WLnz and company,
Our official dates are:
Landing August 28th in the morning
Departing September 8th in the morning
We need some help breaking down our itinerary a little more so we can book a couple big things. Here's our ideal list of things we'd like to do based on everyone's advice and reading through old posts.
- At least 4-5 days of skiing with one day being a heli-day
- Te Anau (gloworm caves, milford sound - possibly with a day cruise)
- Fox Glacier (1-day ice climbing with Fox glacier guides)
- Mt Cook (hike?)
Others if we had time: Arthur's Pass and the coast between Westport and Greymouth (Motukiekie Beach) looks amazing.
We were planning on exploring Queenstown and doing most of our snowboarding/skiing from the 28th - 2nd then hitting the road for Te Anau, Wanaka, and Mt Cook from the 3rd to the 7th before driving back late. It looks like some of the ski resorts are far enough outside of Queenstown that this might not be the best way to do it?
Ideally we'd be able to leave our snowboards and skis in a locker in Queenstown so we don't have to cart them around for the 3-7th part of the trip-- which unfortunately means we won't have them to ski Mt Cook.
Can anyone recommend the best way to break up this trip? Just by looking at the map, my instinct would be to do day trips to the ski resorts with our hotel in Queenstown then hit the road on the morning of the 3rd for Te Anau where we'd get a hotel and see Milford Sound and the gloworm caves before driving up to Fox Glacier for our 1-day of ice climbing, Then see the Mt Cook area before heading back south?
Please shoot this thing down if you have other recommendations, I'm just working on booking the accommodations, heli-boarding and ice climbing days as far in advance as possible but not completely opposed to "winging it"
Thanks again!! Less than a month!