I have 12 days to spend in country before I head to Australia. I am hoping to do both the North and South Island. Can someone please suggest what they feel are the essential things to see and do between both islands? Regardless of preference and cost, what do you feel are the essential things to see on both islands that could be included in a 12 day itinerary.
Think of the question as, if you visit NZ, these are the must do's and things one must see.
I don't know anyone who has been to NZ, so I am hoping some locals, or those that have been can make suggestions of the essentials.