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Christchurch for 11 days - Self Drive and Flight (maybe)

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Christchurch for 11 days - Self Drive and Flight (maybe)

Hello, we are going to Christchurch for our honeymoon from 28 Dec - 8 Jan. Planning to do some leisure self driving in the South Islands. Initially, we are planning to do a round trip from Christchurch to Queenstown (Christchurch - Lake Takapo - Mt Cook - Queenstown - Te Anau - Milford - Wanaka - Fox - Punakaiki - Christchurch), but I am afraid that there will be too much driving (husband driving alone as I can't drive) and too tiring. So we are considering doing a one way drive trip from Christchurch to Queenstown and taking a domestic flight from Queenstown to Christchurch for our international flight out. Is that a good idea? What domestic flights can we take? Appreciate your advices, thanks!

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1. Re: Christchurch for 11 days - Self Drive and Flight (maybe)

Yes, flying makes good use of your time.

Air NZ flys Queenstown to Chch

check http://grabaseat.co.nz/ for discounted tickets

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2. Re: Christchurch for 11 days - Self Drive and Flight (maybe)

Just checked the website.

Both return fare from christchurch or One way respectively to christchurch & from queenstown seems to be the same.

Since i was planning to fly to christchurch from auckland & then back to auckland from queenstown, the above details suggest that i am not spending anything extra for not doing return flight to auckland.

Anything i am missing?

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3. Re: Christchurch for 11 days - Self Drive and Flight (maybe)

Do you think your husband is not fit enough to drive for long? New Zealand driving is totally different in Singapore, you can see few cars on the road especially on highway, not much difficult to drive, but still need to be careful, get enough sleep is more important and don't make your itinerary so rush. I am still suggesting to have driving in the trip as can really see more interesting.

However, based on your itinerary, flight is good choice.




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4. Re: Christchurch for 11 days - Self Drive and Flight (maybe)

We are also looking at doing this. Fare is the same no matter where we fly out of. Thought we might be able to see/do more in the 12 days we have. Any thoughts?

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5. Re: Christchurch for 11 days - Self Drive and Flight (maybe)

Air NZ doesn't offer any discount for return fares on domestic flights so you easily add one or 2 domestic flights without having to worry about return flights. Sometimes your international airticket can also include a domestic sector at no extra cost. I frequently fly HKG-AKL-CHC for no more than HKG-AKL.

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