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Scenic Southern - 2nd half of July - any tips?

25 Jun 2007 lemonaderaygun asked

Hi all,<BR><BR>I'm planning to head to NZ for 2 weeks around mid July. I want to spend 3 days in Auckland and 3 in Wellington (job hunting) and then join the scenic southern.<BR><BR>Worth joining at Wellington and sailing to south island or just fly to Christchurch and start the tour there?<BR><BR>I see the tour has 2 days in Queenstown, is it easy to get some snowboarding in on those 2 days? (never been to NZ before)<BR><BR>I know 2nd half of July is the heart of winter in NZ, anyone done the southern scenic at that time of year before? I know it will be cold but will the majority of the tourist type activities still be open?<BR><BR>Grateful for any hints/tips/thoughts.<BR><BR>Thanks :-)
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