Had been planning to visit the South Island Oct 2011 until we realised World Cup was on so now instead of going to Nth island this year we have booked flights into Christchurch on Oct 7 and departing Oct 21. After reading heaps of itineraries on TA have come up with proposed plan but still not sure whether we would be better to leave Dunedin or not. We plan to do north of Christchurch when we come back to the north island.
1 Fly into Christchurch
2 TranzAlpine train to Greymouth then collect hire car and go to
Punakaika and back to Hokitika overnight
3 Franz Joseph and Fox Glacier
8 Te Anau
9 Te Anau - Milford Sound
12 Mt Cook via Lindis Pass
13 Mt cook - Tasman Glacier tour
Not sure if this is a bit too rushed
Would we need to forward book accommodation at this time? My husband and I are in our early 60's and will be accompanied by an adult son in his late 30's.
Look forward to some further advice - I have had so many great threads to plan with so far.