We are a 55 year old couple visiting NZ for the first time. It turns out that 19 days is not nearly enough time to see the South Island! We are trying to find the right balance between driving and hanging out, and are highly influenced by the New Zealand Frenzy guides. Could you take a look at this itinerary and let me know what problems you see?
Day 1: Christchurch. Arrive CC in evening.
Day 2: Kaikoura. Drive to Kaikoura (3 hrs). See: Ohau Point, Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, Iron Gate Stream Swimming Hole, Haumuri Bluffs tramp.
Days 3-5: Golden Bay (Takata). Drive to Takata (6 hrs). See: Wharariki Beach, Kaihoka Lakes, Paturau Beach, Rawhiti Cave, Wainui Bay, Abel Tasman North, Paynes Ford Limestone.
Day 6: Hokitika. Drive to Hokitika (6 hrs).
Days 7-8: Franz Josef/Fox. Drive to FJ/Fox (3 hrs). See: Okarito Beach, Robert's Point Hike, Fox Glacier Chalet Track, Gillespies Beach, Monro Beach Track.
Days 9-10: Wanaka. Drive to Wanaka (4 hrs). See: Iron Mountain, Diamond Lake loop track, Colquhouns Beach Track, Rob Roy Glacier Valley Track.
Days 11-14: Te Anau/Milford Sound. Drive to Te Anau (4 hrs.) See: Kepler Track Day walk, Key Summit Track, Milford Sound.
Day 15 - 17: Dunedin. Drive to Dunedin (5 hrs). Sandfly Bay, Sandy Mount loop track, Royal Albatross Center.
Day 18: Lake Tekapo. Drive to Lake Tekapo (5 hrs).
Day 19: Christchurch. Drive to CC (4 hrs).
Thanks so much for your thoughts.