Day 1: Arrive in CHC at noon after a flight from the USA. Explore a little of CHC/eat/sleep.
Day 2: Drive to Otago Peninsula (5 hours). Explore area. Overnight in Otago area.
Day 3: Drive to Te Anau (4 hours). Explore sights along the way. Overnight in Te Anau.
Day 4: Milfordsound. Overnight in Te Anau
Day 5: Drive to Queenstown (2:30 hours). Explore area. Hike.
Day 6: Drive to Twizel area (3 hours). Explore/see Mt Cook and the local area.
Day 7: Continue to stay in Twizel/Mt Cook area.
Day 8: Drive to Kaiorkia (long drive 7 hours). Overnight in area.
Day 9: Drive to Abel Tasman (5:30 hours). Overnight in area.
Day 10: Overnight in Abel area and do a Kayak trip.
Day 11: Drive back to Marlborough area and explore/more kayaking
Day 12: Continue staying in Marlborough area.
Day 13: Early AM ferry to N.Island.
Day 13-16 Drive towards Auckland for a 11pm flight back home on Day 16. See sights along the way.
2) I am taking the East coast back to the North part of the island. Is this the best way or should I cut across at Aurthur pass and head up to Abel? My husband loves seafood so I was hoping to give him some time in Kaikoura/Marbourgh area.
3) We are skipping most of the N.Island since we don't have enough time for both and we are more into mountains/nature.