Would appreciate some feedback on my plans for making the most of the South Island. My husband, 15yr old daughter and I will arrive in Queenstown on 22 Sept 2013 and depart 3rd October. My itinerary at this stage is as follows:
Day 1 - Arrive QT
Day 2 - QT - possibly visit Remarkables Ski Resort and the luge
Day 3 - Coach-cruise-coach to Milford Sound from QT
Day 4 - Pick up rental car and travel to Wanaka
Day 5 - Drive to Fox Glacier
Day 6 - Fox Glacier
Day 7 - Fox Glacier to Greymouth. Leave hire car here and catch Tranzalpine Express to Christchurch.
Day 8 - Christchurch
Day 9 - Pick up rental car and drive to either Lake Tekapo or Mt Cook Village???
Day 10 - Lake Tekapo or Mt Cook Village?????
Day 11 - Queenstown
I have tried to allow 2 nights at each destination so we are able to relax, enjoy and explore. Am I doing too much driving? Should I book accommodation ahead at this time of year. I have already booking the first 3 nights in Queenstown but am not sure whether to bother with the rest of the trip as we will be more flexible in our travels, however I don't want to waste valuable time looking for accommodation if its hard to find. Am I able to easily get on the Tranzalpine Express when I get over there. I read that when booking from Australia we only get offered the more expensive fares.
Help would be much appreciated.