Hello to very helpful TA readers/experts.
I am travelling to SI for 13 nights and so far have booked two nights in Christchurch (arrive 26 Dec). I am Mum travelling with 18 yo son and 16 year old daughter. I have to get a move on considering the time of year.
My first problem is that there just seems to be too much to see and do and my head is spinning. I am very open to some expert advice. My second problem is that I have a bit of a fear of driving down mountains with really winding roads. However, I do drive them (but not happily). I've read all the posts about tourists and driving, and I'm not sure if I'm over reacting and fearing the worst.
We want to do some day hikes (not too extreme!). We want to see some wildlife and nature, Kids want to do Shotover. I don't want to spend a fortune on activities, but don't have to be too miserly. We don't want to rush and see everything - let's face it, NZ is always going to be there and we can always come back.
I also don't want to be anywhere too crazy for New Year's Eve, considering there is one of us who can't legally go out and party, and the other one inexperienced at it (not me, haha).
Bearing this in mind, how does this sound and will the roads be okay:
26 ChCh (arrive midnight)
28 Drive to Dunedin
29 Explore Dunedin/Catlins
30 Drive Te Anau
1 Drive to Queenstown - will road be okay?
2 Milford Sound Cruise
4 Drive to Lake Tekapo
6 Drive to Christchurch
7 Drive to Kaikoura (I really want to whale watch). Stay Kaioura??
8 Fly home to Sydney from Christchurch (5.00pm)
Does this itinerary keep me away from the scary roads, and do you think it ticks our boxes.
I really appreciate any advice, and thank you for taking the time to read.