I have finished planning our North Island trip - with many thanks to the information from all the great posts on the Forum. Here is my dilemma.
We cross over on December 8 at 8:30 am from Wellington arriving 11;45 Picton. We fly from Queenstown to Christchurch late on Dec 16.We were thinking of staying in Blenheim but decided not to. Should we stop in Kaikoura to see the whales? And what about CHristchurch and Akaroa? We thought about just driving to Mt Cook but too far and we want to go up there in the morning and spend the night. We have 3 days planned in Queenstown - Milford Sound one day and Hobbit stuff another and a day to wander around and find local beer!
We have accepted we probably wont get to Dunedin or Invercargill but we could if we made the trip along the coast and not see Mt Cook, Tekapo, Wanaka. Am I missing anything here? We thought about going to Franz Jospeh and along the glaciers as well. But we want to maximize our time as best as possible.
But we do have a bit of wiggle room in the schedule.
What a wonderful thing to have too many incredible choices!! Love New Zealand and I have not even arrived!