We are starting to plan our 2 week trip through new zealand for xmas/new years. We are a married couple in our late 20's. We would like to visit the Catlins and the area around it. We are deciding between renting a car and doing a bus trip like the bottom bus. What would we be missing if we did the following:
any other suggestions for that area?
we would like spend 3 days in the bay of islands, and than head to the south island. perhaps fly into Dunedin and start our trip from there. Aside from the Catlins we would like to visit Doubtful/Milford Sound, Queenstown, Franz Joseph or Fox, Mount Cook. and if time permits, Abel Tesman. any suggestions?