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Old Jun 10th 2010, 8:13 am
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Hi, I'm planning a week's holiday in NZ for later this year (I live in Brisbane) and am having trouble narrowing down the list of things to do and see. I'm flying into Auckland and out of Christchurch, the idea being to spend about 5 days travelling around North Island, then flying to Christchurch and spending the remaining 3 days based there (yes I know it isn't much time but I don't have much holiday!).

What I'm having trouble with is trying to work out how far I can get/how much I could do in one day, i.e. travel times. For instance, I'd like to see a bit of the area around Rotorua, but the guide book I have says that the drive round Lake Rotorua is 60 km and to allow most of a day - would it really take that long?!

Anyway, I would really appreciate any tips/suggestions.

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Most of the drive round Lake Rotorua is pointless.
It's a place to go through with a quick stop if you feel like it.
Head to New Plymouth, do the Forgotten Highway, then head via National Park to Wanganui and on to Wellingboro.
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Originally Posted by hazeandsteve View Post
Most of the drive round Lake Rotorua is pointless.
It's a place to go through with a quick stop if you feel like it.
Head to New Plymouth, do the Forgotten Highway, then head via National Park to Wanganui and on to Wellingboro.
What's the Forgotten Highway? I'm liking the sound of that?
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What's the Forgotten Highway? I'm liking the sound of that?
I used to know but I, er, forg....
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Hi, I'm planning a week's holiday in NZ for later this year (I live in Brisbane) and am having trouble narrowing down the list of things to do and see. I'm flying into Auckland and out of Christchurch, the idea being to spend about 5 days travelling around North Island, then flying to Christchurch and spending the remaining 3 days based there (yes I know it isn't much time but I don't have much holiday!).

What I'm having trouble with is trying to work out how far I can get/how much I could do in one day, i.e. travel times. For instance, I'd like to see a bit of the area around Rotorua, but the guide book I have says that the drive round Lake Rotorua is 60 km and to allow most of a day - would it really take that long?!

Anyway, I would really appreciate any tips/suggestions.

Thanks!
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Would recomend spending a day or so at Able Tasman.
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we have the ski fields an hour away from here ?
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What's the Forgotten Highway? I'm liking the sound of that?
Beautifulk drive going from Stratford, via "The Republic of Whongamomana! and emerging at Taumaranui. Gorgeous scenery, but a little bit of gravel road in the middle.
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Hi, I'm planning a week's holiday in NZ for later this year (I live in Brisbane) and am having trouble narrowing down the list of things to do and see. I'm flying into Auckland and out of Christchurch, the idea being to spend about 5 days travelling around North Island, then flying to Christchurch and spending the remaining 3 days based there (yes I know it isn't much time but I don't have much holiday!).

What I'm having trouble with is trying to work out how far I can get/how much I could do in one day, i.e. travel times. For instance, I'd like to see a bit of the area around Rotorua, but the guide book I have says that the drive round Lake Rotorua is 60 km and to allow most of a day - would it really take that long?!

Anyway, I would really appreciate any tips/suggestions.

Thanks!
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I would suggest you spend 3 days in the North and 5 in the South - the South island is far more scenic although neither is too shabby.

Most tourists in the South do "the loop" - from Christchurch down to Queenstown then back up the West Coast via the glaciers and the pancake rocks, over the Lewis Pass to Hanmer hot springs and then back to Christchurch. It is possible to do this in 5 days - I did it once in a campervan and even included a side trip to Milford sound.

3 days in the South will leave you wishing you had more time.

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Would recomend spending a day or so at Able Tasman.
Nope. I wouldn't to be honest . So very crowded all the time.
It can be good for a day or so walk out or back but be prepared as it is a crowded one way path.
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Drive from Auckland to Rotorua is about 3 hours.
There are lots of things to see and do there depending on what takes your fancy.
Rainbow spring, Paradise Valley, plenty of thermal pools the better being south of Rotorua with the Champagne pool (Cant remember name) have to be there about 10am as they set guiser off with soda bicarb.

The drive around the whole of the lake without stopping will only take about 60 minutes but don't know why anyone would want to do this. There is a nice walk that you can do from lake front in town that comes out just after the Polynesian Spa which is called sulphur bay point. This will take you about an hour depending on how quick you walk and read as there are lots of info boards on the lake Mokia Island etc.

Rotorua is geared for tourist so plenty to do.

Driving further south there is Taupo again lots to do bungee jumping etc. About an hours drive from Rotorua.

Heading south again there are two roads to take dessert road of the other state highway only done either of them once. So I am not that knowledgable on them. You could drive through Taihape for a laugh gum boot place!

Wellington again plenty to see and do and has plenty of nightlife and culture Te papa museum and plenty more on the Harbour front. Wellington is about a 7 hour drive from Taupo.

South island the loop from Christchurch across to Greymouth on Arthurs pass incorporating the gaciers then back up and across lewis pass and doing Mauria Springs. will take about an day and a half to two days. I guess you should also try and incorporate Queenstown and Wanaka.

I appreciate time is not something that can be negotiated alot of people say spend more on the south but the north has alot to offer also. Friends that have traveled and spent more time on the south felt that they had neglected the north. So I would say split the time equally or do one island this time and save the other island for another visit!
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[QUOTE=Newfies;8629076]Drive from Auckland to Rotorua is about 3 hours.
There are lots of things to see and do there depending on what takes your fancy.
Rainbow spring, Paradise Valley, plenty of thermal pools the better being south of Rotorua with the Champagne pool (Cant remember name) have to be there about 10am as they set guiser off with soda bicarb.

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The glow-worm caves at Waitomo are worth a visit & there are some lovely walks around there.
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Originally Posted by The_Foulgers View Post
Would recomend spending a day or so at Able Tasman.
But that's nowhere near Christchurch - are you taking the hire car from North Island on the ferry or are you flying to Christchurch?
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With limited time, I'd say the main highlights are Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua, Taupo, Tongariro...then drive to Wellington in 4/5 hours stopping off in Greytown (Wairapa), Wellington, ferry over to Picton.......Kaikoura, Christchurch, Mount Cook?

Rotorua is only a couple of hours from Taupo and Taupo is only an hour from Whakapapa in Tongariro National park. These are mega close in NZ terms.

I would totally skip New Plymouth too out on a limb.
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[QUOTE=Newfies;8629076]Drive from Auckland to Rotorua is about 3 hours.
There are lots of things to see and do there depending on what takes your fancy.
Rainbow spring, Paradise Valley, plenty of thermal pools the better being south of Rotorua with the Champagne pool (Cant remember name) have to be there about 10am as they set guiser off with soda bicarb.

The drive around the whole of the lake without stopping will only take about 60 minutes but don't know why anyone would want to do this. There is a nice walk that you can do from lake front in town that comes out just after the Polynesian Spa which is called sulphur bay point. This will take you about an hour depending on how quick you walk and read as there are lots of info boards on the lake Mokia Island etc.

Rotorua is geared for tourist so plenty to do.





We are slightly biased but Rotorua is a must see place!!
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