We ( 2 adults) are driving the South Island for 8 nights . We want to go to Nelson ,Abel Tasman Park,Kaikoura and Marlborough sounds before heading south to Queenstown. What route would give us the most time in these places ? It seems like we will backtrack no matter what. We plan to drive south around Lake Tekapo rather than the west coast. We hope to spend 3 nights in Queenstown area and Milford Sound. Flying back to Auckland from Queenstown.
Also...is. Chistchurch worth stopping in with our limited time? Sounds lovely but concerned that there's too much repair going on still.
Thanks for any suggestions!