Hi Guys -
In januari we are traveling to NZ. We are a group of 3 couples and will rent a large car (minivan). We have about 16 days and really want to do the best of both islands. I know you can easily spend a month on one island but that is not an option for us. We will be flying in from Sydney so won't be suffering from a jet lag :-)
What do you think of the draft itinerary below. Idea would be to rent a car from Auvkland and travel to Wellington. We then plan to fly to queenstown rent another car and drive our way up. The distances / times are based on google maps and seem reasonable. As we are a large group I do not really think driving a lot is a big issue and the routes seem to be quite nice with good scenery.
I was thinking to skip bay of Islands and go to coromandel instead just to avoid driving north and then south again via Auckland..
Looking forward to having your input!
Date Hotel Travel
4/1/2014 Hahei / Coromandel 2h14 / 176 km
5/1/2014 Rotorua 2h47 / 217 km
6/1/2014 Tongariro 2h14 / 184 km
8/1/2014 Wellington 3h30 / 287 km
9/1/2014 Queenstown Plane
10/1/2014 Queenstown / Te Anau
12/1/2014 Lake Wanaka 0h59 / 67 km
13/1/2014 Mt. Cook 2h17 / 199 km
14/1/2014 Lake Tekapo 1h01
15/1/2014 Christchurch 2h48 / 227 km
16/1/2014 Christchurch (Kaikoura)
17/1/2014 Plane back home