I know you come across these posts often, and i can see similar ones on the south island forum. I have read some and will endeavour to read/research many more before we go.
However i'm hoping that someone passionate :) about the south island (local or familiar traveller) can assist with the planning of an itinery.
A little background: i'll be travelling with my gf, we're both 34, love food and wine, and never been to NZ before. As most do, we're hoping to take in the natural beauty of the south island on this trip, so we'd like to plan our days accordingly. nothing overly active, i dont know whether i'd bungy jump or jump out of a plane (though it's almost a must-do when anyone talks about NZ), but would love to go for a day-trip canoing on rivers winding through the base of mountains and forests.
It will be a driving holiday. Starting and ending in Christchurch (Mon 27 Dec 2010 > Sun 2 Jan 2011). We're flying into Christchurch form Sydney and renting a car from the airport.
oh and a little secret, i'm going to propose to my gf on this trip (i'll have my precioussss with me) so would also be thankful to ideas of where, somewhere breathtaking, i can do this.
our accomodation has not been determined, as it will be based on where we go/are each day. but we're not princesses, we're happy to stay in motels as much as we'd be prepared to pay $$$ to stay in a 5-star facility. it all depends, i guess on whether we're just stopping the night, or staying in a region for a couple/few days and using that place as a base for day trips.
my very basic route is to drive from Christchurch > Dunedin > Invercargill > Te Anau > Queenstown > Christchurch.
probably spending 2 nights in Queenstown?
with only 7 days i know i cant see even most things the south has to offer, so would probably focus on seeing a few good spots rather than trying to see too much.
would love to hear your suggestions!