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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Hey everyone,

Well, Im relaly excited because in a few short weeks Im going to be seeing my MUm and Dad for the first time in a year! They are coming to Auckland for Christmas and we are flynig to the SOuth Island where we have about 10 days to tour around.

Now, neither of them are going to be climbing the Franz Josef Glacier or tramping around Malborough Sounds, so I was hoping that some of you might have some practical ideas for ways I could hang out with them, and bring them to things that they might enjoy that arent too physical.

Any suggestions would be great!


Thanks. Ev

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4889 posts) 10y

Hmm, not an easy question, given that so many of the best views require at least a moderate hike to see, and so many of the most worthwhile places have "hiking" as their only real activity once there, but okay, some suggestions for things to do.:

  • Winetasting in the Marlborough region
  • Whale watching at Kaikoura
  • Relaxing at the thermal springs at Hanmer Springs
  • Viewing the Moeraki Boulders
  • Eating lunch at the balcony of the Hermitage, gazing out toward Mt. Cook
  • Steamboat cruise over Lake Wakatipu at Queenstown
  • Bus tour to Milford Sound, and a cruise there
3. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 10y

Great suggestions, Sander. And Ev, even if you don't go hiking at the Glaciers, flying over them in a helicopter is fantastic.

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

That's great thanks guys! :) Will go and check out a few of those!


5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Actually, jsut another question - wondering how long it would take to drive from Q-town to Milford. Would it be possible to drive there, do the cruise and come back to Q-town the same day?


6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4889 posts) 10y

Ev: yes, that's possible. All the daytrips do it. However, it's a very long day (the bus leaves at 07:00, and returns at 20:00), so I'd really recommend not driving it yourself, but instead going with one of those buses. You'd be stuck behind them most of the way and stopping at all the same roadside attractions as them to mingle with the same crowds anyway, so might as well not spend the effort driving.

I think prices vary from ~$100 to ~$150 p.p. all inclusive, depending on which cruise and which company and if there's a lunch included or not (I've done it both with Real Journeys and with Newmans - what they offered was virtually indistinguishable); might be a bit more by now; it's been a while since I was there after all.
Since you'll be going during high season, try to book at least 4-5 days ahead (it's that popular; in fact, the third time I'd planned to go to Milford Sound fell through because - mid-March - all the tours were booked full the day before).

Oh, and for reference, just the cruises are ~$50 to ~$60; so the cost for nearly ten hours transport and getting information on all the roadside stops is kinda decent.

[ Edit: Edited at Nov 2, 2006 5:03 PM by Sander ]

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Excellent. Thanks again Sander ;)

8. Posted by Chiwi (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Hi, don't know about your parents but mum and I had a whale of a time doing all the craft trails in Nelson while we sent the boys off to to the pub-crawl tour for beers at the same time.