I will try to be brief
For a 12 night itinerary in Feb. I had planned
Arrive Christchurch airport around noon
2 nights Akaroa
2 nights Mt Cook
5 Nights Queenstown/ Wanaka/ Milford or Doubtful- Possibly a night on boat or maybe a coach fly single day if Milford. I think I can work out the best way to split the days once I read more. Could go to Te Anau but I think we have enough one night stops. Will definitely break the journey between Queenstown and FJ for at least one night.
1 night Franz Josef
I night Punakaiki
1 night Christchurch 4pm flight out
Will be self driving
However I read advice to give Akaroa a miss as it's very busy with cruise ships in summer. What do others think? Also mindful of all that has been said about driver fatigue is Akaroa- Mt Cook too far for one day? (two drivers and no kids) AA says drive will take 5 1/2 hours. If we miss Akaroa any suggestions for the two days please?
I read Greymouth- Christchurch is less attractive than Christchurch to Greymouth. Itinerary could I think be reversed easily if it makes sense to do so.
Thanks for all who have helped so far.