Try and fly into CHC
- would be a shame to miss the stunning drive from CHC
to Queenstown. Fly out of Queenstown.
Or do it the other way round - I would imagine a landing in Queenstown would be spectacular!
Spent far too little time in NZ
. The north island was nice, but the south - OMG. Just amazing. Queenstown is touristy, but huge amounts of fun. CHC
has a nice feel to it. I would imagine that would be quite good for spotting too, as you will see some widebodies, and the US Antarctic Research Centre is there so you will see some military 757's and Orions (I am crap at military!)
I would also suggest flying to BNE
and out of SYD
, CBA or even MEL
. Shame to miss so much by flying over it, as much fun as flying is!
Must sees - for me Mount Cook and Milford Sound. Worth a long drive from QTown, absolutely INCREDIBLE. Just stunning. Otago region is meant to be really nice too, but never got there. Also drive the Arthurs Pass from Christchurch to Greymouth, or take the TranzAlpine train. Again, just amazing. Didn't see Frodo or Sam, but met a few orks!
In the north, Rotorua is interesting. A thermal village - bit smelly, and touristy, but probably worth seeing anyway. Bay of Islands / Whangarei was nice. Wasn't too impressed with AKL
- I hear WLG
is much nicer.
Whatever you do, double the amount of time you were thinking of staying there. My biggest regret! It may be much smaller than Australia, but there is so much to see and do, and as its very mountainous in parts, distances can be very deceptive.
Have fun - want to hear a trip report too on your return!
- Star Alliance ticket? Where after New Zealand?
PS - should this be in Aviation Polls etc? Sorry - just thought
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