Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Zealand - North Island to South Island Road Trip Itinerary

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited. It seems to have almost everything.. I would want to see and do...

Volcanoes, Mountains, Lakes, Beaches, Glaciers, Hot Springs, Mud Pools, Wineries, Cafes, Dolphins, Whales, Cable Cars, Helicopter Rides, Paragliding, Bungee Jumping (for Sherick)... and lots of delicious Steak!

...No wonder the Hobbits chose to live there! ;)

We visited during Summer in February, and it was sunny and cool, with occasional raindrops. All the accommodations we booked had free parking available. 

I have already written about Wanaka and Picton (The Mailboat Cruise) in my previous posts. I will try to write about the rest of the places in my future posts. In the meantime, here is the itinerary I am very happy to share! :)


North Island

Day 1 - Auckland

Car Rental - Collect from Auckland Airport - Apex Car Rental New Zealand

Accommodation - Sai Motels - 1 Night

New Zealand Road Trip Itinerary

Day 2 - Auckland to Rotorua - 3 Hours

Accommodation - Astray Motel and Backpackers - 1 Night

Champagne Pool Rotorua New Zealand

Day 3 - Rotorua to Taupo - 1 Hour

Accommodation - Blackcurrant Backpackers - 1 Night

Huka Falls Taupo New Zealand

Day 4 - Taupo to Wellington - 5 Hours

Accommodation - I would not recommend the place we stayed at - 1 Night

Wellington New Zealand

South Island

Day 5 - Wellington to Picton - 3.5 Hours

Ferry - Cross the Cook Strait - Together with the Car - Interislander Ferry

Cook Strait Sunrise New Zealand

Accommodation - Tombstone Backpackers - 1 Night

Picton New Zealand

Day 6 - Picton to Punakaiki - 4 Hours

Accommodation - Bluewaves Homestay - 1 Night

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks New Zealand

Day 7 - Punakaiki to Franz Josef - 3 Hours

Accommodation - Perivale Farm Cottage - 2 Nights

Franz Josef New Zealand

Day 8 - Franz Josef

Accommodation - Perivale Farm Cottage - 2 Nights

Franz Josef Glacier New Zealand

Day 9 - Franz Josef to Wanaka - 3.5 Hours

Accommodation - Wanaka Bakpaka - 2 Nights

Lake Wanaka Sunset New Zealand

Day 10 - Wanaka

Accommodation - Wanaka Bakpaka - 2 Nights

Mount Roy Wanaka New Zealand

Day 11 - Wanaka to Queenstown - 1 Hour

Accommodation - No. 70 Studio Accommodation - 3 Nights

Queenstown New Zealand

Day 12 - Queenstown

Accommodation - No. 70 Studio Accommodation - 3 Nights

Lake Wakatipu Queenstown

Day 13 - Queenstown

Accommodation - No. 70 Studio Accommodation - 3 Nights

Lake Wakatipu Paragliding Queenstown

Day 14 - Queenstown to Christchurch - 6 Hours

Accommodation - Aalton Motel - 2 Nights

Lake Tekapo New Zealand

Day 15 - Christchurch

Accommodation - Aalton Motel - 2 Nights

Christchurch New Zealand

Day 16 - Christchurch

Car Rental - Return at Christchurch Airport - Apex Car Rental New Zealand

New Zealand Road Trip

Enjoy planning your trip guys! :)


Our Budget for 16 Days for 2 Persons sharing the Car and Room
Plane Fare from Singapore - NZD 1,000 x 2 = NZD 2,000
Car Rental and Gas - NZD 1,500
Accommodations - NZD 1,500
Food - NZD 800
Activities - NZD 1,400
(Doubtful Sound Tour, Lord of the Rings Tour, The Mailboat Cruise, Bungee Jump for 1 Person, Glacier Walk for 1 person, and other entrance fees, Excluding Helicopter Ride and Photo Shoot)
Total for 2 Persons = NZD 7,200 / USD 6,000

Accommodations - Please click on the Hotel Names to visit the website
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  2. Hi, I was also looking into having engagements photos done at the exact same place (at Wanaka around Mt Roy) with the same photographer. Can you please tell me roughly how much you spent on each (helicopter ride and photographer)?



    1. Hi Steph, Congratulations! :) We had our Photoshoot with Larsson in February 2012, and though I can't find my files anymore, from what I remember, it was NZD 500 for the photographer for 2 hours and NZD 750 for the helicopter. You have to do your own make up though they can also offer that for a fee. He's really nice.. I hope you'll have fun at the shoot! :) Cheers, Jamie

  3. Thanks so much for sharing your itinerary! This will definitely help me plan our trip, but it also makes me feel like I need to extend our trip by about two weeks haha. Also available on Budget accommodation in New Zealand.

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  5. where was your fav place? I love New Zealand, so beautiful. Great shots!

    1. Hi Zoe, Thank you. I'd say Queenstown. How about you?