We have 14 days in a campervan and are plotting our south island journey. It's become clear to us that if we want to actually take some walks and get out into the air, we can't possibly do both Abel and Milford. If we went to Abel, we would likely continue past Whanganui Inlet to Te Hapu (a privately owned ranch which some friends of ours worked at and highly recommend).
Abel Tasman is appealing because we love to kayak, Golden Bay looks pretty remote and quirky, and Te Hapu looks beautiful and private.
Milford is appealing because it's ... Milford. :)
Either way we go, we'd catch some things in the middle (Okarito kiwi, Franz Joseph, Matukituki Valley, etc).
Thoughts? Besides that we need to start saving for our return trip??