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One night between Dunedin and Queestown

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by ShavedBadger, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. ShavedBadger

    ShavedBadger One of Us Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    Morning all, long time lurker, first time poster.

    I'm taking my family to NZ at the end of August for a mix of skiing and tourism. I've got most of the plan sorted out, but I have booked us a couple of days in Dunedin toward the end of the trip, but have to be in Queenstown around lunchtime for our flight home. Can anyone recommend somewhere worth visiting/staying on the last night (Cromwell maybe) or should we just stay in Queenstown?

    Current plan is:

    29th-2nd Fly into Queenstown, stay Arrowtown.
    3rd Te Anau
    4th-5th Dunedin
    6th ???
    7th Fly out of Queenstown.

    Thoughts?
     
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  3. Donzah

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    Why Te Anau?
    Thats quite a circular route.
    Would be weather dependant as well.
     
  4. Arsas

    Arsas One of Us

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    Why are you going to Dunedin?
    Is there something specific or just to see it?
    I only ask because you are going to spend 4hrs driving there and 4hrs drving back, that's a whole day lost driving.
     
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    ShavedBadger One of Us Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    Te Anau - wife wants to see Milford Sound. It's not locked in yet though, and I could easily be persuaded that it's in the too hard basket due to the likelihood of bad weather.

    Dunedin - Tourism. Four hours driving isn't exactly a whole day really, I mean if you set off at 7:30 you're still getting into Dunedin before lunch. I'm fairly used to long drives, and I've driven in NZ a few times before. I just wanted to have a look around for a few days.
     
  6. Donzah

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    LOL its always bad weather down there .

    Yeah i'd play that bit by ear. Its a fair drive from QT to Milford sound and then back to Te Anau
     
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    4hrs is not a whole day but you have to drive back another day which is another 4hrs. So total 8hrs driving which is whole day driving.
    Not trying to persuade you either way just wanted to know if a specific reason for Dunedin. Dunedin is an cool town.
    How old are your kids?
    Te Anau is a good town awesome views but the drive from Te Anau into Milford can take 2-4 hours depending on conditions and traffic. Which is a lot to fit in one day. I took a motor home round south island of NZ 2 years ago and we stayed at Te Anau for 2 nights and didn't go to Milford Sound because we thought it was too much driving in one day with the kids (4, 6, 8 at the time). Glow worm tour with the ferry ride across the lake is pretty good.
     
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    I'm by no means set on Te Anau - it's more a place to stay so we could see Milford Sound. If that's off the table then so is Te Anau. I'd probably replace it with another night in Arrowtown or somewhere on the road between Arrowtown and Dunedin.

    Regarding the 4 hour drive - yeah that's kinda I wanted to break it up on the way back from Dunedin with a night somewhere between Dunedin and QT if there's anything worth checking out between the two. Kids are 6 and 3 but they are decent road-trip companions, they'll sleep a fair chunk of the drive and we'll stop here and there as required. The couple of times I've been to NZ the driving hasn't exactly been a chore in terms of scenery/roads...
     
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    Personally, Te Anau and Milford (with a trip around to Doubtful Sound) would be very close to the top of my list of things to see in that corner of New Zealand. Weather dependent.
     
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    Totally agree driving in NZ is easy compared to Australia. There is no one around and it is very cruisey.
    We drove straight from Dunedin to Te Anau and there is not much along the road other than grass hills/mountains and farms.
    Keep Te Anau in the list it is a beautiful town with the snow capped mountains right above the lake, but maybe drop Milford if short on time. My kids loved the Glow worm Cave Tour & River Cruise in Te Anau.
    Drive from Dunedin to Queenstown but go up through Palmerston (same driving time) and then you can add on Moreki and go see the Moreki Boulders (20min detour).
    Moana Pools is a must in Dunedin for kids and adults. Its an indoor water park with two full sized water slides, 1m and 3m diving boards and its all heated.
     
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  11. Red_switch

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    Because Te Anau is ****ing awesome.
     
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    Why Dunners then?

    I'd be heading straight to Bluff
     
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    Red_switch Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    No. You have it right. Milford Sound is best in winter (the drive alone is spectacular), and having a night in Te Anau will make that way more manageable.

    There isn't a hell of a lot between Dunedin and Queenstown TBH (I drive that road a lot, fortnightly at least most of the year). But if you're up for something well of the beaten track head up through the Maniototo, even take the Pig Route (really nice drive, that takes you past a massive gold mine), and stay up in Naseby. Check out the curling center and luge track (think that's still operating) and swing past St Bathans on your way through to Queenstown from there. As far as NZ goes, that is pretty much the outback.

    Depending on what you're into, consider heading south from Te Anau, via the Waiau Valley, and then around the coast to Riverton. You'll get a feel for southern Fiordland and the wild south coast. Stay a night in Riverton, or Invercargill (seriously, particularly if you've got more than a passing interest in vintage trucks and motorbikes, two of the worlds best collections reside there), then carry on to Dunedin via the Catlins. This might cut you back to 1 night in Dunedin, though that would still give you plenty of time to check some of the key sites.

    A route like this would be a pretty decent road trip:
    https://www.google.co.nz/maps/dir/A...68479a600!2m2!1d168.6626435!2d-45.0311622!3e0
     
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    Red_switch Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    Yeah, nothing wrong with Bluff either. To be honest, you could spend weeks road tripping this part of NZ.
     
