We are going to be spending 12 nights in NZ in early to mid May. So far our itinerary is... arrive into Queenstown airport, driving to Te Anau (Milford Sound)- Wanaka- Glaciers- Abel Tasman- Nelson- Wellington-Hawkes Bay-Rotorua, and then straight to the airport in Auckland to catch our flight back.
I'm thinking we're trying to do too much. I need suggestions on what to cut out. What are the best places to visit during this time of year? I would also love to spend a little time at Mt Ruapehu or Taupo but don't know what to give up instead. We'd like to do some day hikes, some wine country, and I'm also an amateur photographer... any suggestions?