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    This is helpful, we're flying into Christchurch on Feb 2, to Feb 22.. gonna be great! All south island, tons of hiking and fly fishing

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    If you wanna meet up for a beer in Queenstown, shoot me a PM. I’ve tentatively booked a mtb trip from nov 9 - 20th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BavarianBeast View Post
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    If you wanna meet up for a beer in Queenstown, shoot me a PM. I’ve tentatively booked a mtb trip from nov 9 - 20th.
    Haha sounds good, I will try to remember that - thanks.

    Just trying to hammer down our itinerary and then I'll post the revised one here for a final critique. Definitely taking some suggestions from here.

    What did you pay for flights if you don't mind my asking? I couldn't find anything under about $1600 and we paid $1770 just for a better plane and better overall timetable. Connection through LAX and the long haul with American Airlines.

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    I've got 25 hour flight there and back. Was $1675 after tax.

    Calgary - LAX - Sydney - Queenstown with about 5 hours of layover in total.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BavarianBeast View Post
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    I've got 25 hour flight there and back. Was $1675 after tax.

    Calgary - LAX - Sydney - Queenstown with about 5 hours of layover in total.
    Oh ok that's not too bad then, similar price. At least your layovers are pretty short, ours I think are 6hr on each end but one less connection - probably just going to try grab a hotel room near by and nap. There was one other option with a 1h35m layover but I was too scared we would miss it if your flight had any delay.

    Stupid American Airlines won't let me upgrade to premium economy because I didn't buy that ticket to begin with - first time in my life I haven't been able to just log into the seat selection online and pick a seat in a better 'cabin' class. We got some extra leg room but they said the only way we could get premium economy was to cancel our flights, pay cancellation fees, and then re-book in a different cabin class.

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    FYI, dont forget that NZ now needs electronic visa

    https://www.newzealandetavisa.com/?u...0aAnSNEALw_wcB

    We're going to start going through our itinerary for the south island this weekend.

    What are the must sees? We are flying into christchurch, then will rent a car to travel the island over 3 weeks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent.ff View Post
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    FYI, dont forget that NZ now needs electronic visa

    https://www.newzealandetavisa.com/?u...0aAnSNEALw_wcB

    We're going to start going through our itinerary for the south island this weekend.

    What are the must sees? We are flying into christchurch, then will rent a car to travel the island over 3 weeks
    Thanks for the heads up, last time I looked into that it said Canadians were OK, but looks like that has changed.

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    Our Itininerary, only place we're really missing is the NE part of the Island...

    Feb 2-4 Waikuku Beach
    Feb 4-7 Brooklyn
    Feb 7-9 Hokitika
    Feb 9-12 Lake Hawea
    Feb 12-14 Glenorchy
    Feb 14 - 17 Manapouri
    Feb 17- 19 Winton
    Feb 19- 21 Twizel
    Feb 21 Christchurch

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    Alright we've done a lot of reading and looking at other people's itineraries, what do you guys think of this:

    Arrive Nov 8
    Nov 8-10 Auckland (Nov 9 U2 concert)
    Nov 10-13 Rotorua / Taupo (wine tour on nearby island, glow worms, zorbing, etc.)
    Nov 13-15/16 Wellington

    Ferry to south island

    Nov 15-16 Picton / Nelson (long drive day)
    Nov 16-18 Franz Josef
    Nov 18-23 Queenstown - lots of day trips from here (one of those nights in Te Anau en route to Milford sound)
    Nov 23 - fly to Auckland and return home

    Things we're unsure about still as they are detours:

    Abel Tasman
    Christchurch
    Mt Cook

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    Looks good. One full day in Wellington is plenty, so if you steal a day from there it would allow a day trip to Abel Tasman from Nelson.

    Christchurch and Mt Cook probably aren't worth the detour involved.

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    Agree that Christchurch and mt cook aren't worth the detours. I'm a big believer in seeing fewer places and either taking your time on the travel days or spending more time the places you do go.
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    Thanks guys, I appreciate it. We'll probably stick with that then and maybe peel a day off Wellington for one of the other detours.

    Did anyone stay in any especially cool hotels or anything that stood out? We were looking at the Te Waonui Forest Retreat for a night or two.

    EDIT: I should also ask about rental car companies. Looks like the major brands (Budget, Avis, etc.) won't let you use the ferry, but the local ones will. I was looking at Ace - they seem to be reviewed reasonably well and are well priced. Lots of horror stories about Ezi on forums despite them being reviewed well, and Apex's prices are insane (literally double everyone else). Snap rentals is well reviewed too.
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