I wish I had more time but I'll only be in New Zealand for 4 nights/5days. I'll be flying in from Sydney to Queenstown on Tues. May 3rd arriving at 15:30 PM and then fly back out of Queenstown on Saturday May 7th at 16:15 PM. I mainly want to be outdoors taking in all the of the beautiful scenery and would like to do both the Milford Sound cruise and the Doubful Sound overnight cruise. I'm not into the thrill things like bunjee jumping and speed boats but also wouldn't mind getting in a short nature hike for a few hours but nothing too strenuous again just to admire the beautiful scenery. If possible, I wouldn't mind seeing the Glow Worm Caves as well or anything else in Te Anau while I'm there.
Since I have limited time and was mostly focused on the two sound cruises, I was wondering if I should just stay in Te Anaua vs Queenstown? Here are two potential itineraries I was debating and would welcome any and all feedback on them. Feel free to totally change it around if you think there's a better way. I'm traveling by myself and am 52 years old. Thanks for your help.
Tues 3 - arrive 15:30 at Queenstown airport and get transportation to Te Anau and spend the night (what's the chepaest option for getting to Te Anau?)
Wed 4 - Doubtful Sound overnight
Thurs 5 - Doubtful Sound (Glow Worm Cave in evening?)
Fri 6 - Milford Sound, afterwards get bus back to Queenstown to spend the night there
Sat 7 - Queenstown, possibly Gondola ride or morning hike, then off to airport
Tues 3 - arrive 15:30 at Queenstown airport and get transportation into town. Possibly Gondola ride and walk around town
Wed 4 - Doubtful Sound overnight (Can you do that from Queenstown?)
Thurs 5 - Doubtful Sound (Glow Worm Cave in evening?) Transportation back to Queenstown.
Fri 6 - Milford Sound day trip
Sat 7 - Queenstown, possibly morning hike or trip to Arrowtown, then off to airport