I am going to have 9 full days in the South Island to explore and am hoping to get some feedback on the things I would like to see and how likely you think it is that I could fit them all in. I'd be willing to take a plane within the island, or the train if it cuts down on travel times.
As far as what I want to see:
Lake Wanaka, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki
Fox or Franz Josef
Not looking to spend day after day trekking through the countryside. I would like to do some hikes, but would also like to see as much as I can.
Given the time I have, how much of this is reasonable to fit in? What would be the first two or three things you would cut out?
Would it make most sense to fly from Auckland to Queenstown and start from there? Head down to Te Anua and Milford before heading back up towards Christchurch?