here’s just some of what we have got planned for this New Zealand trip. Can’t believe it’s just under 2 weeks until we go now. still plenty to organise before we go though.
I aim to update the blog with the travels when I can and if I can (this all depends on internet access).
“kia ora” – “hello” Auckland Airport at 9.00hr
Get to Hotel, Drop luggage and go and grab Brunch/Lunch.
Stroll around AKL at a very leisurely pace, maybe jump on a tour bus?.
Check into hotel at 14.00
meet Andrew the not so wee brother!
then Eat, Drink, Sleep Auckland time!
Check out Auckland!
Check out of hotel and catch taxi to Motorhome Depot
Collect Motor Home for 10.00
Head to Lake Taupo for water sports and other activities – About a 4hr drive from AKL
Check into campsite around 4pm
Lake Taupo Day! Spend your time doing whatever you want! This meant to be one of NZ’s stunning lakes!
“craters of the moon” scenic walk -The turn-off is well sign-posted on State Highway 1 north of Taupo – SEE MORE ON top 5 FREE things to do in lake taupo
Leave Lake Taupo 9.00
Head down Turangi and head west to Taumarunui (14km)
Head along the Forgotten World Highway (SH43) (SEE information sheet) from Taumarunui to Stratford (150km).
*allow four hours and plenty of stops and fill up with Petrol/ diesel at either end as there is no petrol on the actual Highway*
Leave Wanganui Campsite at 9.00hrs
Arrive Wellington and check into Campsite
Night in Wellington
“A small city with a big Reputation!”
A cocktail and caffeine-fuelled hospitality scene fizzes and pop among the throng.
Wellington all day!
Am – Wellington
Ferry to Picton at 14.30
Arrive in Picton approx 17.40
Blenheim today … Winetour!
Leave Blenheim Campsite early and head East to …
KaiKoura -(Kai = Eat, Koura = Crayfish)
Nin’s Bin – Van for crayfish and nice spot for whale watching too!
Hanmer Springs – whale watching, dolphins, seal and bird life
Head south via Christchurch
Queenstown all day
do Skyline and Luge (Kart down)
Queenstown over night
Queenstown to Fox Glacier via route 6
set up at campsite
maybe book heli ride over glacier or do a hike …
a day in Franz Josef Glacier
Leave Franz Josef and head North up the West Coast
Head to Nelson and stay overnight
Nelson to Picton for 11.30hr
Ferry from Picton 13.05hr to Wellington – arrive Wellington approx 16.30hr
Leave Wanganui Campsite at 9.00am
Head north via Route 4 past the Tongariro National Park and Tongariro Crossing and LOTR film sites.
Waitomo Caves are Limestove cave with have Gloworms. Waitomo comes from Wai = Water and Tomo = Hole or shaft.
There is also Black water rafting here too. See the Legendary Black Water Company *$119 for 3 hours
Waitomo to Kaihu today to see the amazing Kauri Forest in the Northland at night! The forest road SH12 to the Waipoua Forest streches for 18km and passes some huge trees!
FREE DAY in Kaihu! Do whatever you want!
Slowly drive down to Auckland!
stop sight see and chill – Last few hours in MOTORHOME!
Arrive Auckland and drop off Motorhome for 15.00hrs
Auckland Day or Excursion
Hobbiton? – EARLY RISE!!
Auckland Day, last minute shop
Airport late evening – flight 23.59