Been reading many of the threads here especially the ones on "2 weeks in South Island" and it's been very helpful in planning my trip.
Would appreciate your foresight / advice on my tentative plans below.
We are a family of four (2 adults and 2 young teens)
We have 15 days in South Island this December.
Day 1: Arrive Queenstown mid-afternoon, pick up car.
Day 15: Depart Queenstown on morning flight.
So we have 13 full days on the ground (not counting arrival & departure days).
On our "must" do list:
Heli-hike a glacier
Milford Sound Cruise
See Mt Cook
Travel Arthur's Pass
Horse back tour (kids keen on it)
Also want to see:
Sea Lions / Seals (if possible)
Might pick some adrenaline activities in Queenstown, Wanaka or anywhere else.
I'm wondering if our itinerary has too many places i.e. should we cover less ground and have more time in each place?
Day 1 Arr Queenstown evening
Day 2 Explore Queenstown / relax
Day 3 via Cromwell to Dunedin
Day 4 Explore Dunedin
Day 5 via Omaru to Mt Cook
Day 6 Mt Cook to Tekapo to Christchurch
Day 7 Christchurch / Akaroa?
Day 8 Arthur's pass to Punakaiki
Day 9 Punakaiki to FJ
Day 10 Heli-Hike FJ
Day 11 FJ to Haast to Wanaka
Day 12 Explore Wanaka
Day 13 Queenstown
Day 14 Queenstown to Milford bus-cruise-bus return.
Day 15 Depart Queenstown on morning flight
1. Are we trying to do too much?
2. Any suggestions to reduce the number of towns but still achieve what we want to do and see (as listed at the beginning of the post)? To avoid spending too much time rushing from place to place.
Look forward to hearing your thoughts!