My husband and I (age 33) are booked to land in Christchurch on the 12th of April (5am) and return out of Queenstown (4pm) on the 18th of April. We are yet to book hotels and rental car so need advice on that. Please see my questions and tentative itinerary below:
1. We are planning to stay in Christchurch on the 12th, checkout 13th morning. Please suggest where we should stay and what we should see and do in and around CHC.
2. 13th April - plan to leave early for Mt. Cook by car (please suggest rental car company for one-way rentals to Queenstown) on the way see Lake Tekapo and arrive in Mt. Cook. Maybe do a one of those walking tours if we have time and daylight remaining.
Qs- Where to stay near Mt. Cook?
3. 14th April - do a glacier explorer tour or flight / heli and leave for Queenstown after lunch. Reach Queenstown by 4-5pm and hopefully return car the same day.
4. 14th April - 18th April -- Plan is to see Milford sound (day trip with a tour company / self drive if thats better please suggest) Shotover jet, gondola, ziptrek and maybe if we are brave enough to Skydive.
Should we see Wanaka and Te Anau glow worm caves?
Where should we stay in Queenstown?
Also, since we are 2 of us, does it make sense to rent a car (2-3 days) or just take a day tour which is probably pricier option.
Thank you in advance. Any advice or suggestions to any of my questions will be appreciated.