We are heading to NZ in January and have worked out a rough itinerary. We plan to rent a car and stay in motels/B and Bs. We love hiking, kayaking, wildlife, and are happy to spend as little time as possible in towns. We have no interest in wineries, museums or shopping.
How would this itinerary work? What have we left out that we really shouldn't miss?
Day 1: Arrive Auckland
Day 2: Drive Coromandel peninsula to Whitianga
Day 3: Whitianga
Day 4: Rotorua
Day 5: Lake Taupo; Stay in Tongariro
Day 6: Wellington
Day 7: Ferry to Picton; Abel Tasman
Day 8: Abel Tasman
Day 9: Abel Tasman
Day 10: Kaikoura
Day 11: Kaikoura
Day 12: Drive Arthur's Pass to Hokikita
Day 13: Fran Joseph or Fox?
Day 14: Franz Joseph or Fox
Day 15: Wanaka
Day 16: Wanaka
Day 17: Te-Anua
Day 18: Te-Anua (Cruise on Doubtful Sound)
Day 19: Te-Anua hiking
Day 20: Te-Anua (Milford cruise and Kayak)
Day 21: Queenstown
Day 22: Mount Cook
Day 23: Mount Cook
Day 24: Mount Cook
Day 25: Christchurch
Day 26: Depart Christchurch lunchtime
We have one extra day. Should we add it in to Abel Tasman or leave in for Te-Anua or Mount Cook region?
I'd love to hear suggestions on this itinerary. Thanks a million in advance.