My husband and I are planning a 15 day trip to New Zealand in November. Do you think this itinerary is reasonable? We want to see the country, but we also don't want to spend too much time in the car. We're in our late 20s, love hiking and exploring...and of course, we're on a budget. Thanks in advance for your help!
Day 1: Arrive Auckland early afternoon and drive to Coromondel National Park, stay in Coromondel
Day 2: Drive to Rotorua, stay in Rotorua
Day 3: Drive to Lake Taupo, stay in Taupo
Day 4: Tongarino Alpine Crossing, then drive back to Auckland
Day 5: Fly from Auckland to Dunedin, explore Dunedin
Day 6: Drive to Curio Bay via Southern Scenic Route, stay in Curio Bay
Day 7: A.M. surf lesson at Curio Bay, then drive to Te Anua
Day 8: Milford Sound, then drive to Queenstown
Day 9: Queenstown
Day 10: Queenstown
Day 11: Queenstown
Day 12: Mount Cook National Park, stay near Mt. Cook
Day 13: Drive to Christchurch
Day 14: See Christchurch, then fly to Auckland
Day 15: Fly home
Do you recommend more time in the North Island (Coromondel, Taupo, etc)? Our international flight arrives and departs in Auckland. I'm wondering if we have too much time in Queenstown that maybe we should divide elsewhere....thoughts?
Thanks so much for your time and for your advice!