If I can get flights in my price range I would like to visit NZ from somewhere around Dec 28, 2010 to Jan 19, 2011. It would be me, my wife and our five year son. He is able to hike several miles just as we are and is a fairly good traveler. With that in mind, what places in NZ should we try to see the most? We would be flying 22 - 29 hours to get there (from the USA) so we will stay in Auckland for a day or two after we arrive to recover.
From there hotels, campsites or farms are all possible. We would like to see as much of NZ as possible, without turning our trip into a marathon. We love nature, but we will not be bringing sleeping bags and tents due to the nature of air travel. We can afford hotels, but sometimes camping is more fun, so how might we do this? Where is it really worthwhile?
So what should we be looking at to get started planning and what are the no miss items? We may never get to NZ again, so we want to make the most of it.