My family and I will be going to New Zealand in December for 13 days. We came up with this itinerary and would like to know if it is will be miserable to do this much in the time that we have (or dont have). I would like to add that the designated driver will not be participating in most of the physically taxing activities.
Specifically we are not sure about December 22 and 23rd: We would like to do the Lost World tour that starts at 10:30am so would you suggest gunning it to Waitomo on the 22nd to make the tour or leaving the 22nd as a more relaxed day and doing the tour on the 23rd.
Any suggestions/advice to tweak the itinerary would be much appreciated!
12:25pm arrival to Christchurch
Pickup car rental
Punting on the Avon 10am-4pm, 30 minute ride
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve to 7pm
Drive Christchurch to Arthur's Pass (145km, 2 hours)
Drive Arthur's Pass-Fox Glacier (257km, 3 hours)
8:00am Full day ice climbing adventure
12.15 Crazy DRIVE
Drive Fox Glacier-Haast Pass (180km, 2 hours)
Haast-Pass-Wanaka (82km, 1 hour)
Wanaka-Cromwell (53km, 40min)
Cromwell-Queenstown (60km, 50min)
Queenstown-Te Anau (171km, 2 hour 11min)
Drive Te Anau-Milford Sound (118km, 1.5 hours)
Boat Ride (9am) for 2 hours or Kayak (7:15-9am depending on tour) for 5-6 hours
Drive Milford Sound to Queenstown (286km, 3.5 hours)
Canyoning, half day or full day?
Half day: 9am or 1:30pm (3.5 hours)
Hangout in Queenstown
Drive Queenstown-Mt Cook (262km, 3 hours)
Drive Mt Cook-Lake Tekapo (104km, 1 hour)
Drive Lake Tekapo-Christchurch (225km, 3 hours)
Wellington Mt Victoria, little red cable car
Drive Wellington-Tongariro National Park (330km, 4 hours) not planning to hike
Drive Tongariro National Park- Lake Taupo (60km, 1 hour)
Drive Huka Falls-Rotorua (77km, 1 hour)
Drive Rotorua-Waitomo (147km, 2 hours)
this is ???
Waitomo Cave Tour (10:30am, 7 hours) finish at 5:30
Drive Waitomo-Auckland (202km, 2 hour 40 min)