2 of us will visit NZ for the first time, for 3 weeks, between Jan-March 2013. We are 60+, healthy and active (but with normal limitations of a 60+). Our inerests - nature, not museums; talk to local people, not local tour guides; hikes and adventure, but soft, please. Our budget is moderate (a luxury of the 60+).
O.K., I'll get to the point!
1 - What would be a recommended itinerary based on the above?
2 - What mode of transportation is recommeded? I don't mind renting & driving... is the hop-on-hop-off bus more convenient?
many thanks (and amny more questions to come).