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New Zealand - 30th May - 8th June

Hi guys

Was just after some advice from anyone who has travelled to NZs south island in winter.
We are flying into Christchurch and out of Queenstown and would appreciate any info regarding must see places. We are a family of 6. Kids are 17,1 5, 11 and 9 and all enjoy the great outdoors. Love hiking, natural beauty etc
Look forward to hearing any inspiring ideas!


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at that time of year, its just starting to get cold in Australia and NZ. ( cold is a relative thing compared to the Northern hemisphere) July is usually the coldest month. The Australian ski season doesn't start until 12th June. ( eg when the lifts start to operate). the NZ season would likely be similar. but each year is different, snow wise.
depending on how long you have , Queenstown is a great place for a good few days, as a base.
with it being at the start of the 'season' I would investigate accommodation options ASAP. you might be lucky being 'before' the ski season? Queenstown is very popular for skiing etc.

there are plenty of previous posts on NZ, do a search at the top of the screen.

hope this helps.

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We are heading to the South Island in a few weeks. We have our plans laid out to fly into Christchurch and out of Queenstown:

Day 1 - Arrive Christchurch from Sydney mid-day, walk around Christchurch
Day 2 - Drive to Kiakoura whale watching (alternative is Akaroa)
Day 3 - Drive Christchurch to Lake Tekapo to Aoraki Mount Cook
Day 4 - Aoraki Mt. Cook hiking/glacier lake
Day 5 - Drive Aoraki Mt. Cook to Arrowtown to Queenstown
Day 6 - Queenstown/Milford Sound
Day 7 - Queenstown/Milford Sound
Day 8 - Fly to Auckland

I received some good advice on this forum as well as the Trip Advisor forum here:

You should check out lodging options as soon as you can. TripAdvisor and are two good resources.