Ok, so we’ve just bought our tickets for New Zealand and we’ve been trying to work out a plan for what we’re going to see and when. There are definitely some things we would do if we were on our own but that don’t really work with a baby in tow (swimming with dolphins? Not so much…) Luckily we really aren’t the types to throw ourselves off buildings, bridges or planes anyhow, so those things aren’t a problem. We have also traveled a fair amount, so there are some things we have seen before and aren’t that bothered if we don’t again (geysers come to mind). We tried to keep the “schedule” pretty light. You never know when you’re going to wind up awake all night
partying with a jet-lagged baby. We’ve bought an open jaw ticket so we’re flying into Auckland and out of Queenstown.
So far this is what we’ve got:
Day 1: Arrive in Auckland 5:00AM – OUCH.
Day 2&3: Auckland
Day 4:Drive to Waitomo
Day 5: See caves.
Day 6: Drive to Rotorua.
Day 7: Zorb! Visit Maori Cultural Center (Hangi, possibly?)
Day 8: Drive to Napier and do the LP’s Art Deco walking tour.
Day 9: Drive to Wellington (if time, take the cable car to the Botanical Gardens).
Day 10: Ferry to Picton, drive to Blenheim.
Day 11: Go wine tasting.
Day 12: Drive to Christchurch.
Day 13: Christchurch (Festival of Flowers?)
Day 14: Explore the Banks Peninsula (Akaroa).
Day 15: Drive to Franz Josef (via Arthur’s Pass).
Day 16: See glacier.
Day 17: Drive to Milford Sound (via Wanaka).
Day 18: Boat cruise on Milford Sound.
Day 19: Drive to Queenstown.
Day 20: Queenstown
Day 21: Fly home (Queenstown-Auckland-SFO)