I posted a while back when our trip to New Zealand was still a dream. Well now we've booked our flights! So I'm back to see if I can get some help with planning our itinerary. We are a quiet couple in our mid-late 20s, we love nature and outdoor pursuits but not into bungee jumping or anything like that. Things we might like to do while we're in NZ include sailing, kayaking, hiking and horse riding, any suggestions on where the best places to do these things would be much appreciated. I'd like to say a big thank you as I've been reading all the questions and advice on this forum for a while and you've helped loads already!
We're flying into Auckland on the 4th November, arriving about noon and leaving Christchurch on the 29th November, now we just need to fill in the time in between. There seems to be soooo much to see and do it's difficult to decide where to go and what to leave out! We'll be hiring a car and staying in motels/hostels/B&Bs.
So here is the vague plan so far:
1: Arrive Auckland
3: Drive to Rotorua (via beaches at bay of Plenty?)
5: Turangi /Taupo (or straight to Wellington, anywhere else to stop en route?)
7: Ferry – Picton/Nelson
8: Abel Tasman or Kaikoura
9: Abel Tasman or Kaikoura
11: Drive to Glaciers
13: Drive to Wanaka
15: Drive to Te Anau
16: Milford Sound – Te Anau
17: Drive to Dunedin
19: Drive Queenstown
21: Drive Mount Cook
22: Mount Cook
Does this seem feasable? Would this route make for any excessively long drives? We've an extra day to slot in somewhere, perhaps for a full day hike? We're undecided about Abel Tasman, Kaikoura and Dunedin as it doesn't seem we can visit all of them comfortably, perhaps we need to pick one.