Hi…We (a couple) are planning a trip to NZ in April-2015. This will be a self driving trip, covering both the islands. I have worked out a rough sketch of the plan. My thumb rule is not to exceed driving more than 3.5 hours on any given day (atleast on most days). Our self drive tour will have a leisurely attitude and where possible cover a few attractions along the route. We fly into Auckland and fly out from Christchurch.
Day1: Auckland to Hahei
Day2: Hahei to Rotorua
Day3: Rotorua to an undecided destination (between Rotorua & Wellington)
Day4: Undecided destination to Wellington
Day5: Wellington to Picton by Ferry (I read that only a few rentals allow their cars on the ferry)
Day6: Picton to Greymouth
Day7: Greymouth to Haast (stop for Fransz Josef Glacier)
Day8: Haast to Wanaka
Day9: Wanaka to Te Anau
Day10: Te Anau to Milford Sound
Day11: Milford Sound to Queenstown
Day12: Queenstown to undecided destination (between Queenstown & Christchurch)
Day13: Undecided destination to Christchurch
Does my plan sound good or am I missing or overlooking any important aspects? Further I also need your help on choosing a destination between Rotorua and Wellington and another destination between Queenstown and Christchurch.
Further, are there any other good alternatives other than Picton and Greymouth? and where in my trip can I add an extra night to stay? I am open to any other idea you guys have too…