We are a young married couple flying out to explore NZ next week for 15 days, and I am just seeking some final remarks about our itinerary, and also advice on what not to miss at each location. We are not experienced hikers or adventurers, but are active and wanting to see as much as we can. Note: The activities and sights are our options- we don't plan to do them all!
** Also Note: We have 1 night free/flexible for extra stays at any of the above places or in between.
Day 1: Arrive Christchurch (around 3pm)
Day 2: Christchurch to Kaikoura
-Encounters with whales and dolphins along Kaikoura coastline
-Ohau Stream Seal Pups Walk (Free)
-Kaikoura Peninsula Walk (Free)
Day 3: Kaikoura to Nelson
-Vineyards of Marlborough
-Wharariki Beach Walk inc. Seal Pups and Swimming (Free)
-Abel Tasman Coast Track Walk & Swimming (Free) or hire bikes?
-Kayak Abel Tasman Park (from $80pp)
Day 4: Nelson to Greymouth (although we've had people suggest it isn't worth staying overnight in Greymouth)
-Blowholes at Punakaiki & Pancake Rocks (free)
-Devils Punchbowl Falls (1hr drive)
Day 5: Greymouth to Fox Glacier
Day 6: Spend at Glacier Region
-Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers
Day 7: Fox Glacier to Queenstown
Day 8: At Queenstown
-Queenstown Gardens and lakeside track
-Queenstown Skyline Gondola & Luge
-KJet ($119 1 hr)
-Skipper Jet ($129 3 hr)
-Huge array of other activities
Day 9: Queenstown to Te Anau
-Glow-worms of Te Anau
Day 10: Milford Sound day trip from Te Anau
-The drive is rated as one of the world’s best
-Cruising past Mitre Peak to the Open Sea
Day 11: Te Anau to Dunedin
-Scottish Heritage of Dunedin
-Otago Peninsula with rich marine life and Larnach castle
-Tunnel Beach Track (free)
Day 12: Dunedin to Oamaru
Day 13: Oamaru to Christchurch for flight home (around 3pm).
Thanks, any suggestions would be much appreciated!