Here's my itinerary after searching around this forum and reading some of the recommendations and adapting them for my own. This would be our first trip to New Zealand for my wife and I and we would prefer to take it slow and easy. So I just want to check with the experts here to see if there for any changes or any parts of our itinerary that are not reasonable.
Also since we are travelling over the Christmas and New Year periods, are the places we stay over the public holidays ok? Meaning there will be at least some restaurants that will remain open and activities to keep us occupied? For example, are we able to go on a Milford Sound cruise on Christmas from Te Anau? If this is not possible, any changes we can make to the itinerary to fit in the cruise?
20-Dec 13 Christchurch (arrive around 2pm)
21-Dec 13 Christchurch to Mt Cook
22-Dec 13 Mt Cook to Dunedin
23-Dec 13 Dunedin
24-Dec 13 Dunedin to Te Anau
25-Dec 13 Te Anau
26-Dec 13 Te Anau to Queenstown
27-Dec 13 Queenstown
28-Dec 13 Queenstown to Wanaka
29-Dec 13 Wanaka to Franz Josef
30-Dec 13 Franz Josef to Hokitika
31-Dec 13 Hokitika to Nelson
1-Jan 14 Nelson
2-Jan 14 Nelson to Christchurch
3-Jan 14 Christchurch
4-Jan 14 Christchurch
5-Jan 14 Depart for Perth around 7am
Any other advice?