North and South Island

2003, 28 days

This was a New Zealand touring holiday with some "tramping" thrown in: The Tongariro Crossing (1 day), the Queen Charlotte Walkway (4 days), and the Milford Track (5 days).

Mount RoyJust a little of the panorama from Mount Roy, South Island (November 2003)
Date Daytime Overnight
Fri 31/10 8:15 Check-in Manchester Terminal 2
10:00 depart on SQ327 to Singapore
Sat 1/11 7:05 arrive Singapore
Tour city or rest (transit hotel?)
21:00 depart on SQ285 to Auckland
Sun 2/11 Arrive Auckland 11:35
Courtesy car to Devonport
Plenty of things to do in the area
Peace & Plenty Inn
6 Flagstaff Terrace
09 445 2925
Mon 3/11 Either do the Coast-to-Coast walk or Rangitoto Island, depending on the weather and how we feel. Peace & Plenty Inn
Tue 4/11 Hire car delivered to Peace & Plenty Inn.
Drive to Rotorua (3½ hrs).
Possible afternoon activities: Government Gardens with Polynesian Spa (central, one hour each), Whakarewarewa (5km, bus, geysers etc, Maori village, couple of hours)
Victoria Motel
10 Victoria St
07 348 4039
Wed 5/11 Drive 25km to Waimangu (shuttle bus and walk though geothermal areas, 1-2 hours)
Drive to Whakapapa (3½ hrs)
The Grand Chateau
07 892 3809
Thu 6/11 Walk the Tongariro Crossing The Grand Chateau
Fri 7/11 Drive to Wellington (4½ hrs).
Drop off car before 17:00.
Trains to Mana every ½ hour, take ½ hour, then 8 mins walk
Richard & Ali's place
Sat 8/11 Activities around Wellington. Kapiti Island? Richard & Ali's place
Sun 9/11

More activities around Wellington.
13:30 final check-in for ferry to Picton (dep. 14:00 arr. 16:15).

Jasmine Court
78 Wellington Street
03 573 7110 or
0800 421 999
Mon 10/11 7:30 start the Queen Charlotte Walkway (Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company, The Waterfront, Picton. 03 573 6078) Furneaux Lodge
Tue 11/11 Continue the Queen Charlotte Walkway Punga Cove Resort
Wed 12/11 Continue the Queen Charlotte Walkway Portage Hotel
Thu 13/11 17:30 finish the Queen Charlotte Walkway Jasmine Court
Fri 14/11 Hire car delivered to Jasmine Court.
Start making our way down the west coast (could be a bit wet, though) towards Queenstown (16 hrs total). Lots to do along the way (R&A recommend St Arnaud) or when we arrive early in Queenstown.
Alternative plan: Take the train to Christchurch and over Arthur's Pass to Greymouth, then hire car and drive to Queenstown
We'll find somewhere
Sat 15/11 Continue making our way to Queenstown We'll find somewhere
Sun 16/11 Continue making our way to Queenstown We'll find somewhere
Mon 17/11 Continue making our way to Queenstown We'll find somewhere
Tue 18/11 Queenstown. Drop off hire car before 17:00.
15:45 check-in for Milford Track briefing (Guided Walks Centre, top floor, Station Building, corner of Shotover and Camp Streets. Ultimate Hikes 04 441 1138 or 0800 659 255)
Aurum Hotel
27 Stanley Street
03 442 4718
Wed 19/11 9:30 start the Milford Track Glade House
Thu 20/11 Continue the Milford Track Pompalona Lodge
Fri 21/11 Continue the Milford Track Quintin Lodge
Sat 22/11 Continue the Milford Track Mitre Peak Lodge
Sun 23/11 16:00 finish the Milford Track Aurum Hotel
Mon 24/11 9:00 Hire car delivered to Aurum Hotel.
Drive to Mount Cook village (3¾ hrs)
Activities around Mt Cook
The Hermitage, Aoraki wing
Tue 25/11 Activities around Mt Cook The Hermitage
Wed 26/11 8:00 drive to Christchurch (4½ hrs)
Return hire car by 17:00
15:00 depart SQ298 to Singapore
20:25 arrive Singapore
23:55 depart SQ346 to Manchester via Zurich
Thu 27/11 08:15 arrive Manchester