Hi. Husband & I are traveling round South Island for the first time late Oct this year and am pretty excited for this trip coz we heard so much bout beautiful NZ. We would appreciate if you guys can let us know if our itenery works out ok. Both of us will take turns driving, so it won't be too tiring for those long driving journeys.
Day 1 : Arrive CHC @ 2pm. Drive up and overnight at Kaikoura.
Day 2 : Whale watching at Kaikora. Drive up and overnight in Nelson.
Day 3 : Full day at Abel Tasman National Park.
Day 4 : Drive from Nelson - Lake Rotoroa - Cape Fowlwind - Punakaki - Hokitika Gorge. Overnight at Hokitika.
Day 5 : Drive to Fox Glacier, half day walk at Fox Trot, explore lake Matheson, perhaps gillespies beach, then overnight at Franz Joseph.
Day 6 : Drive to Lake Paringa - Lake Moeraki - Blue Pools and explore & overnight at Queenstown.
Day 7 : Explore Queenstown, drive and overnight at Te Anau.
Day 8 Doubtful Sound cruise, full day.
Day 9 : Drive to Milford Sound (just for view) and then to Wanaka, overnight at Wanaka.
Day 10 : Explore Wanaka/Arrowtown/Queenstown. Overnight at Queenstown.
Day 11 : Half day glenorchy LOTR tour, drive & overnight at Lake Tekapo.
Day 12 : Explore Lake Tekapo and drive out back to CHC.
Day 13 : Fly out, morning.
I'm missing out Arthur's Pass and wonder if its worthwhile to trade that with Nelson/Abel Tasman? Dilemma dilemma. Pls advise and also on the overall itenery. Thanks.Edited: 31 August 2013, 20:30