My fiance and I will be heading through New Zealand as part of our month long honeymoon, spending ~7 days in country, coming in from either Fiji or Australia (either Melbourne or Sydney). At the end, we'll be flying either to Australia or Japan. We're last 20s/early 30s.
Any suggestions on the best way to split our time there between North and South Island? We're decent adrenaline junkies, so zip lining, rafting, hiking, and exciting stuff is our main focus. Well, that and we'll have to hit 1 or 2 LOTR sites. We've driven in Ireland for 12 days, so we can get to places that way if it helps. We'll also be newly scuba certified so if there are some simple 'can't miss' dives those are possible.
We're going to be skimping on our accommodations to make room for cooler things to do, but I expect our budget in country to be 2k-3k.
Thanks for your help.