It’s happening… We are finally doing it. Our flight out to Auckland from Toronto is tomorrow and we couldn’t be more excited. It has been a bucket list item for a few years now and we are finally checking it off our list.
What am I talking about? Six weeks of cycling and exploring the North and South island of New Zealand, land of kiwi birds, the All Blacks, meat pies, and sheep.
Our Six Week New Zeland Route Plan
We have laid out a rough route plan, which will hopefully keep us on track to not miss our flight, but this is all subject to change, as plans always do when you start chatting with locals and learn what are the things worth doing and seeing.
Obviously, we must hit up the international tourist traps, visit the Shire, go bungee jumping, etc. But we also plan on doing a lot of camping and seeing smaller towns and less beaten trails along the way.
|Day 1||Fly into Auckland||To our hosts’ home in Auckland||31|
|Day 2||Rest – Explore Auckland|
|Day 5||Hamilton||Hobbiton Movie Set||48|
|Day 6||Hobbiton Movie Set||Waiotapu||99|
|Day 8||Rest in Taupo|
|Day 9||Taupo||Mt Ngauruhoe||89|
|Day 10||Hike Mt Doom|
|Day 11||Mt Ngauruhoe||Kakatahi||98|
|Day 13||Santoft||Himakangi beach||50|
|Day 14||Himakangi beach||Wellington||130|
|Day 15||Rest in Wellington|
|Day 16||Wellington Ferry to Picton (3 hours)||Onahau Lookout||33|
|Day 17||Onahau Lookout||Nelson||90|
|Day 18||Nelson||St. Arnaud||80|
|Day 19||St Arnaud||Inangahua||109|
|Day 22||Moana||Arthurs Pass [book homestay]||64|
|Day 23||Arthur’s Pass||Rest/Hike? Maybe?|
|Day 24||Arthur’s Pass||Hokitka||90|
|Day 26||Whataroa||Franz Joseph Glacier||36|
|Day 27||Franz Joseph||Bruce Bay||79|
|Day 28||Bruce Bay||Haast||71|
|Day 31||Wanaka||Hike to Roy’s Peak|
|Day 33||Queenstown||Bungee? Vinyard?|
|Day 34||Queenstown||Skipper’s Canyon?|
|Day 36||Acton||Te Anau||69|
|Day 37||Te Anau||Halfway Camp towards Milford Sound||60|
|Day 38||Halfway Camp Spot||Milford Sound||58|
|Day 39||Milford Sound|
|Day 40||Milford Sound||Christchurch||BUS? – EXPORE|
|Day 42||Fly out of Aukland|
So even though this looks pretty set in stone, it is absolutely not. We have to set out from Christchurch back to Auckland to catch our flight home. So we will probably need a bit more buffer time at the end, but c’est la vie. We will figure it out, as do we always.
After we return from our trip – we will see how this plan changed, if we kept to it, if it completely didn’t, and if we missed our flight home.
Wish us luck. Any tips or must sees while we are in New Zealand? There’s no way anyone can do everything, but we’d love to know if there are any absolute must dos that we are missing!