Thank you all for your previous input and advice! As hard as it was, I forced myself to narrow down my wish list. This is my current itinerary plan beginning on March 21st.
Day 1- Auckland- explore
Day 2- Drive to Whangarei- explore Whangarei Falls & Abbey Caves- Will it be warm enough in late March for some sunbathing?
Day 3 -Scuba dive at Poor Knight's
Day 4- fly to Dunedin in the morning- I need some help here.
I am planning to take the Elm Wildlife Tour. I am debating staying a second night to also do Penguin Place at dusk. Does anyone know if this would be worthwhile during the time I'll be there? Another option would be to spend the day touring Otago peninsula and Penguin Place and then taking the Elm Wildlife tour that afternoon/evening.. I know this is not the best time of day to visit Penguin Place, but it would eliminate the need for a second night here.
Also, I'm debating whether to stay in Dunedin or at the motel on Otago Peninsula. Thoughts?
Day 5- Drive to Queenstown- explore- planning to get rid of the rental car in Queenstown- hoping to save a few bucks and stay in a central location
Day 6- explore- bungee jump & jetboating with Skipper’s Canyon
Day 7- Bus/Cruise from Queenstown to Milford with Naked Bus
Day 8- drive to Wanaka- relax- take a walk- possibly Puzzling World and definitely the unique movie theater
Day 9- drive to Fox Glacier
If possible, I would like to limit my stay here to 1 night. I will most likely do the heli-hike. Should I try to book it after my drive on Day 10 or book it for the morning of Day 11?
Day 10- possibly heli-hike this day? then drive to Punakaiki
Day 11- drive to Abel Tasman- explore- possibly take in Nelson?
Day 12- hanggliding- Abel Tasman;
Our friend in Auckland wants to do a two day trip with overnight camping in the park. We have never done any camping before. Thoughts?
Day 13- more
This gives me one more day to put into the itinerary.
Should I add the day to Dunedin/Otago peninsula, Whanagei, or Fox? Also, do you think I should keep Abel Tasman as three nights or change it to two?
I appreciate everyone's thoughts on all this. I cannot wait to go!