We are having trouble working out our itinerary (especially since we booked last minute and haven't had much time to research!) Here is a very rough plan:
1 - fly into Christchurch at midnight and stay the night in a hotel (already booked)
2- pick up hire car and head over to the West Coast - Paparoa National Park (via Arthurs Pass?) drive down the coast (via Hokitika) and arrive at glaciers. Spend 2 nights at glaciers (is this realistic or is there somewhere worth spending a night at before we arrive at the glaciers?)
3 - explore glaciers - Is Fox or Franz Josef better? We wouldn't be able to afford tours of both so need to make a choice on which one to do
4 - drive from glaciers to Wanaka.
5 - explore Wanaka. Drive to queenstown -- is there much to see/do in Wanaka or should we skip spending the night there and just stop there for a look on our way to Queenstown?
6 - milford sound from Queenstown? (kayak day trip perhaps?) - Is it worth doing Doubtful Sound as well as Milford? Since it will be winter, where do we stay the night if doing Milford Sound?
7 -Te Anau - should we spend a night here?
8 - Back to Queenstown.
9 - Queenstown - Skiing & other activities
10 - Queenstown - skiing
11 - Queenstown - skiing
12 - fly out of Queenstown in the afternoon
Any tips would be greatly appreciated and please let us know if we are missing anything important! A little extra info about us - we like outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, ATV tours etc and my partner wants to do some of the more extreme activities like bungy jumping - so we need to factor in some time for these along the way