I would like some advice from any Kiwis or experienced South Island vacationers. My wife (25 yrs.) and I (30 yrs.) are about a month out from our motor home road trip that we have saved nearly 4 years for. We used the "NZ Frenzy" guide to help formulate the itinerary. We are outdoor enthusiasts and really want to see the natural beauty the South Island has to offer.
We would like to ask the feasibility of the following itinerary:
Wednesday, July 23rd:
Christchurch to Lake Tekapo
Attractions: Mt. Sunday/Ashburton Lakes
Note: I would like to find a way to visit Mt. Sunday(huge LOTR fan), but am unable to make the trip with the Apollo motor home we hired (only sealed/bitumen roads). I can make it as far as the Hakatere Jct. on SH72, the rest of the road is gravel. I am not too keen on joining a LOTR tour, as our budget cannot afford it. Any other transport options available from Methven or Ashburton?
Thursday, July 24th:
Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village
Attractions: White Bluffs of Lake Tekapo/Hooker Valley Track
Friday, July 25th:
Mt. Cook Village to Queenstown
Attractions: Tasman Glacier/Clay Cliffs of Omarama
Saturday, July 26th:
Attractions: Gray Line Milford Sound Day Tour
Sunday, July 27th:
Attractions: Skyline Street Luge & Glenorchy
Monday, July 28th:
Queenstown to Dunedin
Attractions: Nugget Point
Note: I know Nugget Point is on the way, but we really would like to visit it.
Tuesday, July 29th:
Attractions: Tunnel Beach/Sandymount
Wednesday, July 30th:
Dunedin to Christchurch
Attractions: Moeraki boulders
Thursday, July 31st:
Drop off motor home
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all.