hey, my parents are coming out this dec 19/2013 to jan 21/2014, they fly in and out of Auckland and I live in wellington. they are coming over from Ireland and its there first time doing a trip like this (first time my dads been on plane!!!). there are both late sixties but active and enjoy anything that's outdoors love walking, beaches, both gardeners etc. I haven't travelled much of the south island, so was thinking it might be a nice place to spend over xmas day and possibly get a holiday home, bbq dinners etc.
there are so many options I want them to get a good feel for nz but not be totally exhausted from travelling. I was thinking of maybe getting a holiday home over the week of xmas and that we could use it as a base to see other spots, but I cant decide where would be good.so overall I was thinking maybe two weeks or more in south island and then up to wellington and do rotorua and maybe corromandel.
I will hire a car for south island, but we will have our own transport in welly. I would like to have all of the accommodation sorted over xmas and new years. we have people to visit and stay with in rotorua and Hamilton.
I would be so very grateful to any ideas on an itinerary for this, as it is pretty much going to be the biggest thing they have done in years, so just looking to give them a true kiwi experience and send them home smiling.