christchurch to South Island

Looks good.

Although I would be tempted to do:

28 Fox Glacier

29 Franz Josef

30 Arthurs Pass (via a nice leisurely lunch in Hokitika)

That's just me though. Your itinerary is still fine the way it is.

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2. Re: 23 to 31 Dec driving from Christchurch to South Island

Welcome to the Kiwi forum E :)

Your trip looks good, nicely planned.

My suggestion, spend a night at either Hokitika or Arthur's Pass but not both. This would allow two nights in Wanaka - your kids will love Puzzling World www.puzzlingworld.co.nz/attractions.html

or two nights at the glaciers if you plan to walk the glaciers there.

Best to book your accommodation soon as there is limited choice on the West Coast and Wanaka and Queenstown will be busy with the summer season.

Happy travels :)

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3. Re: 23 to 31 Dec driving from Christchurch to South Island

Hi thank you for your suggest. I never experience camper van, is it better if choose camper van instead of car?

If my husband not joining us, any good suggestion, should I still drive or join local tour? I own a car in Singapore, 10 years driving experience.

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4. Re: 23 to 31 Dec driving from Christchurch to South Island

I wouldn't recommend driving a campervan for the first time on this route. The roads are best suited to car travel, or experienced campervan drivers.

Plus renting a car and staying in motels is the more affordable way to travel.

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5. Re: 23 to 31 Dec driving from Christchurch to South Island

Because this is high season camper vans will be very expensive. I suggest you hurry to book your accommodation. Sensible to be in QTN over Christmas as smaller towns close down at least on Christmas Day.

6. Re: 23 to 31 Dec driving from Christchurch to South Island

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