My wife and I have never been to New Zealand before and as part of a 2 month trip will be visting for 14 nights flying in to Christchurch having been in Sydney for a week and then out of Auckland to Brisbane.
We would like to visit both islands and although I am happy to drive I see little point in spending time doing so unnecessarily if flying is an option.
The idea is to go Tranzalpine from Christchurch to Greymouth collect a car, drive to Frans Josef ,overnight there and drive on to Queenstown with another overnight followed by a 2 day Doubtful Sound cruise returning to Queenstown.
originally we were then flying to Rotorua with no further fixed ideas.
We would however miss Nelson and the ferry crossing to North Island which seems a shame as does not seeing Wellington. Is it daft to fly Queenstown to Nelson cross by ferry and then fly Wellington to Rotorua/Auckland?
Help please on travel/destinations/anything that comes to mind.
We are in our 60's relatively fit save for a new knee and a back that has its moments so bunjy jumping /white water rafting may be a step too far.We like to visit restaurants have a glass of wine and watch the world go by if there's time.
NZ looks beautiful and we very much look forward to our trip.We will be there from 16 February.Edited: 29 August 2013, 19:15