We are travelling to beautiful NZ later on in the year, so far our itinerary is as follows.
26/12/2010 to 02/01/2011 we stay with family in Auckland, family has a bach up in Matapouri so we will visit the northlands as well. Hope to snorkel off poor knights, swim and generally relax.
02/01/2011 fly to Wellington midday, collect hire car. Stay Wellington and hope to see some of it pm.
3rd Jan 2011 Mo – morning Ferry to Picton, stay night in Motueka - Abel Tasman, (see local sights evening and early am)
4th Jan 2011 Tu – Drive to Franz Josef via Punakaiki
5th Jan 2011 Weds – Franz Josef (Glacier trip)
6th Jan 2011 Thu – Franz Josef to Queenstown (See Queenstown in evening, gondola?)
7th Jan 2011 Fri – Queenstown to Te Anau (Queenstown in am then glowworm caves pm)
8th Jan 2011 Sa – accomodation in Te Anau visit Milford Sound, thinking flight & cruise.
9th Jan 2011 Su – Te Anau to Lake Pukaki (stop off point en route to Akaroa)
10th Jan 2011 Mo – Pukaki to Akaroa (see Akaroa pm)
11th Jan 2011 Tu – Akaroa to Kaikoura (swim with dolphins in Akaroa am)
12th Jan 2011 Weds – Kaikoura to Picton (whale watch am in Kaikoura, evening ferry across then stay in Wellington?)
13th Jan 2011 Thu – Wellington to Taupo (visit around lake Taupo, pm)
14th Jan 2011 Fri – Taupo to Rotorua (see Lake Taupo am)
15th Jan 2011 Sa –Rotorua to Mt Maunganui (see mudpools etc in Rotorua then drive to beach in evening)
16th Jan 2011 Su – Beach at Maunganui area
17th Jan 2011 Mo – Beach again, head to Auckland in evening
18th Jan 2011 Tu – Auckland – stay with family
19th Jan 2011 Weds – see family
20th Jan 2011 Thurs – Fly home 13:10
We aren't massive fans of cities so have no need to visit Christchurch etc, we also prefer scenery etc and wildlife to dusty museums.
Looking at the driving we have a couple of long drives but we don't mind that too much. We want to see as much as we ca in the time we have possible. Our SI itinerary is packed whereas we have hopefully managed to add in restful days in NI when we stay with family.
Any suggestions gratefully appreciated.