We are visiting Both Islands in January, any comments recommendations regarding our planned itinerary would be appreciated. We are arriving and leaving via Auckland due to frequent flier ticket. To keep the post shorter I have excluded most planned activities, but significant wine tasting will occur.
day 1: arrive Auckland from HNL 10 pm, Stay @ Novetel airport
day 2: 11 am, fly AKL-CHC, drive to Hokitika, overnight
day 3: drive Hokitika to Franz Josef- 2 nights with Heli/Hike
day 5: Drive & stay Wanaka 2 nights
day 7: drive to Te Anau, 2 nights- Trips and Tramps tour to Milford Sound
day 8: Drive to Queenstown- 3 nights
day 11: Fly CHC, drive to Kaikoura, overnight
day 12: Drive to Picton, 2 nights
day 14: Ferry to Wellington, 2 nights
day 16: Drive to Martinborough, 3 nights
day 19: Drive to Hawthorne House, Hastings, 2 nights
day 21: Drive to Rotorua, lunch Lake Taupo, 2 nights
day 23: Drive Auckland, 2 nights
day 25: depart for Australia.
Thanks to all for any comments.