Where to Go, What to Do in New Zealand
GETTING THERE: Airfare from Washington to Auckland can be as low as about $1,200 in late June, or up to $1,500; high season is November-March. Air New Zealand is the biggest carrier and can book from Dulles through partner United. Flights go through Los Angeles or San Francisco.
WHERE TO STAY: We splurged and stayed at prime lodges, but accommodations along the Queen Charlotte Track range from spartan backpacker to top-of-the-line. Of the lodges we tried, Raetihi (Double Bay, Kenepuru Sound, Marlborough Sounds, 011-64-3-573-4300, http:/
The No Road Inn (1 Endeavour Inlet, Queen Charlotte Sound, 011-64-3-579-8300, http:/
WHAT TO DO: We booked our hiking guide through Wilderness Guides in Picton (Picton Railway Station, 011-64-3-573-5432, http:/
Beachcomber Fun Cruises (London Quay, Picton, 011-64-3-57-36-175, http:/
Check out Marlborough Travel (http:/
FOR MORE INFORMATION: New Zealand Tourism Board, http:/