Hi, my girlfriend and I will be self driving in New Zealand South Island in the 1st two weeks of November 2013 and have come up with the 13 Days Itinerary below and would like to know if it is feasible.
Day 0 - Arrival in Christchurch International Airport (2330hr)
Day 1 - Touring in Christchurch
Day 2 - Driving from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass (Morning - Visit Cave Stream Scenic Reserve, Afternoon - Arthur's trekking, Stay over in Arthur's Pass)
Day 3 - Driving from Arthur's Pass to Fox Glacier (Morning - Visit Punakaiki pancake rocks, Afternoon - Climb Fox Glacier, Stay over in Fox Glacier)
Day 4 - Driving from Fox Glacier to Wanaka (Afternoon - Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World, Stayover at Wanaka)
Day 5 - Driving from Wanaka to Queenstown (Morning - Visit to Arrow town, Afternoon - Tour of Queenstown, Stay over in Queenstown)
Day 6 - Stay in Queenstown (Whole day - Sky diving & Luge, Stay over in Queenstown )
Day 7 - Driving from Queenstown to Te Anau (Glow worm Cave, Stay over in Te Anau)
Day 8 - Tour to Milford sound or Scenic flight to Milford ( Stay over in Te Anau)
Day 9 - Driving from Te Anau to Mount Cook via Lindis pass (Star Gazing Tour, Stay over in Mount Cook)
Day 10 - Driving from Mount Cook to Akaroa via Lake Tekapo (Morning - Lake Tekapo, Afternoon - Alpaca Experience Akaroa, Stay over in Akaroa)
Day 11 - Driving from Akaroa to Kaikoura (Sightseeing of sperm whales, killer whales, humpback whales and fur seals, Stay over in Kaikoura)
Day 12 - Swimming with Dolphins in Kaikoura (Stay over in Kaikoura)
Day 13 - Shopping in Christchurch before returning the car at 6:30pm.
In addition, we are also interested in visiting a wine farm and watch penguins in their natural habitat but are not sure if there is sufficient time. Hence, would like to know if there are any places where we could slot these activities into our itinerary?
Lastly, we would also like to know if there are any other suggested activities/attractions/tours which we should also do during our trip.
Thanks and really appreciate your help!