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What would be just the right amount of time in New Zealand..

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1. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


We are incorporating a trip to NZ as part of our RTW route and have currently allocated 2 months there to see both the North and South Islands starting in Auckland and going overland (by camper) to Christchurch. I wonder now if is perhaps too long or even if we should allocate some more time to stay here??

We enjoy walking so are looking forward to a few treks that will take in the beautiful scenery we can't wait to see as well as trying out a few of the adrenalin sports that Queenstown has to offer !

Thanks for any help offered!

Sophie x

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3843 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

hi sophie,

i don't think any amount of time is too long in NZ! 2 months would enable you to explore properly without rushing so I think its a good amount of time. i would recommend spending between 2 and 2 and a half weeks on the north island and the rest on the south. in 2 months you could get a bit more of the beaten track as well as seeing the main tourist places. as you have the time and are into trekking you could one of the longer walks such as the milford track or the tongariro crossing. there is one called the kepler track too which is another popular one. also stewart island offers some good trekking opporutinies, and it's beautiful and unspoilt.

3. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I think 2 months is a good amount of time. If you like walking then thats plenty of time to do some good hikes in both the north and south island. Also hopefully you'll get to explore some of the more forgotten areas such as the Catlins down the bottom of the south, and Corromandal in the north. Queenstown and Rotorua are good spots for adventure sport and activities, plus Rotorua is also good for a taste of Maori culture

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

2 months is definitely sufficient to all the main tourist things around both islands at least.