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1. Posted by thesaurabhahuja (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hello Everyone,

I am new to this forum and here is my first request for information.

I am based out of Singapore and me and my wife are planning to Visit NZ in month of August.

Could you plz help me to create an itinerary. We have around 9-10 days (excluding travel) and would love to cover maximum of north as well as south island.

Could you plz suggest me the must watch places and time required and the activities I cannot afford to miss. I would love to go for Bungy as well as skydiving (if weather permits).

How many days should i plan in north and south island.

It would be really appreciable if you could give some idea about the places, the cost of various activities like accommodation, car rental, skydiving, bungy , rafting etc. It will help me to plan my trip in a better way.

Any other information which could help me to plan better.

Any recommendations ??

[ Edit: Edited on 08-May-2013, at 00:37 by thesaurabhahuja ]

2. Posted by -Haylz- (Budding Member 7 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!


I would recommend starting in the North Island in Auckland. Auckland is huge, so staying central is probably the best idea. There is the skytower, that has a casino, resturants, and you can bungee jump from the top. You can catch a ferry to Waiheke Island to a vineyard for lunch which is a nice day trip.

Drive from Auckland to Rotorua . This city has lots of thermal activity and is a big tourist town. The luge and Kiwi Valley are my favourite attractions here. 3 days here should be enough to look around. Drive from Rotorua to Taupo. Taupo has our biggest lake, and has bungee jumping and some of the adventure activities. Jet boating at Huka Falls (NZ biggest waterfall) was my favourite here. Close to Taupo there are mountains with snow for skiing (I would probably wait till Queenstown for this, unless you want to go twice).

Wellington is our capital city. Probably best to fly from Taupo to Wellington. Wellington has good public transport so once you are at the airport you can bus into the city. Once in the city you can walk everywhere you need to go. Te Papa museum, and the Cable car trip were my favourites here.

There is a ferry from Wellington to the South Island, or you can fly. Queenstown is my favourite South Island city, it has lots of adventure activities and is very touristy. There will be snow in Queenstown so you could go skiing or snow boarding. Milford Sound is amazing but is a short flight from Queenstown (can be expensive so will depend on your budget). Other citys to see are Dunedin, and Christchurch, both are nice. Some of Christchurch is still being rebuilt due to the big earthquake we had a few years ago.

There are beautiful beaches all around NZ, because you are coming in winter I have not mentioned them. Remember to pack warm clothes for August, it will be cold!

The cost of accommodation varies depending on the citys. I usually expect to spend $130 a night on accomodation, and thats for an average studio style room. The more you spend the nicer it will be. I am unsure of car rental costs. Bungee is around $200 i think (haven't done it). It will be too cold for rafting in August.

I will post some links for different attractions you might like.

Hope this helps, enjoy your trip :)


3. Posted by -Haylz- (Budding Member 7 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!




There are lots of information centres with booklets on activities

4. Posted by -Haylz- (Budding Member 7 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Ok it wont let me post websites here for you

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5157 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

The amount of links there (combined with you not having posted all that much) triggered an automatic flag, yeah. All cleared up now, though!

6. Posted by jackkent (Budding Member 23 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

You can visit active volcanoes, island sanctuaries and history top the list when visiting New Zealand’s North Island. You can visit the beautiful beach of Coromandel, and the magnificent view of Bay of Plenty. You can try Lake Taupo and Hawke's Bay as well. You can explore glacial valleys and alpine lakes, majestic mountains with world class ski fields, unique marine, bird and wildlife encounters in South Island. You can do Kayaking, Sailing, Walking& Hiking, Food & wine, World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum :).