We are going to New Zealand for February 2013 and intend to travel around by car and stay in reasonably priced motels and hostels. This is a trip to celebrate my retirement from teaching and quite an adventure for us.
We are interested in the countryside, scenery and wildlife and so far have planned the following
Arrive Auckland 23.45 and stay overnight near airport
next day pick up car and leisurely drive to Rotorua stay 2 nights. Then go to Taurangi for 2 nights to walk the Tongariro Alpine crossing.
From Taurangi travel via the Wanganui river to Wanganui. However the NZ Masters games may put paid to that, unless it is realistic to go a bit further towards Wellington the same day before staying overnight.
In Wellington spend a couple of days with friends before going on to the South Island
Then it becomes far more difficult to know how much we can do in 3 weeks.
We leave from Christchurch and hope to include Kaikoura for the Whales, Otago peninsula, Franz joseph Glacier and Milford Sound.
I think it is unrealistic to include Abel Tasman as well.
How much of our accomodation do we need to book in advance as it would be good to be flexible but having nowhere booked could be stressful in the less populated areas? Any ideas and suggestions would be gratefully received.