We have reviewed many posts and itineraries on TA and have come up with the following for our November/December trip. We will be spending flying in and out of Aukland and spending 14 days. We are travelling with our 10 year old son and almost 8 year old daughter. We are a very active and outdoorsy family, so please give us your thoughts on the following trip. We will be renting a car, so we are completely flexible on our travel.
Day 1 Fly Aukland to Nelson
Night 1 Havelock
Day 2 Pelorus River Raft tour
Night 2 Nelson
Day 3 Abel Tasman hike
Night 3 Nelson
Day 4 Travel to Franz Joseph (big day of driving, but wanted to get south)
Night 4 Franz Joseph
Day 5 Hike around Franz Joseph, travel to Wanaka
Night 5 Wanaka
Day 6 Puzzletown, explore Wanaka, travel to Queenstown
Night 7/8 QT
Day 7/8 QT activities, jet boat ride, bungy jump, luge, possible Glenorchy trip to horseback ride.
Day 9/10 Travel to Te Anau, explore and hike fjordland and Millford sound area.
Night 9/10 Te Anau
Day 11/12 Travel to Dunedin, Penguin viewing, horseback riding on beach, exploring
Night 11/12 Dunedin
Day 13 Fly Dunedin to Aukland
Night 13 Aukland
Day 14 Day tour to Hobbiton
Night 14 Flight leaves Aukland at midnight.
There are a few things on this that are must do's for us, but for the most part our trip is flexible. Please give us your thoughts on the amount of driving per day and any recommendations on activities in each location.