I posted on Fodors this itenary and someone basically said it cant be done. I followed your plan fairly closely Zappers so what do you think to this one.
25th July to 17th August trip - still stopping in 6 berth motorhome
25th / 26th Auckland
27th Rotorua - Zorb ball for the kids & Mitai evening, Waiotopo Lady Knox Geyser
30th Ferry (weather depending) to Kaikoura
31st early morning whale watch then to Christchurch
1st Dunedin (relatives)
2nd / 3rd Queenstown - shotover Jet and Bungee for kids
4th Wanaka - Puzzle world
5th / 6th Franz Josef - Lake Matheson & Heli Hike
7th Greymouth, calling in to Hokitika craft centre
8th Westport - Buller Gorge Swingbridge for the males in family and Panakiki rocks
10th Ferry & Wellington
13th Waitiomo - Spellbound cave tour
14th to 17th Auckland (relatives)
Fodors said the whale watch may not run and if it does it will be freezing and too rough and the ferry would be too rough.
So what do you think? We have checked the milage and allowed for extra but we still think it can be done and i have put extra days in places so that we can relax and see the places - plus if we need to stop there are plenty of camps. - I think im trying to convince myself!