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    Red_switch Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    The roads between Dunedin and Central Otago shouldn't be underestimated in winter. I had a 4.5 hour trip last year thanks to severe freezing rain. On both the "main" route (via Lawrence) and the Middlemarch or Pig Route (your way up through Palmerston) alternatives, there are spots that are prone to decent icing, and "random" snow events, and road maintenance in the winter is often lacking. Don't let it put you off, just don't expect to cover 100 km per hour in winter.

    Dropping Milford is a big call. I love all of Fiordland, but if you're short on time the absolute best way to get a taste of it is to make the drive into Milford Sound and catch a cruise on the fiord.

    Going Dunedin to Queenstown via Palmerston always takes longer, without stopping at Moeraki. But it is a great drive.
     
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    Milford is probably the best place in NZ. Such a Drive.

    Naesby would be cool to stay in. Lawrence on the other route, has free wifi in the whole town haha.
     
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    I would drop Dunedin and spend more time around the lakes with a trip to Te Anau / Milford sound.
    Milford is spectacular!!!
    Leave Queenstown early, drive to Te Anau, 2pm glow worm cave tour across the lake, overnight in motel. Up next morning for drive into Milford sound. Spend all day there, Overnight back in Te Anau, next morning return to Queenstown.
    P.S. If it's snowing hard the day/night before there's a good chance the gate to milford might be late opening due to avalanche bombing. All cool, the boats will be waiting.
     
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    We did Queenstown - Milford, including a great cruise - Queenstown in a day a few winters ago, including waiting for the road to be opened after avi control.
    Dunedin has a great wildlife tour on the peninsula and is a nice (city!) town to visit.
     
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    One night, between Dunedin and and Queenstown, three travellers, a South African, an Australian, and a New Zealander, broke down on a lonely country road. As they were walking toward the next town, they came across a sheep stuck in a fence, with its rear pointing out toward the road. They stopped for a moment, considering the situation, when the Australian said "gee I dunno about you blokes, but I wish that was Kylie Minogue!". The South African nodded and said "I dunno, I wish it was Charlize Theron!" The Kiwi, with a wistful look in his eye, just sighed and muttered "I wish you fellas had stayed with the car".


    PS thanks for all the advice and information folks, SWMBO has booked us a place near Cromwell, in the time-honoured spirit of "that'll do".
     
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    Hey Zimbooo, I would have done the Milford day-trip but for two reasons, the likelihood of ice on the road in the very early morning, and the prospect of two young kids enduring what would be quite a long day. Hence staying the night in Te Anau after Milford.
     
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    You should always stay in Ten Anau, it will make it way better.
     
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    Pie shop down near the waterfront in Te anau is gooood. When its open. missioned it over there last winter on a sunday and it was shut, outrageous.
     
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    Te Anau keeps proper hours.
     
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    Welcome to NZ
     
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    Fairley Bakehouse....... worth a detour
     
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    Oh yes!!!
     
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    *Fairlie
    They are very nice
    effing pissed off last time i went though. Bloody coach turned up just beforehand
    40 chinese tourists buying pies
    Timing
    I had a good pie in Tekapo last time I went through as well.
    Pulled pork and cracking with apple pie
     
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    What? Biggest hole ever. Never waste any time with Invercargill unless you're into trucks and motorbikes, but then there'd be nothing for the rest of your family to do. Boring boring boring.
     
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    Saying that. The best pie i've had in recent times was in cooma.
     
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    Sylvia & Frans Upper Crust....................pie legends.
    Syd northern beach surfers go to for generations.
     
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    If you’re passing through Blackheath on the way from Dunedin to Queenstown, the bakery has really really good old fashioned plain pies.
     
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    When were you last in Invercargill? It's a place that can take some working out, but it's worth checking out. It's a great place to live.
     
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    Last October (2017). Never again.
    May be good to live in, but definitely not a tourist destination. Flat as a tack.
     
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    Classic, what got you down there?

    The flat is good, longest twilight ever.
     
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    Just touring the south island. I thought we'd have to book early as it was a long weekend, so took a punt on Invercargill. Realised too late that it was not a good idea. Stayed on Ness St. Air BNB. Turned out to be an evangelical centre. ROFL Which is funny I s'pose - for me staying in such a place. Even Bluff was boring.
     
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    Red_switch Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    Long weekends are a funny time to be there for sure. Bluff is bleak, on a good day.
     
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    I edited my previous. Read where I stayed. Yeah, nearly blown off the Bluff Lookout. Highlights of Invercargill - Burger King, and the laundromat. Oh - and dinner at Lone Star. LOL
     
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    It used to be worse.

    My intermediate teacher was a invercargill local.
    It was pretty dire 30 years ago
     
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    Greymouth is like that for me.
     
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    Red_switch Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    There are a few really excellent restaurants. I'd have told you to go to The Rocks, or Suzi Qs. Brewery is also awesome.
     
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    The alternatives on ness st would be pretty gnarly...
     
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    Not as dangerous as it was.
     
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    The petroleum fumes?
     
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    Why would you?
    Besides Ruatoria would knock westport
     
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    Another town that's a complete waste of time.
     
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    Yeah.
    Though we love Hokitika
     
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