A Week Exploring Fjordland, New Zealand, by 4WD and Boat

By Martin C · May 29, 2016

Melbourne, Australia
Wellington, New Zealand
Main mode of transport
Cost per person
$1000 - $2000
AirBNB in both Wellington and Queenstown. The first was an apartment, the second a townhouse by the lake. Both places are compact and easy to get around. You do need a car in Queenstown ideally (while Wellington, though very hilly, can be done on foot).

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Trip Summary

Wellington, Queenstown and Fjordland; a week of contrasts in New Zealand.

Best Bits

Highly recommend a trip to Manapouri and Doubtful Sound, ideally with 1 night in Manapouri. Much larger than Milford Sound and only 1 boat on the Sound most days!

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Worst Bits

The distances on South Island are long and the roads, while good, are necessarily slow. It takes time to get around so don’t be over ambitious in terms of scheduling - leave some time to enjoy the scenery!

Trip Dates and Comments on Timing

April — It’s still surprisingly warm in New Zealand in April!

Arrival Logistics

Landed at the small and stress-free Wellington Airport and rented a car before heading into town.

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General Route

Stayed in the CBD close to the “Beehive” (Parliament) and then stayed close to the city for 3 days. Then flew down to Queenstown for the remaining 5 nights, doing day trips from there.

Main Activities

Relaxing, shopping, motor boating, boat trip.

Food and Drink Highlights

A variety of restaurants, cafes and gastropubs. Highlights in Wellington were the Thistle Inn (the oldest pub in Wellington), the Backbencher (opposite Parliament) and, for lunch or coffee, Mojo. In Queenstown a trip out of town to the Millhouse was well worth the trip. In town, Vidu cafe was great and Halo has good breakfast and dinner menus.

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Essential Packing for this Trip

Do bring layers as the weather can vary a lot - especially in the mountains. Or buy them locally - lots of outdoor gear and good quality woolen clothing to buy.

About The Traveller

Gender & Age Range
Male, 36 - 45

I’m from
Manchester, UK

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My favourite trip as of late
Exploring Fjordland, New Zealand, by 4WD and boat.

Travelling Style
Book the important stuff, but leave some flexibility in the schedule.

I like to go on the following types of trips
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I’m from Perth, Western Australia

My favourite trip as of late is New Zealand, solo travel in lots of nature for a soul-refresher.

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