Husband and I (both mid 50's) will be visiting NZ arriving in Auckland on 29th December 2010 we have been giving lots of thought to our itinerary , we would like to visit the places listed below, and would really appreciate any advice on our proposed route etc. We have 30 days to spend in NZ and would like to know if the following can be comfortably achieved within that time.
Auckland pick up hire car
Bay of Islands Paihia (to include New Years Eve)
Wellington drop off car
Interislander ferry to Picton collect car
Milford Sound overnight cruise if possible
Franz Joseph or Fox Glacier
Greymouth possibly drop off car and then
Tranzalpine train to Christchurch or
drive to Christchurch drop off car fly back to Singapore/UK
We love good food and wine, luxury accomodation, beautiful scenery, gentle walks, places of interest, history and meeting people. Budget not too much of an issue, we are doing our best to spend the kids inheritance!
All suggestions gratefully received.