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1. Posted by Sh_Kor (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Planning a trip to AU / NZ over the Christmas Break - so that gives us (2 teachers) about 2 1/2 weeks to see it all. :) What can we expect to cover in 2 weeks? Join a tour group? Go solo with public transit? Would love to do Sydney to Barrier Reef and South Island. Possible or will it be a blur? Enjoy outdoor /sportsy activities. Have been waiting for this trip for 15 years - it'll be my once in a lifetime. Suggestions?

2. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

I don't like to be the harbinger of doom, but there is no way you can do Sydney to Barrier Reef & the South Island in 2 Weeks... Sorry! Even Sydney to Barrier Reef in that time would be a bit of a blur, you could do the Sth Island in that time though. Fly into Christchurch do a return trip to Kaikoura for a night & see the whales, then take the tranz scenic train from Chc to Greymouth, hire a caror take the bus right down the West Coast to Queenstown and then back to Christchurch via Tekapo, Mt Cook to fly out again.

3. Posted by danhosk (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

yeah your pushing it big time. to really enjoy it you would prob have to cut out one, unless u do the 2 weeks on speed and it would still be a blur. few days in and around sydney, up to barrier reef and back to sydney would leave you like 4 or 5 days for sth island. what the person above said is cool but still you would be cramming it all in. if u cut out sth island and just do for your 2 weeks sydney and up the NSW/QLD coast you would still have a ball or do sydney and sth island. tough call though on what to do