First time NZ trip is last week of November and first 2 weeks of December, the latter two on the South Island. We are active boomers experienced in travel to Europe and all over the US. Don't want to overpack, but since Qantas has a ridiculous 13 lb carry-on limit, there is no choice but to check luggage, which gives us a bit of leeway. We plan on hiking (no multi-day hikes) and kayaking (first timers tho hope to practice in protected areas of the Pacific this summer) and the cruises on the Sounds, a jet boat, Tasman, etc. Will wear hiking boots on plane; seems too early for sandals and shorts. Don't want to look silly, but want to be comfy. How much warm clothing do we really need? Are jeans and trainers as frowned upon in NZ as they seem to be in Europe?
First time poster, tho have been reading the forums for ages.