My girlfriend and I fly in to Christchurch on 3/3/2012 at night, and after a motel stay there we plan the following:
Sun 4/3: Drive campervan to Mount Cook - stay overnight
Mon 5/3: Drive to Queenstown
Tues 6/3: Day in Queenstown, Gondola dinner
Weds 7/3: Drive to Te Anau - stay overnight (doing this to break up the drive to Milford next day)
Thurs 8/3: Drive to Milford Sound - do Cruise, then drive back to Queenstown - overnight stay in Queenstown
Fri 9/3: Drive from Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier - stay overnight
Sat 10/3: Franz Josef - maybe do a short hike/tour - stay overnight
Sun 11/3: Drive from Franz Josef to Arthurs Pass - stay overnight (to break up trip back to Christchurch)
Mon 12/3: Drive from Arthurs Pass back to Christchurch
Tues 13/3: Fly out of Christchurch
Any comments, concerns, or suggestions? I know driving back from Milford to Queenstown is a long trek, but if I stopped over at Te Anau instead, then it just makes the drive to Franz Josef far too long?!
Also, is Franz Josef worth 2 nights stay of my very limited time, or should I cut this back and add something extra onto Te Anau or Queenstown?
One last thing, I assume that all the places listed that we are staying at, that we would have no problems finding a DOC or park with toilet/shower facilities? So if this is the case, would you suggest that we wouldnt 'really need to bother getting a campervan with toilet/shower on board? Might save a few dollars plus be a smaller size van to drive?
Greatly appreciate any feedback! ;-)