Hello everyone, we are going on our honeymoon. Will land in Auckland early AM February 25th and fly out late evening from Queenstown on March 8th, which gives us 12 days on land. I know we are doing a lot, but we are both young, adventuresome and do not think we will be able to come back anytime soon. We just did 2 weeks in Alaska in a car driving a lot so we are used to that. Also being in Alaska we saw a lot of mountains and glaciers which as you will see is why we are not spending a lot of time in some places. We would much rather see sites than see the cities so we do not plan to stay in the big cities much.
Day 1: Get rental car, explore Auckland, catch up on sleep.
Day 2: Drive to Waitomo do Blackwater Caving, drive to Tongariro to sleep.
Day 3: Hike Tongariro pass and stay again in Tongariro.
Day 4: Drive to Rotorua, see lakes, go zorbing, stay in Rotorua.
Day 5: Fly to Christchurch early AM, get rental car, explore Christchurch, drive to Lyttleton, Akaroa, Methren to sight see.
Day 6: Drive the Tranzalpine path to Greymouth, up to Punakaiki, make way to Franz Joseph to sleep.
Day 7: Spend the day driving from Franz Joseph to Wanaka taking in the sights on the road and hiking wherever. Sleep in Wanaka.
Day 8: Canyoning in Wanaka, sightseeing around Wakana, stay in Wanaka.
Day 9: Drive from Wanaka to Queenstown, sight see, go Sledging, stay in Queenstown.
Day 10: Drive to Te Aneu and sight see, stay in Te Aneu.
Day 11: Drive to Mildford Sound and take a short cruise, drive back to Queenstown and stay in Queenstown (one late party night?).
Day 12: Sight see in Queenstown, Bungee Jump, flight leaves at 7p.
I know this is a lot but we would like to see as much as possible. I'm not quite sure how I should do days 10 and 11 if anyone has any suggestions.
Thanks for all the help. Getting so excited.