My family of 2 adults and 1 child (10 yrs old) intend to visit the South Island from late November to early December. Appreciate your feedback on our proposed itinerary. Thanks you.
Day 1: Arrive Christchurch late morning.
Day 2: Take Tranz Alphine train to Greymouth, accommodation in Greymouth and explore Pancake rock as a day trip.
Day 3: Drive to Franz Josef, do Twin Glaciers Scenic Helicopter Flight
Day 4: Drive to Wanaka, do Wild Hills 4WD Safari with Ridgeline Adventures and maybe Puzzling World (any other suggestions?)
Day 5: Drive to Queenstown, do Shotover Jet - Canyon Jet Boat Ride (11.15am)
Day 6: Free & easy in Queenstown, any suggestions?
Day 7: Drive to Te Anau, do Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (we have been to the one at Waitomo cave, is it still worth doing the one at Te Anau?)
Day 8: Drive to Milford Sound for cruise and then back to Te Anau
Day 9: Drive to Dunedin, do Cadbury World
Day 10: Join Otago Peninsula Wildlife full day tour including Larnach Castle
Day 11: Drive to Mt Cook, do Glacier Explorers Mt. Cook and Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre (will be staying at Hermitage Motel)
Day 12: Drive to Akaroa, explore (any suggestions besides dolphins?)
Day 13: Drive to Christchurch, explore.
Day 14: Fly back home