We will have six weeks in New Zealand. How should we divide our time between the North and South Island?
I had about the same amount of time and spent most of it in the South thinking that the North didnt have as much appeal - mistake!
I loved both parts of NZ and wish I had had more time to dawdle around the North and really get to see it. We only went as far as Auckland as time ran out.
The South has so much to see and do, and is really easy to drive round. I really liked Kaikoura and the wine region. In the North, we tended to do Wellington for a long time and then finally headed off to explore. The Coromandale Penninsula is simply stunning and worth devoting a couple of days to.
NZ is so easy to do, but remember to book your ferry crossing in advance as they do get booked up quite quickly. about 8 years ago
Six weeks of fun times in NZ - awesome!!! I live in Wanaka, down the south of NZ about 1hr from Qtn. I find that a lot of people who are coming to NZ are splitting their time 50:50 Btw the islands and find that they are running out of time when they reach the south island as they underestimate the time it takes to drive around. We have a lot of windy / mountainous roads, on which the average speed limit is well below 100kmph - especially on the west coast.
Both islands have some awesome activities, hikes and scenery. Personally I would probably go approx 2.5 weeks in the north and 3.5 weeks in the south. You'll find the more time you spend in either island, the more you wish you had!!
All the best with your travel plans, and if you'd like anymore info about the south - let me know!
Kirsten about 8 years ago
6 weeks in NZ will be awesome. Auckland's a great base in the North Island where you can head off either north to the coromandel (amazing) or east to Gisborne(and wine) or south to Rotorua. They are all only a couple of hours from Auckland. In the South Island, Queenstown is an excellent base to get your bearings and decide how you want to spend your time.
Have an amazing trip! about 8 years ago
Hi there, i would say it depends on the way you are travelling! If you take a car i would spend a bit more time in the south just because of the roads are bit more scary and long! Bus like intercity i would do the same, and just remember the bus do take a lot longer to each place, but then you also have the New Zealand Hop on and Hop Off Buses about 8 years ago